Eightteenth Annual Marin County High School Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Banquet
Saturday, October 29, 2005 Embassy Suites Hotel San Rafael
Marin Athletic Foundation Board of Directors
Michael Daly, President Joe Ayoob Kasey Childs Briare Jeff Brusati Carney J. Campion Judith B. Colton William L. Cope Gary Frugoli John S. Graham Ned Griffith John Heilmann Rick Lafranchi Vicki McDill Richard Nave Lori Saia-Odisio Jeff Potteroff Robert E. Spain Natu Tuatagaloa Chris Weber
Sharon Adams Peter Arrigoni Sandy Boyd Mary Jane Burke Joan Capurro Eugene Clahan Kit M. Cole Dan Coleman Peggie Daly William Daniels Ken Donaldson Mario Ghilotti John Govi Jim King Thomas Knopf Walter Kosta Kenneth MacDonald Matt MacPhee Terrel Mason Marie McCarthy Peter Mitchell Robert Teasdale Sharon Valentino Jamie Williams
EMERITUS Marion Higgins
Executive Director: Patty Brusati
Hall of Fame Banquet Committee Bill Brody Jeff Brusati Don Collins Mario Ghilotti George Lewis
Vicki McDill Hank Moroski Rich Nave Phil Roark Glen E. Robinson Susie Woodall
The purpose of the Marin Athletic Foundation is to support and insure a full range of quality sports programs for all students at MCAL high schools. MAF funding supports athletics at Branson, Drake, Marin Catholic, Novato, Redwood, San Marin, San Rafael, Tamalpais, Terra Linda and Tomales. Individual, business and organization donations are vital in MAFâ€™s fundraising efforts. Tax-decuctible contributions may be sent to: Marin Athletic Foundation P.O. Box 836 Nicasio, CA 94946 (415) 482-1246.
Program 6:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Grand Entrance of Inductees
7:30 p.m. Dinner Welcome and Introductions Michael Daly President, MAF Board of Directors Introduction of Inductees Don Collins, Master of Ceremonies Presentation of Plaques
2005 Inductees 20 Year Anniversary — Graduated 1985 or before Lori Allen Brady – Tamalpais – 1974 Dwight Ely – Tamalpais – 1949 Mary Knudsen-Bracken – Marin Catholic – 1983 Michael Lamb – Tamalpais – 1975 A.J. Ross – San Rafael – 1982 Jodie Wertz Trützschler – Redwood – 1985 Jerry Zieff – Drake – 1984
Coaches Mark Whitburn – San Marin Anne Zarraonandia – Novato/Redwood
Special Recognition Andy Frauenhofer – San Marin
The Marin High School Athletic Hall of Fame, established by the Marin Athletic Foundation, recognizes and honors athletes who distinguished themselves in Marin County high school sports. It also gives recognition to coaches and others who made significant contributions to high school athletics in Marin County. The annual induction banquet is held in the fall.
Acknowledgments Marin Athletic Foundation gratefully acknowledges:
Major Sponsor Rich & Dolly Nave
Special thanks to The Marin Athletic Foundation also extends special thanks to Geoff Lepper and Dave Allen of the Marin Independent Journal for the program preparation and to the Marin County Office of Education and Burns Florist for their donation of the boutineers.
Lori Allen Brady Athlete — Tamalpais 1974 Lori Allen received nine varsity letters at Tamalpais, but should probably receive credit for a 10 th — after all, she graduated from school a semester early, in January 1974, so she could play for the San Francisco State women’s basketball team instead of starring for a fourth season with the Indians girls hoop team. Allen was a dominant force in the days when varsity girls sports were still in their infancy, anchoring Tam’s teams in basketball (three varsity letters), swimming (four) and gymnastics (two). “Lori was the best girl athlete in the county during that time,” said Beth Juri, who coached Allen at Tam. “She set records in swimming and was an outstanding basketball player.” Allen didn’t stay long at S.F. State, moving on the next year thanks to a basketball scholarship at UCLA, where she started as a defensive-minded forward alongside future Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Ann Meyers. The Bruins finished second in the national AIAW tournament (there was no NCAA tourney at the time) all three years during Allen’s tenure, and Allen won an AAU national championship in 1977 with the L.A. National Generals. Allen has coached youth sports (basketball and soccer) for 18 years and lives in Issaquah, Wash. with her husband of 19 1/2 years, Terry Brady. Their blended family includes four children: Melissa (31), Brad (23 a two-year starter at center for the University of Washington football team), Brian (17) and Blaire (13).
Dwight Ely Athlete — Tamalpais 1949 As a two-way lineman with the Indians, Ely didn’t get much of a chance to handle the ball — only once, in fact, could he remember getting a touch during a game. “The kickoff was so bad that it went into the line,” he said. “I caught the ball, probably took one step forward and that was it. Worse than that,” Ely said with a laugh, “Warren Perry got credited for doing it.” Ely received plenty of credit for helping Tam defeat its then-arch rival, San Rafael, twice after losing the previous seven meetings. Ely also competed in track and field (he held the school record in the discus) and basketball for the Indians as a classic three-sport star. He concentrated on football at Cal, playing defense line for the Bears for three seasons, including a trip to the Rose Bowl as a sophomore. Ely, a Vallejo resident of 40 years, was appointed to the Solano County bench in 1980 and “retired” in 2000. He has continued to work, however, filling in for a couple of judges out on disability, and still does to this day. Ely and his first wife, Patricia, had four children — Karen, Drew, Sara and Matt — before Patricia passed away in 1990. Ely remarried in 1999 to Carmala, and they enjoy traveling the world: “I’ve put my foot on all seven continents, including Antarctica,” he said.
Mary Knudsen-Bracken Athlete — Marin Catholic 1983 The Hall of Fame induction may be in honor of her four years at Marin Catholic back in the 1980s, but the athletic career of Mary Knudsen, as she was known then, has continued unabated. A four-time all-MCAL selection in softball, Knudsen-Bracken played on the U.S. national team at this summer’s World Masters Games. Such longevity would never have been expected from her high school self. “I always liked sports, and I guess to some extent I thought I’d be playing later in life — but not into my 40s,” said Knudsen-Bracken, who also played this year in a San Rafael recreational league with her teenage daughter. Knudsen-Bracken, MC’s female athlete of the year as a senior, received four more all-league awards in basketball (establishing an MC single-game scoring record) and two in volleyball, but softball was her sport of choice. A first baseman by trade, Knudsen-Bracken was known for her sparkling glove (she can still remember her lone prep error, a bad throw to third) and a powerful bat. After all-conference careers at both College of Marin and Cal State Hayward, Knudsen-Bracken survived two rounds of tryouts for the 1996 U.S. Olympic team to become one of 90 finalists. When she’s not working in the music licensing department of Grateful Dead Productions, Knudsen-Bracken helps coach the Casa Grande softball team. She lives in Petaluma with husband Ross Bracken, daughter Jessica (16) and son William (15).
Michael Lamb Athlete — Tamalpais 1975 If you had to sum up Michael Lamb’s athletic accomplishments in one word, it would have to be “versatility.” Lamb played four different sports at Tamalpais — football, track, wrestling and basketball — and was a star in each of the first three as a senior: all-league middle linebacker, two-way starter and team captain in football; undefeated MCAL champion in the unlimited weight class in wrestling; school record-setter in the shot put and discus and State Meet competitor. Lamb went on to play football for Division II powerhouse UC Davis, but didn’t stop there, also starting for the Aggies‚ lacrosse and rugby teams. After graduation, his athletic resume broadened even further. After a two-year stint with the Los Angeles Rugby Club, Lamb returned to the Bay Area. Once here, he completed the San Francisco Marathon in 1989, won pro stock races at the old Sears Point Raceway in 2000, and became an accomplished sailor, both at the helm of his own 36-foot Catalina yacht, Jammin Too, and also as a grinder for several different boats. He also coaches basketball and is on the board of directors for the Sleepy Hollow swim team. Lamb works as a senior vice president in the San Francisco office of Cantor Fitzgerald. He lives in San Anselmo with his wife, Jacqueline, and their two daughters, Brianna (12) and Lexie (7).
A.J. Ross Athlete — San Rafael 1982 The A.J. was short for Anthony Jerome, but Ross went by another moniker while running wild through the defenses of MCAL football foes: “Sudden.” The nickname was given to Ross by an assistant coach on the San Rafael football team because of his speed and quickness — both of which were of a kind previously unseen in the MCAL. What followed were some numbers never before reached by an MCAL back: 3,153 yards and 29 touchdowns, with two appearances on the all-Northern California team and one all-State honor. Speed came naturally to Ross, who was an undefeated league champion in the 100-yard dash as a freshman and went to the State Meet as a sophomore. He didn’t take football seriously until Bulldogs head coach Bob Muster anointed him as the Bulldogs‚ running back. “He believed in me, and I just didn’t want to let him down,” Ross said. “He gave me the opportunity and I just wanted to prove I wasn‘t the wrong choice.” Ross played one season at College of Marin, setting the school‘s single-season rushing record. Ross works in customer service at Health Net Federal Services. He and his wife Michelle, who’ve been married 23 years, have three children — Daughters Robin (20) and Shayna (14) and son Anthony Jr. (19) — and live in Rancho Cordova.
Jodie Wertz Trützschler Athlete — Redwood 1985 If not for track and field coach Larry Butti, Jodie Wertz might have become one of the greatest swimmers in Redwood history. “As a freshman, I said, I want to go out for the diving team,” Wertz said. “The whole first part of the year, he was convincing me to run track.” It was time well-spent on Butti’s part. By the time Wertz left Redwood, she held school records in the 200-, 400- and 800-meter individual races, and also in the 400 and 1,600 relays. Wertz also played volleyball and basketball (she set single-game and career rebounding records), was named the school’s best overall athlete as a senior, and held the highest GPA on each of her teams. She went to Georgetown on a full track and field scholarship and was a two-time NCAA finalist in the indoor 3,200 relay. Wertz worked for seven years coordinating blood drives in San Francisco and Marin. In 2001, she moved with her husband, Matthias Trützschler, and daughters Ursula (almost 9) and Anna (7) to Attenweiler, a village of just 1,000 or so residents in southern Germany. The family enjoys hiking and cross-country skiing in the Alps, which are 90 minutes away, and Wertz also does a lot of swimming. “It won out in the end,” she said.
Jerry Zieff Athlete — Drake 1984 Last year, Zieff attended the Hall of Fame banquet as a guest of Craig Burnett, the new inductee who connected with Zieff on hundreds of passes throughout their careers on the Pirates football team. This year, Zieff gets to return the favor. “I‘ll be able to brag about him like he bragged about me,” Zieff said. Drake fans did plenty of bragging about Zieff, who was a threetime all-MCAL wide receiver with 55 catches for 815 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior. That same year, he won MCAL track championships in the 100, 200 and long jump. He graduated Drake as the school record-holder in the 400 and long jump. Although he was recruited by a bevy of Division I schools and was set to go to Santa Rosa JC with Burnett, Zieff never had the chance to play football in college; just after graduating from Drake, he was a back-seat passenger riding with some friends in San Rafael when the car smashed into a telephone pole. Zieff was in a coma for three weeks before embarking on a long recovery process. He lives in Petaluma and works with his mother, Carol, in the antiques trade and also attends SRJC as a part-time student.
Mark Whitburn Coach — San Marin The drive to 300 wins for Mark Whitburn stopped at one point before even reaching triple digits. In 1984, after four years as the baseball coach at his alma mater and with a pair of league titles and the ’82 North Coast Section crown, economic circumstances forced Whitburn to look for other employment. “We’d had all these teaching cutbacks and I couldn’t get a teaching job,” he said. “I was broke.” Whitburn ran a sports memorabilia shop for a while until realizing “I didn’t go to school to sell baseball cards.” In 1989, he secured a teaching position in San Marin’s English department, and the following spring, Mustangs coach Ray Kelleher was called to serve on a jury which would be impaneled for a full year. Whitburn filled the void, and the two co-coached for a few seasons until Kelleher’s retirement. San Marin went on to win NCS crowns in 2003 and this past spring and pushed Whitburn’s career record with the Mustangs to 313-184. Whitburn’s favorite team, the 1992 squad, didn’t win any titles, but were champions in other ways. “It was just a group of kids that really came together through a lot of adversity,” he said. “There were parents getting divorced and seriously ill, big injuries on team, one kid had liver cancer. Through each thing, the kids bonded together.” Whitburn is single (“I married my sports”) and lives in San Rafael.
Anne Zarraonandia Coach — Novato/Redwood tennis If you really want to gain entry into the MAF Hall of Fame, there appears to be one sure way: Coach girls tennis at Redwood High. Zarraonandia took over the reigns for the Giants in 1986, following on the heels of Stanlee Buchanan, who had won 15 MCAL titles in 15 years. Now she follows Buchanan — a Class of 2000 inductee — into the Hall. Some coaches might have found that transition to be a bit daunting, but Zarraonandia had no trouble continuing the Giants‚ success; she compiled a 258-32 record, with 11 titles (plus three more first-place ties), in her first 19 seasons there. Zarraonandia, who came to Redwood after three seasons as boys and girls tennis coach at Novato, counts those first few years with the Giants among her favorites. “I didn’t know what I was walking into,” she said. “It was a team that was building on something. Stanlee’s record, that was a high distinction.” Zarraonandia, who held the No. 1 singles position at San Rafael High and went on to play at COM and UC Davis, has worked for 25 years as a teaching pro at City of San Rafael tennis camps and group lessons, and also gives individual instruction. “It started as a summer job (after graduating from Davis),” Zarraonandia said. “Then I realized I was pretty good at it.” Zarraonandia and her partner, Kim Jessup, live in Mill Valley with their son, Luke (4).
Andy Frauenhofer Special recognition — San Marin Andy Frauenhofer spent three decades at San Marin, but his legacy continues to be felt throughout the MCAL, in the form of the coaches‚ credentialing program which he helped set up for the league. It’s still in use today, helping to raise the level of knowledge among the MCAL’s many offcampus coaches. Frauenhofer came to San Marin upon its opening in 1968 and was the first coach of the school’s boys basketball and golf teams. He coached golf for 28 years, winning six pennants, but stepped down as basketball coach in 1977 to tackle another job: athletic director. He served in that role for 15 years, helping San Marin upgrade its girls’ sports programs to comply with federal Title IX rules. “That was one piece of legislation that I felt was so important, to get girls on the map, so to speak,” Frauenhofer said. Another of Frauenhofer’s achievements was overseeing a football program which sent seven players to the NFL. “That was amazing,” Frauenhofer said. “Being AD and getting those coaches together was really fun to do. We had a great varsity staff.” That staff included fellow inductee Mark Whitburn, who said Frauenhofer “always had the right thing to say to get a kid back on track.” Frauenhofer and his wife of 44 years, Elly, live at the Oakmont Golf Club in Santa Rosa and also spend their summers in Truckee. They have two children (Greg and Jenny) and four grandchildren.