Inaugural class of inductees for Clovis Unified’s Athletic Hall of Fame announced


“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.

The late Floyd B. “Doc” Buchanan will be the first inductee into the new Clovis Unified School District’s Athletic Hall of Fame, it was announced May 17.

Buchanan, the founding superintendent of the school district, set the standard that competition would be a critical component in Clovis Unified. The world is competitive, Doc said, and he charged his employees to teach students how to compete with themselves, with others and with exceeding the standards.

Whether athletically or academically, Doc said competition helped students and teachers strive to greater heights. It is his high expectations and standards that set the stage for CUSD’s rich legacy in athletics.

In addition to Buchanan, eight other CUSD athletes, teams and coaches were announced as part of the Hall of Fame’s inaugural class. A special Night of Champions celebrating the inductees will be held Nov. 5 in the Shaghoian Concert Hall. A display showcasing the Hall of Fame will initially be in the district’s Professional Development Building, but plans are in the works to create a permanent location at one of the district’s athletic facilities.



Dr. Floyd Buchanan was the architect in establishing the high standards that Clovis Unified is founded on.  He was a visionary that believed in competition, teamwork, and accountability.   Competition, he said, whether athletically or academically, helped students and teachers strive to greater heights.  He used these ideas in creating his Sparthenian model that challenged the District to provide students a way to be the best they could be in Mind, Body, and Spirit.

  • During his time as Superintendent, he demanded excellence and personally interviewed every teacher hired under his tenure, making clear, that each one had to do his or her very best for the sake of the children.
  • Upon his retirement in 1991, he had served as Clovis Unified’s Superintendent for 31 years.
  • Starting next year, there will be a special award that will be given and inducted into the Hall of Fame named after our visionary Superintendent.
  • The Dr. Floyd ‘Doc’ Buchanan Award will be awarded to the program, coach, player or community member that was a pioneer for Clovis Unified athletics.
  • This award could be for lifetime service, contribution beyond wins and losses, and best exemplifies Mind-Body-Spirit.

Representing the Class of the 1960s, Clovis High football and baseball player Daryle Lamonica, who was an All-American quarterback at Notre Dame and led the Oakland Raiders to the Super Bowl.

  • Highly accomplished athlete at Clovis High School in Football and Baseball
  • Earned a football scholarship to Notre Dame and was an All-American quarterback
  • Drafted by the Buffalo Bills of the AFL and the Green Bay Packers of the NFL in 1963
  • Played with the Buffalo Bills from 1963-1966 and the
  • Oakland Raiders from 1967-1974
  • During the 1967 season with the Oakland Raiders he led his team to the Super Bowl throwing 30 touchdown passes
  • 2 time American Football League Player of the Year in 1967 and 1969
  • 3 time American Football League All Star in 1965, 1967, 1969
  • 2 time Pro Bowl selection in 1970 and 1972
  • 3 time American Football League Champion in 1964, 1965, 1967
  • Oakland Raider career passing records: Most passes attempted, most completions, total yards, and touchdown passes

Class of the 1970s, Clovis High wrestling coach Dennis DeLiddo, who had a 145-7-1 record at Clovis High, five CIF section and three CIF state championships, and directed Fresno State to eight conference championships.

  • 5 CIF Section Championships
  • 3 CIF State Championships
  • Overall record at Clovis High School was 145-7-1
  • Directed Fresno State University to 8 Conference Championships
  • Directed Fresno State University to 9 – Top 25 finishes at the NCAA Championships

Class of the 1980s, Clovis West three-sport athlete (volleyball, basketball and track and field) Ruth Lawanson, who was the first female athlete at Fresno State to have her jersey retired and who was a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Volleyball Team.

  • Three sport star at Clovis West in Volleyball, Basketball and Track and Field earning All CIF Section honors
  • 1st Team All-American and NorPac Player of the Year at Fresno State in Volleyball
  • First female athlete at Fresno State to have her jersey retired
  • Member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Team winning a Bronze Medal
  • MVP of the Major League Volleyball in 1987 with the Minnesota Monarchs

Class of the 1990s, Clovis High’s softball player  Amanda Scott, who was Fresno State’s first four-time 1st Team All-American and was a member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic Softball Team that won a gold medal.

  • 1996 Cal-Hi Sports Miss Softball California Player of the Year
  • Fresno State’s first four time 1st Team All-American
  • 1998 NCAA National Champion and World Series MVP
  • U.S. Team 1998 World Champions
  • 2000 U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist
  • National Fast Pitch World Series MVP in 2004

Class of the 2000s, Clovis West High’s basketball player Chris Hernandez, who was a three-time All-Pac 10 selection while playing for Stanford and was a gold medalist as a member of the 2000 USA Basketball Men’s Under-21 Team.

  • Named California State Division 1 Player of the Year
  • 3-time All Pac 10 selection while playing at Stanford
  • Finalist for the McDonald’s All American Game
  • Gold medalist as a member of the 2000 USA Basketball Men’s Under 21 Team
  • Played professionally overseas for 7 years and he was MVP of FIBA Latin American Championships

Class of 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, Clovis High/Clovis North legendary football coach Tim Simons, who had 11 conference championships and an overall record of 249-94-7, which is No. 2 in the state.

  • 5 CIF Section Championships
  • 9 CIF Championship game appearances
  • 11 Conference Championships
  • Cal-Hi Sports California Football Coach of the Year in 1984
  • Northern California Coach of the Year in 1991
  • Overall record of 249-94-7 and is ranked #2 in the section in wins
  • Assistant Coach at Fresno State University
  • Assistant Coach at Fresno City College

1968 Clovis High School Boys Basketball Team, which won Clovis Unified’s first-ever North Yosemite League Championship.

1970 Clovis High School Football Team, which won Clovis Unified’s first Yosemite Division CIF Section Championship.