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February 17, 2010 > East Bay to induct six more into HOF

East Bay to induct six more into HOF

By Jeff Weisinger

On May 15 the Cal State East Bay Pioneers will welcome six more into its exclusive athletic Hall of Fame.

Cal State East Bay athletic director Debby De Angelis announced on Tuesday, Feb. 9, that five former standout athletes and one coach will be honored at the Hall of Fame reception and dinner.

The six inductees will join the ranks of such Pioneer legends like Major League Baseball hall-of-famer Joe Morgan, former New York Mets catcher Jay Kleven, track and field and cross-country star Michele Aubuchon and three-time Olympian Marilyn King.

Along with inducting the select six into the Hall of Fame, East Bay will also honor the 1988 National Champion women's soccer team at the reception.

Volleyball- and softball-star Angel Alcorcha, baseball player Archie Gilbert, track and field athletes Miloe McCall and Darryl Robinson, women's basketball player Leah (Thornton) Pero, and men's and women's soccer coach Colin Lindores will all be honored and inducted to the East Bay Athletic Hall of Fame on May 15.

Alcorcha (1996-99) played for two years on the women's volleyball team and pitched for two seasons on the softball team.

On the volleyball court, she was a two-time All-Nor Cal Athletic Conference (NCAC) First Team selection as an outside hitter, leading the then-Cal State Hayward Lady Pioneers in hitting percentage and led them to a 20-13 overall record in her first year, followed by guiding them to a 24-9 record the following season, including an 11-match win streak in that 1997 season.

On the softball diamond, Alcorcha earned NCAA All-West Region First Team honors in 1998 and led the Lady Pioneers softball team to second place in the Cal-Pac Conference in her senior year in 1998.

"Angel was a leader in every sense of the word," said Lady Pioneers volleyball coach Jim Spagle. "She always made herself available to her team, whether to help a teammate through a rough stretch, challenge them or to demonstrate the standard of maximum effort which she always exhibited on and off the court."

Archie Gilbert (2002-05) hit a career .358 in his four seasons as a Pioneer. The former Division III Independent First Team selection carved his name into the East Bay baseball books as one of the best to play for the Pioneers. He holds the career records for runs, hits, RBIs, doubles and triples. The James Logan alum also ranks second in Pioneers baseball history in home runs with 26 and is in the top 10 in walks, stolen bases and batting average.

Gilbert was signed by the Boston Red Sox in 2005, playing in the Gulf Coast League for the GCL Red Sox in 2005, then played in the Pioneer League with the Chicago White Sox organization in 2006 before being called up to Class-A ball with the White Sox in Kannapolis in 2007.

Gilbert has been working his way up the Oakland Athletics system since 2008, winning the California League MVP with Single-A affiliate Stockton Ports in '08, then helping Class-AA affiliate Midland Rockhounds win the '09 Texas League Championship.

Gilbert has hit .286 with 21 home runs and 170 RBI along with totaling 134 stolen bases in his five-year minor-league career.

"From the moment Archie stepped on the field as a freshman for his first game in a Pioneer uniform everyone noticed this is a young man who is a game changer," CSUEB baseball coach Dirk Morrison said. "He is a player that makes plays that no one else makes, runs the bases with fierce determination and constantly hits the ball with authority."

A four-time NCAA Division II national qualifier and two-time high jump All-American Miloe McCall (1983-87) was dominant in her four years for East Bay. She captured four consecutive NCAC in the triple jump, setting a school record jump of 40-11.5 and earned All-American honors in 1986 and 1987 as she finished fourth in the NCAA Championships.

"Miloe's consistent performance in the field events over her four-year career was a key reason for the continual success of the Cal State East Bay women's track and field teams of that era," nominator Glenn Park stated in a letter.

On the men's side of the track, Darryl Robinson (1976-77) was a two-time All-American on East Bay's track and field team. In his junior year in '76, he set school records in both the indoor and outdoor pole vault events, claiming the Far West Conference championship before finishing second in the NCAA Division II championships.

Robinson followed his stellar junior season with a spectacular senior season, defending his FWC title while leading East Bay to another second-place finish in the NCAA Championships.

Leah Pero (2002-05) played on the women's basketball team for three season under coach Sara Judd, leading the Pioneers to 59 wins in her three season there as a guard.

Pero, a three-time All-Cal Pac Conference honoree, holds the Lady Pioneers season records for scoring average, free throws, free-throw percentage and consecutive free-throws made in her senior season. She also led East Bay to back-to-back 21-win seasons.

Pero was also named an NAIA Second Team All-American her senior year, Cal-Pac MVP, along with being a two-time national scholar-athlete. She collected the NAIA's Emil S. Liston award as a junior for displaying scholarship, character and playing ability.

"Leah was a coach's dream," Judd said. "She was extremely talented on the court and dedicated in the classroom and to her teammates. She was at her best against the strongest competition and no one ever played the game with as much joy as she did."

Pioneers soccer coach Colin Lindores coached the men's team from 1976-89, then coached to the women's side from 1982-1989. He also had a second stint with the Lady Pioneers from 1997-98.

He went 117-54-12 in 11 seasons as the women's head coach, compiling a .672 winning percentage, the best in the program's history. He led the Lady Pioneers to six straight NCAC titles, and the 1988 NCAA Division II National Championship. He was also a five-time NCAC Coach of the Year.

On the men's side, Lindores amassed a 146-86-36 record in his 14-year career, leading the Pioneers seven NCAC titles, five NCAA Tournament berths and a Division II Final Four appearance in 1989. Along with being a three-time NCAC Coach of the Year, he was named the NSCAA Far West Coach of the Year, leading two East Bay teams that, for several years, did not have any scholarship athletes.

Lindores went on to coach for six years at Stanford, leading the Cardinal to two NCAA Tournament appearances, then served as an assistant coach for Team USA in the 1991 Pan-Am games and in the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain. He has been the co-head coach at De Anza College in Cupertino, leading the Dons to four Coast Conference titles.

"No single coach in the history of this university has been more successful than Colin Lindores," said former East Bay athletic director Al Mathews in his recommendation letter.

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