2014 YC Hall of Fame Class
October 14, 2014
On October 11, 2014, the newest additions to the Yavapai College Athletic Hall of Fame were inducted in an well-attended luncheon/ceremony on the Yavapai College campus. The 2014 class includes: baseball player Billy Hatcher; 1990 National Champion Men's Soccer Team; and athletic contributor Paul Roberts.
Billy Hatcher played for Yavapai College in 1980 and 1981. As a freshman, the Williams, Arizona native hit .451, scored 58 runs, hit 8 home runs and was named 1st Team All-ACCAC and 3rd Team NJCAA All-American.
As a sophomore, Hatcher hit .371 and had a 30 game hitting streak. He was named ACCAC Player of the Year while earning 1st Team All-ACCAC, 1st Team NJCAA All-Southwest Region and 1st Team NJCAA All-American.
Hatcher was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 6th round of the January 1981 amateur draft. He played for six different MLB teams and during the 1990 post-season he hit .519 including .750 in the four-game World Series sweep over heavily-favored Oakland Athletics. Hatcher still holds the records for highest batting average in a four-game World Series, most consecutive hits in a World Series (7) and most doubles in a four-game series (4).
1990 Soccer Team
In only its second year of existence, the 1990 soccer team achieved the pinnacle of the NJCAA, the National Championship Crown!
In 1990, the Mike Pantalione led team was 21-1-1. They won the ACCAC Championship, the NJCAA Region I Championship, the NJCAA West District Championship and the NJCAA National Championship. In the title game, Yavapai beat Passaic Community College, NJ in double overtime, 2-1. It was the first of 7 National Titles for the storied soccer program.
Members of the 1990 Soccer Team:
Justin Ground, Andre Luciano, Marvin Cassler, Kurt Funkhouser, Jose Corona, Peter Orona, Tony Robson, Mate Kozul, Rocco DeNardis, Brett Wright, Mike Wilcynski, Tyler Schlink, Nick Bramini, Ken McMillen, Bobby Bell, Jose Miranda, Steve Macias, Jeff Stringham, Ed Brooks, Edson Rico, Joe Owen, Joe Harman, Kobah Washington, Heath Tagtmeyer, Remy Bilsback, Roger Salazar, Head Coach Mike Pantalione.
In 1990, Mr. Roberts helped restart the Roughrider Club, the booster club of Yavapai College Athletics. He served in that position from 1990-2001. During that time, the student-athletes were connected with the community through service to the youth of the community. Paul urged each team to perform hours of service in order to gain the trust of the community. He implemented Friday Night Little Roughrider Leagues, Elementary School Reading Programs, Adopt-A-Highway, Feed the Hungry. As one coach commented, "Mr. Roberts has done as much for Yavapai College Athletics as anyone within the community of Prescott."