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Cal State East Bay to welcome six to 2014 Hall of Fame induction class


Pictured from top, left to right, are: Mark Lehnert, Gary Hulst, Marcus McGlory, Ashley Shadd, Tim Tierney, and Deborah Douglas.

  • January 15, 2014

Cal State East Bay will induct six new members into the university's Athletics Hall of Fame on Sunday, May 18.

Four former student-athletes and a pair of former coaches will be recognized for their achievements at the Hall of Fame banquet, joining 90 Pioneer sports legends already inducted, according to Sara Lillevand Judd, CSUEB director of athletics.

Women's tennis player Deborah Douglas, men's basketball coach Gary Hulst, men's soccer player Mark Lehnert, men's track and field athlete Marcus McGlory, women's soccer player Ashley Shadd and football and golf coach Tim Tierney have all been selected as members of the 2014 induction class. The group was chosen by the Cal State East Bay Hall of Fame Committee, which convenes every two years and is comprised of one student-athlete, one alumnus, one faculty member, and two coaches representing one men's and one women's sport.

Deborah Douglas (1989-91) competed for the Pioneers for three remarkable seasons and graduated in 1992 as one of the greatest players in the history of the school's tennis program. She competed in three NCAA Singles Championships and two NCAA Doubles Championships, reaching the quarterfinals of the 1989 singles tournament. Douglas compiled a career record of 85-15 in singles and 75-10 in doubles. She was three-time All-Conference selection, a two-time All-American (1989 and 1990), and a two-time winner of the Conference's Most Valuable Player award (1989 and 1990). During her unprecedented 1990 season, Douglas reached a top-10 national singles ranking and set a school record with a perfect 14-0 record. She earned a bachelor's degree in speech communications.

For 12 seasons, Gary Hulst (1983-95) was at the helm of the Pioneer men's basketball team, and during that time he led the program to several of its best seasons ever. From 1984 to 1989, Hulst guided the Pioneers to five consecutive Northern California Athletic Conference (NCAC) postseason appearances and four consecutive NCAA tournament appearences. During that time, the team won three NCAC regular season titles, one postseason championship, and back-to-back NCAA West Region Championships. (1984-85 and 1985-86). Hulst was named NCAC Coach of the Year three times, and he was selected as Division II West District Coach of the Year in 1987-88. He compiled the second-most wins the history of Pioneer men's hoops with 137, and his 1985-86 squad still holds the program record for victories with 24. Hulst will celebrate his 78th birthday on Jan. 15.

Mark Lehnert (1985-89) protected the net in Hayward during the heyday of Pioneer soccer, spending four years as the team's starting goalkeeper. As a sophomore in 1986, Lehnert recorded a school record nine shutouts for 15-4-2 Pioneer squad, earning first-team All-NCAC and second-team All-West Region honors. As a junior in 1987, he broke his own record with 10 shutouts and established a new program best with a 0.76 goals against average for a first-place team that finished 15-2-2. As a senior in 1989, Lehnert helped the Pioneers to a school record 17 wins and a trip to the NCAA Final Four, this time garnering first-team All-NCAC and first-team All-West Region honors. For his career, Lehnert compiled an overall record of 56-21-7 in goal, including three straight first-place finishes in conference play. He still holds school records for career shutouts (27.5) and goals against average (1.07).

One of the top jumpers to ever wear a Pioneer track and field uniform, Marcus Lewis McGlory (1979-82) had a standout career during a time when the Pioneers were among the elite Division II track programs in the nation. A team captain for three of his four seasons, McGlory was a four-time All-Far Western Conference (FWC) honoree as a long jumper and claimed the 1982 FWC Long Jump Championship. His career best of 23 feet, 9.5 inches is still the 10th-longest jump in school history -- and that wasn't even his best event. In his first year, McGlory set a freshman school record with a triple jump of 50 feet, 10 inches. He went onto to be a three-time All-Conference and three-time NCAA Division II All-American triple jumper, placing fourth in the nation as a freshman, second as a sophomore, and fifth as a junior. McGlory was also a USA Junior National All-American triple jumper, taking fourth place at the USA Junior National Track & Field Competition. He qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championships all four years at Hayward, and his personal best of 51'10" remains the fourth-longest triple jump in Pioneer history. McGlory was also a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, and he was a recipient of the President's Service Award.

The most prolific Pioneer goal-scorer of the 21st century, Ashley Shadd (2002-06) was a four-year starter for the women's soccer team, playing defender for one season and forward for three. During a time when the Pioneers were competing as a Division III Independent, Shadd was three times named to the DIII All-Independent team, earning first team honors as a junior and senior. 2006, Shadd's final season in Hayward, was a truly remarkable one. She tied a school record with four goals in a game, and finished one shy of the program record with 18 goals for the season. Shadd led East Bay to a record of 12-5-1, the most victories the program had seen in 17 years, and for her efforts, she was named Cal State East Bay's Female Athlete of the Year. For her career, Shadd ranks third in school history with 86 total points and 38 goals.

Finally, Tim Tierney was a Pioneer for 37 years and served as the last head coach of Cal State Hayward football. Tierney was a two-time All-Far Western Conference defensive back as a student-athlete at San Francisco State. After playing for two seasons in the Philadelphia Eagles organization, he returned to the Bay Area to pursue coaching. Tierney joined the Pioneer coaching staff in 1970 as the defensive coordinator. Five years later, he became the head coach, and he would remain in that position until the program was dropped in 1993. Between 1977 and 1986, the Pioneers had a winning record in eight out of ten seasons under Tierney, and he was twice named Far Western Conference Coach of the Year. In 1978, he led the team to a program-best 8-2 record. In 1981, they captured a share of the Far Western Conference title. In 1984, the Pioneers led the NCAC in rushing yards, and in 1985, they led the conference in total defense. During Tierney's 19 seasons at the helm of what was a non-scholarship football program, he routinely played over 90 percent of his non-conference schedule against scholarship programs like Santa Clara, Cal Poly, and Saint Mary's. Tierney also coached four CSUEB Atlhetics Hall of Famers: Greg Blankenship, Sandy LeBeaux, Mitch Bigger, and Bill Myatt.

After the final football season, Tierney continued to work as a professor of kinesiology until 2001, when he revived the Pioneer golf program and took over as head men's and women's golf coach. He helmed Pioneer golf for four years before handing it off to current head coach Alan Sue. Tierney retired from teaching in 2007, and he passed away in 2012 at the age of 68 due to complications from brain surgery. CSUEB's home golf tournament, the Tim Tierney Pioneer Shootout, bears his name.

The induction ceremony is the highlight of CSUEB's Hall of Fame weekend, which concludes on Monday, May 19 with the annual Golf Classic.

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