Hall of Fame 2010
Distinguished Knight in Shining Armor Alumni Award:
Thuy Thi Nguyen ‘93
Since 2003, Thuy Thi Nguyen has served as General Counsel for the Peralta Community College District which consists of Laney College, Merritt College, College of Alameda, and Berkeley City College. At different points during her tenure as General Counsel, she had served in additional roles as Acting Vice Chancellor for Human Resources and District-wide Strategic Planning Manager.
Thuy graduated as valedictorian from Castlemont in 1993. At Castlemont, she was elected Student Director to the Oakland Unified School District’s Board of Education. The Mayor of Oakland named June 23, 1993 “Thuy Thi Nguyen” for her community service. Thuy attended Yale where she earned a B.A. in Philosophy, and UCLA School of Law’s Program in Public Interest Law and Policy where she received her Juris Doctorate degree in 2000. In 1999, Thuy was selected a Paul and Daisy Soros for New Americans Fellow. In 2002, she was listed among “30 Most Influential Asian Americans Under 30” nationally by Rainmaker Political Group. In 2007, she was named one of eighteen “Best Lawyers Under 40” in the country by the National Asian American Bar Association. Thuy recently received the 2011 Trailblazer Award from the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Northern California.
Thuy co-published a book entitled, “25 Vietnamese Americans in 25 Years,” a 100-page historical book chronicling the first twenty-five years of Vietnamese people in America since the Fall of Saigon. The publication is archived in the Library of Congress and the Viet Museum in San Jose. She has taught education law at California State University, Hayward (now East Bay).
Thuy, one of the founders of the Castlemont Alumni Association, was the first president from 2003 through 2007. She did a great job leading the association in its first years.
Community Service Alumni Award:
Carol (Becton) Berry ‘66
Born and raised in Oakland. Attended Oakland Public Schools, graduating from Castlemont in 196 Attended Merritt College earning a AA. Transferred to then Cal State Hayward earning a BS degree. Worked for Oakland Parks and Rec. for several years. In the early 1970's became the first Woman hired as a Patrol Officer in Berkeley. Hired as a Criminal Investigator for the Alameda County Public Defender Office, retired as a Senior Investigator after 30 years.
One of the founding members of the Castlemont Alumni Association, Carol is presently the secretary. Volunteers with Wardrobe for Opportunity, an organization that works in partnership with the community to assist low-income individuals find a job, by offering job training and clothing. Married with two sons, enjoys spending time with her Grandchildren. Enjoys gardening at her home in Hercules as well as volunteers with the Hercules Community Garden, Also enjoys reading and making Jewelry.
Gold Key Alumni Award:
Rich Klier ‘58
Rich attended Stonehurst, Elmhurst and Castlemont. Following college, he returned to Castlemont in 1963 as a coach and physical education teacher. He married Ursula Eggenberger-Freiburghaus in 1964. Coaching gymnastics, varsity basketball and junior varsity football, he took a job as a math teacher at Acalanes High. He taught high school math from 1968 until 2006, the last five years at Marin Academy in San Rafael.
Upon retirement in 2006, Rich vowed to try to do something for the Castlemont of today. He organized Math Afternoon 2007, Math Night 2008 and Math Afternoon 2008, American Math Competition 10/12 in 2010 and 2011, was part of the planners for the Alumni vs Varsity Basketball Event, as well as participated in Career Day. Much of Rich’s Castlemont work has been as a member of the Alumni Association. Membership Chair from March, 2007 until August, 2011, currently the President, as well as the editor of Ye Alumni Castle Crier, Rich has be an enthusiastic advocate for the Castlemont Alumni Association.
Rich and Ursula enjoy movies, our two grandsons, Max and Emil, gardening, trips and our friends.
There are five new honorees for the Castlemont Sports Hall of Fame.
For the 1990’s and 2000’s, the vote was between Paul Marigney ‘00 and Marquez Ologbosele ‘98.
Marquez Ologbosele, ‘98 is the 2010 Inductee into the Sports Hall of Fame.
Marquez was a 6'8" 265 pound Basketball, Football & Track star at the Castle. As a basketball player, he was 2nd Team All OAL in his Junior year. He was 1st Team All OAL as a senior, averaging 16 ppg and 15 rebounds a game.
He was OAL Shot Put Champion his Soph, Junior and Senior years. He represented Oakland in the State Meet three years.
Because of his strength, conditioning, size, quickness & jumping ability, he was the most heavily recruited Castlemont football star since Marcus Cotton. Over 50 colleges recruited him for Football and over 20 for Basketball. He was a great student with a 3.3 grade point average in Advanced Placement courses and scored well over 1000 on the SAT. Marquez chose UNLV, playing for John Robinson, the former USC Head Coach, He suffered an injury as a sophomore that ended his career.
Marquez graduated from University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in 2002. He’s returned to live in Oakland and I’d love to meet him to present him his plaque.
If any Castlemonter can help me get in touch with him, see me after the assembly.
For the 1970’s, the vote was between Carl Buggs, ‘73, Reggie Green,‘73 and Clifford Trent Robinson, ‘77.
Clifford Trent Robinson, ‘77 is the 2010 Inductee into the Sports Hall of Fame.
Clifford was a MacDonalds Basketball All- American under Coach Dave Shigematsu. He was first team All OAL in his Junior and Senior seasons. He had a full basketball scholarship to USC. After his sophomore year, the New Jersey Nets made him the 11th player picked in the 1979 draft. Magic Johnson was the number 1 pick that year.
In his rookie season with the Nets, he averaged 13.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. His best season was 1985-86 when he averaged 19 points a game. He was hampered by injuries throughout his career. Even so, he still averaged between 15 and 20 points per game.
He played for the New Jersey Nets, Kansas City Kings, Cleveland Cavaliers, Washington Bullets, Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers. We weren’t able to get in touch with Clifford.
If any Castlemonters can help me get in touch with him, please see me after the assembly.
For the 1950’s and before, the vote was between Dave Mann, ‘50, Dick Matern, ‘56 and Paul Chappelle, Swimming, Wrestling and JV Football coach from 1950-1958.
Paul Chappelle is the 2010 Inductee into the Sports Hall of Fame.
Castlemont’s 1950’s Swimming, Wrestling and JV football coach, consistently producing OAL Championship teams. Chap was doing in wrestling, swimming and JV football what Stu Carter was doing in football. One impression I had was that Chap’s teams always had great spirit. Rick Madrid, one of Coach Chappelle’s wrestlers said, “At that time in high school wrestling, some coaches taught a wrestler to get ahead on points and stall. Not Chap. You either went all out all the time or rode the pine.”.
Coach Chappelle had a full time job at the University of Indiana and left it to become a Castlemont coach in 1950. His swimming teams were a dynasty.
In the early 1950’s, Fremont was the power in wrestling. It was two years before we beat Fremont, but once we beat them, we became the power, winning year after year.
Castlemont’s football teams were always good. Coach Chappelle was proud that his JV teams won more games than the Varsity.
Coach Chappelle is 90 years old and we’ll give him is plaque at a private ceremony.
For the 1980’s, the vote was between Marcus Cotton, ‘84, and Amanda Ray, ‘84.
Amanda Ray is the 2010 Inductee into the Sports Hall of Fame.
Amanda was a phenomenal Castlemont basketball, softball and volleyball player. She was a 4-year OAL Varsity Basketball starter (she played her freshman year at Oakland Tech). She was a member of the Volleyball team, three time MVP of the Women's Basketball team, MVP of the Women's Softball Team, All City in basketball and softball, and she was 1st Team OAL all three years. Additional honors earned include: Oakland Tribune Player of the Week several times, and Oakland Tribune Basketball Player of the Year, KNBR-Kaiser Player of the Week, voted All Tournament and MVP at several tournaments throughout her career, including All Tourney at the CIF State Tournament. As a senior, she was 1st Team All OAL and All-Northern California.
She was a 4.0 grade point average student who was heavily recruited. Amanda went on to become the first African American Female Captain of a University of California, Berkeley Basketball Team under coach Gooch Foster. At Cal, she was AWSF 2nd Team All-American as a freshman and Special Mention All-American as a senior, voted to the NorPac(now the Pac 10) All-Freshman team, Pac 10 Player of the Week, member of the 1000 point club, and voted to the Cal All Decade Team. She graduated from Cal in 1989 with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology.
Currently, Amanda Ray Snowden lives in Riverside, CA, with her husband and three children. She is a Lieutenant with the California Highway Patrol. She is on the Captain's list and awaiting a promotion.
Accepting the plaque is her sister, Anita Ray.
For the 1960’s, the vote was between Linda Bradshaw, ‘64, Jerry Bright, ‘65, and Charles Smith, ‘64.
Charles Smith is the 2010 Inductee into the Sports Hall of Fame.
Linda Bradshaw would have been contending for the State Meet 100 meters title in 1964 except girls didn’t have track then. Jerry Bright just missed making the 1968 Mexico City Olympic team in the 200 meters. He lost to Tommie Smith, John Carlos and Larry Questad, missing third by one foot.
Charles was born January 18, 1946 in Natchez, Mississippi. Charles was the in the first graduating Class of Madison Junior High. He was a great three sport athlete: Football, Basketball and Track. He played halfback on the football team and was All OAL as a Senior. He was a forward on the basketball team. But his greatest success in high school was in track. He ran the 180 low hurdles his Soph, Junior and Senior years. He was second in the State Meet running 180 yard hurdles in 18.5 seconds.
His college sport was football. At Bakersfield College, he played two years and is in their football hall of fame. He also met his beautiful wife there. He graduated from the University of Utah in 1968 where he was the football Most Valuable Player.
He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 1968 and played for them from 1968 through 1975. In his rookie season, he was the star of the famous Heidi game. He scored the go ahead touchdown in the last minute after the TV network switched to the “Heidi” movie.
Charles was always admired as a great athlete and a real gentleman. He always did his best. He gives coach Harrison Flowers, his Madison Jr. High coach, credit for helping him succeed in track. Nick Garedakis was his Castlemont coach, but Coach Flowers gave him his workouts. One workout was 10 220 yard sprints, with a 220 walk in between. Charles finished the workout, even though it was hard.
Allow me to present, Charles Smith, a 2010 inductee into the Castlemont Sports Hall of Fame.