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Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony Coming In November

Oct. 15, 2008

Long Beach, Calif. - The induction ceremony for the 2008 Hall of Fame class is just around the corner, to be held on the campus of Long Beach State on Wednesday, Nov. 19. The seven-member class includes: Dan Bailey (Athletics), Don Baird (Men's Track & Field), Jade Carvalho (Field Hockey), James Cotton (Men's Basketball),Tayyiba Haneef-Park (Women's Volleyball/Track & Field), John Kahler (Football), and Pete Manarino (Coach/Softball).

The Hall of Fame, which was established in 1986, will add these seven new members to its roster bringing the total to 194. This will be the 22nd class to be inducted into the Long Beach State Athletic Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame class of 2008 will be inducted at the 49er Hall of Fame Ceremony on Wednesday, November 19 at the Richard & Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center on the CSULB campus. The ceremony begins at 6 p.m. with a reception following, and costs $75 per person.

For reservations or further information, please contact Pat West with the 49er Athletic Club at (562) 985-4662 or check the athletics website at www.longbeachstate.com.

THE 49ER HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2008

Dan Bailey, Athletics 
The end of an era came on August 10, 2007 when Dan Bailey retired from the Department of Athletics at Long Beach State. Bailey was at Long Beach State for over 36 years, 34 of those serving as the Head Athletic Trainer. He began at Long Beach State in August of 1971 serving as an assistant trainer under Tom Oxley and then was hired in physical education to work as an athletic trainer half time and in the Student Health Center as a physical therapist, half time. Three years later, in 1974, he became the head trainer. Bailey earned his undergraduate degree in physical education at the University of Utah, where he played football and wrestled. In 1971 he received a graduate degree in physical therapy at USC. In addition to working with the 49er athletic teams, he has been extensively involved with several Olympic teams. In the late 1970's he started working with the USA women's sculling team. Joan Linde (Van Blom) was one of his athletes. In 1982 he began working and traveling with USA water polo. During the 1984 Olympics he was in charge of athletic training for the sailing venue in Long Beach, he worked for the U.S. women's sculling team at Lake Casitas, and the USA men's water polo team at Pepperdine. He continued to work off and on with USA water polo until 1990 when he became the head athletic trainer for USA men's water polo, working in that capacity through the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games and the 2006 World Championships.An innovator among athletic trainers, he was the first to use heel and lace pads, an item every training room uses to prevent blisters when taping. He was also the first person to sell pre-lubed heel lace pads. He was instrumental in developing a summer education program with various Japanese colleges and universities, whereby Japanese students were brought to the Long Beach State campus to study athletic training. He is the past president of Long Beach Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy, Inc. and over the years he has developed various athletic training and software products. Bailey passed away on November 16, 2007 due to complications from surgery.

Don Baird, Track & Field 
Don Baird was the first in a long line of outstanding pole vaulters to compete at Long Beach State. Baird competed two years for the 49ers (1975-77) and was a four-time NCAA All-American, earning honors in both the Indoor and Outdoor Championships. He placed second at the 1976 NCAA Outdoor Championships and followed that up with a 3rd place finish in 1977. Indoor, he was second in 1976 and in 1977 he was the NCAA Indoor Pole Vault Champion. Baird participated at the 1976 Olympic Games, competing for his home country of Australia, finishing in 12th place. He helped lead the 49er track teams to a seventh place finish at the 1976 NCAA Indoor Championships and an 11th place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Baird was the 1977 PCAA pole vault champion and he won the pole vault title in 1975 (17'6") at the USA Track & Field Championships. He also won the pole vault title at the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch, New Zealand. In 1975 Baird was ranked No. 7 in the world according to Track & Field News in the pole vault. After he retired from sports, Baird used his contacts in track and field to market events and find sponsors for them. In 1988 he formed School Properties and developed a network of sponsorships for high school sports.
  Jade Carvalho, Field Hockey 
Jade Carvalho was a three-time All-American in field hockey for the 49ers (1978-80). She led the 49ers to the 1979 NCAA Championship, the first NCAA Division I title by a Long Beach State team. Carvalho was a member of the USA National Teamand was an alternate on the 1984 U.S. Olympic Team. Carvalho also excelled in judo, as she finished second in the nation at the 1979 Intercollegiate Judo Championships. Carvalho currently resides in Pennsylvania during the field hockey season and in California in the off-season (8 months of the year). She has been a women's collegiate field hockey umpire for several years, including working numerous NCAA Championships, and has officiated at all levels. She also umpires for out USA field hockey teams whenever they need her for international matches.

James Cotton, Men's Basketball 
One of the top basketball players in Long Beach State history, James Cotton made a name for himself and 49er basketball. A two-time first team All-Big West Conference selection (1996-97), Cotton ranks sixth all-time with 1,452 career points. His 18.2 point per game career scoring average ranks third-best in 49er history, his .800 career free throw percentage ranks No. 2 and his 156 made three-pointers ranks tied for No. 3 all-time. Cotton was drafted in the second round (32nd overall pick) of the 1997 NCAA Draft by the Denver Nuggets. He was then traded to Seattle where he played two years with the SuperSonics. Cotton's final NBA stop was in 1999 with the Chicago Bulls. As a junior in 1996-97, Cotton averaged 23.5 points per game. His 634 points that season ranks No. 4 on the school single season chart and his .833 free throw percentge was the second-best in school history. In 1995-96 Cotton averaged 19.5 points and 4.1 rebounds per game and led the 49ers to a 17-11 mark and a Big West regular season championships (12-6). His 66 made three-pointers that season ranks No. 8 on the 49er single season chart. As a freshman in 1993-94, Cotton averaged 11.4 points per game and was named the Big West Conference Freshman of the Year. He missed the 1994-95 season due to injury, but returned in 1995-96 as a redshirt sophomore. Cotton, a 2002 graduate with a degree in communications, currently resides in Long Beach and is a successful real estate agent.

Tayyiba Haneef-Park, Women's Volleyball/Track & Field 
Tayyiba Haneef-Park will go down in 49er history as one of the greatest two-sport athletes the school has ever seen. Haneef-Park lettered four years on the nationally-prominent women's volleyball team and she also lettered three years in track. Her honors are almost too many to record. Haneef-Park was a first team AVCA All-American in volleyball her senior season in 2001. The 49ers went 33-1 that year, won the Big West title and advanced to the NCAA Championship match. She was a three-time first team All-Big West selection in volleyball. Haneef-Park was a member of the 2004 USA Olympic Team, and helped lead the team to a bronze medal at the 2007 Pan American Games. She is primed to make the 2008 team as well. She ranks sixth all-time with 1,421 career kills and her .388 career hitting percentage is second-best in school history. In track and field, Haneef-Park was a three-time All-American in the high jump (2 outdoor, 1 indoor). She was also All-Big West three times and All-MPSF. Haneef-Park won three Big West Outdoor high jump titles and one indoor (2001, MPSF) title. She finished 6th at the 2000 NCAA Indoor Championships, earning All-America honors. At the NCAA Outdoor Championships she placed 5th in 2001 and 7th in 2000. Haneef-Park also excelled in the classroom as she was named to the Big West Fall All-Academic team four times, the Big West Spring All-Academic team three times and she was a second team All-District 8 All-Academic team pick in 2001. Haneef-Park graduated from Long Beach State in 2001 with a degree in speech communications.
 kahler John Kahler, Football 
John Kahler was one of the outstanding football players in 49er history. A three-year letterwinner (1969-71), Kahler was a standout on the defensive line. He was a two-time first team All-Pacific Coast Athletic Association selection (1970 & 1971) and after his senior season he was named the the Kodak All-America Coaches' College Division second team. He was drafted in the 1972 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs in the sixth round. Kahler led the 49ers to a 9-2-1 mark in 1970 and a first place finish in the PCAA. The 49ers played in their only bowl game in school history in the 1970 campaign, a 24-24 tie to Louisville in the Pasadena Bowl, a game which was played in the Rose Bowl. The 49ers finished second in the conference in 1970 in total defense, anchored by Kahler on the defensive line. In 1971 the 49ers were 8-4 and finished first in the PCAA at 5-1, but the league's council selected 4-1 San Jose State to represent the league at the 1971 Pasadena Bowl. Including an 8-3 mark in 1969, Kahler's sophomore season, the 49ers were 25-9-1 (.735) during his three years, the most wins over a three-year span in school history. He played in the East-West All-Star Game as a senior, leading the West to victory and finishing second to DB Willie Buchanon for Defensive Player of the Game honors. Kahler played one year at Long Beach City College before coming to the 49ers.

Pete Manarino, Coach/Softball 
One of the winningest coaches in NCAA history, Pete Manarino compiled a career mark of 843-508-2 (.624) in his 23 years (1984-2006) as the head softball coach at Long Beach State. Manarino led the 49ers to five College World Series appearances (1986, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993) during his tenure and won five league championships (1996, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005). He was named the league's Coach of the Year five times (1986, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2004) and led the 49ers to 17 NCAA Regional appearances. During his time he coached 86 all-conference selections, 30 all-region selections and three All-Americans. He was selected into the Long Beach Softball Hall of Fame in its original class. His 843 career victories ranks No. 21 all-time among NCAA Division I softball coaches. He led Long Beach State to 40 or more victories seven times, and in 2004 the 49ers set a school record with 51 victories as they went 51-13 on the year, won the Big West title and won three games at the 2004 NCAA Regionals, falling one game short of reaching the regional finals. He had only one losing season in his 23 campaigns at the helm of the 49er program and finished with a 403-255 record in conference games. A 1984 graduate of Cal State Fullerton, Manarino earned his Masters degree in education in 1984 from Azusa Pacific.

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