Fifteen inductees join Hartnell Athletics Hall of Fame

Publish Date: 
Nov 3, 2018

On Nov. 3, Hartnell celebrated the achievements and contributions of former athletes, coaches and volunteers by inducting them into its Athletics Hall of Fame. Following a luncheon ceremony in the Student Center, plaques featuring each new honoree were unveiled in the Gymnasium. Inductees also were introduced at halftime of the Panthers' win over Los Medanos in Rabobank Stadium. 

This year's inductees compromise eight individual athletes, two former coaches, two volunteers and three teams. They join 40 former alumni athletes, 10 coaches, 10 teams, and 10 volunteers named to the Hall of Fame since 2013. Honorees were selected by a committee of Salinas-area business and community leaders, Hartnell administrators, past Hall of Fame inductees, former coaches and others based on nominations in the preceding year. (Pictured is honoree Jim Forkum, men's basketball coach from 1991-95).

I received the following email thank you from coaching inductee Mike Garibaldi, who coached swimming and water polo at Hartnell from 1973-78: "It was a surprise and pleasure to return to the campus and receive this honor. My wife and I were very impressed by the growth of the campus. ...I will always be proud to say I had a small part to play in the evolution of this college. A Panther I will always remain."