2015 Daly City Sports Hall of Fame Inductees

Congratulations to our 2015 Daly City Sports Hall of Fame Inductees

  • Brett Barron attended Westmoor High School and was the 1983 Pan American Games Judo Gold Medal Winner, member of the ’84 Olympic Judo Team, and coach for the 2004 Olympic Judo Team
  • Floyd Gonella football, track star, former coach and administrator at Jefferson Union High School District
  • James Hundon attended Jefferson High School, CCSF and Portland State University.  He was also an outstanding football player for the Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL and the San Jose Sabercats of the AFL
  • Jim Kollman attended OLPH grammar school in Daly City, Sacred Heart High School in San Francisco and was an outstanding football player at the University of Oregon. Jim was drafted by the Chicago Bears of the NFL in 1967
  • Bill Mendosa former coach and PE teacher at Ben Franklin Intermediate School
  • Ricky Mixon was an outstanding basketball player at Serramonte High School and Cal State Fullerton
  • Don Mossi was an outstanding baseball player at Jefferson High School and major league pitcher for the Detriot Tigers
  • Tom Pollicita former coach and PE teacher at Colma Intermediate School
  • and the 1981 Jefferson High School Girl’s Varsity Basketball Team, North Peninsula League Champions and the first girl’s basketball championship in school history!
We celebrated their induction Saturday, May 9th at the South San Francisco Elks Club.  To view photos, check out our Facebook page.

BRETT BARRON

Brett was born in San Francisco in 1959.  He attended Westmoor High School and became involved in judo at Cahill’s Judo Academy in San Bruno.  As a 19-year old judo athlete, Brett won a bronze medal in the 1979 Pan American Games.  Four year later, at the 1983 Pan American Games, Brett won the gold medal. Mr. Barron was on the 1984 Olympic Team.  He finished 9th in his division in the judo competition.  Over 200 athletes participated in judo in the 1984 Olympics.  In 2004, Brett was named the head coach for the Olympic Judo Team. During Brett Barron’s judo career, he has won the following medals.  In Continental Championships, he has won a gold, silver and bronze medal.  In International Tournaments, he won 6 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze medals.  In Senior National Championships, Brett won 5 gold and 5 bronze medals.

FLOYD GONELLA

Floyd Gonella played football and ran track at Jefferson High School and San Francisco State University.  After graduating from San Francisco State University, he went into teaching and coaching.

In 1955, Floyd was appointed Freshman Football Coach at San Francisco State University.  Coach Gonella was hired as an Assistant Football Coach at Westmoor High School in 1957.

In 1962, Floyd became the Athletic Director and Physical Education Chair at Terra Nova High School.  At Terra Nova, Coach Gonella also served as Head Coach in football and golf.

In 1968, Floyd embarked on a career in School Administration.  In 1975, he became Superintendent of Schools for the Jefferson Union High School District.  In 1990, Mr. Gonella was appointed San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools.  He served in this post for 12 years.  In 2003, he was also appointed Superintendent of the Ravenswood School District in East Palo.  And in 2005, he was appointed Special Advisor for the Vallejo City Unified School District.

Floyd Gonella has received many awards and honors over his outstanding career in education.  In 1965, he was NPL Football Coach of the year.  He has been elected to the Pacifica Sports Hall of Fame, the San Francisco State Sports Hall of Fame and now the Daly City Sports Hall of Fame.

Floyd was elected President of the California County Superintendents’ Association in 1996.  In 2003, one of the San Mateo County Office Buildings in Redwood Shores was named the “Floyd Gonella Education Center.”  Finally, in 2011, Floyd received one of the highest awards an educator can be given when the Association of California Administrators recognized him for making a significant impact on the education of children in California.

JAMES HUNDON

James Hundon was born on April 9, 1971 in San Francisco and attended Jefferson High School in Daly City.  He attended City College of San Francisco and played football for one year and was the team’s MVP.  He then played two seasons at Portland State and caught 83 passes for 1,406 yards, averaging 25.3 yards on kickoff returns for the Vikings’ Division 1-AA playoff program. He was inducted into the City College of San Francisco’s Athletic Hall of Fame in November of 2014.

He played from 1996 to 2004 with the Cincinnati Bengals, San Jose SaberCats, San Francisco Demons, Toronto Argonauts and Calgary Stampeders.  He caught 388 passes for 5,830 yards and 104 receiving touchdowns in his career.

He was heralded as one of the Cincinnati Bengals’ fastest receivers over his four-year NFL career, seeing action in 36 games during that period.  He pulled down 28 passes in his NFL career for 416 yards and four scores and also played on special teams and returned kickoffs during his Cincinnati stint.  He toiled in the last five games of the 1996 season as a rookie, started three times among nine appearance in 1998, and saw action in six games in 1999.

In 1999, he was stunted by a bruised kidney early in training camp and sprained his toe in a pre-season finale on a touchdown catch.  He notched his only catch in a season-ending contest at Jacksonville.  In 1998, he sustained a cracked rib in his first NFL start vs. Denver on an 11-yard scoring pass from Neil O’Donnell.  He then led the team with 43 receiving yards the next week in Jacksonville.  He also started two weeks later against Baltimore, spelling injured Darnay Scott and concluded his season on the inactive list.  He caught ten passes for 112 yards in nine games.  In 1997, he enjoyed his best season as a second-year man, playing in all 16 games and hauling in 16 passes for 285 yards and two touchdowns.  He recorded career bests of five catches for 118 yards in a 1997 game at Philadelphia, which included two scoring passes from Boomer Esiason.  In 1996, he made his NFL debut as a kick returner and back-up receiver.  He averaged 23.7 yards on ten runbacks and his first NFL reception and only catch of the season was a six-point grab from Jeff Blake at Houston.

He is also a two-time Arena Bowl Champion in 2002 and 2004, making the 2nd Arena Team in 2002.

JIM KOLLMANN

Jim Kollmann attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) Grammar School in Daly City.  He graduated from OLPH in 1958 and then attended Sacred Heart High School, graduating in 1962.

Jim was a football star at Sacred Heart and in 1961, he was selected 1st Team All City from the San Francisco AAA League.  In August of 1962, Jim participated in the Valley High School All-Star Classic.  Jim was a member of the North Team.

In April of 1962, Jim accepted a football scholarship to the University of Oregon.  During his career at the University of Oregon, he lettered in football in 1963-1965.  He was drafted by the Chicago Bears of the NFL in November of 1965.  He was the 227th player drafted.  He was also drafted by the AFL New York Jets in the AFL Supplemental Draft of 1966.

Jim signed a contract with the Chicago Bears in 1966.  He signed again with the Bears in the 1967.  In January of 1967, Jim played in the Hula Bowl as a member of the North Team.  His football career ended in 1968.

Jim currently lives in Nasselle, Washington.

BILL MENDOSA

Bill Mendosa taught and coached at Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Daly City.

Bill was the eighth grade PE teacher and he coached flag football, basketball and baseball.

Mr. Mendosa died in June of 1969.  He was only 43 years old.

Coach Mendosa was an active guy, who loved teaching, coaching and physical fitness.  He was also an avid fast pitch softball pitcher.  Some of his former students commented how they caught his pitches after school practices either on the field at Benjamin Franklin or in the gym.

Even though he died at a young age, he left a lasting impression on several of his former students.  One of his former students had this to say about him as a teacher and mentor.  “He was one of the best and nicest teachers that I ever had.  He cared deeply about his students and would do anything for them.”  Another student said “He was a very good influence on me during those early teenage years when a kid is susceptible to turning in the wrong direction.  He pushed me and made me enjoy competitive sports.”

Another one of Mr. Mendosa’s former students who went into teaching PE said that Bill was a great guy, who was tough but fair. He said that a lot of the techniques he used in his PE classes were things he learned from Bill Mendosa as an eighth grader at Benjamin Franklin.

RICKY MIXON

Ricky attended Serramonte High School in Daly City from 1975 – 1979.  He was an outstanding basketball player for the Regents.

During Ricky’s sophomore year, he led the North Peninsula League in scoring and was selected 1st Team All League on a team that won the North Peninsula League Championship.

During his junior year, Ricky once again led the league in scoring and was selected 1st Team All League on an undefeated League Championship team.  He scored a Serramonte all-time high of 35 points in one game.

As a senior, Mr. Mixon broke his own single game record, scoring 49 points against Capuchino High School.  Ricky also scored 45 points against Gunn High School in his senior year.  He was 1st Team All League and All County also in his senior year.  During his high school career, he was selected to numerous All Tournament Teams.

Ricky continued his basketball career at City College of San Francisco from1979 to 1981.  At City College, he was selected 2nd Team All Golden Gate Conference as a freshman and as a sophomore, was 1st Team All Golden Gate Conference and was selected to the 1981 California Community College All State Team.

Ricky was then recruited to Cal State Fullerton, where he played from 1981 – 1983.  He was 2nd Team All Conference as a junior and was also 2nd Team All Conference as a senior.

He was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1983 N.B.A. Draft and in 1990, Ricky was selected to the San Francisco Pro-Am League All legend Team.

DON MOSSI

Don Mossi was born on January 11, 1929 in St. Helena, California.  He grew up in Daly City, California and attended Jefferson High School.

Mossi was a hard-throwing left hander, who hit the ball well and had a lot of poise for a young pitcher.  He turned the head of more than one big-league club.  The Cleveland Indians were among the teams that scouted Don.  The Indians signed him right after his 19th birthday, in 1948.

Don Mossi would spend five years in the Cleveland Indians Minor League System. He won close to 50 games during that time.  He was invited to Spring Training in 1954 and made the Indians team as a left-handed reliever.  Mossi pitched for Cleveland from 1954 to 1958.  He was traded to Detroit in 1959 and pitched for the Tigers through the 1963 Season.  In 1964, he pitched for the Chicago White Sox and finished his career in 1965 with the Kansas City A’s.  Some of Don Mossi’s highlights as a Major League Pitcher are as follows:

Mossi pitched 4 innings in the 1954 World Series as a rookie left-handed reliever.  He did not allow an earned run.  In 1957, Mossi made his only appearance in an All-Star Game, pitching in the 9th inning.  In 1959, Don Mossi had his best year as a starter, winning 17 games with 3 shut outs and 15 complete games.  Don Mossi’s final career numbers were 101 wins, 80 losses and 50 saves.  He completed one-third of his 165 starts and made 295 relief appearances.  In 1,548 innings, he allowed 1,493 hits, walked 385, and fanned 932 batters.  His career ERA was 3.43.  Though never recognized for his defense, he handled 311 chances while committing just 3 errors.  His .990 fielding percentage was the best in history at the time he retired.

TOM POLLICITA

Thomas Richard Pollicita was born in San Francisco on September 18, 1927 to William and Lorena Pollicita.

Tom attended schools in San Francisco and graduated from Galileo High School in 1946.  He joined the United States Navy in 1947 and was honorably discharged in December of 1949.  He then attended San Francisco City College, where he received an AA degree.  He received his Bachelor’s degree from College of the Pacific and his Master’s degree from San Francisco State University.

Tom’s first teaching assignment was at Galt High School in Galt, California, where he taught for four years.  He married Angelina Micheletti of San Francisco in 1955, and thereafter returned to the Bay Area.

Tom then began what would turn out to be a 30-year love affair with Colma Intermediate School.  He began teaching there in 1956 as the 7th and 8th grade PE coach and Social Studies teacher.  In 1966, he became a counselor and also served as Dean of Students until 1975, when he was promoted to Principal.  He remained as Principal until he retired in 1985.  During those years, he served on many education committees and was instrumental in updating the school’s curriculum.

Upon his retirement, Tom received the ultimate honor when Colma Intermediate School was renamed the Thomas R. Pollicita Middle School.

Tom and Angelina were married for forty years, until her death in April of 1995.  In March of 2007, Tom married Nettie Descalso Del Nero.  They resided in Merced, but made many trips to San Francisco to visit family and friends.

Tom served as Chairman of the Supervisory Committee for Provident Credit Union and was also active in the Italian Catholic Federation and the Italo-American Lodge in Merced.

1981 JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

The 1981 Jefferson High School Girls’ Basketball Team was the first girls’ basketball team in school history to win a North Peninsula League Basketball championship.  The 1981 Indians won 20 games and lost 3 and were 13 – 1 in North Peninsula League play.  They advanced to the Central Coast Section Play Offs and on March 26, 1981, they were defeated by Fremont Christian 54 – 48 at Kezar Pavilion in San Francisco.

In 1981, the Indians were led by Coaches Mike Lucero and Ron Fassler.  Coach Fassler was a 2005 Daly City Sports Hall of Fame Inductee.

The 1981 team’s most valuable player was Missy Firpo.  Missy was selected North Peninsula All League along with also being All San Mateo County.  She was one of the leading scorers in San Mateo County during the “81” Season.   In 2005, Missy was inducted into the Daly City Sports Hall of Fame.  Jefferson was ranked as the top girls’ team in the county during the 1981 season.

Felicia Hamilton was also one of the top scorers in San Mateo County during the 1981 season.  Felicia was selected as the team’s Top Defensive Player.

Karen Liston was selected as the team’s Most Improved Player and Becky Schurr was the team’s Most Inspirational and Gwynn Wilson received the Coaches’ Award.  The remaining members of this outstanding team were – Roberta Giusti, Susan Aton, Nina De La Rocha, Robin Reed, Ana Boyaingoytia, Linda Vetari, and Taalolo Mulitalo.

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