ATHERTON, Calif. – Menlo College Athletics is pleased to announce the 2017 Hall of Fame Class which is set to be inducted on Friday, October, 27th in conjunction with OAKtoberfest weekend. The class includes seven Menlo Athletics greats including: Caitlin Collier (WBB and Athletics Director), Kathy Imwalle (Assistant Athletics Director), Reggie Christiansen (Baseball), Enrique Ybarra (Men's Soccer), Paul Shank (Football), Bill Ochs (Men's Soccer) and Jorge Boza (Men's Soccer). Three of the seven members hail from the class of 1968 while four span a trio of decades beginning in the late 1980s.
Caitlin Collier was the first ever Women's Basketball Head Coach in school history when she took the reins of the program for the 1998 season. Over the course of the next 10 seasons, she put together a 178-95 overall record and made the women's basketball program a nationally recognized team in the NAIA. Collier-coached Oaks teams won Cal Pac championships in 1999-00, 2005-06, and 2006-07 and compiled a 94-33 record in eight seasons in the conference. Arguably the high-water mark of an impressive coaching career was the 2006-07 season in which the team tied the then program record for wins with 25 and also set the record for fewest loses, which still stands, with just three on the season. They were a perfect 16-0 in the conference and the team finished with a 3.29 collective GPA, earning a spot on the WBCA Academic Team list.
"Menlo is an incredibly special place to me," noted Collier. "I was able to really start my career there as a head coach at a young age and build a program from scratch. I had help along the way with some excellent assistants and of course had great, passionate committed players. As an AD I gained a completely different skill set that really reinvigorated my drive and ambition."
Collier coached 21 All-Cal Pac players, three Cal PAC MVPs, two All-Americans and 10 NAIA-Daktronics Scholar-Athletes. In addition to her duties as Head Women's Basketball Coach, Collier was also appointed the department's Director of Athletics in 2003, a position she held until 2008. Following her time at Menlo, Collier moved to Las Vegas to work as an assistant on the UNLV Women's Basketball Coaching staff where she is now the Associate Head Coach of the highly successful program.
Upon receiving news that she was set to be inducted into the Hall of Fame Collier said, "I was surprised, humbled and excited and it instantly bought back memories. Keith [Spataro] has been an incredible AD and a good friend – so to hear the news from him was awesome."
Enrique Ybarra '91
Men's Soccer Standout turned highly successful businessman, Enrique Ybarra '91 personifies everything Menlo is about. A native of Seville, Spain Ybarra was arguably the most prolific goal scorer in the long and storied history of the Menlo College Men's Soccer Program. To this day, Ybarra still holds the single-season goals record for the Oaks with 29 and had a very successful four years on the pitch as a forward. Following his time at Menlo, Ybarra put an entrepreneurial class assignment into practical application and turned it into a remarkably successful tourism business. In 1996, Enrique and the UK based company Ensignbus Ltd. Formed a joint venture under the brand City Sightseeing. The first City Sightseeing operation launched in his home town in Spain and is now servicing over 100 cities in over 21 countries worldwide. City Sightseeing is now the world's largest excursion sightseeing bus tour operator. In addition to his success, Ybarra has always been one to give back to Menlo College. He was one of the founders of the annual Señor Carlos Lopez Alumni soccer game which takes place on campus each fall. He also spearheaded the Menlo College European Alumni Chapter.
A staple in the Menlo College Athletics Department for over 12 year, Kathy Imwalle made a long-lasting impression on a great deal of people who came through the Atherton campus. Imwalle served in a number of capacities at Menlo College and is the wife of Hall of Fame Women's Volleyball Coach, Bill Imwalle. Kathy was hired at Menlo in 2002 and served in a trio of roles during her tenure. She began as the Events and Operations manager under then Athletics Director Keith Larsen and later fellow 2017 inductee Caitlin Collier. After six years, she transitioned into a role as Administrative Manger of Athletics under current Director of Athletics, Keith Spataro. A diligent worker, she was eventually promoted to Assistant Athletics Director and Business Manager in 2011, the role she retired from in 2014. Kathy was highly involved in all areas of campus and was often a supporting figure in the lives of student-athletes and staff members alike. In addition to her core duties, Kathy also actively served on homecoming, commencement, student success and calendar committees and was a member of the President's Council.
"When I first came to Menlo in 2002 on a "trial" basis Bill and I had just returned to the Bay Area from Hawaii. We didn't know many people other than family and we immediately felt a connection to the other coaches. I loved being part of the immense growth of athletics over the next 12 years," said Imwalle. "I was pretty shocked when Keith [Spataro] called with the Hall of Fame news. I'm honored and flattered that my contributions to Menlo athletics were deemed worthy of inclusion."
Reggie Christiansen '98
Reggie Christiansen has been a major figure in the college baseball landscape for much of his adult life and it all got started at Menlo College.
"I wouldn't be where I am today if it weren't for Menlo College," said Christiansen. "Personally, the relationships I built while at Menlo have changed my life."
He recently completed his seventh season as head coach at Sacramento State University where he has helped the program to the seventh most wins of any Division I baseball program over the last five seasons. The Christiansen-coaches Hornets won the WAC championship in 2017, marking the second time in the last four seasons they have achieved this feat. Since taking over the program in 2011, Christiansen has seen 13 players selected in the MLB draft and has led the team to six consecutive 30+ win seasons. He graduated from Menlo College in 1998 and worked as an assistant coach for the Oaks for two seasons before eventually becoming its head coach for the 2002 season. As a student-athlete, Christiansen was a standout on the field and held the career home runs record at Menlo until it was broken in 2013. He ranked in the top 10 in career doubles (29) and home runs (16) up until the conclusion of the 2017 season.
"I was shocked and humbled when I got the phone call. My kids thought it was pretty cool. It brought back some great memories. I'm looking forward to being back on campus and having my kids see where I played and went to school."
Paul Shank '68 Football
The first of a trio of inductees from the class of 1968 is football standout Paul Shank. In two seasons on the gridiron, Shank played offense, defense and special teams and earned second team All-Conference honors following the '68 campaign. There was rarely a moment Shank was not on the field during his two seasons. On the offensive end he was a wide receiver, on defense he shined bright as a safety and on special teams he ran the gamut as kickoff and punt return man, kickoff and punt coverage, and field goal defense. As a wide receiver Shank led the team in receptions and receiving touchdowns. On defense he led the team in interceptions, interceptions returned for touchdowns, and forced fumbles returned for touchdowns. As the team's primary kick returner, he led the team in all major statistical categories in that realm. Off the field he was elected the Menlo Student Body Freshman Class Vice President in 1967.
"Menlo was a really good place for me," said Shank. "Good times, lots of good people, and a good learning environment."
Following his time at Menlo, Shank went on to play football for Washington State University on a full-ride scholarship where he was a two-year starter at safety and a punt returner. He returned to Atherton as a teacher at Menlo School where he taught for nearly four years and eventually met his wife. Professionally he is a long-time Certified Physician's Assistant in Yuba City where he also coaches the Yuba City High School boys' soccer team.
"When I got the call saying I was in, I was on my way into surgery and was jumping in the air in excitement. It was truly a welcomed gift and I appreciated Howard [Erenberg], Larry [Baugh] and that whole group who were the driving force behind this thing," said Shank.
Bill Ochs '68 Soccer and Baseball
A two-sport standout on both the baseball and soccer fields, Bill Ochs was part of the impressive 1-2 scoring combo that included fellow 2017 inductee Jorge Boza. Ochs also impressed on the baseball diamond as a slick-fielding infielder who consistently hit above .300 in each of his two seasons on the team and was the heart of the team's infield. On the soccer field, he was second on the team in goals in 1966 with 12 and followed it up with a team-leading 18 goals in the 1967 season and earned All-Conference honors as a freshman for his efforts. Combined, Ochs and Boza scored 94% of the teams total goals over the course of those two seasons under legendary head coach Carlos Lopez. Following his time at Menlo, Ochs was offered a soccer scholarship to Denver University, but he declined to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps. As a Marine, Ochs was a radio specialist at 29 Palms and Camp Pendelton. Following his service, he earned his degree at Cleveland State University.
"It's an honor to be inducted and it's been a lot of fun reconnecting with teammates and classmates and reliving some of our memories from that time," said Ochs. "It's exciting to be going into the Hall of Fame with a teammate like Jorge [Boza]. It was a whole lot of fun playing with him and it'll be a lot of fun receiving this honor with him as well."
Jorge Boza '68 Soccer
Part of the one-two punch of the 67-68 teams, Jorge Boza was one of the most prolific goal scorers in Menlo College Soccer history. A native of Lima, Peru, Boza excelled in multiple sports during his youth including: soccer, golf, tennis, squash, water skiing, and surfing. As a water skier at age 16, he tied the men's slalom world record and competed for the Peruvian National Water Ski Team that defeated the United States in 1965. On the pitch, he was known as being a steadfast ball handler with a rocket shot, and he led the team in scoring with 13 goals in 1966 and was second with 14 goals in 1967 despite missing multiple games due to injury in each of those two seasons. A life changing experience came during his time at Menlo when he was knocked unconscious during a game against Diablo Valley. Struggling for breath, then Head Football Coach Bo Molenda was at the field and his quick thinking helped Boza back to consciousness and served as a self-proclaimed turning point in his life. "That was the beginning of the rest of my life," said Boza. "Menlo was a life-changing experience for me."
His single-game high scoring effort came in a regular season match against Diablo Valley where he scored four goals to lead the team to victory. During the two seasons where Boza and Ochs led the offensive charge, Menlo defeated a number of four-year programs including: San Francisco State, University of San Francisco, Stanford and Santa Clara. He was awarded the Charles G. Seifert Trophy following the '68 season, an award given to the Year's Outstanding Soccer player. Following his time at Menlo, Boza went on to finish his undergrad at Denver University where he started both years on the soccer team. He continued his playing career for six seasons with a semi-professional team in New York. Jorge is currently the President of TPS Global, LLC/TPS Armoring, a leading manufacturer of State-of-the-art armored vehicles for commercial, military, and private applications.
"Menlo was a life changer for me in the sense that coming from Peru to the States, I wasn't quite ready for it. It was all very hard, except for soccer," noted Boza. "There's a certain camaraderie that you can't replace from the types of friendships you make through sports. I've always been very disciplined and committed to whatever I was doing so to receive a lifetime honor like this is very exciting and humbling."