By Bryan Stauffer
The Cal Poly Pomona Intercollegiate Athletics Hall Of Fame had 51 former standout athletes and coaches in its honorary circle ranging from 1986 to 2003.
At Friday’s “Evening of Champions” event, that number grew to 56.
Legendary coaches Karen Miller and Jim Sackett, and star athletes Lisa Ulmer, Ruth Van’t Land-Parkes and Tabreshia C. Lawrence-McIntyre became the newest Hall of Fame inductees after being recognized for not only their individual achievements, but also for the lasting impacts they have left on the CPP athletic department.
One of two coaches inducted into the Hall of Fame this year, Miller will be remembered for what she accomplished on the tennis courts and in the athletic department as a whole.
From 1974-2000, she led the Broncos to back-to-back AIAW Division II National Championships in 1980 and 1981, and oversaw seven national championship teams during her tenure as CPP’s Director of Athletics.
Miller praised her former athletes who made this honor possible for her.
“I’m very grateful to my student-athletes,” said Miller. “They made the job worthwhile… It’s the students that make a difference on this campus.”
From one iconic instructor to the next, Sackett headed the CPP track and field and cross country teams for 27 seasons from 1980-2007. He earned NCAA Division II Men’s Cross Country coach of the Year honors twice in 1983 and 1997, and led both teams to national titles.
Sackett led the Broncos cross-country team to five West Region cross-country championships, five CCAA titles and four-consecutive NCAA Championship appearances.
Like Miller, Sackett commended his former athletes for everything they did to put him in this position.
“It’s a privilege for me to be a part of this elite group of athletes,” said Sackett. “The only reason I’m here is because of you athletes. You did the work to get what you got.”
Ulmer was a three-time All-American who helped lead the women’s basketball team to its first national title in 1982.
Having played from 1980-84, Ulmer finished her career ranked in the top 10 in points scored, rebounds and free-throw percentage. She was honored by the CCAA in three-consecutive years, receiving First Team All-Conference honors in 1981 and Second Team All-Conference recognition in 1982 and 1983.
“I’m very proud and honored to be inducted into the Cal Poly Pomona Hall of Fame,” said Ulmer.
Ulmer noted how valuable her former head coach and current Hall of Fame member Darlene May was in her success both on and off the court.
“Without a doubt, Coach May helped mold me into the person I am today,” she added.
The most decorated women’s soccer player in program history, Van’t Land-Parkes compiled 76 goals, 29 assists and 181 total points from 1997-2000.
She is one of just two student-athletes to be names a two-time CCAA Athlete of the Year.
In 1998, she recorded 33 goals and 66 points, both of which remain single-season records at CPP.
“This is a great honor and I’m truly grateful for this award,” said Van’t Land-Parkes. “I’m here tonight because I’ve been so blessed and surrounded by so many wonderful people who supported me during my time at Cal Poly.”
Lawrence-McIntyre ran at CPP from 1996-99 and helped the Broncos succeed at both the local and national level. A holder of three school records, Lawrence-McIntyre was the sixth female in program history to earn an individual title with her victory in the 400-meter hurdles at the 1998 Division II National Championships.
“I definitely know that my life wouldn’t be the same if I hadn’t gone to Cal Poly Pomona,” said Lawrence-McIntyre. “I would have never had the confidence that I have in myself as an educator and as a parent.”
The event was hosted by the Master of Ceremonies, Michael Oliver, a basketball alumnus, and featured speeches from university President Michael Ortiz and former Bronco and California Angels pitcher Darrell Miller, who spoke on behalf of the current Hall of Fame members.
At the conclusion of the event, all inductees were again honored in Kellogg Gym where they were presented with plaques to be displayed alongside those of the other 51 Hall of Fame members.
Their time at CPP may have come to an end, but their legacies will always be remembered.
Alicia Sanchez/The Poly Post
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