Four former Matador student-athletes, two former coaches, one team named to the Matador Hall of Fame
Dec. 11, 2008
Northridge, Calif. - Four outstanding former Cal State Northridge student-athletes, two former Matador head coaches, and one NCAA championship team have been voted into the Cal State Northridge Athletic Hall of Fame.
This outstanding Matador group will be formally inducted during Hall of Fame ceremonies on March 1 at the Warner Center Marriott Hotel in Woodland Hills.
The four former student-athletes are Marcus Brady (football, 1998-01), Brian Heinle (basketball, 1997-01), Jeff Kubiak (swimming, 1985-87) and Beth Onestinghel-Woll (softball, 1985-88).
The two former head coaches are Marwan Ass'ad (men's soccer, 1983-98) and Dr. Barbara Swerkes (track & field, 1973-80).
The 1970 Matador baseball team, which captured the NCAA Division II national title, will also be inducted into the CSUN Hall of Fame, the first time in school history that a team will be honored in such a manner.
The 2009 inductees join 99 other distinguished members of the Cal State Northridge Athletic Hall of Fame.
This year's class was selected from a large group of well-qualified candidates. Members of the Hall of Fame selection committee included Rick Mazzuto (CSUN Athletics Director), Janet Pinneau (Associate Athletics Director, Student Affairs), Bob Vazquez (Assistant Athletics Director, Media Relations), Don Strametz (CSUN Director of Track & Field/Cross Country), Bonnie Murphy (Head Coach, Women's Golf), Gray Mounger (Assistant Vice-President, Alumni Relations), Mark Cooley (former Matador basketball player, longtime Matador supporter, Hall of Fame member), Dennis DeYoung (alumnus), Jim Gorman (long time athletics supporter) and William Watkins (Associate Vice-President, Student Affairs and Dean of Students).
Brady is considered one of the greatest, if not the greatest football player in Matador history. Brady started all four seasons at quarterback and his statistics are still outstanding even by today's standards. Brady held five NCAA Division 1-AA passing records, five Matador career passing records, gained All-American honors, and his passing statistics are still ranked in the Top-10 in the Big Sky Conference record book.
"I am honored to be inducted into the Matador Hall of Fame," said Brady, who has played in the Canadian Football League for the past seven seasons, and recently played for Montreal in the 2008 Grey Cup championship game. "The five years I spent at Northridge provided me with some great memories. I'd like to thank all my teammates whom I went to battle with on the field, and became very good friends with off the field. I'd also like to thank my many coaches I encountered that helped me become a better football player which resulted in my continued success."
If an all-time Top 5 of great basketball players in Cal State Northridge were selected, Brian Heinle would definitely be on the list.
Heinle earned the distinction of being the first Division I All-American player in Cal State Northridge basketball history (2000-01). Heinle ended his four-year career as the team's all-time leading scorer (1,641 points) and is second all-time in rebounding (785). Heinle holds two other career records, and is ranked in the Matador Top 10 in several other categories.
"I am honored to be inducted into the Matador Hall of Fame," said Heinle who has been playing in Europe since graduating from CSUN. "I want to say `thanks' to all my coaches and teammates at Cal State Northridge. It's because of them that I am receiving this honor. Being a student-athlete at CSUN was a great learning experience and a period in my life that I will never forget. Thank you."
Current CSUN head basketball coach Bobby Braswell coached Heinle for four seasons at Cal State Northridge. Braswell holds a high respect for Heinle both on-and-off the court.
"Brian was one of the most highly competitive players I've ever coached," said Braswell. "Everyone marveled at his work ethic. He was a gym rat. Any free time away from school work Brian was in the gym, or you would see him around campus dribbling a basketball. He was very committed and dedicated to improving himself. He grew not only as a player but as a person as well. He is very deserving of his induction into the CSUN Hall of Fame. Off the court, he was a person of high character. We're very proud of the accomplishments of Brian."
Kubiak is simply the greatest swimmer in Matador history. In 1985 and 1986, Kubiak was named NCAA Swimmer of the Year. From 1985 to 1987, Kubiak captured seven NCAA individual titles. From 1987-90, Kubiak was a member of the United States National Team.
Kubiak was excited when he received a phone call that he was being inducted into the Matador Hall of Fame.
"I never thought about making the Hall of Fame as one of my goals," said Kubiak, "but I always thought it would be pretty cool if I ever did make it one day. I left in 1989, and thought that I did some great things, but I thought that others did a lot more great things during their athletic careers. It was cool to have some team records, and the scores, but being selected helps me look back at the glory days, and appreciate what I did during that time.
"I am truly thankful to the program (CSUN swim program), and Pete Accardy (former CSUN swim coach) for helping me become not only a world-class swimmer, and helping me pursue my career. I am forever indebted to him."
Barry Schreifels is the current head coach of the Matadors swimming and diving program, and said Kubiak's induction into the Matador Hall of Fame is well deserved.
"I am happy because I know that it means a lot to him," said Schreifels. "Jeff gave a lot to this university and I think to be recognized by the school is a big deal for him. Jeff developed his skills at Cal State Northridge, and that is a credit to his coach, Pete Accardy. Peter took an athlete (Jeff Kubiak) with a lot potential and turned him into a national champion, a Division II record holder, and a swimmer who chalked up times that still stand today for Division I. Those are some terrific times for Division I."
Schreifels also admired Kubiak for being just a good person.
"Jeff has no ego," said Schreifels. "He came here without being a super star and worked extremely hard to become a great swimmer. He certainly deserves this accolade with what he accomplished because it did not come quickly or easily.
"Jeff still continues to coach swimmers today. Some of the athletes that swim here have been coached by Jeff, so he continues to give back. He continues to contact me at least once a year to find out how things are going with our program. I appreciated that outreach."
Onestinghel-Woll distinguished herself on the CSUN softball team as a member of the 1985 and 1987 NCAA championship softball teams. Onestinghel-Woll gained All-American honors and was a four-time all-conference selection. She still holds the school record for triples (22) and is still ranked in the CSUN Top 10 in many categories.
"When I first heard the news, I was in shock," said Onestinghel-Woll. "After all these years, I wasn't sure it would happen or that I even deserved the honor. When I think about all the other people already in the Hall of Fame, I am humbled to be included among such a group."
Despite all her impressive individual honors, Onestinghel-Woll remembers the exceptional team chemistry that Cal State Northridge enjoyed.
"I think what made us so unique was that we played as a team," remembers Onestinghel-Woll. "We always stuck together and supported one another. Everyday there was a new hero for the squad and because of that, we are still very close today. We were such a team. We worked hard as a team and did everything together."
Onestinghel-Woll also gives credit for her success to her family.
"I would really like to thank my dad John, my mother Patricia and all of my family for all of their support. My dad was probably my biggest fan and a huge part of my athletic career. Also, I would like to thank coach Torgeson, coach Debbie Ching and Dr. Stutts for all their support during my playing career."
Onestinghel-Woll was coached by Gary Torgeson, who is also a member of the Matador Hall of Fame.
"Beth is very deserving of this honor," said Torgeson. "She worked extremely hard and was a great clutch hitter. Beth always had the ability to come up with the big hits and focus on the task at hand. She was always willing to take risks and get the job done. Some athletes can't do that. Beth was also a great team player with a strong arm. Beth was a natural, a great leader, a great teammate and competitor. She was always an easy person to coach."
Current softball head coach Barbara Jordan played with Onestinghel-Woll on those championship teams.
"She was one of the most clutch players I ever played with," said Jordan. "When the game was on the line, it was great to see her up with runners on. She always came through when it counted most. She was a great teammate and a good person with a good family. Her attitude and the way she carried herself was indicative of the type of person she was. She has good values. She was always a good role model off the field and made good decisions. Here we are 20 years later and she's still ranked in the Top 10 in numerous categories and we're playing in Division I with new technology. That is indicative of what a good hitter she was."
Ass'ad simply put Cal State Northridge men's soccer on the collegiate map. Ass'ad coached the Matadors for 15 seasons (1983-98) and during that time, the Matadors won 192 games, played in the NCAA championship game (1988), competed in the NCAA Regional six times, won six straight league titles from 1984 through 1989, and coached several All-Americans. His teams still hold several school records today.
"I am honored," said Ass'ad. "My years at Northridge were not only for the school, but for the community as well. We helped the community a lot, which is why I did not feel just like an employee of the university, but an employee of the San Fernando Valley. We had great soccer camps during the summer, and we held them at night to have as many kids as possible, up to 3,000 at times. We had a great reception from the community, great reception from the local media, and they embraced us. It was like we were part of the community.
"...When I became head coach at Cal State Northridge, that was my dream to help the community identify itself through us, and for us to identify ourselves through our outreach with the community. We had a lot of fun throughout the process."
Ass'ad says there were many great memories during his many years as head coach at Cal State Northridge. One stands out in particular.
"I was proud to have 20 out of 21 players (1988 team) on my most successful squad to have come directly from the San Fernando Valley. When we hosted the Final Four in 1988, we had more than 5,000 people both Saturday and Sunday in attendance. We outdrew the Division I Final Four which was held at the University of Indiana that year. That was a special weekend."
Current Matador head men's soccer coach Terry Davila played for Ass'ad.
"Marwan is the only coach I know that can make every player, both technically and tactically better," said Davila. "He was great at refining a player's strengths, while improving their weaknesses in the process. He is one of the best coaches I have ever met.
"He taught me to break down the game from a coach's perspective. I learned how to find the most effective way to attack and defend against any opponent by dissecting their play on the field. This man is flat out the most successful coach in our program. This coach knew how to win.
"I had a chance to play for him when I was a freshman. He believed in me and my ability to play the game of soccer. I will forever be grateful to him for that."
Swerkes coached the AIAW National Championship women's track & field teams in 1978, 1979, 1980. Her teams captured conference titles from 1977-80. Several of her former student-athletes still hold school records.
In her eight years as women's track & field coach at Cal State Northridge, Swerkes trained some of the brightest stars to emerge in American track & field history. Many of those former CSUN student-athletes went onto to Olympic glory.
Following her retirement as women's track & field coach, Swerkes served as Faculty Athletic Representative for many years, and for many years has served as a kinesiology professor at Cal State Northridge, in addition to many distinguished academic committees that has helped shape the fabric of Cal State Northridge.
"It is difficult to express how much this selection means to me," said Swerkes. "I have been a faculty member on this campus since 1971. I am very close to retirement. When I came to CSUN (then known as San Fernando Valley State College), I coached the women's swim team and the women's basketball team (all of course in addition to teaching a full load of classes and coaching women's sports for which there was no extra compenstation). There was no women's track & field team. So I decided to recruit from my classes to find sufficient interest to start a team. One of those first recruits was Sue Kinsey. Sue was a world class distance runner and helped me attract attention to our program. The program was built from that time on. That team over the eight years I coached brought me many personal joys, the first being the ability to award scholarships to women athletes for their first time in 1976. I do consider myself, along with the women I coached during that eight year tenure, to be pioneers in the efforts to improve the opportunities available to women athletes.
"This recognition (Hall of Fame) is their recognition as well as mine. This certainly puts an extra large candle with much sparkle on my retirement cake. Thank you so much for this honor."
Don Strametz succeeded Swerkes as head coach of the track & field coach at Cal State Northridge. Strametz has always admired the accomplishments and the talents of Swerkes as a coach and person.
"Barbara was one of the pioneers in collegiate women's track & field," said Strametz. "She won three national championships (1978-80), the only program to accomplish that feat in school history. Barbara's ability to put all the pieces together from building a program from the start to the top speaks volumes to her character and what she accomplished."
The 1970 Matadors baseball team captured the NCAA Division II national championship. After losing their first game in the double elimination game at the College World Series, the Matadors won six straight games in Springfield, Missouri, to captured the national title. The Matadors chalked up a 41-21 overall record, and captured the league title with an 18-6 record.
The head coach was Bob Hiegert, who is a member of the CSUN Hall of Fame, and currently commissioner of the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).
"That team was very special," said Hiegert. "The team was very dedicated to a team concept. There were no individual stars. We played hard, tough baseball. We had very good pitching, and we were very good defensively. We led the nation in walks and sacrifices. We played many great teams that year, maybe overscheduled, but it prepared us down the road. After we won the College World Series, we received a lot of recognition outside of the San Fernando Valley area. We were honored by then Los Angeles mayor Sam Yorty. It is great that we honor this baseball team by their induction into the Matador Hall of Fame."
Marwan Ass'ad - Men's Soccer (Head Coach, 1983-98)
*** Chalked up a 192-102-26 (.641) record his tenure (1983-98) as men's head soccer coach at Cal State Northridge
*** In conference play, the Matadors were 73-29-12 (.693) with six straight league titles from 1984 through 1989 ... Also recorded one second place finish (1993) and two third-place finishes (1983, 1995)
*** Coached CSUN to the NCAA national championship game in 1988
*** Coached the Matadors to the NCAA Regionals in 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989
*** CCAA Coach of the Year four times (1983, 1984, 1985, 1988) and MPSF Pacific Division Coach of the Year in 1993
*** In 1986, named NCAA Far West Region Coach of the Year
*** His teams still hold school records for season wins (19, 1987), fewest losses in a season (2, 1987), most goals scored in a season (80, 1987), fewest goals allowed in a season (17, 1985), most shutouts in a season (12, 1985), consecutive wins (8, 1987), consecutive matches without a loss (14, 1987), consecutive conference wins (9, 1986 to 1987)
*** Coached five first team All-Americans (Rick Iversen, Joey Kirk, Steve Lazarus, Thor Lee, John Tronson) and numerous All-Region and All-Conference selections.
Marcus Brady - Football (1998-01)
*** Arguably the greatest football player in school history
*** Gained All-American honors as a quarterback
*** Holds all five Cal State Northridge career passing records
*** Made 43 consecutive starts in four seasons
*** Held five NCAA Division 1-AA passing records
*** Was tenth all-time in the Big Sky Conference in career passing yards (9,217) - 12,572 in four seasons
*** Eighth all-time in the Big Sky Conference in career passing yards per game (276.48, 3 seasons) - 292.4 in four seasons
*** Sixth all-time in the Big Sky Conference in career total offense (9,454, 3 seasons) - 13,188 in four seasons
*** Was fourth all-time in the Big Sky Conference in career total yards per game (289.6. 3 seasons) - 306.7
*** Was seventh all-time in the Big Sky Conference in career passing touchdowns (75, 3 seasons) - 109
Brian Heinle - Basketball (1997-01)
*** Earned the distinction of being the first Division I All-American in Cal State Northridge basketball history (2000-01)
** Named the Big Sky Tournament MVP in helping lead the Matadors to the tournament title and a berth in the Division I NCAA Tournament
*** Voted first team All-Big Sky during his senior season (2000-01)...A year earlier, was named Honorable Mention All-Big Sky Conference
*** A two-time co-MVP (1999-00, 2000-01)
*** Following the 2000-01 season, named to the NABC/Chevrolet All District-15 team
*** Averaged 20.2 ppg during his senior season (2000-01), sixth-best in school history...Also led the team in rebounding (9.2 rpg) in 2000-01
*** The all-time leading scorer in school history (1,641 points), career field goals (590) and career field goal attempts (1,263)
*** Also the school record holder in single season points (646 points) during the 2000-01 season
*** Ranks #2 all-time in career games played (119) at CSUN
*** Tallied 229 field goals in 2000-01, second-best in school history
*** Ranks second all-time in season free throw attempts (207, 2000-01)
*** His 458 field goals attempts in 2000-01 is fourth-best in school history
*** Led the team in scoring (14.6 ppg in 1999-00, 20.2 ppg in 2000-01)
*** His 465 career free throw attempts is fifth-best in school history
*** Tallied 136 free throws in 2000-01, sixth-best in school history
*** CSUN's second all-time leading rebounder with 785
*** Grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds against Montana State (1/25/01)
*** Ranks second and third, respectively, in the school record book in career three-point goals (149) and career three-point field goal attempts (395)
*** Led the Matadors in blocks in three seasons (1998-99, 1999-00, 2000-01)
*** Ranks second in career blocks at CSUN with 76
*** Ranks fifth all-time in career assists (290) in school history
*** Played 3,101 minutes in four seasons at CSUN, fourth-best in school history
*** During his senior season, played 1,036 minutes, second-best in the school record book
`*** Voted Scholar-Athlete on the team (1997-98)
*** Voted Most Improved player following the 1998-99 season
*** Scored a career-high 34 points at Weber State (1/29/00)
Jeff Kubiak - Men's Swimming (1985-87)
*** The 1985 and 1986 NCAA Swimmer of the Year
*** In 1985, won the NCAA titles in the 200 IM, the 200 breast (all NCAA record times), and second in the 100 breast ... All the times were CSUN school records
*** In 1986, captured the NCAA titles in the 200 and 400 IM and the 200 breast all in NCAA record and CSUN best times
*** During his senior season in 1987, captured the NCAA titles in the 200 IM, the 200 breast (record times), and second place in the 100 breast...All were school records
*** In 1987 at the U.S. National Championships, took first place in the 200 meter breast
*** In 1987, won the gold medal in record time in the 200 meter breast at the Pan American Games
*** Also the U.S. Open champion in the 200 meter breast
*** In 1988, won thte 200 meter breast title at the U.S.S. National Championships
*** At the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials, took third place in the 200 meter breast
*** A U.S. National Team member from 1987-90, and ranked in Top 10 in the world during that time in the 200 meter breast
Beth Onestinghel-Woll - Softball (1985-88)
*** A member of the CSUN national championship softball teams in 1985 and 1987
*** A 1988 first team All-American
*** A four-time first team all-conference selection
*** A three-time All-Region selection (1986-88)
*** Still the school record holder in triples (22)
*** Set a single season school record with 14 triples in 1988
*** Still ranked in the CSUN Top 10 in many categories including career games played (#2, 257), single season rbi's (#3, 47, 1988), career rbi's (#4, 124), career hits (#5, 227), career runs scored (#6, 105), career batting average (#10, .320)
Dr. Barbara Swerkes - Track & Field Head Coach, Faculty Athletic Representative, Kinesiology professor
*** Coached the AIAW National Championship women's track & field teams in 1978, 1979, 1980
*** Conference champions in 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980
*** Several of her former athletes still hold school records including Alice Brown in the 100 meters, Valerie Brisco-Hooks in the 200 meters, Julie Brown in the 800 meters, the 5,000 meters and the marathon, Sue Kinsey in the 3,000 meters, 10,000 meters, two mile and three mile, Sandy Myers in the 400 meter hurdles, Pam Spencer-Marquez in the high jump, Jodi Anderson in the long jump and the pentathlon, the 400 meter relay team, the 800 medley relay team, the 3,200 meter relay team.
*** In her eight years as women's track & field coach at Cal State Northridge, Barbara Swerkes trained some of the brightest stars to emerge in American track & field history, including Olympians Valerie Brisco-Hooks, Jeannette Bolden and Pam Spencer-Marquez.
*** Coached 1976 Olympians Julie Brown, Sandra Howard, Pam-Spencer Marquez and Kathy Weston
*** Coached 1980 Olympians Julie Brown and Pam-Spencer Marquez
*** Coached 1984 Olympians Jodi Anderson, Jeannette Bolden, Valerie Brisco-Hooks, Alice Brown, Florence Griffith-Joyner, Pam Spencer-Marquez
*** Coached 1988 Olympians Valerie Brisco-Hooks, Alice Brown, Florence Griffith-Joyner
*** Coached 1992 Olympian Sandy Myers of Spain
*** Coached numerous All-Americans
*** Faculty Athletic Representative for many years at Cal State Northridge
*** For many years has been a kinesiology professor at Cal State Northridge
*** A distinguished member of numerous academic committees at Cal State Northridge
1970 San Fernando Valley State College Baseball Team
*** Captured the NCAA Division II National Championship
*** Won six games at the College World Series in Springfield, Missouri, to capture the national title
*** Beat Nicholls State, 2-1, to win the NCAA title
*** Chalked up a 41-21 overall record and captured the CCAA league title with an 18-6 record
*** Put together winning streaks of seven and six games during the 1970 season
*** Head coach was Bob Hiegert
*** Won four games at the NCAA West Regional to advance to the College World Series
*** Team still holds several school records including Lew Lerner's 1.25 era, Chuck Stone's 72 walks, and the team era of 2.54
*** Lew Lerner gained All-American honors