The Gator football team won eight Far Western Conference titles between 1954 and 1967, first under Joseph Verducci and later Vic Rowen, who took over in 1961. Soon, a gift from some of their biggest fans will honor these coaching giants. A bronze statue, a tribute to Rowen and his late mentor, will arrive on campus this summer. Among those planning to speak at the unveiling ceremony: former Gator All-America quarterbacks Bob Toledo (B.A., '69) and Jim Sochor (B.A.,'60;M.A.,'65). Although SF State eliminated football in 1995, many former players and assistants remained on the gridiron. In addition to Toledo, now Tulane's coach, and Sochor, former head of University of California, Davis' team, others passed up the ranks by Rowen and Verducci include Mike Holmgren, president of the Cleveland Browns, and Gil Haskell (B.A., '71), his senior advisor; Philadelphia Eagles Coach Andy Reid and San Diego Chargers Quarterbacks Coach John Ramsdell (M.A., '77). Interested in attending the unveiling ceremony or contributing to the gift? Contact Athletics at 415.338.2218.
Led by Coach Jack Hyde, the SF State women's soccer team wrapped up a successful fall season that included its second berth in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II soccer tournament in the past three seasons and the Univer- sity's first California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) championship in any sport. Several athletes earned CCAA tournament awards for their performances, including senior midfielder Carly Bliss (16), who was named tournament most valuable offensive player. Sophomore goalkeeper Annicia Jones finished the season with a school-record 12 shutouts and was named most valuable defensive player. Senior forward Myriah Johnson (4), sophomore midfielder Michelle Spinner and sophomore defender Nicole Smith were also named to the CCAA All-Tournament Team. For more information on SF State Athletics, visit sfstategators.com
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