The following are members of the Scottsdale Community College Athletics Hall-of-Fame:
Art DeCabooter, Ed.D (SCC President 1978-2008):
Dr. Art DeCabooter served with distinction as President of Scottsdale Community College for 30 years. During that time and under Art's leadership, SCC's enrollment nearly doubled, and the college became renowned for its educational and athletic excellence. A tireless supporter of intercollegiate athletics, Art raised tens of thousands of dollars for student athlete scholarships and spearheaded the development of state of the art athletic facilities at SCC. The Arthur W. DeCabooter Athletic Complex stands In recognition of his personal and professional dedication to SCC athletic excellence.
John Avianantos (Faculty, Athletic Director and Coach):
A full time faculty member since 1966, John has served as Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at both Phoenix College and Scottsdale Community College. In his 10 years as Head Football Coach at SCC, he never had a losing season. His teams won four conference championships and played in two bowl games. John was voted the Coach of the Year in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference four times and selected as Coach of the Year by the Arizona Republic once.
Tim Esmay (Baseball 1984, 1985):
Tim Esmay was a two year starter on the SCC baseball team earning All-American honors his sophomore season. He helped lead the Artichokes to the NJCAA World Series in 1984. Esmay left SCC with a career batting average of .397 and still holds the school record for doubles. He went on to play two seasons at Arizona State University where he helped lead the Sun Devils to a NCAA World Series appearance in 1987. Tim has gone on to become a very successful college coach, first at the University of Utah and now at Arizona State University. He coached the Sun Devils to a World Series appearance in 2010.
Ryneldi Becenti was one of the best Navajo athletes of her generation. She was a member of the state championship basketball team at Window Rock High School and was selected Arizona Player of the Year as a senior. She arrived at Scottsdale Community College in the fall of 1989, and over the next two seasons led the Artichokes to 44 wins. Ryneldi was a two-time NJCAA All-American and holds all time SCC records in scoring, assists, free throw percentage and field goal percentage. Her number (21) was retired in 1994. Becenti went on to star at Arizona State University where she was selected as a Honorable Mention All American in 1992-93. She has been inducted into both the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame and the Arizona State University Athletic Hall of Fame.
Kathy Gillett (Women's Athletics Director 1974-85, 1992-97):
Kathy Gillett served as Women's Athletics Director from 1974-1985 and again from 1992-1997. A pioneer in women's athletics, she expanded the sports offered at SCC by adding cross country, golf, gymnastics, track and field and archery to the existing programs of tennis, volleyball. basketball and softball. As a member of the faculty at SCC she was instrumental in developing and implementing the college's wellness program. Kathy served as an officer in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference and represented Region I as the Women's Region Director.
While at SCC, Joe Germaine was an All-Conference player on both the football and baseball teams. He holds the record in football for most passing yards in a game (580), ranks number one in completions in a game (49) and holds the record for passing attempts in a game with 62. Although he only played just one year of football at SCC, he ranks in the top 10 in 8 different statistical categories.
After SCC, Germaine went to Ohio State University. In his senior year (1998) at Ohio State he was both star quarterback and team co-captain. That year he set 11 school records, throwing for 3,330 yards and 25 touchdowns and was the Chicago Tribune's Silver Football Big Ten Conference Most Valuable Player. . He threw for 6,370 yards and 56 touchdowns in three seasons. Germaine was selected to the Ohio State Football All-Century Team in 2000. He also played in both the NFL and AFL before moving on to a coaching career.
"Sweet" Lou Frazier:
Lou "Sweet Lou" Frazier played for the SCC Artichoke Baseball team in 1985 and 1986. He ranks second in SCC history in batting with a career .452 average, second in runs scored in a career with 122, first in stolen bases for a season with 56 and first all-time in career stolen bases with 101.
After wrapping up a productive major league career, playing for the Montreal Expos, Texas Rangers and Chicago White Sox, Frazier went on to coach in the major leagues. He won two World Series rings with the Boston Red Sox, while mentoring and working with such players as Manny Ramirez, Dustin Pedroia, Grady Sizemore.
Julie Crutchfield served as SCC's gymnastics coach for 6 years During this time her teams won the ACCAC conference championship in all but one of those years, finishing 2nd in the nation in 1977. That same year she was named National Gymnastics Small Coach of the Year.
In addition to the SCC gymnastics program, Crutchfield also coached the cross country team. She also was instrumental in the planning and operation of the SCC Fitness Center in the early 1980's and served as the first co-director of the center. Crutchfield also started a water skiing program at SCC aimed at teaching beginning through advanced water skiing skills to both traditional students and those with physical challenges.
Crutchfield served as the division chair for the Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (HPERD) department for a number of years before retiring from SCC in 2002.
Smith coached the SCC Men's Baseball team from 1989 to 1999. Under Smith, the Artichokes competed in four regional tournaments, winning in 1997. The 1997 team finished third in the NJCAA World Series Division I, earning Smith District Coach of the Year honors. Smith was inducted into the Arizona Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2010. With the help of long-time assistant coach Ed Yeager, he recorded a 319-256 record. Smith also coached at Texas Wesleyan University, Indiana University and Duke University, as well as assistant coaching positions with Arizona State University and Northwestern University. He has had professional affiliations as a scout and batting practice pitcher with the Texas Rangers, Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates.
Martin, a Mesa native, played at Westwood High School and was an NJCAA All-American in 1995 and 1996 for the Artichokes Volleyball Team. After SCC, Martin played volleyball for the University of Arkansas, where she finished as the school's fifth-leading blocker. During her senior year, she was ranked 11th in the nation for blocking and led her team to a 30-7 record. She went on to play professionally in Austria. Martin earned her college degree from Arizona State University in communications and religious studies in 2007.
Weitz was a two-sport star during the 1987-88 academic year, playing basketball and throwing the javelin. She was an All-Conference, All-Region performer on SCC's women's basketball team and NJCAA National Javelin Champion and First-Team All-American in track and field. After SCC Weitz attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas, was conference javelin champion and holds the conference record for the javelin throw. Currently she leads the girls basketball program at Centennial High School in Las Vegas, where she has earned coach of the year honors four times. Her teams have won six Nevada state titles.
Steve Loy, who joined SCC in 1975 as Assistant Football Coach and Head Golf Coach, was inducted into the SCC Athletic Hall of Fame on October 11, 2014. Loy coached at SCC from 1974 to 1982, leading the men's golf program to two NJCAA national championships and establishing SCC men's golf as one of the nation's premier community college programs.
He currently is managing partner/president of Lagardere Unlimited, a sports marketing agency with an impressive list of professional athletes as clients, including golfer Phil Mickelson, Patrick Peterson, Reggie Bush and Terrell Suggs.
Lawrence Philpot served as Scottsdale Community College's first football coach during the school's inaugural season and again in 1974. He also served as Athletic Director and chair of the school's Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department (HPERD) from 1972 to 1975. During his tenure, he and his colleagues built a foundation for the school's Athletic programs and HPERD. His goal as football coach and A.D. was to field competitive teams immediately. At the time, SCC had only men's football, basketball and baseball programs. In 1974, the school's basketball team reached the playoffs and the football team posted a 6-3 record. After his time at SCC, the Mena, Ark. native went on to a successful career in education, working for the U.S. Department of Defense in Europe and later becoming a consultant to Quality Schools International. Retired now, he lives in his birthplace city with his wife Nancy.
1981 Volleyball Team:
The 1981 SCC women's volleyball team brought home the school's first national championship and set the tone for three more national titles by the team by the end of the decade. Coached by Ted Compoc, the Lady 'Chokes went 29-2 that year and capped the season with an impressive, undefeated run in the NJCAA tournament in Catonsville, Md. In the final, they beat defending national champ Miami-Dade College in a five-game match. Although outsized by most opponents, the Lady 'Chokes played an aggressive, relentless style that relied on defense to keep them in games. "We had a saying that we played defense from the floor up," recalled Coach Compoc. In addition to being scrappy and tenacious, the Lady 'Chokes played with confidence earned by beating Mesa Community College four times in the regular season and playoffs. Up until then, Mesa CC had been the dominant team from Arizona.
Becker was a force on the basketball court as a player and off the court as a coach and athletics administrator. After a standout professional basketball career in the American Basketball Association, he brought his talents to SCC. In 1975, he started out as men's basketball coach and adjunct faculty member and eventually became the school's Athletic Director for men, a position he held until 2012.
He coached men's basketball until 1981 and then became the men's tennis coach for the next three years. In 1984, he became Athletic Director for men.
During his tenure, the Artichokes won six national championships in men's golf, finished third in the NJCAA National Baseball Tournament and developed a competitive football program.
Becker, who grew up in Phoenix and attended Camelback High School, met his wife Lynn at ASU, where she played for the women's tennis team. Now married for 53 years, they have four grown children, all of whom played Division I athletics.
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