The Menlo College Athletic Department is proud to announce their 2012 Hall of Fame class, as six more will take their place amongst the Oaks elite. Bill Imwalle, Duane Ito, Ryan Madden, Joey Martinez, Eddie Miller, and Jason Stamps will join the exclusive club on Friday, October 19th, with a Hall of Fame Champagne Reception scheduled for 5:30pm and the induction at 6:30pm. The class of 2012 will then be announced during halftime of the Menlo football game on Saturday, October 20th, a 12:00pm kickoff vs. Wesley College. The two day affair coincides with the school's 85th anniversary celebration.
"On behalf of myself and the rest of the Menlo Athletic Department, I want to congratulate these six special individuals for this remarkable accomplishment," said Director of Athletics Keith Spataro. "The Hall of Fame class of 2012 features incredible talent, unbelievable coaching, and a knack for winning. Furthermore this class displays the utmost character, sportsmanship, and values that the department prides itself on."
Bill Imwalle rejuvenated the Lady Oaks women's volleyball program as head coach from 1999-09, while also leading the Oaks golf team as head coach from 2004-12. Imwalle created a legacy as one of the most successful Menlo coaches of all time, stamping his place as the volleyball program's second most winningest coach. The graduate of Long Beach State compiled a remarkable 144-87 (.623) record, while his tenure included five California Pacific Conference championships, four undefeated conference seasons, and two NAIA National Tournament appearances. In addition, Imwalle's five Cal Pac championship teams posted a combined 71-1 conference record.
No other Menlo coach has accumulated as many conference championships in the department's history, while Imwalle himself was recognized as the Cal Pac Coach of the Year on four separate occasions. His players won numerous accolades as well throughout his sparkling career, with Imwalle playing an influential part in the development of 37 All-Conference selections, nine Conference Players of the Year, two NAIA All-Americans, and nine more NAIA Academic All-Americans.
Duane Ito, a four-year Oaks baseball player from 1995-98, established himself as one of the program's most prolific hitters. Ito is the Menlo College hit king with 180 base knocks during his outstanding career, including 44 doubles which is also tops in the school's history. Ito's single season numbers are just as remarkable with a program-leading .467 single season batting average and 64 hits. The sparkling offensive resume helped the Oahu, Hawaii native become a two-time 2nd Team All-Pacific West Division III shortstop in '97 and '98 in addition to earning the Menlo Athletic Department's Glen E. Dorst Award, presented each year to a senior male or female student-athlete who most personifies the standards of sportsmanship.
Upon graduation Ito pursued his dream of playing professional baseball by attending tryouts in California, and was fortunate enough to sign with the Pacific Suns of the Western Baseball League. Currently he works for the State of Hawaii in the Department of Health, Indoor and Radiological Health Branch, Noise Section, where Ito has been since 2004.
Ryan Madden earned the elusive spot in the Hall of Fame behind an incredible resume as one of Menlo College's best tennis players of all-time. Madden spent four years with the Oaks, from 1993-96, and was nameda four-time All-West Region for singles play, as well as a two-time All-West Region for doubles play. In his four years with the program he was the #1 player each and every season, and remarkably did not lose a match over his junior and senior campaigns, accumulating a miniscule four losses throughout his four years in Menlo blue and white. The accolades continued to rain down on Madden as he was also a four-time OJAI Western Regional Championship participant, and a two-time Menlo College representative at the Rolex Invitational. Off the court Madden's contributions were equally as impressive as he was the Co-Founder and president of the Menlo College 6th Man Club.
After graduating in 1996, the native of San Francisco worked at C.B Commercial Real Estate for one year before moving into the mortgage banking industry, which Madden has been part of for the past 15 years. He is currently employed by Guarantee Mortgage Corporation, where Madden is the Director of Business Development and Sales.
The 2012 Hall of Fame nod for Joey Martinez should come as little surprise, as the Modesto, California native is one of the most storied Oaks wrestlers of all-time. Martinez suited up in Menlo blue and white for two seasons, from 2001-03, and dominated every step of the way. He was a two-time NAIA All-American, a two time Team MVP, and his career records are nothing short of spectacular. Martinez is fourth on the program's all-time list in career wins, seventh in win percentage, fifth in takedowns, second in technical falls, sixth in team points, ninth in dual wins, and fourth in tournament wins, all of which was accomplished in just two short years.
Martinez took his talents from the mats into the coaching world as he now serves as the Oaks head wrestling coach, a position he has held since 2009 after serving as an assistant coach since 2003. Martinez's contributions to the school spans beyond the realm of wrestling as he was also an admissions counselor from 2003-07.
Eddie Miller spent four seasons with the Oaks football team, establishing himself as a phenomenal wide receiver and return specialist from 1998-01. The San Diego native ranks fourth all-time with 133 career receptions, second with 20 receiving touchdowns, and fourth with 1,987 receiving yards. Miller is also the proud record holder of a number of single season and single game records including his 198 receiving yards at Whittier College in 2001, and 294 all purpose yards at McMurry University in 2001, a game in which he set the longest punt return in school history with a 93-yard return. Miller is also the single season record holder with 222 punt return yards and two touchdowns in 2001.
After Miller's senior season with Menlo College he made the transition to professional football playing in the indoor game of Arena Football for two seasons with the Cape Fear Wildcats and one season in his home town for the San Diego Riptide. In 2005 he gave up his dream for the game he loved to pursue a bigger dream…of raising a family of his own. Though Miller has since hung up his cleats he has not truly left the football field. He has coached for several years as a head coach of youth football in the Solano county area and is currently a Varsity WR coach at Sacramento High school. Miller is now an accomplished senior loan officer and business owner and brings the same passion and excitement he exhibited on the football field to helping his clients in his business pursuits.
Jason Stamps rounds out the 2012 Hall of Fame class with a phenomenal four year Menlo basketball career that spanned from 1989-92. Stamps checks in as the school's fifth leading scorer with an impressive 1011 points, is second with 483 career field goals made, and is second all time with a 62.1 field goal percentage. A multi-dimensional player, the Redwood City native ranks third all-time in career assists with 273 and career steals with 147. Stamps was also made famous for his incredible in-game feats, as he is second on the all-time list in points scored in a single game, posting 40 against San Francisco State back on January 31, 1992. In the dramatic performance Stamps' 12 free throws made still ranks third on the school's all-time list.
Upon graduation, Stamps went on to work in a law firm as a Litigation Paralegal for five years, and for the past 15 years he has worked in Facilities Management, currently working for Barnes and Noble in their Nook Division in nearby Palo Alto.
Bill Imwalle, Duane Ito, Ryan Madden, Joey Martinez, Eddie Miller, and Jason Stamps will be inducted amongst the greats on the weekend of October 19th-20th. A Hall of Fame Champagne Reception is scheduled for 5:30pm on Friday October 19th, with the Induction Ceremony set to begin at 6:30pm. The class of 2012 will then be announced during halftime of the football game on October 20th, a 12:00pm kickoff vs. Wesley College.
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