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May 5, 2014

MEN’S BASKETBALL COACHES CIRCLE TO INDUCT SIX MORE ALUMS ON OCT. 29

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Six alums who went on to careers in coaching local basketball teams at the prep and/or collegiate levels will be inducted into the Sacramento State Men's Basketball Coaches' Circle.

The event, which is officially tabbed the 2014 Men's Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Banquet, will take place at the Alumni Center on the south end of campus on Wednesday, Oct. 29, with the reception at 6:00 p.m., and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Online registration for the event will be available at a later date.

This year will mark the third round of inductees into the Coaches' Circle, and will honor area coaches that graduated or obtained teaching credentials from Sacramento State.

In addition, as part of the festivities on Oct. 29, head coach Brian Katz will introduce every member of the 2014-15 season and preview the season.

This year's inductees will include alums Bill Barker, Dan Risley, Len Stevens, Honk Williams (in memoriam), Steve Williams and Steve Wright. Barker also played for head coach Ev Shelton and the Hornets during the 1964-65 season. In addition, Honk Williams was the uncle of Steve Williams. Below are brief resumés on the coaching careers of each member of this year's class.

For previous inductees into the Coaches Circle, click here.

THIS YEAR'S INDUCTEES (alphabetical order)

BILL BARKER (graduated in 1966, special education)
Rio Americano High School - Head JV Coach - 1964-65
San Juan High School - Head JV Coach - 1965-66
Del Oro High School - Head JV Coach - 1967-84
Del Oro High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1984-99

DAN RISLEY (graduated in 1964, elementary education)
Orville Wright Elementary - Head Coach - 1964-65
Winston Churchill Middle School - Head Coach - 1965-67
Mira Loma High School - Head Freshman Coach - 1967-69
Mira Loma High School - Head JV Coach - 1969-70
Elk Grove High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1970-75
University of San Francisco - Assistant Coach - 1975-76, 1978-79

LEN STEVENS (graduated in 1972, physical education)
Jesuit High School - Head Freshman Coach - 1968-69
Sacramento State - Graduate Assistant - 1969-70
Jesuit High School - Head JV Coach - 1969-70
Jesuit High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1970-78
Saint Martin's University - Head Coach - 1978-81
Washington State - Assistant Coach - 1981-83
Washington State - Head Coach - 1983-87
Nevada - Head Coach - 1987-93
Union Neuchatel in Switzerland - Head Coach - 1994-97
UC Irvine - Assistant Coach - 1997-03

GENE "HONK" WILLIAMS (graduated in 1952, physical education) - In Memoriam
Ione High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1951-61
Vacaville High School - Head JV Coach - 1961-66
Vacaville High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1966-78

STEVE WILLIAMS (obtained California Teaching Credential in 1972)
Grant High School - Head Freshman Coach - 1974-76
Grant High School - Head JV Coach - 1976-79
Grant High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1979-90
* Currently the director of Sly Park Fundamental Basketball School

STEVE WRIGHT (graduated in 1975, physical education)
Highlands High School - Head JV Coach - 1975-79
Grant High School - Assistant Varsity Coach - 1979-82
Vacaville High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1982-85
UC Davis - Assistant Coach - 1985-89
Yuba Community College - Assistant Coach - 1989-90
UC Davis - Assistant Coach - 1990-92
Will C. Wood High School - 1992-96

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