The Mt. San Jacinto Athletic Hall of Fame will enshrine it's inaugural class this October and the initial three inductees were selected Thursday night. The first class will include two legendary coaches and a Super Bowl Champion.
John Chambers, who retired as the winningest men's basketball coach in California Community College, will be one of the two coaches honored. Bob Stangel, the school's winningest football coach, will be the other. The first athlete to enter the MSJC Athletic Hall of Fame will be football player Alvin Walton who attended MSJC from 1982-1983.
Chambers' career spanned 33 years, 31 at MSJC and in that time his teams collected 703 victories, 658 while leading the Eagles. The 703 wins represented the State Community College record at the time of his retirement in 2003. Chambers teams won over 20 games in a season 21 times and won over 30 games on three different occasions. Chambers teams qualified for the post season 25 times including a run of 18 years in a row. Twice his teams played for the State Championship and six times his teams made it to the Elite Eight State Finals. In 1998 Chambers was named the California Community College Coach of the Year to go along with being named his conference's coach of the year 13 different times. Chambers is already enshrined in the CCCBCA (State Coaches) Hall of Fame and in the Antelope Valley College Hall of Fame, where he was a stand out player. Chambers spent two seasons as the head coach at Barstow College before coming to MSJC.
Bob Stangel's coaching career at MSJC ran from 1974 through 1999. During Stangel's tenure the Eagles won 154 games which makes him the school's all time leader in that category. The Eagles won four conference titles under Stangel and in his final four seasons at the helm his teams made four straight bowl appearances. The Eagles recorded 9 seasons of 7 or more wins in that time. Stangel was named the conference coach of the year seven times and three times named Region III coach of the year. During the 1998 season Stangel was named the State Coach of the Year. Stangel is already a member of the CCCFCA (State Coaches) Hall of Fame.
Alvin Walton is the third member of the initial MJSC Hall of Fame class. Alvin played strong safety on the football team at MSJC in 1982 and 1983. Walton was twice selected First Team All Conference and in his sophomore season was also named All State and All American. In his Eagles career Walton intercepted 15 passes and returned 6 for touchdowns. Following his two years at MSJC Walton received a scholarship to Kansas University where he was a two year starter and a second team all Big 8 selection as a senior. Following the 1986 season Walton was selected by the Washington Redskins in the third round of the NFL draft. Walton went on to play six seasons for Washington and had over 700 career tackles and 12 career interceptions. Walton was a starter for the 'Skins when they won Super Bowl XXII in 1988. He was named to the All Madden Team that same season. Following his career in the NFL Walton also won a Grey Cup Championship (CFL) with the Baltimore Stallions.
The MSJC Athletic Hall of Fame banquet will be held on Saturday October 30th, 2010 at the Country Club at Soboba Springs. Tickets will be available on line soon or feel free to call 951-487-3594 with any questions. For updates on the ceremony continue to follow our website at msjc.edu or follow the Mt. San Jacinto College Eagle Athletic Club on Facebook.