Inductees Named for 2015 GCC Hall of Fame
Johnny Harrison, Tammy Panich, Victor Trujillo, Joe Puglia, Freddy Sanchez, Brian Beauchemin and the 1977 Football Team will be inducted into the Glendale Community College Athletic Hall of Fame. The 14th Annual banquet and induction ceremony will take place Sunday, October 11, 2015 on campus in the Verdugo Gym.
Johnny Harrison will receive the inaugural Community Partnership Award. He has been integral in helping Glendale College raise funds through than annual golf tournament and the Athletic Hall of Fame.
Tammy Panich was an All-American golfer for GCC in 2010 and won the individual state championship for the Lady Vaqs that year.
Victor Trujillo was an All-American and the state men's soccer player of the year for the Vaqueros in 1979 and led Glendale to the state team championship that season.
Joe Puglia was an academic counselor at Glendale for almost 40 years and was the counselor for athletics for over 20 years, guiding many students and athletes along the way.
Freddy Sanchez played baseball for Glendale in 1997-98 and was the conference MVP in 1998, and he played Major League Baseball for ten years with the Boston Red Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants. He led the National League in hitting in 2006 with a .344 batting average with Pittsburgh and played on the Giants 2010 World Series Championship team. He also played in the MLB All-Star game in 2006, 2007 and 2009.
Brian Beauchemin was the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Glendale for 35 years and has amassed 592 career wins which ranks him third among California Community College coaches. Since coming to Glendale in 1979, he has coached many players who transferred to four-year schools and led the Vaqs to the Southern California Regional Playoffs 21 times.
The 1977 football team was coached by GCC Hall of Fame Chairperson and 2012 inductee, Jim Sartoris, and was the first football team in school history to win a conference championship. That team was led by Hall of Fame inductees Andy Reid (2003), Bob Gagliano (2005) and Jimmy Evangelatos (2011).
2015 GCC Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees
Johnny Harrison - Community Partnership Award
Tammy Panich - Outstanding Athlete
Victor Trujillo - Outstanding Athlete
Joe Puglia - Meritorious Service
Brian Beauchemin - Outstanding Coach
Freddy Sanchez - Pillar of Achievement
1977 Football Team - Outstanding Team
Since 1928, thousands of athletes have participated in athletics at Glendale Community College. It is the goal of the Athletic Hall of Fame to celebrate that legacy. The Glendale Community College Athletic Hall of Fame was officially launched with the inaugural induction ceremony and banquet on Feb. 10, 2002, with five individuals and one team being honored as the Inaugural Inductees.
A large mural depicting the various men and women's sports that Glendale participates in as a member school of the Western State Conference is the centerpiece of the room where the banquet is held in the J. Walter Smith Student Center. A collage of photos for each inductee is on display in the room for the year following their induction and a perpetual plaque bearing their name and the year of their induction is permanently on display.
Glendale Community College's Athletic Hall of Fame honors former athletes and teams who achieved excellence through competition, coaches who have made a difference in the lives of their athletes and supporters of the athletic program.