Sept. 8, 2011
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Long Beach State will honor eight former players, a team and an administrator with induction into the athletic department's Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Long Beach Hotel & Executive Meeting Center.
The Class of 2011 will be highlighted by current Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitcher Jered Weaver, who will be joined by softball player Meredith Cervenka, track and field athlete Le'Gretta Smith (Hinds), men's volleyball player Alan Knipe, women's basketball player Margaret Mohr, administrator Doug Robinson, men's tennis player and coach Peter Smith, football player Mark Templeton, women's volleyball player Cheryl Weaver and the 1989 Women's Volleyball National Championship Team.
"It is very important for us to acknowledge our great athletic history and these 49ers rank among the all-time greats," Long Beach State Director of Athletics Vic Ceglessaid. "We are excited to welcome them back to Long Beach State and into the hall of fame."
The 2011 class ranks as one of the largest classes in hall of fame history and will bring the total number of inductees to 202.
Complete biographies of the inductees are listed below. For more information log on to longbeachstate.com or call 562-985-4662.
1989 Women's Volleyball National Championship Team -It was a storybook season for the 49ers in 1989 as Long Beach State captured the school's first-ever NCAA Championship. The 49ers finished the season at 32-5 after compiling a 13-5 mark in the tough Big West conference. With an upset win over No. 1 Hawaii in the regional semifinals, the 49ers cruised to their first title behind three current LBSU Hall of Famers--Tara Cross, Sheri Sanders and Antoinette White.
Meredith Cervenka -(Softball, 2002-2005): One of the best pitchers in Long Beach State history, Meredith Cervenka was a three-time Big West Pitcher of the Year while leading the 49ers to three regional appearances and Big West Conference championships. Cervenka is Long Beach State's career leader in wins and strikeouts with 78 and 634 respectively, and ranks second in the Long Beach State record books in innings pitched (763.2), appearances (127), complete games (84), all just behind current LBSU Hall-of-Famer Mary Letourneau.
Le'Gretta Smith (Hinds) -(Women's Track and Field, 1992-96): Long Beach State's best female hurdler in school history, Le' Gretta Hinds was a two-time All-American in the 400m hurdles, and reached the NCAA Championships in both the 100 and 400 hurdles. Hinds is still the record-holder at Long Beach State in both events, holding a 13.49 time in the 100 Hurdles and a 57.53 time in the 400 Hurdles. She is one of just four athletes ever to run a sub-minute 400 meter hurdles for LBSU, and was a three-time conference champion in both events.
Alan Knipe - (Men's Volleyball, 1990-92): No other single person is as strongly linked with Long Beach State's men's volleyball program as Alan Knipe, who played three years for the 49ers before being Long Beach State's head coach for nine seasons prior to taking a leave of absence to coach the USA Men's National Team through the 2012 Olympics in London. A two-time All-American with Long Beach State, Knipe was one of 10 players to be inducted into the inaugural 49er Men's Volleyball Wall of Honor, and was a member of the 1991 national championship team. Knipe was named to the 1991 NCAA All-Tournament team for his efforts in winning that championship.
Margaret Mohr -(Women's Basketball, 1984-87): Margaret Mohr was a leader for some of Long Beach State's finest women's basketball teams, and ranks ninth all-time in career assists at Long Beach State with 448. Mohr led the 1985-86 49ers with 182 assists, the fourth-highest single-season total for the 49ers, while helping the team to its first Final Four berth in school history. In 1986-87, Mohr helped the 49ers to a 33-3 record, a PCAA Championship, and a No. 4 final ranking as the 49ers fell to Tennessee in the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament.
Doug Robinson - Dr. Douglas Robinson has been Vice President for Student Services at Long Beach State since 1991. Robinson provides leadership to more than 35 university programs and services that focus on the needs of students outside the classroom and assist students in achieving their goals and enhancing their personal growth and development. He has been a steadfast supporter, both personally and professionally, of Long Beach State athletics. Robinson serves as chair on several university committees, including the Student Fee Advisory Committee and the 49er Shops Board of Directors. He served as chair of the university's NCAA Athletics Certification Steering Committee three times and served on the search committee for the current school president. He was a three-year letterman at Iowa State University where he played from 1965-67 and was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the 10th round of the 1968 NFL Draft.
Peter Smith - (Men's Tennis, 1983-86, Head Coach, 1988-91): Peter Smith was a four-year letterman at Long Beach State before serving as the team's head coach. As a player, he reached the conference singles finals all four years, and helped lead Long Beach State to two Pacific Coast Athletic Association Championships. As the final coach of the 49ers, Smith coached two All-Americans in Greg Failla and Par Crow during his four years at the helm of the program, and led Long Beach State to a second-place finish at the Big West Championships in 1989, as well as a program high No. 25 ranking.
Mark Templeton -(Football, 1983-86): Long Beach State's career leader in receptions with 262, Mark Templeton was a tremendous all-around fullback as a four-year letterman. His 1,966 receiving yards rank fourth all-time, and he ranks sixth in school history with 1,495 career rushing yards. An honorable mention All-American in 1986, his 9.0 receptions per game led the nation, and his 96 receptions that season set a NCAA Division I record and a Long Beach State record.
Cheryl Weaver - (Women's Volleyball, 1998-2001): A two-time Big West Player of the Year, Cheryl Weaver was a member of the 1998 women's volleyball National Championship team, and advanced to the final four three times in her career. A three-time first-team All-American, Weaver led the 49ers to the 2001 national championship match, winning 33 straight matches on the way to the title game. She finished her career with 1,589 kills, ranking fifth on the all-time list at Long Beach State.
Jered Weaver - (Baseball, 2002-04): The National Player of the Year in 2004 for Long Beach State, Jered Weaver was named the best player in the nation by no less than seven different organization. A two-time Big West Pitcher of the Year, and the program's first two-time All-American, Weaver led the nation in wins (15) and strikeouts (213) in 2004, finishing the season with a 1.62 ERA before being selected 12th overall by the Anaheim Angels in 2005. He holds the Long Beach State and Big West Conference career records in wins (37) and strikeouts (431), and is also the Dirtbags career record holder in innings pitched (370.0) and starts (55). Weaver set school records with 14 consecutive wins in 2004 after starting the season 14-0, and with 17 strikeouts in a game.
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