With such a storied athletic history, it would have been interesting to be a fly on the wall when the Hall of Fame committee at the College of San Mateo chose its inaugural induction class. As it stands, 15 Bulldogs will be inducted 4 p.m. today at Hall of Fame Plaza on the CSM campus. And the list of inductees is very distinguished.
Bill Walsh began his legendary college football career playing quarterback at College of San Mateo for the 1950 and 1951 seasons.
He was a running back at Hayward High School before commuting over the San Mateo Bridge to play for the Bulldogs before transferring to San Jose State University.
Walsh is best known for his time as the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, where he spent 10 seasons compiling a 102-63-1 record and winning three Super Bowl titles in the 1980s.
John Madden began his collegiate athletic career playing at CSM in 1954 and 1955 after transferring from Oregon. He transferred to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he started on both the offensive and defensive lines in 1957 and 1958 and was voted to the All- Conference team. He was also a catcher on the school’s baseball team.
Madden is best known for his time as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders, where he guided the Silver and Black to a 103-32-7 record and a win in Super Bowl XI. After coaching, Madden moved to the broadcasting booth where he has won 17 Emmy awards.
Bill Ring was an All-Conference running back for the Bulldogs from 1975 to 1976. He’s also a graduate of Carlmont High School where he was an All-League athlete in football, baseball and wrestling. He transferred to Brigham Young University where, during his senior season, he led the Western Athletic Conference in scoring with 12 touchdowns.
After college, Ring played for the 49ers where he won two Super Bowl rings.
Neal Dahlen was an All- Conference football player for CSM, after a t t e n d i n g Capuchino High School in San Bruno where he played football and baseball.
He began his coaching career at CSM in 1960 after playing quarterback for the Bulldogs and winning the Most Outstanding Player award in 1958. Dahlen left CSM to the NFL where he won a record seven Super Bowls rings as a coach and administrator.
Murius McFadden was a CSM coach for 40 years in three different sports. He won two state championships with the Bulldogs.
Herb Hudson was a football coach with the Bulldogs and oversaw players like CSM Hall of Fame inductees Walsh, Madden and John Noce. In his 32 seasons with CSM, Hudson also served as the athletic director and dean.
Bill Dickey was a All-American for the Bulldogs during his time at CSM from 1958-1959. He earned first team All-Big 8 Conference honors and was voted the team’s Most I n s p i r a t i o n a l Player in 1959. Dickey graduated from South San Francisco High School where he was named to the 1957 All- American team and won the SSF Blanket Award. Dickey was associated with CSM for 56 years, as a student, coach, faculty member and administrator.
Ted Tollner was a football coach at CSM from 1968 to 1972 after beginning his career at Woodside High School. He worked under Dickey as an offensive coach before taking over for him.
No person has more time at the community college level than Tom Martinez. Martinez’s time at CSM spanned 32 seasons. He has 1,400 career wins in football, basketball (state record 565) and softball (800). His teams won 32 championships. In his 32 years, his teams never experienced a losing season.
Martinez has been named to the halls of fame for San Mateo County, Daly City, San Francisco State University, the California Community College Softball Association and the California C o m m u n i t y C o l l e g e W o m e n ’ s B a s k e t b a l l Association.
A r c h i e Williams spent three semesters at CSM before transferring to the University of California at Berkeley. He’d later go on to participate in the 1936 Olympic Games where he won the gold medal in the 400-meters.
Nicole Carroll-Lewis started a career throwing the javelin at CSM resulting in a California Community College championship, two USA national titles and a berth on the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team.
After throwing 121 feet her first year at CSM, Nicole improved to 139 feet her sophomore year and won the state championship.
In addition to the 1996 Olympics, Carroll-Lewis represented the United States at the 1995 and 1997 World Championships, at the 1994 Pan American Games and at the World University Games.
Jenny Freeman is a two-time All- NorCal and All-State softball player for the Bulldogs after graduating from Hillsdale High School. She attended CSM from 1983 to 1985. She was the NorCal’s Most Valuable Hitter in 1984 and its Most Valuable Player in 1985.
Jack Avina inaugurated the College Heights gymnasium in 1963; the game resulted in an 85-51 win over Hartnell. He left CSM to coach the University of Portland in 1970.
Ray Balsley was the College of San Mateo head basketball coach from 1946 to 1959 where he won conference titles in 1948 and 1952. But Balsley’s biggest contribution as a coach came on the golf links where his teams won 17 conference titles and six state titles. Starting in 1959, Bulldog golfers won four consecutive individual titles as well.
John Noce is a legendary baseball coach at CSM. He took over in 1961 after spending time at Carlmont and Half Moon Bay high schools. Noce managed the Bulldogs for 31 seasons where he won 772 games and 13 conference titles.
Noce was inducted into the San Mateo County Hall of Fame in 1992. He also joined the American Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Peninsula Basketball Officials Hall of Fame in 1996.
Bob Rush was at the helm of the CSM track and field team in 1970 when it won the Golden Gate Conference Championship. It was his first year of more than two decades with CSM.
Rush then had three consecutive undefeated cross country seasons, 1970 through 1972, including a 22-0 dual meet winning streak. In 1978, Rush invented the Chronomix, the first electronic timing device for cross country and road racing.
Rush was inducted in the California Community College Cross Country and Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1996, San Mateo High School Hall in 2007 and with the nationally ranked 1964 San Mateo High School Cross Country Team in 2011.