AZUSA, Calif. – Six former Azusa Pacific student-athletes, of which Olympians, All-Americans and national champions are represented, and one of the finest collegiate track & field coaches ever combine to comprise what will be ninth class of inductees to be enshrined into the “Cougar Sports Hall of Fame” during ceremonies on Saturday, Oct. 29. The inductions will be held in the Hall of Champions of the Felix Event Center on the Azusa Pacific campus
Included in the Class of 2005 are: Bill DesRochers of Commerce Township, Mich., (basketball); Amy (Walter) Dutchover of Plesanton (women’s basketball); twins Davidson and Osmond Ezinwa of Fontana (track & field); Terry Franson of Claremont (track & field), Stephanie (Clement) Coombs of Claremont (women’s soccer), and Teresa (Saathoff) Keck of Rancho Cucamonga (women’s volleyball).
DesRochers (1984-88), who came to Azusa Pacific after a celebrated prep career at nearby Glendora (Calif.) High, is Azusa Pacific’s all-time leading scorer in men’s basketball with 2,285 points. He was a National Christian College Athletic Association All-America second team honoree and a 3-time NAIA All-District 3 selection. He averaged 17.4 points and 7.7 rebounds over the course of his 4-year, 131-game career.
Davidson Ezinwa was a 2-time Olympican (1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta), capturing a silver medal by running the anchor leg on Nigeria’s 4x100-metere realy in the 1992 Games. He was a 7-time NAIA sprint champion and still holds the NAIA (10.05) and Azusa Pacific (9.91) records in the 100 meters.
Osmond Ezinwa completed the other half of the “fastest twins in world history.” Osmond was a 6-time NAIA All-American who led the Cougars to the 1991 NAIA outdoor track & field national championship.
Walter was one of the finest centers in Cougar women’s basketball history, establishing 9 school records during her 4-year career, including most points scored in a season (669 in 1989) and in a game (43 vs. Redlands in 1988). She was a 2-time All-Golden State Athletic Conference honoree and received honorable mention as an NAIA All-American.
Keck was starter on Azusa Pacific’s 1979 AIAW and 1980 NAIA national championship women’s volleyball teams, the first women’s national championships in school history. Additionally, she was a 2-time NAIA All-American, one of the first females to be so honored in school history.
Clement was a key figure in the establishment of a women’s soccer program at Azusa Pacific. She formed the first-ever club team in 1988 and the following fall she was instrumental in the university fielding its first-ever intercollegiate team. She was a 2-time NAIA All-America scholar-athlete and was the program’s first-ever NAIA all-district honoree after establishing herself as one of the best defenders on the west coast.
Franson was the Azusa Pacific track & field head coach for 16 years, guiding the Cougar men to 11 NAIA outdoor championships, the most in NAIA history. He was named the NAIA Coach of the Year 10 consecutive seasons. He coached 8 Olympians, 125 NAIA All-Americans and 31 national champions.
The 7 inductees, who join 63 honorees already enshrined over the previous 14 years, were voted in by a select panel of past and present Cougar coaches and administrators who reviewed more than 50 nominees who met the criteria for induction. The Cougar Sports Hall of Fame, which inducted its charter class in 1991, honors former student-athletes and coaches who have set themselves apart in their sport and administrators and support personnel whose contributions to Cougar athletics have been extraordinary.