2012 Inductee Biographies
1974 and 1975 State Champion Women’s Basketball Teams
Head Coach: Sharon Chatman Sunnyvale, CA
Continuing reading for biographies below for all other 2012 Hall of Fame inductees.
Ed Bressoud (San Ramon, CA)
Ed Bressoud came to De Anza after playing 11 years in Major League Baseball. He started at De Anza in October 1967 as the head Baseball coach and Physical Education instructor after helping the St. Louis Cardinals win the Baseball World Series. During his Major League Baseball career, Ed also played for the San Francisco Giants and Boston Red Sox.
At De Anza, Ed was the head Baseball coach from 1967-1983. He then served as the Physical Education and Athletics Division dean from 1983 until his retirement in 1990. During his career, Ed coached nine players who eventually played in Major League Baseball, including Mike Dillon, Dan Gladden, Mark Leonard, Billy Pecota, Mike Perez, Mike Vail and Sandy Withol. Ed was instrumental in helping to attain the weight room at De Anza.
Sergio Cardoso (San Jose, CA)
Sergio played on the 1978 and 1979 Soccer teams at De Anza College. The 1978 team won the Golden Gate Conference and was the Northern California Champions. The 1978 team had a record of 21 wins and 1 loss. Their only loss came in the State Final on penalty kicks. Sergio led the team and the state in scoring with 32 goals.
The 1979 team also performed very well. Sergio scored 36 goals and, again, led the state in scoring. This team was also the NorCal Champions, and their only loss of the season occurred in the State Final.
Sergio was a two-time All-American soccer player at De Anza. He went on to play at San Jose State, which was a national power at that time. At San Jose State, Sergio scored 45 goals in two years and was again a two-time All-American. Sergio still holds the San Jose State record for single season goals scored with 26 in 1980. After college, Sergio played professionally with the Phoenix Inferno of MISL.
Sharon Chatman (Sunnyvale, CA)
Sharon came to De Anza in 1974 and was the first Women's Basketball coach. She was part of two Conference and two State Championship teams (1974-1975 and 1975-1976). Her two-year coaching record was 61 wins and 3 losses. Sharon left De Anza to become the head Women's Basketball coach at San Jose State, where she compiled a record of 143 wins and 121 losses from 1977-1986. In 2004, Sharon was inducted into the San Jose State Sports Hall of Fame.
After her coaching career ended, she enrolled at Hastings Law School and received her juris doctorate in 1989. She has been employed at the Santa Clara County Office of the District Attorney and for the past 12 years has served as a judge to the California Superior Court, County of Santa Clara.
Sharon has received numerous awards for her community and civic engagement. She is the founder and president of the board of directors of Building Peaceful Families (BPF), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health, safety and well-being of children by educating, honoring and encouraging kids and their adult role models, and by promoting involved, responsible and committed parenting. Since 2005, BPF has positively impacted the lives of thousands of children by offering inspirational programs and events in the community that truly enrich lives. BPF specifically targets the underserved in our community and firmly believes that by making a positive impact on an adult, the life of a child will be positively impacted as well.
After completing her first marathon, Sharon founded the Red Power Divas in 2007, a walking/running support group where members are educated and encouraged to make informed decisions about their health, safety and well-being while seeking balance. In six short seasons, membership in this inspirational group has grown to more than 1,000 members in 82 different cities and four countries. The organization membership includes women (Divas), men (Divos), children (FitKidz) and senior members (Golden Diva/Divos).
Charlie Elder (Cupertino, CA)
Charlie started at De Anza College in 1968 and retired in 2004. Charlie was the first head coach of Women's Volleyball and later became head Football coach. In Football, Charlie was part of two conference championships, and his 1979 team won the State and National Championship with a record of 11 wins and 0 losses. He served as the Director of Athletics from 2001-2004.
Charlie served on numerous college committees including the Academic Senate, where he was instrumental in getting Physical Education placed back into the General Education package. He was also an innovative Physical Education instructor. He built and tested the first isotonic and isometric weight training machine, designed and developed one of the first football computer scouting programs using key punch technology, and helped design and implement the first De Anza College Fitness Center. He also started a Women's Rugby team at De Anza. Charlie was the recipient of the President's Award in 2003.
Jessie (Brackett) Goodmonson (Oregon)
Jessie Brackett was the first Physical Education and Athletics administrative assistant at De Anza College after two years at Foothill. The first Physical Education and Athletics Office was in the Language Arts area because the Physical Education and Athletics complex was still being built. Jessie "ran the show and the division" until her retirement in 1989. She was the administrative assistant for three deans: Chuck Crampton, Jim Linthicum and Ed Bressoud. She also worked with five athletic directors: Chuck Crampton, Bob Mazzuca, Tony Nunes, Bob Pifferini and Debi Schafer.
Tuck Halsey (Lincoln, CA)
Tuck started at De Anza in 1968 and retired in 1999. He was an outstanding Physical Education instructor and coach. Tuck served as head Wrestling coach for 10 years, head Softball coach for 19 years and head Men's Golf coach for nine years. Tuck served as the state sport association president for all three of those sports during his career. Tuck's wrestling teams were conference champions on five occasions. In 1974, the team was runner up in the state. His De Anza wrestling record was 124 wins and 36 losses. Tuck's softball coaching record was 352 wins and 151 losses. His teams won the conference nine times and were NorCal Champs on three occasions.
Billy Pecota (Lee's Summit, Missouri)
Bill was drafted by the Kansas City Royals after competing at De Anza College in the early 1980s. During his Major League Baseball career, he also played for the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Bill played a total of eight years in Major League Baseball at almost every position including all four infield positions: outfield, pitcher, catcher and designated hitter.
Debi Schafer-Braun (Aptos, CA)
Debi started at De Anza in 1976. She coached Women's Basketball and Women's Volleyball concurrently from 1976 to 1986. She continued as the Women's Volleyball coach until 1992. In 1990, Men's Volleyball was added to her coaching duties. Debi was part of a combined 25 conference championships in the three sports including 16 straight in Women's Volleyball. In 1985, her Women's Basketball team was state runner up as were her Women's Volleyball teams five times (1980, '84, '88, '89 and '92). In 1992, her Men's Volleyball team also shared that honor.
Debi received the President's Award in 2002, the SCOPE (CCCPE) Physical Educator of the Year Award in 2002 and Distinguished Educator award in 2004. Additionally, Debi has now been inducted into four Halls of Fame including Cal State Hayward in 1986, California Community College Basketball Coaches Association in 1993, and California Community College Women's Volleyball Coaches Association in 2002. As a student-athlete, Debi excelled in basketball, field hockey, track and field and volleyball. She was an All-American in Track and Field and an alternate for the Munich Olympics 400M and 800M relay teams in 1972. Debi also competed for the USA in Field Hockey in 1975.
Jeffrey Sevy (Loomis, CA)
Jeff participated in Football, Track and Field and Wrestling while attending De Anza in 1971 and 1972. He played for Charlie Elder, Jim Linthicum, Bob Pifferini and Bill Walker, all Hall of Fame coaches at De Anza. Jeff earned all-league honors in football and received a football scholarship to UC Berkeley, where he played at both defensive tackle and defensive end. After Cal, Jeff played for the WFL Hawaiians. In 1974 Jeff was drafted by the Chicago Bears of the NFL. After four successful years with the Bears, he joined the Seattle Seahawks for two years. Jeff concluded his professional football career in the USFL. Jeff was De Anza's first student-athlete to play in the NFL. He played a total of nine years of pro football and was considered amongst the 10 strongest men in the NFL during his career. Jeff also held the shot put record at De Anza for years. Later in his career he played rugby for the USA in the 1990 World Cup.
Bill Walker (Los Gatos, CA)
Bill Walker came to De Anza from Foothill in 1967 to become the college's first Wrestling coach. Later he became the first Men's Soccer coach. He was a well rounded and outstanding Physical Education instructor. After 22 years at De Anza he retired in 1989. Bill had a De Anza Men's Soccer coaching record of 156 wins, 48 losses and 13 ties. He was part of four Golden Gate Conference Championships, two NorCal Championships, and a third place in state and one runner-up in the state. Bill also started De Anza College's Industrial Fitness Program, which was well received by local businesses for many years. Bill was an outstanding and versatile classroom teacher and a role model to both students and staff.