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The Men's Basketball Coaches' Circle was established in 2012 as a way to honor area coaches that graduated from Sacramento State. The first 10 coaches, who all graduated between 1950 and 1965, were inducted at a banquet on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at the Sacramento State Alumni Center. The next six coaches were inducted on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, and six more were honored on Oct. 29, 2014.

The 2012 inductees were comprised of Dick Galvin (‘52), Carl Youngstrom (‘52), George Goto (‘54), Ron McKenna (‘58), John Karsten (‘61), Gordon Pistochini (‘62), John Rankin (‘62), Jim Greene (‘63), Bob McCoy (‘63) and Al Manfredi (‘64). The group combined to coach basketball locally for over 250 years at the middle school, high school and collegiate levels.

The 2013 inductees were Joe Belcastro ('65), Harvey Tahara ('67), Terry Battenberg ('68), Jim "Spider" Thomas ('69), Stan Harms ('69) and Manny Tequida ('72). Five of the inductees completed their undergraduate work at Sacramento State with degrees in physical education while Harms earned his master's degree from the University in mechanical engineering.

The 2014 inductees were Bill Barker ('66), Dan Risley ('64), Len Stevens ('72), Honk Williams (in memoriam, '52), Steve Williams ('72) and Steve Wright ('75). Honk Williams was the uncle of Steve Williams.

Of the 22 alums, nine played collegiately at Sacramento State, comprised of Galvin (1950-52), Goto (1952-54), Greene (1960-63), Karsten (1959-61), McCoy (1961-62), Youngstrom (1949-52), Barker (1964-65), Battenberg (1966-67) and Thomas (1963-65). Both McCoy and Greene were members of the 1961-62 national runner-up squad that was inducted into the Sacramento State Men’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.

McKenna (1988-92), Tequida (1981-84) and Battenberg (2008-09) were each assistant coaches at Sacramento State, and Karsten was the Hornets’ freshman coach in 1961-62.

COACHES CIRCLE INDUCTEES (alphabetical order)

Bill Barker
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

Terry Battenberg
Jesuit High School - Head JV Coach - 1967-68
Jesuit High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1968-71
Oregon State - Assistant Coach - 1971-72
Montana Tech - Head Coach - 1972-76
El Dorado High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1976-80
American River College - Assistant Coach - 1980-83
American River College - Head Coach - 1983-84
Ponderosa High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1988-94, 1995-96
Union Mine High School - Head JV Coach - 1999-00
Union Mine High School - Head Varsity Coach - 2000-07
Sacramento State - Assistant Coach - 2008-09
Capital Christian High School - Head Varsity Coach - 2011-12

Joe Belcastro

Rio Americano High School - Head Sophomore Boys Coach - 1966-67
Rio Americano High School - Head JV Boys Coach - 1967-78
Rio Americano High School - Head Varsity Girls Coach - 1978-83
Mira Loma High School - Head Varsity Boys Coach - 1983-93

Dick Galvin

Grant Union High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1961-69
Foothill Farms Junior High School 8th Grade - Head Coach - 1969-84

George Goto

Roseville High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1955-62
Sierra College - Head Coach - 1962-74

Jim Greene
Clarksburg High School - Head Freshman Coach - 1964-65
Delta High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1965-74

Stan Harms
Folsom High School - Head JV Coach - 1978-82
Folsom High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1983-95

John Karsten

Sacramento State - Freshman Head Coach - 1961-62
Highlands High School - Junior Varsity Head Coach - 1962-65
Foothill High School - Varsity Head Coach - 1965-70
American River College - Assistant Varsity Coach - 1970-75
American River College - Head Coach - 1975-83
Founded and ran the Sacramento Basketball Coaches Clinic from 1975-2000 (later named the John Karsten Tip-Off Clinic)

Al Manfredi
Rio Americano High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1969-91
Founded the Jack Scott Basketball Tournament in 1975

Bob McCoy
Encina High School - Junior Varsity Head Coach - 1963-68
Winston Churchill Middle School - Head Coach - 1969-94
Mira Loma High School - Junior Varsity Head Coach - 1969-75
La Sierra High School - Varsity Head Coach - 1981-85
Laguna Creek High School - Assistant Varsity Coach - 1997-98
Formed and ran the Northern California Tournament of Champions from 1972-92

Ron McKenna
Kit Carson Middle School - Head Coach - 1963-76
Sacramento High School - Assistant Varsity Coach - 1976-80
Sacramento High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1980-85
Christian Brothers High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1985-88
Kennedy High School - Assistant Freshman Coach - 1992-93
Kennedy High School - Head Freshman Coach - 1993-95
Kennedy High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1998-00
Sacramento State - Assistant Coach - 1998-02
Rosemont High School - Assistant Varsity Coach - 2008-09
Kennedy High School - Assistant Sophomore Coach - 2009-10
Sheldon High School - Assistant Sophomore Coach - Current

Gordon Pistochini
Bella Vista High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1967-84

John Rankin
Del Oro High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1966-83
Sierra College - Head Coach - 1985-96

Dan Risley
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
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

Harvey Tahara
Immaculate Conception School - Head 8th Grade Boys Coach - 1965-67
Peter Lassen Junior High School - Head 9th Grade Boys Coach - 1968-71
C.K. McClatchy High School - Head JV Boys Coach - 1971-78
Sacramento City College - Assistant Men's Coach - 1978-79
C.K. McClatchy High School - Head Varsity Boys Coach - 1979-94, 1995-96
C.K. McClatchy High School - Head Freshman Girls Coach - 1996-97
C.K. McClatchy High School - Head Varsity Girls Coach - 1994-95, 2001-11

Manny Tequida

Jesuit High School - Head JV Coach - 1972-74
Sacramento High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1974-81
Sacramento State - Assistant Coach - 1981-84
Sacramento High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1984-85

Jim "Spider" Thomas
James Marshall High School (now called River City High School) - Head Varsity Coach - 1972-78
Kennedy High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1979-95

Gene "Honk" Williams - 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
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
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

Carl Youngstrom
Las Palmas Junior High School - Head Coach - 1952-57
Norte Del Rio High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1957-82
Grant High School - Assistant Varsity Coach - 1982-88

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