Athletic Hall of Fame

Clovis Unified School District 2021 Hall of Fame

Clovis Unified School District 2018 Hall of Fame
“We want you to teach our students to win with class and to lose with dignity. But we also want you to teach them that there is a lot more to being a winner than the final game score. We want you to teach them to root for their team to win, not for the other team to lose. We want you to teach our kids what to do when they lose. We want you to get them off their duffs and get them back in the fight. Don’t you let them give up. And if we can teach them not to be quitters by the time they finish the 12th grade in Clovis schools, they will probably make it through life.”
–Floyd “Doc” Buchanan, Ed.D.

CUSD Athletics Hall of Fame nominees sought…..
The nomination window for the Clovis Unified Athletic Hall of Fame is open February 1st through February 28th.  In its fifth year, the Hall of Fame serves to memorialize the legendary athletes and sports program legacies that make up the rich sports history in the district.

 Clovis Unified Athletic Hall of Fame Individual Nomination Criteria
  1. Must have attended school or been in Clovis Unified during the time nominee was making a major contribution to athletics for which nominee is being considered for induction.
  2. May be living or deceased.
  3. Must have reached 30th birthday or has been retired from competition for at least five years. Nominees over 30 years of age must have completed athletic competition before induction can be considered. If athletic competition isn’t completed, more notable accomplishments could still occur thus outdating the Hall of Fame’s record of achievements. If an athlete that is being considered for their individual athletic accolades is a head coach in CUSD, then they will not be considered until they complete their head coaching duties while at CUSD.   If inductees are going in for strictly coaching achievements, then they must be finished with any head coaching experiences before they would be considered. 
  4. Must have achieved notable accomplishments at the league, section, state, national, and international level.

Clovis Unified Athletic Hall of Fame Team Nomination or Program of the Decade Criteria

  1. A team is defined as any two or more persons constituting one side in an athletic contest or competition. The team must have played it home competition in Clovis Unified.
  2. The team shall have achieved at the league, section, state, national, and international level.

A selection committee will review all qualified nominations and the new class of inductees will be announced in May. A gala celebration will be held at the Performing Arts Center to honor the inductees and highlight their accomplishments.

Please view the nomination form and instructions on how to submit HERE. Also available is the Athletic Hall of Fame archive that features video stories about all of the recent inductees.

2019 Inductees

Doc Buchanan Award – James Fugman, Ed.D.

The 2019 Doc Buchanan Award is presented to James Fugman, Ed.D., for his contributions to building an academic and athletic legacy of excellence in Clovis Unified.   Fugman was a standout athlete in high school, earning All-City and City/County honors at Fresno High in 1960.  He went on to play football at the University of Southern California (USC) and Fresno State and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fresno State University in 1965, and then a teaching credential.  

He taught and coached at Central High School, Edison High School and Bullard High School before being drawn to Clovis Unified and a post at Clovis High School in 1970.  A talented and successful football coach, Fugman lead teams from both Edison High and Clovis High to CIF Section Championships. 

A believer in lifelong learning, over the course of his career Fugman earned a Master of Arts degree from California 
Polytechnic College in 1970 and a Doctorate in Education from the University of San Francisco in 1983.  Following a successful teaching career, Fugman entered the ranks of school administration as Assistant Principal and Deputy Principal of Clovis High School before being tapped by Doc Buchanan to lead and open the brand-new Kastner Intermediate School in 1979. 

Kastner Intermediate was the first intermediate school to open in the District outside of the originals Clovis High and Clark Intermediate School. Under his leadership, Kastner Intermediate was recognized as a California Distinguished and National Blue Ribbon School.  He served Kastner Intermediate from 1979 to 1984, and then returned to the Clovis High community to be the Principal of Clovis High School from 1984 to 1986.  In 1986, Fugman was selected as the Assistant Superintendent for the Clovis Area and was instrumental in continuing the academic and athletic excellence for the Blue Unit.  Due to his hard work and dedication to Clovis Unified, he was selected as the Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in 1993 where he served until his retirement in 2002.  Fugman continues to be an active member of the Clovis Unified family and his relentlessness to be the best you can be in mind, body and spirit is still felt across the District today.

After 36 years of service in public education as a teacher, coach and administrator, the Clovis Unified School District Governing Board announced in May 2002 that the new elementary school on Cedar and Olympic avenues be named James S. Fugman Elementary School.  Today, Fugman can be regularly found at the school working with kids and sharing his experiences with teachers and administration alike.  

1961 and 1962 Clovis High School Girls Swim Teams

1961 Team
First Female NYL Championship Team
Clovis Unified School District’s First Female Large School CIF Section Championship Team
  • North Yosemite League Championship with 69 points.
  • Mary Pat Johnson set a record in the 100-yard individual medley with a time of 1:11.2 and 
    in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 1:00.3.
  • Relay team won the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 2:11 and the 200 freestyle with 
    a time of 1:56.3.  The team consisted of Mary Pat Johnson, Patty Docker, Penny Docker, Sharon DeSoto, Wendy Porter and Mary Shippey.
  • Clovis edged Bakersfield 44-43 points to win the CIF Central Section Championship.
  • Medley relay team named 4th in the nation. 

Coach: Ester Leach   
Manager: Ginny Hall 

Team Members:
Carol Beckfold
Laura Brewer
Sherry Castanzo
Donna Clause
Sharon DeSoto
Patty Docker
Penny Docker
Karen Dunkel
Pat Frame
Suzi Ginsberg
 Patti Hathaway
Mary Pat Johnson
Judy Knight
Carol Northan
Jeanne Penberthy
Wendy Porter
Sandy Robertson
Kathleen Rogers
Betty Shippey
Mary Shippey
Tamera Wolski
Celeste Woods 

1962 Team
North Yosemite League Champions
CIF Section Champions

  • North Yosemite League Championship with 77 points.
  • Mary Pat Johnson won the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 1:02.1, won the 100-yard individual medley and was a member of the record-breaking medley relay team which was clocked at 2:09.3. Michelle Bakula won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 28.4.
  • Won back-to-back CIF Central Section Championships with 48 points to Bakersfield’s 38.
  • Won the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 2:08.9 with Mary Shippey, Sharon DeSoto, Mary Pat Johnson and Penny Docker. Michelle Bakula took third in the 50-yard freestyle. Mary Pat Johnson won her fourth consecutive 100m individual medley in a time of 1:09.6. Mary Pat Johnson took second in the 100-yard freestyle. Patty Docker took second in the 50-yard butterfly. Sharon DeSoto tied for third in the 50-yard breaststroke. Clovis took second in the 200-yard freestyle relay.

Coach:  Don Utter
Team Members

 Michelle Bakula
Carol Beckfold
Sherry Castanzo
Sharon DeSoto
Patty Docker
Penny Docker
Karen Dunkel
Pat Frame
Patti Hathaway
Mary Pat Johnson
C. King
Judy Knight
P. McCray
Carol Northan
Wendy Porter
Betty Shippey
Mary Shippey
Jody Sholtz
S. Sturgill 

1985 Clovis West High School Football Team

13-0 CIF Central Section Champion
First Football Valley Championship for School
Ranked #1 in Northern California and Ranked #2 in California

Head Coach: Max Newberry
Assistant Coaches: Mas Aoki, Billy Biggs, Bill Crawford, Tom Deel, Jim Giovacchini, Jim Moxley, Ken Testa
Statistician: Todd McFerrin    
Managers: Melissa McMindes, Dawn Trimble    
Camera: Matt Paley 

Team Members:

Steven Anaya
Richard Ashcraft
Trent Barnes
Brett Bauer
Jeff Blankenship
Brian Bode
Bryan Boel
Tom Born
Ron Bovee
Louie Brosi
David Byrd
Romero Cantu
Steve Christensen
Kevin Clark
Corey Cowger
Larry Curtis
Robin Davis

Tim Espinosa
Mike Fitzgerald
Josias Guevara
David Haros
Gordon Haslam
Sean Hendersen
Tim Hill
Brian Jones
Mike King
Coby Lindsey
Rick Lingenfelter
Mike Loforti
Matthew Madsen
Troy Mathias
Mike Moser
T. Naffzinger Sam Nimmo
Mike Noel
Jon Pearson
Gerald Penner
David Peters 
Mark Petersen
Darren Pittman
Jay Pusher
Todd Randall
Jeff Reese
Bob Reynolds
Brian Richburg
Blaine Shirkey
George Smith
Richard Smith
Kevin Snavely
Marlon Stephens
Jon Stewart
Brian Stone
J. J. Velasco
Mike Walker
David Webb
Fred Welch
Don Wells
James Wilder
Dewayne Williams
Tyran Williams
Mike Williams
Mike Williamson
Boyd Zimmerer

Fred Bohna, Clovis High School, Wrestling

Clovis Unified History
• Clovis High School

High School
• 1974 CIF Section Champion
• 1974 CIF State Champion
• 1974 Wrestling USA Magazine All-American Dream Team
• 1974 Member of Clovis Unified’s first State Championship Team
• 1974 Junior National All-American

• 1979 PAC-10 Conference Champion - UCLA
• 1979 NCAA Division I Unlimited Champion
• Undefeated entire senior year
• NCAA Division I All-American
• PAC-10 Wrestler of the Year

• 1979 Pan American Gold Medalist 
• 1979 USA Team Member

• 2013 Inductee UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame
• 2014 Inductee California Wrestling Hall of Fame
• 2016 All-Century PAC-12 Wrestling Team

• 1980 UCLA Assistant Wrestling Coach
• Cal State Bakersfield Assistant Wrestling Coach 

Doug Fraley, Clovis West High School, Track and Field

Clovis Unified History
• Clovis West High School

High School
• 1981, 1982, 1983 CIF League and Valley Champion
• 1981, 1982 CIF State Championships 3rd place and 2nd place, respectively
• 1983 First Valley Athlete to clear 17’ highest vault in the nation 17’1.5”

• 1984, 1985, 1986, NCAA Outdoor Championships – 3rd place
• 1984 USA Jr. Champion 
• 1984 Pan American Jr. Champion 
• 1984 Fresno State School Record 17’9”
• Three-time NCAA National Champion at Fresno State University
• 1986 Fresno State School Record 18’11” highest vault for a collegiate athlete
• 1986 Harry Coffee Award Fresno State University Outstanding Athlete
• 1986, 1987 USA Senior Championships, 6th place and 5th place, respectively
• 1986, 1987 PCAA Conference Champion 
• 1986, 1987 NCAA Indoor Champion 
• 1987 Harry Coffee Award Co-winner Fresno State University Outstanding Athlete
• 1987 NCAA Outdoor Championship

• 1987 IAAF Mobile Grand Prix Circuit
• 1988 USA Olympic Trials 6th place
• 1989 USA Championships 3rd place
• 1991 USA Championships 5th place
• 1992 USA Olympic Trials 6th place
• 1992 First Valley Athlete to clear 19’
• Fresno State Track & Field Hall of Fame
• Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame

• 1994-95 Assistant Coach, Fresno State
• 1996-97 Assistant Coach, Tulane University
• 1998-2011 Mardi Gras Track Club Coach & Director, New Orleans
• 2011-2019 Tulane University, Associate Head Coach
• Current Assistant Coach, Washington State University

Jimmy Aguirre, Clovis High School, Wrestling

Clovis Unified History
• Clark Intermediate School
• Clovis High School

High School
• 1989, 1990, 1991 CIF State Champion
• 1989 Junior Nationals All-American 
• 1990-1991 Captain of State Champion Clovis Wrestling Team
• 1990 Runner-up at Junior World Team Trials
• 1990, 1991 ASIC All-American
• 1991 High School National Champion
• 1991 NHSCA All-American
• 1991 Wrestling USA Magazine All-American Dream Team

• Four-year starter at Stanford University; two years as captain
• Three-year qualifier for NCAA Division I National Championships
• 1992, 1993 runner-up at Espoir (under 21) National Championships 
• 1993 PAC-10 Champion and selected as Outstanding Wrestler of the PAC-10 Tournament

• 2017 Inductee California Wrestling Hall of Fame 

• Jimmy is a U.S. diplomat, having lived and served in Iraq, the United Kingdom, Cuba, Honduras and Rwanda. 
• Presently, Jimmy is the Foreign Policy Advisor to U.S. Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany. 

Damien Richardson, M.D., Clovis West High School, Football

Clovis Unified History
• Clovis West High School

High School
• Eight-time letter winner in football, track and basketball
• 1992, 1993 CIF Champion football teams
• 1993 Football Co-Captain 
• 1994 Co-Athlete of the Year
• Cal-Hi Sports All-State in Football
• Blue Chip All-American in Football
• Graduated with a 4.1 GPA

• 1995, 1997 GTE Academic All-American
• 1997 ASU Football Team Co-Captain
• 1997 Second-Team All PAC-10 
• 1997 ASU Woody Hayes National Scholar-Athlete Award
• 1997 ASU PAC-10 Champions/Rose Bowl
• 1998 East-West Shrine Game All-Star
• 1998 Hula Bowl All-Star
• 1994-1998 Arizona State University, B.S. Bioengineering 

• 2007-2012 University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
• 2010-2011 Harvard T.H. Chan School  of Public Health
• 2013-2018 University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix
• 2018-2019 Harvard Massachusetts General Hospital 

• 1998 NFL Draft 6th round, Carolina Panthers
• 2003 Super Bowl XXXVIII, Carolina Panthers
• 2005 NFL Top 5 Special Teams Player
• 1998-2005 NFL Defensive Back, Carolina Panthers

• Newport Orthopedic Institute, Orthopedic Surgeon – foot & ankle

Kyle Alcorn, Buchanan High School, Track and Field

Clovis Unified History
• Mountain View Elementary School
• Alta Sierra Intermediate School
• Buchanan High School

High School
• Three-time Valley Champion (3200m 2x, 1600m 1x)
• 2002 CIF State Champion 3200m
• 2003 CIF State Runner Up 3200m
• School Record holder 3200m (set in 2003)

• 2004 USA Junior National Champion 3000m Steeplechase
• 2008 NCAA Outdoor Champion 3000m Steeplechase
• 2008 NCAA Indoor Champion 3000m Steeplechase
• 2008 PAC-10 Champion 3000m Steeplechase
• 2008 West Regional Champion 3000m Steeplechase
• 2008 Athlete of the Year, Arizona State University
• Four-time All-American

• 2009 World Championship USA Team 3000m Steeplechase
• 2009, 2011, 2012 three-time USA Bronze medalist in 3000m Steeplechase
• 2012 USA Olympic Team 3000m Steeplechase

• Mortgage Loan Officer, Alameda Mortgage

Clovis Unified School District: Be the best you can be in mind, body, and spirit

Buchanan Area Schools

Buchanan Alta Sierra Cole Century Dry Creek Garfield Tarpey Woods

Clovis High Area Schools

Clovis High Clark Cedar Wood Clovis Elementary Mickey Cox Gettysburg Jefferson Red Bank Sierra Vista Weldon

Clovis West Area Schools

Clovis West Kastner Ft. Washington Liberty Lincoln Maple Creek Nelson Pinedale Valley Oak

Clovis North Area Schools

Clovis North Bud Rank Copper Hills Fugman Mountain View River View

Clovis East Area Schools

Clovis East Boris Fancher Creek Freedom Miramonte Oraze Temperance Kutner Reagan Elementary Young Elementary

Educational Services Area Schools

CART Gateway Clovis Online School Clovis Community Day School Clovis Adult Education Sierra Outdoor