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San Clemente Journal

SC Sports Hall of Fame

May 19, 2016 12:57PM ● By Anne Batty

Wall of Fame at the SC Aquatics Center

The San Clemente Sports Hall of Fame program, honoring outstanding athletes in San Clemente, initially proposed by 2012 Mayor Jim Evert, has been adopted by the Friends of San Clemente Foundation. Each year, members of our community are invited to nominate athletes who either grew up in San Clemente or lived in San Clemente during their careers.  Honorees will have their names displayed on a poolside wall in tiles at the Aquatic Center in Vista Hermosa Sports Park.
They will be presented at the Foundation’s annual “Friendraiser” at the Aquatic Center at the Vista Hermosa Sports Park on May 21st. Doors to the public will open at 6:00pm and the induction program will start at 6:30pm taking about one hour to complete.  The Induction will be free to the public.
This years inductees are Joyce Hoffman, Bob Yoder and Doris Stephens. Bob Yoder

Bob Yoder
USC Outstanding Senior Student Athlete 1978
Jess Hill Trojan Heritage Trophy 1978
Collegiate Volleyball All American 1977- 79
Head Men’s Volleyball Coach Ohio State 1980-81
Head Men’s Volleyball Coach USC 1982-89
National Collegiate Coach of the Year 1986
USC NCAA Champions 1988
NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship Recipient
Willis O. Hunter Scholar Athlete Award

Doris Stephens

Tennis Phenom
Coached by Bill Tilden and USC’s George Tolley
Defeated #1 Singles Player Nancy Chaffee Age 18
Received USTA’s National Sportsmanship Award 1947
Invited to Play in US Open at Forest Hills
USTA Gold, Silver and Bronze Senior’s Titles at 79
USTA Grand Slam Winner at 80
12 National Senior’s Titles Ages 79-81


 Joyce Hoffman
First Female International Surfing Star
US Surfing Association Winner 1964-66
Laguna Masters Winner 1965-67
US Women’s Championships 1965
World Championship (Peru)
International Women’s Championship (Makaha)
Los Angeles times Woman of the Year 1966
World’s Best Woman Surfer 1966
First Female to Surf Banzai Pipeline 1968
First Woman Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame 1994