Five outstanding individuals will be honored at the third annual Napa Valley College Athletic Hall of Fame Ceremony on Sept. 21 at Chardonnay Golf Club. This years class of inductees includes a dual-sport athlete in volleyball and softball; a coach and athletic director; a former tennis coach and longtime NVC counselor; a former football player; and a former mens golfer.
The 2013 Napa Valley College Hall of Fame inductees live up to the standard of serving Napa Valley College well through athletic excellence, and they have all contributed in very special ways to society in their professional and personal lives. Napa Valley College is proud to add these fabulous five individuals to an impressive group of previous hall of fame inductees, said Kevin Luckey, retired dean of Physical Education and Athletics.
For information on how to make reservations for the event, call 256-7113 or 253-3222.
Here are this years inductees:
She was a two-sport athlete at Napa Valley College after graduating from Napa High School. She played volleyball during the 1985 and 1986 seasons and softball during the 1986 and 1987 seasons. She led the 1986 and 1987 softball teams to back-to-back Bay Valley Conference championships. She then accepted a softball scholarship to Nebraska and played two years for the Huskers. She returned to Napa Valley College in 1991 to coach with Hall of Famer Bob Maglione for four years. Cook has coached softball at Cosumnes River College, Baylor University, and Texas San Antonio. She became the head coach at Texas San Antonio after assisting Corrie Hill.
He was a legendary instructor, coach, division chair and athletic director in the NVC physical education and athletic department from 1967 through 1998. If something needed to be done, he took it on. John coached wrestling, cross country, track and field, softball, soccer, and served tenure as the head football coach. He also taught a variety of physical education and health classes, displaying the versatility as an instructor that he was known for as a coach. A graduate of Napa High School, John attended NVC and participated in athletics before moving on to the University of Oregon. He was the recipient of the prestigious McPherson Distinguished Teaching Award at NVC in 1993. John passed away on October 30, 2009.
Dr. Jerry Somerville
He coached mens and womens tennis at NVC. As a student at NVC, he was a member of the 1962 and 1963 football teams and the 1964 track team. He returned to NVC in 1970 to serve as counselor and financial aid officer in 1970, and became the mens tennis coach in 1981. When the womens team was added to the program in 1990, Somerville coached both the mens and womens teams. His teams won five Bay Valley Conference championships during his coaching tenure, and he was named the Bay Valley tennis coach of the year in 1997. Somerville held many leadership roles at NVC while serving as a counselor and coach. He was instrumental in major curriculum restructuring and mentored the physical education and athletic department in numerous curricular projects.
He was recruited to play football at NVC by his brother, Dick, in 1964. He was an all-conference guard and linebacker during that year, and then went on to become an outstanding linebacker at Utah State. He earned all-conference honors while playing for the Aggies. He was named to Nebraskas all-opponent team during a year that the Huskers won the national championship. Vermeil became one of the nations top strength coaches. He earned a Super Bowl ring when he was strength coach for the San Francisco 49ers during their first Super Bowl year. He earned another six NBA title rings while he was strength coach for the Chicago Bulls during the Michael Jordan era.
Dr. Doug Yarris
He attended Napa Valley College from 1975 through 1977 and played golf during the 1976 and 1977 seasons. He was the team MVP and the Golden Valley Conference player of the year in both seasons. Yarriss stroke average was a conference-low 74.18. While at NVC, he qualified for the Kaiser International Open, a PGA tour event. He was then recruited to play at Stanford University. He went on to become a very successful dentist and has supported the Cardinal athletic department in many projects as a member of the Buck/Cardinal board of directors. He has also supported his dental school alma mater, the University of the Pacific, as a Pacific Dental Foundation Board Member. Yarris has also assisted as a coach for the Vintage High School golf team.
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