Athletic Hall of Fame

Clovis Unified School District 2022 Hall of Fame

Clovis Unified School District 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.


2020 Inductees

Doc Buchanan Award - Daniel E. Kaiser, Ed.D.

The 2020 Doc Buchanan Award is presented to Daniel E. Kaiser, Ed.D., for his integral role and impact on the high-quality academic and athletic culture of Clovis Unified School District. Kaiser was, in his own right, a standout student athlete at the high school and collegiate levels, and during his career in Clovis Unified was instrumental in establishing and then perpetuating a legacy of athletic and academic excellence.

His track and field career included selection as All North Yosemite League in basketball, third in state for 120-yard high hurdles, recognition as a B’nai B’rith honoree, a four-year scholarship athlete at UCLA, and a school record in the 120-yard high hurdles. In 1969, Dan held the world’s sixth fastest time in the 110-high hurdles. Dedicated to life-long learning, Kaiser earned a Bachelor of Arts from UCLA in 1969, a California teaching credential from Fresno State in 1970, a Master of Arts/Administrative Services Credential from University of LaVerne in 1978, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of San Francisco in 1988. An alumni of Fresno High School, Dan Kaiser was recognized in the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015.

Dan joined the Clovis Unified team as an English teacher and coach at Clovis High School in 1970 in the school’s new location at Fowler and Barstow avenues where he was mentored by Doc Buchanan. Over the course of his 38-year career in Clovis Unified, he inspired hundreds of teachers and leaders to carry on the high standards, and student-centered decision-making that is the hallmark of the District. As an English teacher and coach; a Clovis West High School Learning Director, Deputy Principal and then Principal; an Area Administrator; Assistant Superintendent for the Clovis West Area; Associate Superintendent and finally, as Deputy Superintendent of the District, Dan was always a steady voice of wisdom and an advocate for the best interest of students.

His influence reaches far beyond his role as an educational leader and played a critical part of creating the culture of Clovis Unified today. Dan jointly developed the Clovis Assessment System for Sustained Improvements (CLASSI) that is still in use today to encourage constant improvement in Clovis Unified schools.

Dan Kaiser was part of a small group of early leaders who institutionalized the educational philosophies and core values of founding Superintendent Floyd “Doc” Buchanan so that they are carried on with today’s leaders. His legacy in Clovis Unified lives on in the commitment to excellence and character that defines the District.

Dan Kaiser Background
Dan Kaiser Interview

1979 Clovis High School Boys Golf Team

Clovis Unified School District's Only State Championship in Golf

Head Coach: Bill Olson (deceased)
Assistant Coach: John Stockton

Team Members:
Brad BoothGeorge CovacevichPhil Radics
Jeff CombeMatt GutillaMike Schy
Rick FanslerKevin Hall

1979 Boys Golf Team Background
1979 Boys Golf Team Interview

1999 - 2014 Clovis West Boys Swim and Dive Teams

16 Consecutive CIF Central Section Championships
Produced 78 All-Americans
National Champion (200m Fly) – Justin Wright
NCAA Champion at Cal – Josh Daniels

Head Coaches: Steve Baxter (1999-2011) and Adam Reid (2012-current)
Assistant Coaches: An Baxter, Drew Clute, Dan Crosby, Sara Crusinberry, Chris Edmondson, Brad Graham, Pat Guyett, Teresa Hall, Jeff Jury, Derek Kisling, Deborah Ledford, Lance Liddell, Bethany Marinovich, Rich Sarkisian, Jess Tolzmann, Scott Torosian, Milena Wilson

1999
Christensen, Cameron
Donaldson, Ryan
Dugger, Steve
Everett, Dustin
Ford, Ian
Ghazal, Elan
Gilman, Sam
Hastrup, John
Jensen, Eric
Jones, Nathan
Netzley, Darren
Parks, Richard
Pendergrass, Jared
Tolmachoff, Erik
Whitman, George
Wisniewski, Ed
Woolley, Brian
Young, Landon
Zindel, Nick

2000
Bartlett, Nathan
Bitter, Cole
Bowen, Tyler
Buck, Riley
Christensen, Cameron
Donaldson, Ryan
Dunlap, Ryan
Ford, Ian
Ghazal, Elan
Gilman, Sam
Hastrup, John
Jensen, Eric
Jones, Nathan
Kautz, Garrett
Netzley, Darren
Parker, Matt
Pauli, Nick
Saragosti, Idan
Threatt, Brandon
Tolmachoff, Greg
Vasquez, Victor
Williams, Kevin
Wooley, Brian
Young, Landon
Zimmerman, Austin

2001
Bitter, Cole
Bowen, Tyler
Buck, Riley
Christensen, Cameron
Dickenson, Tim
Donaldson, Ryan
Duncan, Matt
Dunlap, Ryan
Ford, Andrew
Ford, Ian
Ghazal, Elan
Hastrup, John
HorwichScholefield, Sam
McAndrew, John
Meagher, Andrew
Nation, Matt
Parker, Matt
Refuerzo, Austen
Rios, Ryan
Smith, Jeff
Tolmachoff, Greg
Vasquez, Victor
Williams, Kevin
Wolley, Brian
Zimmerman, Austin

2002
Alvarado, Gabe
Bitter, Cole
Bowen, Tyler
Brynes, Sean
Buck, Riley
Dickenson, Tim
Dieu, Mark
Donaldson, Ryan
Duncan, Matt
Ford, Andrew
Graves, David
Hastrup, John
HorwichScholefield, Sam
Meagher, Andrew
Nation, Matt
Ogren, Sean
Parker, Matt
Refuerzo, Austen
Rios, Ryan
Smith, Jeff
Spangler, Patrick
Stapp, Cody
Streichman, Derek
Tolmachoff, Greg
Vasquez, Victor
Williams, Kevin
Williams, Rhett
Wolzmuth, John
Zimmerman, Austin
2003
Alvarado, Gabe
Baxter, Kyle
Bitter, Cole
Carpenter, Cavis
Daniels, Josh
Dieu, Mark
Duncan, Matt
Ford, Andrew
Graves, David
Jenkins, Brian
Kendall, Ryan
Lowe, Eric
McLean, Jimmy
Meagher, Andrew
Nation, Matt
Ogren, Conner
Ogren, Sean
Parker, Matt
Raya, Alex
Seeders, Jared
Smith, Jeff
Stapp, Cody
Streichman, Derek
Tolmachoff, Greg
Vasquez, Alex
Vasquez, Victor
Williams, Rhett
Wolzmuth, John

2004
Abrams, Brandon
Alvarado, Gabe
Bailey, Chris
Baxter, Kyle
Baxter, Trent
Berryhill, Matt
Carpenter, Cavis
Daniels, Josh
Dieu, Mark
Ford, Andrew
Franz, Scott
Graves, David
Hastrup, Mikael
Kendall, Ryan
Lee, Dustin
Lowe, Eric
MacAlpine, Luke
McLean, Jimmy
Nation, Matt
Ogren, Connor
Ogren, Sean
Raya, Alex
Streichman, Derek
Vasquez, Alex
Williams, Rhett
Winton, Cody
Wolzmuth, John

2005
Bailey, Chris
Baxter, Kyle
Baxter, Trent
Beaty, Scott
Berryhill, Matt
Carpenter, Cavis
Couto, Matt
Daniels, Jeff
Daniels, Josh
Dieu, Mark
Dugger, Chad
Flynn, Chris
Franz, Scott
Harold, Keegan
Hastrup, Mikael
Lee, Dustin
Lowe, Eric
Martinusen, Carter
McLean, Jimmy
Ogren, Connor
Ogren, Sean
Paul, Adam
Shaffer, Justin
Williams, Calvin
Winton, Cody
Wolzmuth, John

2006
Bailey, Chris
Baxter, Kyle
Baxter, Trent
Beaty, Scott
Berryhill, Matt
Daniels, Jeff
Daniels, Josh
Dugger, Chad
Dwidar, Omar
Galvez, Erik
Gill, Jimmy
Hastrup, Mikael
Lane, Brandon
Lee, Dustin
Lowe, Eric
Martinusen, Carter
Marzouk, Mourad
Micarelli, Trevor
Norgaard, Zach
Ogren, Connor
Paul, Adam
Shaffer, Justin
Thomas, Jason
Tolzmann, Jess
Williams, Calvin
Winton, Cody
2007
Baxter, Trent
Beaty, Scott
Berryhill, Matt
Bogart, Danny
Bratek, JR
Daniels, Jeff
Dieu, Tim
Dugger, Chad
Dwidar, Omar
Gill, Jimmy
Hastrup, Mikael
Jennings, Brett
Kolb, Trevor
Lee, Dustin
Martin, Julian
Martinusen, Carter
Merzoian, Russell
Musso, Chris
Newton, Alex
Norgaard, Zach
Paul, Gordy
Shaffer, Josh
Shaffer, Justin
Thomas, Jason
Tolzmann, Jess
Williams, Calvin

2008
Basara, Michael
Beaty, Scott
Chafi, Stephen
Chou, Winjet
Daniels, Jeff
Dwidar, Omar
Galvez, Greg
Gill, Jimmy
Jennings, Brett
Kolb, Trevor
Lee, Steven
MacAlpine, Jeremy
McGough, Jacob
Martinusen, Carter
Merzoian, Russell
Norgaard, Zach
Osborn, Jared
Paul, Gordy
Shaffer, Josh
Tartarian, Paul
Tolzmann, Jess
Wright, Cary

2009
Allen, Tommy
Avila, Jordan
Baerg, Matt
Basara, Michael
Bilello, Matt
Bishop, Kasey
Block, Tyler
Brooks, Matt
Cavazos, Emilio
Chou, Winjet
Dwidar, Omar
Gill, Jimmy
Gligich, John
Ivancovich, Brock
Jones, Gabe
Kolb, Trevor
Lee, Steven
Long, Mack
MacAlpine, Jeremy
McGough, Jacob
Moore, Riley
Osborn, Jared
Paul, Gordy
Shaffer, Josh
Tatarian, Paul
Wright, Cary
Yamamoto, Scott

2010
Allen, Tommy
Avila, Jordan
Baerg, Matt
Barrows, Elijah
Basara, Michael
Bilello, Matt
Ivancovich, Brock
Jones, Gabe
Cavazos, Emilio
Chou, Winjet
Long, Mack
McGough, Jacob
Osborn, Jared
Wright, Cary
2011
Allen, Tommy
Barrows, Elijah
Beckman, Jacob
Bilello, Matt
Capper, Jordan
Cavazos, Emilio
Chapman, Zach
Evans, Nate
Fredle, Greg
Hodgson, Keith
Hong, George
Hooten, Sean
Ivancovich, Brock
Jones, Gabe
Jones, Zachary
Long, Mack
Magdeleno, Anthony
McGough, Caleb
Naffziger, Matt
Narahari, Alok
Osborn, Jared
Patty, Thomas
Reintjes, Daniel
Schuler, Luke
Stephens, Kwame
Stuckenschmidt, Henry
Tenney, Chandler
Williams, Ting
Wright, Cary
Wright, Justin
Yang, Daniel

2012
Allen, Tommy
Aranda, Nicolas
Basara, Nathan
Barrows, Elijah
Beckman, Jacob
Bilello, Matt
Capper, Jordan
Cavanaugh, Colin
Chapman, Zach
Evans, Nate
Hooten, Sean
Hudec, Ryan
Ivancovich, Brock
Jones, Gabe
Jones, Zachary
Long, Mack
Magdaleno, Anthony
Narahari, Alok
Nuno-Pulido, Fernando
Reintjes, Daniel
Schuler, Luke
Senczyszyn, Trenton
Stuckenschmidt, Henry
Tenney, Chandler
Williams, Ting
Wright, Justin
Yang, Daniel

2013
Alavezos, Chad
Beckman, Matt
Cavanaugh, Colin
Chapman, Zach
Duggins, Ethan
Duggins, Samuel
Elkington, Matt
Evangelinos, Colby
Hudec, Ryan
Jones, Zachary
Magdaleno, Anthony
Mayer, Preston
McCoy, Craig
McGuire, Luke
Narahari, Alok
Reintjes, Daniel
Ringgold, Mick
Roberts, Jacob
Schuler, Luke
Stuckenschmidt, Henry
Tenney, Chandler
White, Justin
Williams,Ting
Wright, Justin
Yang, Daniel

2014
Alavezos, Chad
Beckman, Matt
Cavanaugh, Colin
Duggins, Samuel
Elkington, Matt
Evangelinos, Colby
Heckathorn, Taylor
Hudec, Ryan
Jones, Daniel
Lierly, Luke
Magdaleno, Anthony
Mallam, Stuart
Marderosian, Marcus
Marderosian, Steven
Mayer, Preston
McCoy, Craig
McGuire, Luke
Nash, Brandon
Nuno-Pulido, Fernando
Ringgold, Mick
Roberts, Jacob
Sasser, Cameron
Schab, Tom
Schuler, Luke
Stuckenschmidt, Henry
Tenney, Chandler
Vo, Andy
White, Justin
Wright, Justin

Clovis West Swim & Dive Team Background
Clovis West Swim & Dive Team Interview

Mark Gardner, Clovis High School, Baseball

Clovis Unified History
Clovis High School

College
  • 1981-83 Fresno City College
  • 1984-85 Fresno State University
  • Record at FSU 24-5
  • 1984-85 PCAA Conference Champions, Fresno State
  • 1985 PCAA Pitcher of the Year, 2nd Team All-American
Professional
  • 1990-92 Montreal Expos
  • 1993 Kansas City Royals
  • 1994-95 Florida Marlins
  • 1996-2001 San Francisco Giants
  • 1997, 2000, 2003, 2010, 2012 National League West Champions
  • 2003-2017 San Francisco Giants Bullpen Coach

Accolades
  • 1984 World Baseball Championships Team USA, Bronze Medal
  • 1993 Fresno State Baseball Wall of Fame
  • 2001 Willie McCovey Award
  • 2003 Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame
  • 2007 Clovis High School Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 2010, 2012, 2014 World Series Champion
  • 2017 Fresno Hot Stoves Al Radka Award
  • 2018 City of Clovis Hall of Fame

Mark Gardner Background
Mark Gardner Interview

Terry Giffen, Clovis High School, Water Polo

Education
  • 1971-1974 Clovis High School
  • Earned 7 Letters – 3 Water Polo, 4 Swimming
  • University of Colorado, Boulder
  • UC Berkeley
  • Fresno State University

Coaching History
  • 1977-1978 Clovis West High School
  • 1981-1995 Hoover High School
  • 1995-2015 Clovis High School

Accomplishments
  • Nine CIF Central Section Championships
  • 18 Conference Championships
  • 746-266-1 Overall Record

Terry Giffen Background
Terry Giffen Interview

Latrese Johnson-Moffitt, Clovis High School, Track & Field

Clovis Unified History
  • Jefferson Elementary School
  • Clark Intermediate School
  • Clovis High School

High School
  • 4 Years Varsity Cross Country and Track and Field
  • 1982 Third Place State Meet, High Jump
  • 1982 AAU Jr. Olympic Champion, High Jump
  • 1984, 1985 Central Section Champion, High Jump
  • 1984 State Meet 4th Place, High Jump
  • 1984 Jr. Pan American Games, Gold Medalist, High Jump
  • 1984 National High Jump Champion
  • 1984 Set National High School Record: 6’2 ¾”
  • 1984, 1985 All-American
  • 1985 State Champion, High Jump; Set Record: 6’ 2”
  • 1985 Fresno Bee Athlete of the Year
  • 1985 Clovis Independent Athlete of the Year
  • 1985 Sassano Blanket Award Winner
  • 1985 Track and Field News: Field Athlete of the Year

College
  • Fresno State University
  • Azusa Pacific University, BA Communications
  • 3x Indoor National Champion, High Jump
  • 3x Outdoor National Champion, High Jump
  • NAIA National Record Holder Indoor, High Jump, 6’ – Still standing
  • NAIA National Record Holder Outdoor, High Jump, 6’ 2 ¾” – Still standing

Accolades
  • 1986, 1987 International Indoor Track and Field Kobe Meet, Gold Medalist, High Jump
  • 1986, 1987 Tokyo International Indoor Track and Field Meet, Gold Medalist, High Jump
  • 1986 Melrose Games, Gold Medalist, High Jump
  • 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials, 5th place
  • 1989, 1990 U.S. Olympic Sports Festival – West Team, Gold Medalist, High Jump

Career
  • 1995-2001 Asst. VP for Student Development and Head Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Coach: Bethel University, IN
  • 2002 -2012 Founder and Director of Intercultural Student Affairs Department: Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Ordained Minister
  • Motivational Speaker, Life Coach, Teacher and Trauma Counselor for at risk students
  • 2012-Present President and CEO of VOICE, a consulting company providing diversity and inclusion education to local, national and international organizations
  • July 2021-Present Executive Director of the Intercultural and Global Office: Indiana Wesleyan University

Latrese Johnson-Moffitt Background
Latrese Johnson-Moffitt Interview

Daniel Klatt, Clovis West High School, Water Polo

Clovis Unified History
  • Lincoln Elementary School
  • Kastner Intermediate School
  • Clovis West High School

High School
  • 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 CIF Central Section Championship, Swimming
  • 1993, 1994, 1995, CIF Central Section Championship, Water Polo
  • 1994, 1995 All-American, Water Polo
  • 1995, 1996 All-American, Swimming
  • 1995 CIF MVP, Water Polo

College
  • 1998, 2000 All-Conference Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, Water Polo
  • 1998, 2000 All-American
  • 1998, 2000 UC Irvine Team Captain
  • BA Social Science, University of California, Irvine 2001
  • MS Physical Education, Azusa Pacific University, 2010

Professional
  • 2001 USWP Premier League, Gold Medal
  • 2002 USWP Open National Championship, Gold Medal
  • 2003, 2004 USWP American Water Polo League, Gold Medal
  • 2003 Pan American Games, Gold Medal
  • 2004, 2005 USWP Premier League Division I, Gold Medal
  • 2005 USWP Premier League, Gold Medal

Career
  • 1999-2003 Foothill High School Swimming and Water Polo Coach
  • 1999-2007, 2011 SoCal Water Polo Club Age Group Head Coach
  • 2004-Present UC Irvine Women’s Water Polo Head Coach
  • 2009-Present USA Water Polo Senior National Team Assistant Coach

Accolades
  • 2002 LA Times Coach of the Year
  • 2002, 2003 Orange County Register Coach of the Year
  • 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2017, 2018 Big West Coach of the Year
  • 2012, 2016, 2020 Olympic Champions, Team USA, Gold Medal
  • 2016 USOC Order of Ikkos Award Recipient

Dan Klatt Background
Dan Klatt Interview

Rick Merlo, Buchanan High School, Water Polo

Clovis Unified History
  • Alta Sierra Intermediate School
  • Buchanan High School

High School
  • 4 Years Varsity Swimming and Water Polo
  • 1997, 2000 CIF Central Section Championship
  • 2000 All-American, CIF MVP, All League
  • 2000 1st Team All CIF, 1st Team All-League

College
  • 2000-2005 UC Irvine
  • 2004 3rd Team Division I All-American
  • 2004, 2005 1st Team All MPSF
  • 2004 USA World University Games Top Goal Scorer for Team USA
  • 2005 1st Team Division I All-American
  • 2005 Top 5 Goal Scorer in the Nation
  • 2005 UC Irvine finished 4th in the Nation

Professional
  • 2005 Played for SC Paguros
  • 2006 Played for Sportiva Nervi
  • 2007 Played for Flamengo
  • 2005-2009 USA National Team

Accolades
  • 2005 World League Super Finals, Team USA (6th)
  • 2005, 2007 World Championships, Team USA (9th)
  • 2006, 2007 World League Super Finals, Team USA (5th)
  • 2008 World League Super Finals, Team USA (2nd)
  • 2008 Olympics, Team USA (Silver Medal)

Rick Merlo Background
Rick Merlo Interview

Courtney (Scott) Deifel, Clovis High School, Softball

Clovis Unified History
  • Mickey Cox Elementary School
  • Clark Intermediate School
  • Clovis High School

High School
  • Three Years Varsity Volleyball
  • Four Years Varsity Softball
  • All-League, Valley, State Honors
  • 1996, 1997 Central Section Championship
  • Fresno Bee All Star
  • City/County All-Star Game Selection

College
  • Four-Year Starter/Captain at UC Berkeley
  • 2002 National Championship
  • 2002, 2003 Verizon Academic All-American
  • 2002, 2003 Pac-10 Conference All-Academic
  • 2002, 2003 All Pac-10 Conference Selection
  • 2003 Pac-10 Conference Postgraduate Scholarship Award
  • 2003 NFCA All-American
  • 2003 NFCA Collegiate Top 40 Selection
  • BA American Business and Globalism, American Studies, UC Berkeley
  • MA Human Relations, University of Oklahoma

Professional
  • 2004-2006 Japan League – LeoPalace 21
  • 2004 National Pro Softball League – NYNJ Juggernaut
  • 2004 NPF Championship

Career
  • 2007-2008 Graduate Assistant, University of Oklahoma
  • 2008-2010 Assistant Coach, University of Maryland
  • 2010-2014 Assistant Coach, University of Louisville
  • 2014-2015 Head Coach, University of Maryland
  • 2015-Present Head Coach, University of Arkansas

Accolades
  • 2021 SEC Coach of the Year

Courtney (Scott) Deifel Background
Courtney (Scott) Deifel Interview

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