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Aztec Athletics Hall of Fame

DVD'S OF PIMA ATHLETICS INAUGURAL HALL OF FAME AVAILABLE:

DVD'S of Pima's Hall of Fame Event on April 5th are now available for purchase from the Athletics Department.  Please bring $10.00 cash or a check made payable to "PCC Athletics" to the WC Gymnasium, 2nd floor, Jo-Ann Cattaneo.  Call 206-6005 to arrange a date/time for purchase.  DVD's can also be mailed after receipt of check.  Purchase is not tax deductible.

Pima Community College plans to have the second induction ceremony into the Aztecs Athletics Hall of Fame in spring of 2016.

Pima fields 16 intercollegiate sports teams for men and women. Teams participate in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (ACCAC) and are part of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

Hall of Fame inductions may be made in five categories: Coach, Athlete, Team, Administrator and Service.

Anyone may nominate an individual to the Hall of Fame by completing a Nomination Form. Once an individual is nominated, the nominee becomes a standing nominee. Nominations will be accepted in Oct. 2014. Nominations will be considered based on the following criteria:

Aztecs Athletics Hall of Fame Nomination Criteria

Athlete

  • One season of PCC competition required
  • Preferred minimum of five (5) years since last played for PCC
  • Good academic standing during enrollment at PCC
  • Demonstrated outstanding performance and contributed to the success of the athletics program while at PCC
  • Is of good character and citizenship; positive role model
  • Special considerations will be given to any athlete:
    • who was named First Team, All-American, National Champion, etc.
    • who set a school, NJCAA, world or other record, who competed in an Olympic games or who succeeded as a professional athlete
    • who led the nation in a recognized statistical category

Coach

  • Preferred minimum five (5) years of service at PCC
  • No waiting period required for eligibility
  • During tenure, compiled a winning program while also embodying the college and athletics department mission statements
  • Contributed to the future success of the athletes competing under his/her leadership
  • Is of good character and citizenship; positive role model

Team

  • Compiled a significant record over a season
  • Qualified for post-season play
  • Special consideration will be given to any team that:
    • won a Conference, Region or National Championship
    • qualified for an NJCAA National Championship

Administrator

  • Preferred minimum of five (5) years of service at PCC
  • Preferred minimum five (5) years since last worked for PCC
  • Provided superior leadership and service to the athletic program
  • Made special contribution to the growth/community acceptance of the athletics program
  • Is of good character and citizenship; positive role model

Service

  • Any support staff or community member who has contributed significantly to the advancement of the PCC athletics program.
    OR
  • A past athlete/athletics program member who has demonstrated community service during or after his/her play or service to PCC
  • Is of good character and citizenship; positive role model

Nominations close at 5 p.m., Sept. 30, 2015. Once the Hall of Fame Committee has made its selections, it will notify those selected. The second Hall of Fame class will be inducted during a ceremony in spring 2016. Details are to be announced.

Pima Athletics Class of 2013

  • Lawrence R. Toledo (Administrator): Pima's first Athletic Director for 24 years from 1973-1997. Toledo dedicated 27 years of total service to Pima.
  • Horacio Llamas (Athlete): The first Mexican-born NBA player in 1996. Llamas played at Pima from 1992-1994 where he was Third-Team All-ACCAC his freshman year and Second-Team All-ACCAC his sophomore year. He played 28 games for the Phoenix Suns.
  • Abdi Abdirahman (Athlete): Four-time Olympian and four-time USA 10,000 meters national champion. Abdirahman competed at Pima in 1996-1997 where he earned two Arizona state junior college championships.
  • Eddie Urbano (Athlete): An All-American wrestler with two PAC-10 championships at Arizona State University, Urbano wrestled at Pima from 1981-1982 where he earned two NJCAA wrestling championships and was Pima's first wrestler to win a national title.
  • Yuliana (Perez) Rodgers (Athlete): Two-time USA Outdoor Triple Jump champion and silver medalist at the Pan Am Games. Rodgers competed at Pima from 2001-2002 as Yuliana Perez, where she was a two-time NJCAA Indoor and Outdoor triple jump champion and Indoor long jump champion. She also holds the Pima records in the long and triple jump.
  • Maureen "Murph" Murphy (Coach): Worked with Larry Toledo to establish intercollegiate athletics at Pima and became Assistant Athletic Director. Murphy coached women's basketball and volleyball.
  • Rich Alday (Coach): Pima first baseball coach from 1974-1989 where he compiled a record of 496-220. Alday was a three-time NJCAA All-Region Coach of the Year and his teams were five-time ACCAC champions. Alday's teams made three NJCAA World Series appearances.
  • Jim Mielke (Coach): Pima's first cross country/track & field coach. Mielke delivered Pima's first national championship team with the 1980 cross country team and was named National Cross Country Coach of the Year. He coached at Pima from 1975-2000.
  • 1980 Men's Cross Country (Team of Honor): Pima's first national championship team in any sport. They also captured the ACCAC championship to reach nations. Felipe Campoy, Thomas Bush, Manny Parra and Pat Listo finished in the top 25 and were named All-Americans at Nationals. They were ranked No. 1 in the NJCAA Coaches Poll all season.
  • Stacy Iveson (Coach): Pima softball coach from 2002-2007 where she compiled a record of 289-47-2. She delivered two national championships in 2004 and 2006 and was named NJCAA Coach of the Year in 2004. 
  • 2003-04 Softball (Team of Honor): First Pima team to win an NJCAA Division I National Championship. They had a record of 70-8 overall and 37-3 in ACCAC conference play. Ashley Monceaux was named ACCAC Division I Player of the Year and along with Lisa Parks, Kendra Palmer, Kristina Schmallen, Rebecca Lebsack and Veronica Ralston, were all named NJCAA Division I All-Region team.
  • Ben Carbajal (Service): Head Athletic Trainer at Pima from 1979-2014. Carbajal provided primary coverage for men's and women's soccer, men's and women's cross country and baseball. He was an advocate for health and safety issues within the NJCAA and the ACCAC.
  • Yahya Hadia Kane (Lawrence R. Toledo Leadership Award): Men's soccer player who majors in Business Administration/Liberal Arts. Essay excerpt: "My teammates were Americans, some were native Mexicans, they helped me rapidly learn and speak English. The deal was to teach them a couple words in French in exchange of some words in English and Spanish. With the daily interactions with my teammates, I was able to rapidly improve my performance in class and to pass my first semester of English with a 4.0 GPA."
  • Da'Monique Davis (Lawrence R. Toledo Leadership Award): Women's basketball player who received an Associates degree in Liberal Arts with pre-requisites for transfer to Pre-Med major. Essay excerpt: "I learned that being a leader doesn't mean you will always do things right, but (is reflected in) how you admit to and fix your mistakes and set the example for the people who look to you for leadership. I hope that overcoming these hurdles has taught me to be the leader that Coach (Bruce) Fleck saw in me."