The Associated Press
Former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Jimmy Allen (above right, with coach Chuck Noll), pending College Football Hall of Fame member Hal Bedsole and longtime baseball coach Joe Kelly are among the 11 candidates that will be part of the 2012 class of the Pierce College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Major League Baseball players Coco Crisp and Steve Reed, women’s volleyball players Roxanne DeMik and Mary Perry, men’s volleyball player Dave Rubio, women’s soccer player Elia Petrosian, women’s swimmer Xan Rogers and the 1984 football team will also be inducted.
The ceremony for the second class of Hall of Famers for the Woodland Hills junior college will take place January 16 at the Woodland Hills Country Club.
Allen, an Olympic hopeful swimmer out of Los Angeles High School, played at Pierce in 1970 and ’71 where he was a Juco All-American at tight end and defensive back. He played two years at UCLA (1972-’73) and was named All-Pac 8 before the Steelers drafted him in the fourth round — after Lynn Swann, Jack Lambert and John Stallworth, and before Mike Webster. Allen, known as “Spiderman,” played in two Super Bowls between 1974-’77 and then played with the Detroit Lions from 1978-’81.
Bedsole, a former Reseda High star, gained his fame as a two-time All-American tight end at USC from 1961-’63 before going to the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings (’64-’66), but the 6-foot-5 and 230-pounder he was a Juco All-American quarterback at Pierce in 1960. Inducted into the USC Hall of Fame in 2001, he’s up for nomination in the College Football Hall of Fame.
Kelly was Pierce’s baseball coach from 1966 to 1982, and the baseball field at Pierce is named Joe Kelly Field.
Crisp, a member of the 2007 Boston Red Sox’s championship team, played at Pierc ein 1999. He was in the big leagues by 2002 with Cleveland and has also played in Kansas City and Oakland.
Reed, who played baseball at Pierce in 1984, pitched for 14 years in the big leagues for seven teams, appearing in 834 games.
DeMik played volleyball from 1967-’69, as well as softball, basketball and track, where she was a Juco high-jump record holder. A six-time member of the U.S. national women’s volleyball team, she coached the Pierce women’s team to two state championships and is a five-time Community College Coach of the Year recipient.
Perry played volleyball at Pierce from 1961-’62, as well as track, before becoming an All-American volleyball player at Cal State Northridge (inducted into the Matadors’ Hall of Fame in 1986). A member of the 1964 and ’68 USA Olympic volleyball team, she was awarded the prestigious USVBA Flo Hyman All-Time Great Player Award. In 2010, she was inducted into the LAUSD Sports Hall of Fame for her career at Birmingham High.
Rubio, above, also played two years at CSUN after two years at Pierce (1978-’79). He started a coaching career at Cal State Bakersfield but has been coaching the women’s team at the University of Arizona for the last 20 years, taking the 2001 National Coach of the Year honors.
Petrosian, out of Montclair Prep, played soccer at Pierce in 2005-’06 and was the first player in Western State Conference history to be named back-to-back Player of the Year. She holds the school record for most career goals (54) and points.
Rogers broke four Pierce swimming records in 2006 and was named All-American in two events. She went to San Diego State and posted top 10 fastest times in 100 yard and 200 yard backstrokes. She currently does modeling (www.xanrogers.com)
And the ’84 Pierce football team finished the season 10- with quarterback Eric Kramer.
Kramer was one of 12 inducted into the first Pierce College Hall of Fame last year. Others included Denny Crum (basketball), Doug DeCinces (baseball), Marv Dumphy (volleyball), Barry Zito (baseball) and Mark Harmon (football).