José Cortez, Sue Patterson-McDonald and Doug Michelson are among the former student-athletes and coaches who make up the 2018 class scheduled for enshrinement into the Los Angeles Valley College Hall of Fame.
Cortez, who also graduated from Van Nuys High School, joined the Monarchs football team in 1994 as the placekicker. The all-American helped fuel two championship teams before moving to Oregon State and then the NFL.
Patterson-McDonald was the Monarchs’ state runner-up in the high jump. Her track-and-field exploits include a school triple-jump record that continues to stand 35 years later. The momentum continued at CSUN where Patterson-McDonald became a three-time NCAA all-American.
Michelson played basketball at Valley College before going on a successful coaching career at Poly High and Pierce College as well as LAVC. His Valley women’s basketball teams won six conference championships, two state championship contests, and two semi-final appearances. Moving to the men’s side, his teams finished first or second in the Western State Conference nine consecutive years while averaging more than 25 wins per season.
Other inductees include:
—the 1966 swim team;
—baseball player Eddie Baeza;
—football coach John Becker;
—trainer Angelo Cimity;
—gymnastics and swim-ming coach Gary Honjio and;
— football player Jack Steptoe.
Induction ceremonies will take place June 30 at the college’s Monarch Hall.