SACRAMENTO STATE COACHES CIRCLE

The Coaches Circle wing of the Sacramento State Men's Basketball Hall of Fame was established in 2012 as a way to honor area coaches that graduated from Sacramento State.

A total of 36 coaches have been inducted into the Coaches Circle. The first class saw 10 enshrined in 2012, and Sacramento State has inducted at least two additional coaches every year since.

Of the 36 alums, 15 played collegiately at Sacramento State, comprised of Carl Youngstrom (1949-52), Dick Galvin (1950-52), Tom Brian (1951-54), George Goto (1952-54), John Karsten (1959-61), Jim Greene (1960-63), Bob McCoy (1961-62), Neil McCarthy (1963-64), Jim "Spider" Thomas (1963-65), Wayne Sheppard (1963-65), Bill Barker (1964-65), Bob Opp (1965-66), Monte White (1965-66), Terry Battenberg (1966-67) and Terry Ray (1969-71).

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. Brian is the only one to be inducted into both the Coaches Circle and indiviudally into the Hall of Fame.

Ron McKenna (1988-92), Manny Tequida (1981-84), Burnel Pinkerton (1982-84), Rob Richards (1993-97) 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

Tom Brian - In Memoriam
Rio Tierra Junior High School - Head Coach - 1957-61
Vacaville High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1961-66
American River College - Head Coach - 1966-75
American River College - Assistant Coach - 1975-76

Dick Galvin

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

Ted Goodykoontz - In Memoriam
Jesuit High School - Assistant Freshman Coach - 1980-83
Sacramento High School - Freshman Coach - 1983-85
Christian Brothers High School - Sophomore Coach - 1985-88
Hiram Johnson High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1988-93
Stanislaus State - Assistant Coach - 1993-94
College of the Siskiyous - Assistant Coach - 1994-95
Woodland High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1995-02
Woodland High School - Head Junior Varsity Coach - 2002-03
Rosemont High School - Head Varsity Coach - 2003-06

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

Paul Hayes
Hiram Johnson High School - Head Junior Varsity Coach - 1987-89
Woodland High School - Head Junior Varsity Coach - 1989-90
Woodland High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1990-94
Woodcreek High School - Assistant Varsity Coach - 1996-97
Woodcreek High School - Head Junior Varsity Coach - 1997-98
Woodcreek High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1998-04
Woodcreek High School - Head Junior Varsity Coach - 2008-10
Woodcreek High School - Head Varsity Coach - 2010-18

Drew Hibbs
El Camino High School - Head Junior Varsity Coach - 1986-88
El Camino High School - Assistant Varsity Coach - 1988-90
Yuba College - Assistant Coach - 1990-91 (coached under Bob Hamilton)
Foothill High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1991-94
Sierra College - Head Coach - 1994-98
Stanislaus State - Assistant Coach - 1999-00
Foothill High School - Head Varsity Coach - 2000-16

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

Neil McCarthy
St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1966-71
Weber State - Assistant Coach - 1971-75
Weber State - Head Coach - 1975-85
New Mexico State - Head Coach - 1985-97

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 - 2010-17

Dale Natividad
Las Palmas Junior High - Head Coach - 1973-78
Norte Del Rio High School - Head Junior Varsity Coach - 1978-82
Norte Del Rio High School - Assistant Girls Varsity Coach - 1981-82
Grant High School - Head Girls Varsity Coach - 1982-83
Grant High School - Head Junior Varsity Coach - 1982-83
Foothill High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1983-91
Oakmont High School - Assistant Junior Varsity Coach - 1991-92
Roseville High School - Assistant Varsity Coach - 1992-94
Woodcreek High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1994-98

Bob Opp
Bella Vista High School - Head Freshman Coach - 1970-71
Elk Grove High School - Head Junior Varsity Coach - 1971-73
Elk Grove High School - Assistant Varsity Coach - 1973-75
Elk Grove High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1975-81

Burnel Pinkerton
Sacramento State - Assistant Coach - 1982-84
Hiram Johnson High School - Assistant Varsity Coach - 1984-85
St. Ignatius School - Head Coach - 1985-87
Foothill High School - Head Freshman Coach - 1987-88
Foothill High School - Assistant Varsity Coach - 1988-89
El Camino Fundamental High School - Head Junior Varsity Coach - 1989-90
Roseville High School - Assistant Varsity Coach - 1990-91
Oakmont High School - Head Junior Varsity Coach - 1991-96
Granite Bay High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1996-02
Woodcreek High School - Head Varsity Coach - 2004-10

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

Terry Ray
Jesuit High School - Head Freshman Coach - 1971-73
Rio Linda High School - Head Junior Varsity Coach - 1973-76
Rio Linda High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1976-96
Rio Linda High School - Head Freshman Coach - 2003-04
Rio Linda High School - Head Varsity Coach - 2004-14

Rob Richards
Sacramento State – Graduate Assistant Coach - 1993-94
Sacramento State - Assistant Coach - 1994-97
Hiram Johnson High School – Head Varsity Coach - 1997-01
West Campus High School – Head Varsity Coach - 2001-08
Antelope High School – Head Varsity Coach - 2008-19

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

Wayne Sheppard
Del Paso Junior High School - Head Coach - 1967-69
Grant High School - Head Junior Varsity Coach - 1969-70
Highlands High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1970-76
Don Julio Junior High School - Head Coach - 1976-78
Grant High School - Head Varsity Girls Coach - 1981-83

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

Derek Swafford
Elk Grove High School - Assistant Varsity Coach - 1989-90
Valley High School - Head Freshman Coach - 1990-92
Valley High School - Head Junior Varsity Coach - 1992-94
Valley High School - Assistant Varsity Coach - 1994-96
Sacramento Legends Women's Pro Team - Head Coach - 1996-97
Natomas High School - Head Women's Varsity Coach - 1997-00
Sacramento High School - Head Varsity Coach - 2000-16

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

Monte White
Bella Vista High School - Head Freshman Coach - 1967-68
Bella Vista High School - Assistant Varsity Coach - 1968-71
Rio Americano High School - Head Freshman Coach - 1973-74
Elk Grove High School - Assistant Varsity Coach - 1975-77
Kennedy High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1977-78
North Tahoe High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1978-81
South Tahoe High School - Assistant Varsity Coach - 1981-83
North Tahoe High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1983-86
Bear River High School - Assistant Varsity Coach - 1986-87
Sierra College - Assistant Coach - 1987-88
Del Oro High School - Head Freshman Girls Coach - 1988-89
Sierra College - Assistant Coach - 1989-92
Del Oro High School - Head Freshman Girls Coach - 2002-03
Del Oro High School - Assistant Varsity Coach - 2003-09
Del Oro High School - Head Junior Varsity Coach - 2009-11
Truckee High School - Assistant Varsity Coach - 2011-12
Del Oro High School - Head Junior Varsity Coach - 2012-14
Del Oro High School - Assistant Varsity Coach - 2015-16
North Tahoe High School - Head Junior Varsity Coach - 2016-19
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

Eddie Wilson
Vanden High School - Head Junior Varsity Coach - 1996-97
Vanden High School - Assistant Varsity Coach - 1997-98
Vanden High School - Head Freshman Coach - 1998-99
El Camino High School - Head Freshman Coach - 1999-00
El Camino High School - Assistant Varsity Coach - 2000-01
Fairfield High School - Head Varsity Coach - 2001-11
Solano Community College - Assistant Coach - 2011-13
Fairfield High School - Head Varsity Coach - 2013-17

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