JOHN FAIRCHILD, Former BYU basketball All-American and ex-Los Angeles Laker

JON STANLEY, United States Olympic Team, Volleyball, 1968 and 1972; 7-time United States Volleyball Assn. All-American; Inducted into National and International Volleyball Hall of Fame, 1992

TOM DEMPSEY, Former New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Rams, Houston Oilers, Buffalo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles kicker; co-holder of NFL record for longest field goal, 63 yards

RANDY JOHNSON, Former Atlanta Braves third baseman; Former Assistant General Manager of the Detroit Tigers and current Field Coordinator for the San Diego Padres

MARK WIEBE, Retired PGA Tour golfer

TOM PETRANOFF, Former U.S. Olympian; Two-time World Record holder in the javelin; No.1-ranked American in 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989 and 1990

JOHN TUSHAUS, former American Record holder in the javelin; Former NCAA Record holder; University of Arizona's second-ever NCAA track & field champion in any event.

TROY AFENIR, Former Houston Astros, Oakland A's and Cincinnati Reds catcher who currently is Southern California scout for the New York Yankees

NICK VINCENT, San Diego Padres pitcher

JIM SCRANTON, former Kansas City Royals shortstop

GEORGE HINSHAW, former San Diego Padres second baseman

THOM KAUMEYER, Former Seattle Seahawks and New York Giants safety; former Atlanta Falcons Assistant Coach; former Defensive Coordinator at San Diego State, Tulane, Kentucky and the University of Hawaii

BRAD HENKE, Defensive end for the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXIV

KEITH MILLER, Former starting linebacker for the St. Louis Rams

KEVIN SWAYNE, Wide receiver for the New York Jets for three seasons who averaged 15.7 yards per reception during the 2001 season

SAALIM HAKIM, New York Jets receiver

REY NICHOLAS, former Los Angeles Rams receive (deceased)

CHRIS CASH, Former cornerback for the Detroit Lions who was second in the NFL in tackles

COREY MACE, former Buffalo Bills defensive end

BILL KUSHNER, former Buffalo Bills punter

PITA ELISARA, former  New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins offensive lineman

JOE HALL, former St. Louis Rams, Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders running back

CHRIS PINO, former Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle

TAYLOR SCHMIDT, former Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle

TYLER LORENZEN, former New Orleans Saints tight end

CURT DYKES, former Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman

MITCH WHITE, former offensive guard for the New Orleans Saints

ROBBIE ROBINSON, former St. Louis Rams safety

J.R. SUGUTURAGA, former Miami Dolphins tight e4nd

NAKOA McELRATH, former Seattle Seahawks receiver

DAVE MORENO, former San Francisco 49ers guard

STEVE KRAINOCK, former quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and San Diego Chargers

STEVE ROGERS, former Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle

JIMMY CLARK, former Cleveland Browns receiver

CALEB SPENCER, former Washington Redskins receiver

CHRIS CORP, former Dallas Cowboys receiver

MARTAVIOUS LEE, former Baltimore Ravens cornerback

BRICE SCHWAB, former New England Patriots offensive tackle

CHRIS KELDORF, Former University of North Carolina quarterback; 1996 ACC Player of the Year; 1997 Gator Bowl MVP; holds 17 North Carolina passing records and eight total offense records

KIM WARD, Two-time softball All-American at Oklahoma State and former pitcher for the U.S. National Team; former Associate Head Softball Coach, Oklahoma State University


DARREN BALSLEY, San Diego Padres pitching coach

THOM KAUMEYER, former Atlanta Falcons and Jacksonville Jaguars assistant secondary coach; Former Head Coach, Japanese Pro League

ROBERT "JASON" McLEOD, Chicago Cubs Senior Vice President, Player Development and Amateur Scouting

RANDY JOHNSON, San Diego Padres Field Coordinator, former Assistant General Manager of the Detroit Tigers; former Colorado Rockies Western Scouting Director

TROY AFENIR, New York Yankees Scout

FRANK ACEVEDO, Minnesota Vikings Scout

TERRENCE GRAY, Minnesota Vikings Scout

DAN LYNDS, Former Head Coach, Japanese Pro League

TOM LUGINBILL, Former Head Coach, Arena League



ANDY BUH, Former Defensive Coordinator at Nevada, Stanford, Wisconsin and Cal. Also former linebackers coach at San Diego State and assistant coach at Fresno State

Former Associate Head Softball Coach, Oklahoma State University

Retired Assistant Athletic Director, University of San Diego (Known as "Lynn" Martin as Palomar basketball player)

Defensive Backs Coach, Florida A&M University

JOE EARLY, Palomar Head Football Coach

MARK ELDRIDGE, Palomar Head Women's Golf Coach and Assistant Softball Coach; Former Head Softball Coach, Head Football Coach, Defensive Coordinator and Assistant Men's Track & Field Coach

LACEY CRAFT, Palomar Head Softball Coach

KARL SEILER, Palomar Head Women's Volleyball and Sand Volleyball Coach

NICK GEHLER, San Diego Miramar College Head Men's Basketball Coach and Athletic Director

DAN EARLY, Football Offensive Coordinator, Palomar

ROBERT BALA, Linebackers Coach and Recruiting Coordinator, Palomar

TONY TEETS, Offensive Line Assistant Coach, Palomar

RON ROCKET, Safeties Coach, Palomar

ANDREW SUGG, Defensive Line Assistant, Palomar

JOHN HOTALING, Associate Men's Head Basketball Coach, Palomar

CHRIS KROESCH, Assistant Women's Basketball Coach, Palomar

CARLOS HERNANDEZ, Palomar Head Men's Soccer Coach

HECTOR HERNANDEZ, Palomar Head Women's Soccer Coach

CASEY EDELBROCK, Assistant Baseball Coach (Bullpen Coach), Palomar

DON BARRIOS, Assistant Wrestling Coach, Palomar

THOMAS YANCEY, Assistant Men's & Women's Tennis Coach, Palomar

JON FLEMING (Former Palomar baseball player), Assistant Women's Golf Coach, Palomar

MATT GUILLANO, Head Baseball Coach, University of Sioux Falls (South Dakota)

DON BARRIOS, Assistant Wrestling Coach, Palomar

JOE HALL, Football Running Backs Coach, MidAmerica University (KS)

KYLE THOMPSON, Former Assistant Baseball Coach,  Palomar and University of Sioux Falls

GINALEE DAVIS, Former Assistant Softball Coach, Palomar

DANIELLE LeBEAU, Former Assistant Softball Coach, Palomar

TAZ MURTAUGH, Assistant Football Coach,
Saddleback College

SHELLY MORTON, Assistant Women's Volleyball Coach, San Diego City College

JOE ISMAY, Former Head Wrestling Coach, Palomar

BYRON CAMPBELL, Former Head Wrestling Coach, Palomar

B.B. BOYNTON, Former Head Men's Water Polo Coach, Palomar

KELLY FALCONE, Former Head Women's Water Polo Coach, Palomar

RICK TRESTRAIL (Former Palomar Football Player and Javelin Thrower), Former Head Softball Coach, Grossmont College


SAM BLALOCK, Head Baseball Coach, Rancho Bernardo (winningest high school baseball coach in San Diego County history) (Former Palomar basketball point guard and baseball outfielder)

CHRIS HAUSER, Head Football Coach, Mission Hills High School (2013 CIF San Diego Section Open Division Champions)

ROB GILSTER, Head Football Coach, Valley Center High School

SEAN SOVACOOL, Head Football Coach, La Costa Canyon High School

TONY CORLEY, Head Football Coach, San Pasqual High School

KEN PUTNAM, Athletic Director and Head Baseball Coach, Mission Hills High School

DANTE CAREY, Head Boys Basketball Coach, San Marcos High School

CHRIS FEATHERLY, Head Boys Basketball Coach,  Orange Glen High School (2013-14 CIF San Diego Section Division IV Champions)

DANTE CAREY, Head Boys Basketball Coach, San Marcos High School

PAUL BALDWIN, Head Boys Basketball Coach, Escondido High School

CHARLIE MERCADO, Head Boys Basketball Coach, Vista High School

CHRIS VITOUS, Head Boys Basketball Coach, Mt. Carmel High School

CHRIS KROESCH, Head  Girls Basketball Coach, Mission Hills High School

JASON SCHMEISER, Head Baseball Coach, El Camino High School

MARTY COMACHO, Co-Head Baseball Coach, Fallbrook High School

RON SISLER, Head Baseball Coach, Valley Center High School

MELISSA LERNO, Head Softball Coach, Calipatria High School

SHAWN ROYBAL, Head Boys & Girls Tennis Coach, Vista High School

JOEY ERICKSON, Assistant Football Coach, Mission Hills High School

RICKY IMPERIALI, Head Baseball Coach, Vista High School

TRAVIS GOSET, Assistant Baseball Coach, Great Oak High School

PAUL McGOWEN, Former Head Football Coach, Temecula Valley High School

GARY SCHULTZ, Former Head Football Coach, Vista High School

(Former Palomar Track and Cross Country Runner), Athletic Director, Otay Ranch High School

SCOTT OGDEN, Retired Head Boys Basketball Coach, Carlsbad High School

JACK ASHBY, Retired Athletic Director and Coach, San Marcos High School and Mission Hills High School

Retired Athletic Director and Coach, Escondido High School

KEN BROACH, Retired Head Football Coach, San Marcos High School

RICK ASHBY, Retired Athletic Director and Assistant Football Coach, San Marcos High School

SCOTT ASHBY, Former Head Football Coach, Torrey Pines High School

RANDY DAVILA, Former Head Baseball Coach, Carlsbad High School

JACK WILAND, Head Boys and Girls Golf Coach, Desert Hot Springs High School, Former Head Football Coach, Fallbrook High School

RYAN MEIER, Head Boys Basketball Coach, La Jolla Country Day School


BILLY HANCOCK (Former Palomar baseball player), Head Pro, Littleton Golf and Tennis Club, Littleton, CO

RUSTY VAN DAM (Former Palomar baseball player), Head Golf Professional, Shadowridge Country Club


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PC ATHLETICS: Academic, Life Achievements


Josh Firmes is shown taking the ball to the basket in Palomar's 96-72 victory over San Diego Mesa on Jan. 3, 2008 and, at right, when he received his Masters degree at the University of Southern California's 131st Commencement on May 16, 2014. In the photo taken at USC at the right, he's pictured with fiancé Jessica Castronuovo, who received her USC Masters degree in the same ceremony, and his son Brandon, age 7. Brandon was born during Josh's freshman season at Palomar, on Jan. 31, 2007. -- Photo by Rick Rowell (left), Courtesy Photo (right)

Firmes' USC Masters degree reflects legacy

SAN MARCOS (6/05/2014) (UPDATED 6/17/2014) -- The opinion of naysayers, ignorant people and elitist people aside, Palomar's legacy of combining excellence on the field with academic success and real-life achievement is very much alive and well. Has been for many decades, with the news apparently traveling very, very slowly for some.

One of the best recent cases in point: the story of former Palomar basketball player Josh Firmes, who overcame some substancial roadblocks to earn his Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California at USC's 131st commencement on May 16. He then began a new job as Clinical Social Worker at UC Irvine Medical School three days later, on May 19.

A single parent since son Brandon was born on Jan. 31, 2007, during his freshman season at Palomar, Josh has knocked down all the obsticles during a successful journey that has seen him earn his Bachelor's degree from Cal State Fullerton and forge his way through USC's challenging Master's program, while holding down a job as a behavior tutor at Laguna Hills-based Autism Interventions and Resources Inc.

No one could ever challenge Firmes' ability on the basketball court, where he sometimes appeared to be nearly able to fly, made dunking the ball sometimes look effortless and played every position over two seasons at Palomar under coach John O'Neill. He even played the post despite his height, which was listed very generously at 6-foot-3. In one three-game stretch during this sophomore season for the Comets, he had at least 15 points and 15 rebounds in three straight games, becoming the first Palomar player to accomplish the feat since John Fairchild, a 6-foot-8 future BYU consensus All-American and future Los Angeles Laker, 45 years previously during the 1962-63 season. O'Neill never allowed Firmes to dunk in a game. But Josh survived.

Firmes was recruited out of Palomar by successful NAIA program Jamestown College (now the University of Jamestown) in North Dakota. Jamestown certainly passed academic muster, being ranked as one of the best colleges in the Midwest year after year by both the Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report, as well as being recognized for ahieving the highest graduation rate among small private colleges in the 17 nearest states.

But there was one problem. Jamestown, N.D., is located 1,716 miles away. This is the same Josh Firmes who, when he received a cell call while riding in a van headed to Palomar's game at Grossmont College in 2007, a call telling him Brandon's mother was going into labor, had the driver pull over so he could be picked up and be present for his son's birth. He blew off a game that was important to him as a player.

Known for doing the right thing, the above scenario being an example, there was no way Josh was going to leave his son in Southern California while he went away to go to college and play basketball -- even though Josh's parents agreed to bring Brandon to North Dakota every chance they would get.

So Josh Firmes, who was not recruited by anyone in Southern California, gave up basketball to work his way through Cal State Fullerton and USC's graduate school, while raising his son. A final note: Josh's fiancé Jessica also received her Masters degree in Social Work from USC in the same ceremony as Josh.


Some notable success stories mong some other former Palomar student athletes ...

Dr. J. Theodore "Ted" Repa (Palomar basketball forward) -- Ted Repa remains the standard by which Palomar student athletes are measured for combining athletic and academic achievement.

He was an all-conference basketball player for the Comets during the 1961-62 and 1962-63 seasons and was recruited, among others, by Cal, Michigan and Washington.

Dr. Repa, who received an A.A. degree from Palomar in 1963, spurned the basketball scholarship offers to attend Stanford University, where he received a B.A. degree in 1965, an M.A. degree in 1966 and a PhD degree in 1971.

Dr. Repa was hired as a Professor at New York University in 1971, joining the university's Applied  Social Psychology and Social Policy faculty in the School of Education. In a distinguished 30-year career at NYU, he rose to Chair of the Department of Administration, Leadership and Technology in the Steinhart School of Education.

After his retirement from the fulltime faculty, he has continued to serve as a Senior Advisor to the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education at NYU and directs its Applied Research Unit. Dr. Repa remains active in numerous professional educational associations, having served as President of the Collegiate Association for the Development of Educational Administration and the Metropolitan Council of Educartional Administrators. He also served as plenary representative to the University Council of Educational Administrators.

He was inducted in the first class of the Palomar Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.

Dan WeinerDan Weiner (Palomar Football receiver) -- Weiner, a former Marine who was a finalist for the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference's Scholar Athlete of the Year award for all sports following his sophomore season for the Comets in 2006, received his MBA degree from The McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. on May 16.

Weiner, who went on from Palomar to play at Illinois State University, previously earned a Graduate Certificate in International Relations and National Security Studies (with a 4.0 grade-point average) from Stanford University in 2008-09. He speaks Spanish,  Portuguese and Arabic functionally and has worked in international security in the Far East, Australia, the Middle East and Latin America since concluding his football career. He's currently in Brazil on assignment working security for the World Cup.

Max Zavodny (Palomar Cross Country runner and swimmer) -- After receiving his A.A. degree from Palomar in 2004, Zavodny went on to Caltech, from where he graduated in 2006 with a B.S. in Astrophysics. He currently is a Masters degree candidate at the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy, one of the world's leading astronomical research centers.

He is deeply involved in research at the Maona Kea Observatories, has passed his qualifying exams and will be entering the Institute's PhD program.

Some of the research projects Zavodny has been involved  in:

"A Zero-Point Calibration for the Type Ia SN Distance Scale"

"The Orbit and Size Distribution of Small Solar System Objects orbiting the Sun interior to the Earth's Orbit"

 "Image Persistence in 1.7um cut-off HgCdTe Focal Plane Arrays for SNAP"

Dr. Donn Marrin (Palomar Track & Field middle distance runner) -- Marrin, a star half-miler for the Comets under his father, retired Comet head coach Doc Marrin, is a biochemist and Senior Associate at Meredith & Associates, Inc. Dr. Marrin is investigating the use of biogenic gases to monitor the natural biodegradation of water pollutants, environmental applications of the molecular-scale structures and dynamics of water, and mechanisms by which water mediates geochemical and biochemical processes.

Dr. Marrin conducts applied research on projects involving the mobility and biodegradation of soil and water pollutants. He has presented university courses on the following topics: Assessing the Mobility of Chemicals in the Vadose Zone, Interpreting Biogenic Gas Data for Natural Attenuation, Assessment & Remediation of Chemicals in the Environment, and Vapor-Phase Dynamics of VOCs and Biogenic Gases.

He received his Ph.D. degree in Water Resources from the University of Arizona (1984); M.S., Environmental Science, University of California at Berkeley (1980); and B.S., Biological Sciences, University of California at Irvine (1977)

grad2-sm.jpgDr. Larrie Hall (Palomar Track & Field) -- Dr. Hall, a one-time Palomar quarter-miler, is Executive Operations Officer of NEWCorp (New Education for the-Workplace), a nonprofit corporationthat promotes education by providing educational management and professional development services.

He was founding Principal of Rancho Minerva Middle School in Vista; former NAACP Educator of the Year; former California School Administrators' Middle School Administrator of the Year; former California Science Administrator of the Year; former faculty member at The Principals' Center at Harvard University; and currently Chairman of the Board for Social Responsibility and a member of AVID's African American Male Initiative Advisory Board.

Dr. Hall received his Bachelor's degree from San Diego State University and his Ed.D degree from Northern Arizona University.

Ana Maria Salazar (Palomar swimmer) -- After swimming the leadoff leg on a team that set what was then a Palomar record in the 400-yard freestyle relay in 1983, Salazar went on to receive her Bachelor's degree from the University of California at Berkeley and her Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School.

Salazar was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Drug Enforcement Policy and Support in the Clinton Administrative, where she oversaw and controlled a budget in excess of $1 billion that supported the Department of Defense's counter-drug programs in the United States and more than 20 other countries. Salazar played a key role in developing the $1.3 billion support package for Colombia that was signed into law by President Clinton in June 2000. As a result of her efforts at the Pentagon, she was recognized by Hispanic Business Magazine as one of the 100 most influental Hispanic Americans in the United States.

She is recognized as one of the foremost experts in international law and national security regarding Latin America. Admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and the District of Columbia, Salazar's commentary has been published in the Los Angeles Times, Dallas Morning News, San Diego Union-Tribune, Miami Herald, La Opinion (California), La Estrella (Texas), El Hernaldo (Florida), El Tiempo (Colombia), La Nacion (Costa Rica), Poder (USA), Hispanic Magazine (USA), Proceso (Mexico) and Cambio (Mexico, Colombia).

Ana Maria Salazar, who currently is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, was inducted into the Palomar Athletic Hall of Fame in the inagural class of 2012.

Tyler LorenzenTyler Lorenzen (Palomar Football Quarterback) -- After two seasons as the starting quarterback at the University of Connecticut, from where he received his Bachelor's degree, former California Community College Offensive Player of the Year and J.C. Grid-Wire All-American selection Tyler Lorenzen spent two years with the New Orleans Saints after being converted to a tight end.

 Lorenzen currently is Vice President of Business Development at World Food Processing, LLC, based in Minneapolis. 

Dr. Maria Melbourne Hayes (Palomar tennis player) -- Maria Melbourne lost only once all season in leading the Comets to an unbeaten 21-0 record and the state community collegeteam championship in 1986. A Magna Cum Laude graduate and Scholar Athlete of the Year at USC, Melbourne received her M.D. degree from the Uniformed Services  University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland in 1991 and, following a military career as a flight surgeon and physician, is currently a staff physician at  the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Northport, N.Y.

Dr. Maria Melbourne Hayes was inducted into the Palomar Athletic Hall of Fame in August 2013.

Dr. Scott Bowman (Palomar football tight end) -- a former UCLA Political Science Department Professor of the Year and recipient of the Luckman Distinguished Teaching award at UCLA, Dr. Bowman is also was a consultant on corporate organization and natural resources for the Attorney General of the State of California.

Currently, Dr. Bowman is a professor at California State University, Los Angeles.

He received his B.A. from the University of California Berkeley, graduating Phi Beta Cappa, and his Ph.D degree in Political Science from UCLA.

Steve Kovensky (Palomar Baseball pitcher) -- Kovensky, one of Palomar's all-time best pitchers, went on to pitch for Florida State in the College World Series in 1986 and 1987 as a teammate of Deion Sanders.

After graduation, Kovensky went into law enforcement. He is currently Deputy Chief (equivalent to Undersheriff in the San Diego County Sheriff's Department) for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department being promoted from the rank of captain.

Greg Lynds (Palomar Football running back) -- Lynds, who went on from Palomar to play running back for Fresno State, from where he graduated, has been the Chief Development Officer of BJ's Restaurants, Inc. since July 2003 and has been its Executive Vice President since October 2007. He's been featured in Forbes Magazine, which reported his 2013 compensation package at $818,927.

Kris Lynds (Palomar Wrestler) -- Ever since he wrestled for Palomar and then BYU, where he received is Bachelor's Degree, Lynds has been involved in corporate positions in banking. Currently he holds the position of Vice President at Countrywide Bank.

John Nielsen (Palomar Football quarterback) -- Nielsen went on to play quarterback for the University of Kansas, where he received his Bachelor's degree. After his senior year he was Kansas'  male recipient of the 2004-05 Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarship Award presented by the Big 12 Conference to one male athlete and one female athlete from each of its member schools. The award included post-graduate scholarship money, which Neilsen used to enroll in law school after stints playing indoor pro football in Iowa and Texas, and one-season as a Palomar football assistant coach. Nielsen received his Juris Doctor degree from Cal Western School of Law and was admitted to the California State Bar in 2009.

Nielsen currently is an Associate Attorney at Greer & Associates, A.P.C. in San Diego. He formerly was an Associate Attorney at the Law Offices of Barton Hegeler and prior to that was an Investigative Attorney at the California Innocence Project. He interned at the Public Defenders Office. 

Roman Ybarra (Palomar Football quarterback) -- Ybarra played at Idaho State University after leaving Palomar. He received his Bachelor's degree from San Diego State University and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law.

Ybarra is a Staff Attorney at San Diego County Superior Court and is Judge Advocate at the California Army National Guard. Prior to his current positions he was an Associate Attorney at Sullivan Law Firm, APC, in San Diego.

Greg Farr (Palomar Football safety) -- Farr went on from Palomar, where he was an all-conference selection, to play at USC, where he was the swing safety (the first player to go in  the game at both free and strong safety), in back-to-back years, for back-to-back national championship teams.

Graduating from USC with his Bachelor's degree, he currently is Senior Medical Sales Representative for Mylan Specialty in the Pharmaceuticals industry. He formerly was Executive Assistant for The Angeles Clinic & Research Institute, a multi-million dollar non-profit foundation where he proved comprehensive support for lead physician/President & CEO as well as the head nurse and the CFO/COO at the leading oncology center specializing in hairy celled leukemia and lymphoma.

Farr also has had stints as an actor (stepping in during football scenes for the movie's stars in such films as the most recent version of "The Longest Yard" and as a singer.

Brad Henke (Palomar Football defensive lineman) -- Henke moved on from Palomar, where he was a J.C. Grid-Wire first-team All-American in 1986, to make the All-Pac 10 team playing for the University of Arizona.

Originally drafted then cut by the New York Giants, Henke played for the Denver Broncos against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XXII on Jan 25, 1990 at the New Orleans Super Dome. He also had a stint playing in the Arena League.

For the last 22 years, Henke has been an actor, beginning with an appearance in a Pizza Hut commercial. His credits include playing in movies with Jeff Bridges, Nicolas Cage, Tommy Lee Jones, Diane Lane and John Cusack. Hanke played suspected serial killer Tony Tucci in season one of "Dexter". He played the recurring character Bram on ABC's "Lost"  and, most recently, he played Coover Bennett on FX's "Justified".

Tim Nettles (Palomar Baseball centerfielder) -- Nettles is the son of Graig Nettles, listed on some all-time New York Yankees teams as their best all-time third baseman, one of only 10 players to be named Captain of the Yankees prior to Derek Jeter and a World Series third baseman for the San Diego Padres in 1984.

Tim was one of Palomar's best defensive centerfielders ever, playing for the Comets with his brother, future Yankees Triple-A third baseman Jeff Nettles. Tim accepted a baseball scholarship to the University of North Carolina Asheville, then also signed with the Yankees short of graduation. After two years in the Yankees farm system, Tim Nettles returned to North Carolina Asheville and completed work on his degree.

Since 2011, Tim has been EMS Territory Manager for Zoll Medical Corporation, a publicly-traded company headquartered in Massachusetts that employs 5,000 people in the Medical Devices industry. He educates and assists EMS  and Fire Departments to acquire advanced resuscitation devices manufactured by Zoll.




Some other highly succesful Palomar athletic alumni include:


David Faulkner (Palomar football and basketball), World-renowned forensic entomologist


Dr. Alan Tanner (Palomar football, wrestling), Radiologist


Vernon Leroy Putnam (Palomar basketball), UCLA Law School graduate and longtime attorney (deceased)


Attorneys Kallen Henderson (Palomar football), Scott Burton (Palomar baseball) and Carry Cotten (Palomar track & field)


Dr. Joe McCoy (Palomar basketball), Retired dentist


Steve Hancher (Palomar basketball), Principal Software Engineer, Aonix -- Critical Development Solutions/Ada Engineering

Tom Luginbill (Palomar football). The former community college All-American and ex-Georgia Tech quarterback, who broke two national passing records in guiding the Comets to the 1993 JC Grid-Wire national championship, is college football analyst and recruiting coverage coordinator at ESPN.


Walt Ridlon (Palomar football), former CEO of The Nautilus Group of New York Life


Ray Lucia (Palomar football), Nationally-recognized financial advisor


Dick Christman (Palomar baseball), former National Vice-President of Sales of NCV Vending, former Director of Public Relations of the San Diego Clippers, former Vice President of the San Diego Soccers and current corporate consultant


George Cordry (Palomar baseball), Editor of the Escondido Times-Advocate newspaper (deceased)


Warner Lusardi (Palomar basketball), Lusardi Construction founder and former CEO 


Scott Free (Palomar football), Lusardi Construction CEO


Dana McManus (Palomar baseball), Support Facility Superintendent, Lusardi Construction


John Ashworth (Palomar golf), founder and former President and CEO, Ashworth Sportswear, and founder and CEO of Linksoul, Inc


Jerry Montiel (Palomar football), former Ashworth Sportswear President and CEO


Ben Bresnahan (Palomar football), Relationship Banker, JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A., San Diego


Boydd Galland (Palomar basketball), ‎retired Corporate Security Training Coordinator for Mandalay Resort Group, Las Vegas


Gary Rinehart (Palomar football and basketball), Senior Project Manager at  Travera Information Technology, former Manager, Information Technologies, San Diego Gas & Electric and Senior Manager, QCT IT Business Applications, Qualcomm


Don Adair, General Manager, Senior Vice President, Swinerton Builders


Kim Ward (Palomar softball), Hordiculturist, San Diego Zoo Safari Park


Karin Yehling (Palomar softball), Trainer with the American Council on Exercise and the National Academy of Sports Medicine, Sports Fitness Specialist with both the National Academy of Sports Medicine and a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association


David DeMatteis (Palomar Baseball), Vice President, Sales at Sweet Chills LLC, Orange County


Jeff Ritchie (Palomar wrestling), Vice-President of EDCO Waste & Recycling Services


Dan Houghton (Palomar football), director of secondary education for the Simi Valley Unified School District and former Principal, Royal High School


Marc Powers (Palomar football), Vice President, Corporate Sales at Business Impact Group, Minneapolis


Bob Nelson (Palomar basketball and water polo), former El Camino High School Assistant Principal


Jack Lane (Palomar football, wrestling and track & field), Financial Consultant, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans


Tyler Fenton (Palomar football), Product Coordinator at Ferrell North America, one of the world's largest suppliers liquified petroleum gases, Kansas City


Matt Kovacevich (Palomar football), Lead Designer - Soft Goodsat, Callaway Golf, former Designer at TaylorMade-adidas Golf and Industrial Designer at TMAX Gear


Jack Duby, (Palomar wrestling), Major, United States Army


Don Muren (Palomar baseball), Retired South Lake Tahoe Chief of Police


Scott Black (Palomar football), San Diego County Sheriff's Lieutenant


Kyle Floquet (Palomar baseball) and Billy Painter (Palomar baseball), SD County Sheriff's Deputies


Steve Rees (Palomar football), FBI Special Agent


Brandon Adams (Palomar baseball), U.S. Border Patrol agent


Dan Starr, (Palomar football, Palomar track & field), Sargeant (retired), Escondido Police Dept.


J.P. Mongoven (Palomar baseball and wrestling) genetics instructor at San Marcos High School and 1999 California Teacher of the Year


Dr. Bob Hauer (Palomar track & field), Director of Education Services and Force Development, Aviano Air Force Base, Italy


Former University of North Carolina quarterback and ACC Offensive Player of the Year Chris Keldorf (Palomar football), Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Student Sports and former Senior Director, Event Sponsorship Development at ESPN High School, former National Sales Manager at SPARQ Products


Greg Cicero (Palomar football), Director of Sales at CH2E, energy production company (fuel creation from waste material), Orange County


Rev. Jim Adkins (Palomar track & field and cross country), reverend, Placentia


Rev. Dr. Charles Ayars (Palomar basketball), Senior Pastor, First Presbyterian church, Sioux Falls, South Dakota


Rev. Merle Gathers (Palomar football), Pastor, Christ Kingdom Fellowship Church, Tucson, Arizona


Scott Carlovsky (Palomar football), President, Outdoor Solutions outdoor advertising company, Las Vegas and former Vice President of Sales, Clear Channel

(Except for Brad Henke and Tim Nettles, the above does not include current or former pro athletes, Olympic athletes, golf pros, scouts or coaches)



Jack Wiland, onetime Palomar baseball and football star -- and later the Comets' baseball pitching coach and a football assistant -- was honored at the Second Annual Palomar Alumni Golf Tournament last week at Woods Valley Golf Club in Valley Center. -- Courtesy Photo by David Trautman

Onetime PC great honored at golf tournament

VALLEY CENTER (9-26-2014) -- Jack Wiland, one of Palomar's premier all-around athletes back "in the day" who returned to serve as an assistant coach for the Comets in both baseball and football, was honored at the Second Annual Palomar Alumni Golf Tournament last week at Woods Valley Golf Club.

Wiland, who is retired from teaching and living in Desert Hot Springs, CA, where he still coaches the boys and girls golf teams at Desert Hot Springs High School, played football for the Comets under the late head coach Bob Bowman and baseball under the late Ward "Rusty" Myers.

In baseball, the former multi-sport star at Assumption High School in Davenport, Iowa, hit .360 for the Comets as a sophomore in 1961, slugging nine home runs which stood as the Palomar record for 20 years until it was broken during the 1981 season. Wiland hit .447 in the old South Central Conference during the '61 season, a mark that still ranks ninth on the all-time Palomar  list. During that season, he also compiled a 6-2 win-loss record as a pitcher for the Comets.

Moving on to the University of Iowa on a baseball scholarship, Wiland compiled an 11-2 win-loss pitching record over two seasons and was Most Valuable Player of the 1963 team, which finished one game behind champion Illinois in the Big Ten standings. The '63 Hawkeyes were ranked as high as 11th in the nation.

As a senior, Wiland beat Minnesota, the following year's College World Series champion, 2-1, throwing 78 pitches in one hour and 28 minutes.

Wiland still holds two University of Iowa records, least bases on balls in a season (6) and lowest ERA (0.43 as a reliever during his junior season of 1962).

Wiland spent the 1964 baseball season as a graduate assistant at Iowa. Returning to California, he was a Palomar football assistant coach and was Bob Vetter's pitching coach for the Comets in baseball from 1987 through 1990. He coached Mark Ringkamp, who won 23 games in 1988-89, the best career mark in Palomar history (Nick Vincent is second on the all-time list with 20 wins).

Ringkamp, who went on to pitch for San Jose State and in the Texas Rangers organization, was drafted twice, after his freshman season at Palomar by the Seattle Mariners and out of San Jose State by the Rangers. He signed with the Rangers after his 1991 season for the Spartans, but suffered a career-ending arm injury in his second year of minor league ball, when he was 6-2 at the time at Fort Meyers, FL in Advanced Class A.

Wiland also was a minor league pitching coach in the Montreal Expos organization and was an associate scout for the Expos and later for the Colorado Rockies.

In football, he also coached at Fallbrook High School, where he spent a stint as head coach, and as an assistant at MiraCosta College before the Spartans dropped the sport. Wiland spent most of his teaching career at Fallbrook High and also was an adjunct professor at both Palomar and MiraCosta.

Wiland, who earned a Masters degree in physical education from the University of Iowa, has been married to the former Patricia Townsend for 52 years. Their son, the late Rick Wiland, played football for Palomar.

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