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CMS Welcomes the Ted Ducey Hall of Fame Class of 2023

CMS Welcomes the Ted Ducey Hall of Fame Class of 2023

13 Athenas and Stags were inducted into the Ted Ducey CMS Hall of Fame on Jan. 22 at Roberts Pavilion in a celebration of CMS Athletics that saw over 250 guests attend. The 13 inductees were David Austen (CMC ’73 – Football), Tim Behrens (CMC ’97 - Water Polo),  Darcy Burton Harlan (CMC ’99 – Water Polo, Basketball) Jonathan Byers (CMC ’93 - Soccer), Raymond “Bim” Jollymour (Stags Golf Coach), Tain Lee (CMC ’12 - Golf), Jeff Manassero (HMC ’07 - Football), Suzy Nicoletti (CMC ’02 - Swimming), Annie Richardson Wright (CMC ’06 - Water Polo), Evelyn Ross-Shapiro (SC ’09 - Cross Country and Track & Field), Pam Tanase (CMC ’88 - Athenas Swimming & Diving/Water Polo Coach), Larry Wang (CMC ’09 - Tennis) and Kevin Zitar (CMC '96 - Basketball). 

“Congratulations to this tremendous group of Athena and Stag greats,” said Erica Perkins Jasper, William B. Arce Director of Athletics, Physical Education, & Recreation and George R. Roberts Fellow. “Not only is this a class of incredible athletes—National Champions, All-Americans, SCIAC Players of the Year, and MVPs—but also it is a class of fantastic scholars and leaders who represented our department and institutions at the highest level during their careers in the cardinal and gold.”

David Austen (CMC ’73)

Austen was a dominant blocker as an offensive tackle on the powerhouse Stag teams of the early 1970’s which included the 1970 SCIAC championship team, earning three-consecutive selections to both the first team All-SCIAC and NAIA District III teams (1969-71). In 1970 and following his senior year in 1972, both starting Stag running backs were selected All-SCIAC as the conference leaders in yards rushing. Only one other Stag football player had ever achieved a higher postseason honor than Austen’s 1971 second team NAIA All-America selection and that was Stags Hall of Famer, Steve Endemano (HMC ’71), who was an NAIA first team All-American in 1970. In addition to football, Austen also competed for the Stags in wrestling, attaining second place in the SCIAC Heavyweight Division both in 1971 and 1972. During track & field season, Austen competed in the shot put and discus. Austen’s participation in the combined Pomona-Claremont Rugby Club resulted in a selection to the 1972 California Collegiate All Stars.

Tim Behrens (CMC ’97)
Water Polo

As the Stags’ goalie, Behrens set the program record for lowest goals against average. He helped lead the Stags to three-straight SCIAC championships and a 29-1 SCIAC record, along with two fourth-place finishes and a fifth-place finish in WWPA. Behrens was a 3-time SCIAC MVP, twice All-WWPA and 2-time team captain for the Stags.

Darcy Burton Harlan (CMC '99)
Water Polo, Basketball

A two-sport standout for the Athenas, Burton was a 2-time First Team All-American and SCIAC Athlete of the Athlete of the Year in the foundational years of the women's water polo program. She helped lead the Athenas to the program's first two SCIAC championships (1997 and 1999) and four top-3 finishes in Collegiate III Nationals, including two second place finishes. The 1997 team won 20 games (21-12) and finished 7-1 in SCIAC, which still remains the program’s top winning percentage in SCIAC play. Along the way, she also was a 4-Time First-Team All-SCIAC selection and 4-Time All-Collegiate III Nationals (3 first team, 1 second team) honoree. As a senior, she was team captain. In basketball, Burton was a 2-Time Second Team All-SCIAC selection and Team MVP in 1999 (12.0 ppg, 9.7 rpg). The Athenas were SCIAC co-champions in 1996 while Burton was on the team.

Jonathan Byers (CMC ’93)

The Stags went 43-3 in SCIAC with four SCIAC Championships and a Regional Championship (1989) during Byers’ four-year run with the Stags, which included an appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament in 1992 and a No. 15 national ranking. The Stags were ranked No. 1 in the Midwest-Farwest Region in 1989 and earned a No. 2 regional ranking in 1992. For his stellar play as fullback, Byers was a first-team All-American, first-team All-SCIAC selection and Team MVP as a junior and senior and he added a second-team All-SCIAC selection during his sophomore season. Byers was the first two-time, first team All-American in men’s soccer program history and was the CMC Male Athlete of the Year as a senior.

Raymond "Bim" Jollymour
Stags Golf Coach

A beloved member of the CMS athletic department, and fixture of the CMC campus community, Jollymour served as the Stags head coach for 19 seasons, from 2002 to 2020. In 2016, he led the Stags to their first NCAA Division III national championship in program history. CMS won four SCIAC golf championships during his tenure. Jollymour was a widely respected leader, who earned the Dave Williams Award as the NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year in 2016. Twice, he coached individuals to national championships, with Tain Lee '12 winning the title in 2010 and Brad Shigezawa '14 in 2013. Throughout his illustrious career, he coached seven All-Americans, 29 All-American Scholars, and six individual SCIAC Champions. In his final season before retiring in 2020, Jollymour was again named one of the five finalists for the Dave Williams Award, after leading the Stags to three wins in four events before the suspension of spring sports due to the COVID pandemic. Even after retiring, he remained close to both CMS golf programs, serving as an assistant coach for the Athenas—helping them earn a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Championships in 2021. He also remained a close advisor to Stags. Jollymour passed away in September 2022 and is being inducted posthumously.

Tain Lee (CMC ’12)

Lee is the most decorated Stags’ golfer in program history, having won the 2010 NCAA Division III individual National Championship as a sophomore to go along with first-team All-America, All-SCIAC and All-West Region selections in each of his four seasons. At Nationals, Lee was a top-10 finisher each year: T-8th (2009), 1st (2010), 2nd (2011), 5th (2012). In SCIAC competition, Lee won the individual championship in 2010 and 2011. Other accolades include SCIAC Freshman of the Year, West Region Freshman of the Year, Team MVP (four times) and All-American Scholar (2011, 2012). As a team, the Stags finished fourth at the NCAA Division III Championships in 2012.

Jeff Manassero (CMC/HMC ’07)

Manassero was recognized as All-SCIAC for four seasons, earning first-team All-SCIAC three times and second-team All-SCIAC once. A four-year starter on the offensive line starting every game, he played at least one game in every offensive line position except center. Manassero was known for his speed and technique as a blocker, which enabled him to make the critical “reach block” countless times for the Stags of the era, whose favorite play was outside zone. As a result, Jeff was named as Stag Most Valuable Offensive Player, was team captain for two seasons and earned CMS Wall of Fame honors for his academic and athletics success.

Suzy Nicoletti (CMC ’02)

Nicoletti was the Athenas’ first NCAA Division III National Champion, winning the 200-yard breaststroke in 2002 and all told, she was a 5-time All-American. She also placed second in the 100 breaststroke and fifth in the 200 IM at that meet. At the 2001 NCAA Championships, Nicoletti placed in the 200 IM (15th), 100 BR (4th) and 200 BR (8th). During her career, she won all six individual SCIAC events she competed in and set SCIAC records each time she swam the events. At the time of graduation, Nicoletti held the SCIAC meet and overall records in the 100 breast, 200 breast and 200 IM. She also was a member of the record-holding 200 and 400 freestyle relays. As a junior, Nicoletti was the SCIAC Female Swimmer of the Year and as a senior in 2012, she was selected as the CMC Female Athlete of the Year and graduated with CMS Scholar-Athlete Wall of Fame accolades.

Annie Richardson Wright (CMC ’06)
Water Polo

In each of her three seasons with the Athenas, Richardson was selected as a first team All-American, earned first team All-SCIAC recognition and was Team MVP. As a senior, Richardson guided the Athenas to the SCIAC championship and its first-ever bid to the NCAA Championships and as a result, was named the Division III National Player of the Year. In the NCAA Championships, the Athenas placed seventh by defeating Marist in the consolation round. She also led the Athenas to a pair of third-place finishes at the Collegiate III Tournament and was named to the All-Tournament first team.

Evelyn Ross-Shapiro (SC ’09)
Cross Country and Track & Field

In Ross-Shapiro’s seven seasons at CMS between track & field and cross country, the Athenas won six SCIAC Championships: three in track and three in cross country. She had a passion for running and competing and was extremely dedicated to training. She had the highest summer mileage as a sophomore, junior and senior; including 769 miles as a senior in 90 days. In cross country, she qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships three times and was first-team All-SCIAC in each of her final three seasons, as well as SCIAC Athlete of the Year as a senior. Ross-Shapiro was All-West Region in 2005, 2007 and 2008. In track & field, Ross-Shapiro was a 3-time NCAA qualifier in the steeplechase, finishing in the top-10 each time (2007 - 9th; 2008 - 4th; 2009 – 7th) and becoming an All-American twice. Ross-Shapiro set CMS and SCIAC records in the steeplechase which are still both standing. She also won five SCIAC championships (steeplechase three times, 1500 meters twice) and was Team MVP and Scripps College Athlete of the Year twice (2008, 2009).

Pam Tanase (CMC ’88)
Athenas Swimming & Diving/Water Polo Coach

Tanase was an All-SCIAC diver for the Athenas three times and qualified three times for the NCAA Division III Championships. As a senior, she was an honorable mention All-American and team captain on an Athena team that placed 11th at Nationals. As a leader on the team and the best diver in team history, Tanase set program records in the 1 and 3-meter dives that held for many years. Two years after graduation, Tanase answered the call to coach at her alma mater, first in a part time roll. With the planned addition of women’s water polo, she became a faculty member and full-time head coach. Tanase led the Athena swimming & diving team to three SCIAC championships (1994-95, 1995-96, 1998-99) and as the foundational Athena water polo coach, led the Athenas to the first two SCIAC championships (1997 and 1999) in team history. She also led the water polo team to a first place finish at the Collegiate II Water Polo Nationals in 1992. The culture and successes of the Athena teams Tanase led set the table for the current teams and successes of today’s Athena aquatics program. 

Larry Wang (CMC ’09)

In 2008 as a junior, Wang partnered with Guillaume Schils ’09 to win the NCAA Division III doubles championship. As a senior, he became the first Stag to ever win the singles title at The Ojai Tennis Tournament. In each of his four seasons, Wang was selected as Team MVP and was an All-American to go along with being a three-time SCIAC Player of the Year and two-time CMC Male Athlete of the Year award recipient. He ended his CMS career fourth all-time in singles victories (92), third in matches played (126), and 10th in career winning percentage at .730. He ranked first all-time in doubles victories and matches played for an individual (102 and 142) and team (88 and 122 with Schils). Upon graduation, he ranked second all-time in combined singles and doubles victories for a career (194). The Stags went undefeated in SCIAC and never finished worse than fifth nationally during Wang’s career.

Kevin Zitar (CMC ’96)

During Zitar’s career, the Stags improved in each of his four seasons and during his senior year, won the SCIAC championship for the first time since 1991. The Stags also set a program record for the longest winning streak at home, winning 18 in a row (SCIAC and non-conference) over the course of two years. The 1995-96 season also saw the Stags win the first NCAA Tournament game in program history. Zitar was an excellent rebounder and efficient, prolific scorer. He was selected as first-team All-SCIAC three times and was a second team All-American, first-team All-District and SCIAC Player of the Year as a senior to go along with second-team All-District honors as a junior. A two-time Team MVP, Zitar was selected as the CMC Athlete of the Year, Ducey Award winner and team captain during his senior season. Zitar set program records for highest field percentage in a single season (63.7% - 107/168), career free-throws made (377) and career rebounds (751/7.7 per game). In 98 games played, Zitar scored 1,597 points (16.3 points per game).