DVC Athletic Hall of Fame | Class of 2011
Jake Benz | Great leadoff hitter, LHP, and Center Field for DVC Baseball (1991-92). Led Vikings to Regional Finals both years and set school record for Games Played with (97). Led GGC in Runs Scored (30) in 1991 and All-American selection in 1992. In 1992 set school record with Six Hits and Four Doubles in a single game. Cape Cod League All-Star in summer of 1992. Trans- fer to Oklahoma State (1993-93). MVP of NCAA Midwest Regional in 1994 and played in College World Series. 13th Round Draft by Montreal Expos in 1994 as a pitcher. Professional Baseball included Expos (6 yrs.) and Marlins (2 yrs.) reaching AAA level in both organizations. Only play- er in school history (maybe nationally) to earn First Team All-Conference selection all four years in college at different posi- tions. 1991 (OF) 1992 (Utility) 1993 (Pitcher) 1994 (DH). Selected to DVC All Half-Century Baseball team.
Sam DeVito | Highly successful Head Football Coach at DVC for 20 years (1959-78). Longest tenure by any football coach in school history. Helped transfer numerous players to Division I programs and several either played or coached in the NFL or CFL. List includes: Altie Taylor (Lions), Leo Biedermann (Browns), Roger Davis (Winnipeg / CFL) and Ron Turner (Bears). Has five ex-football players and his 1966 Empire Bowl Champion Team previously inducted into DVC Hall of Fame. Taught Physical Educa- tion at DVC for 30 years, retired in 1989. Former Head Softball Coach at DVC. Was active in State Football Coaches Association.
Bayani Flores | Great Water Polo player and Swimmer at DVC from 1997-99. Specialized in Breaststroke and Individual Medley in Swimming and played Driver in Water Polo. Two-time All-Conference and All-American selection in Water Polo (1997 & 1998). Conference and State Swimmer of the Year in 1999. State Champion in 3 individ- ual events and earned All-American status in 9 events in 1999. Transferred to and gradu- ated from UC-Berkeley. Three year NCAA qualifier in Swimming. NCAA All-American in both 2001 and 2002. NCAA finalist in 2002. Olympic Trials competitor in 2000 & 2004.
Jeff Juhala | Track & Field star and school all-time record holder in Pole Vault and Javelin. Won 1987 Golden Gate Conference title in both events and also finished 8th at State Meet in Decathlon. Undefeated (1989) in all Golden Gate Conference competition, helped lead DVC to Conference Champion- ship. 1989 State Runner-up in Pole Vault. Javelin (194 feet) and Pole Vault (16 feet 3 inches) are school records. Transfer to Liberty University (Virginia). 1991 Southern Conference Pole Vault champion. Set school Indoor and Outdoor records for Pole Vault.
Hillary Plummer-Menna | Two time Coast Conference Female Swimmer of the Year and DVC MVP in 1995 & 1996. Great competitor who excelled in freestyle and fly. Earned All-American status in 7 events in 1995. In 1996, was number one in the State and Nation in the 500 Free and 50 Fly, led DVC to State Title. All-American in 9 events in 1996 and won Outstanding Performance Award at State Championships. All-time DVC record holder in 500 Freestyle event. Scholarship to University of Nevada-Reno.
Jack Smith | Only Men’s Gymnastics Coach in school history, 21 years (1963-83). Women’s Gymnastics Coach 10 years (1977-86). Women’s Teams won several conference titles. Women’s Team State Runner-up in 1982. Men’s Soccer Coach (1974-77). P.E. Department Chair (1987-89) and Athletic Director (1989-92). Taught Physical Education at DVC for over 40 years! Charter member of Athletic HOF Executive Committee and the DVC Retiree’s Association.
Jason Williams | DVC Basketball superstar from 1995-1997. First Team All-Bay Valley Confernece in 95-96 and BVC MVP in 96-97. Also named Nor-Cal Player of the Year in 1996-97, leading Vikings to Final Four. Averaged 14 PPG as Frosh and 18 PPG as Sophomore. Transfer to University of the Pa- cific, 2 year starter. Senior year (1998-99) named to First Team All Big West Conference. Played professional basketball overseas for several years in New Zealand and South Korea. One of only two players in DVC Basketball history to have his number retired.