September 25, 1998 Vol. III, No. 3

University to Induct Three Into Athletic Hall of Fame

Mike Batesole, Keith Richman and James Sefton also Slated to Receive Awards

Three new members will join the Cal State Northridge Athletic Hall of Fame when the Matadors host their 15th annual induction dinner on Friday, Oct. 2, at The Odyssey Restaurant in Granada Hills.

Northridge Athletic Director Paul Bubb announced that former student- athlete, head baseball coach and athletic director Bob Hiegert, along with cross country All-American Darcy Arreola and football standout Sherdrick Bonner will officially join the Athletic Hall of Fame, which is sponsored by Galpin Ford.

Hiegert came to Cal State Northridge, then called San Fernando Valley State College, and was a four-year letterman on the Matadors' baseball team. After receiving his bachelor's degree in 1963, he was drafted by the California Angels, where he played from 1963-64.

Returning to his alma mater to earn his master's degree in 1965, he became an assistant baseball coach. Hiegert then assumed the head baseball coaching responsibilities in 1967 and continued in that role for the following 18 seasons.

During his coaching career, Hiegert boasted an impressive 609-412-9 overall win-loss record, including a 591-412-8 mark against four-year institutions. His teams won two NCAA Division II national championships in 1970 and 1984.

In January 1989, he was honored with one of the most prestigious awards given in the baseball coaching profession when he was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Assn. Hall of Fame.

Hiegert served as athletic director from 1977-95. During his tenure, Northridge teams won 44 conference championships and 25 national championships. He was instrumental in the athletic department's move from NCAA Division II to Division I membership in fall 1990.

Arreola came to Cal State Northridge from El Cajon and became the first NCAA All-American for the Matadors at the Division I level in 1991 with her 12th-place finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championship meet in 1990.

The three-time NCAA Division II All-American and national champion also competed in the Division I NCAA Track and Field Championships in the 800 meters, 1,500 meters and 3,000 meters in 1991. Arreola was selected Cal State Northridge Female Athlete of the Year in 1991.

Bonner came to Northridge in 1987 from Azusa, started and lettered in four varsity sports during his Matador career, and has gone on to play arena football as the starting quarterback for the Arizona Rattlers. Bonner lettered four years in football, one year in basketball, one year in volleyball and one year in track and field.

Bonner helped direct the Matadors to the 1990 WFC co-championship, where he led the team in total offense. In 1991, Bonner was a reserve outside hitter on the Matador volleyball team, which finished with a 22-7 record and ranked No. 3 in the nation.

He also won or tied for first place in three high jump events with the track team, recording a season high of 6'-1034". And during the 1987-88 basketball season, Bonner played in 23 games and started in two contests.

In addition to the Hall of Fame inductees, awards also will be presented to Mike Batesole, head baseball coach, selected by the Matador head coaches as the Cal State Northridge 1997-98 Coach of the Year; Dr. Keith Richman, Booster of the Year; and professor James Sefton, Athletic Service Award.

Reservations for the event or further information is available by calling (818) 677-3215.

September 25, 1998

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