RCC announces 2012 athletic hall of fame class

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By James Williams / Sports editor, Anthony Gutierrez and Travis West / Sports Staff

By James Williams / Sports editor, Anthony Gutierrez and Travis West / Sports Staff

Riverside City College has announced the 2012 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees and award recipients.

The inductees include state champion women’s basketball coach Michael Barnes, former Major League Baseball player Bobby Kielty, softball player Rachael Bermudez, public announcer Richard Hubbard, RCC Marching Tigers’ booster William Locke, and business contributor Scott Hooks.

Barnes led the RCC women’s basketball team to a state title in 1986, to complete the second undefeated season in Tigers’ basketball history at 33-00.

He has coached a number of Tigers’ basketball players during his 20 year RCC head coaching career including current head basketball coach Alicia Berber.

Berber was hired as head coach after Barnes retired as head coach in 2000. He finished his head coaching career as the all-time winning coach in Tigers’ history with an overall record of 372-230 and was one of only two coaches to have won 300 games.

Barnes rejoined RCC as the women’s assistant basketball coach in 2011.

Kielty is a former MLB player, who won a world championship with the Boston Red Sox in 2007. He played for several teams during his career, including the Oakland Athletics, Minnesota Twins, Toronto Blue Jays, and the Red Sox. In 1,792 career at bats, Kielty hit 53 home runs, major league game on Sept. 30 2007.

Bermudez played softball during the 2000 and 2001 seasons at RCC. She was named MVP of the Orange Empire Conference and named to the All-State Team. She recorded 322 strikeouts in her sophomore year and also holds the school record for complete games along with five other career pitching categories records. After RCC, Bermudez pitched at Cal Baptist University, where she broke a school record with 13 strikeouts in a game.

The ceremony will take place Nov. 1 at 5:30 p.m. in the newly renovated Wheelock Gym.

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