De La Salle High of Concord has announced its inductees to the Spartan Athletic Hall of Fame, which includes two teams, five individual student-athletes and one long-time supporter.
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The Inductees to the Spartan Athletic Hall of Fame are two teams, five individual student-athletes, and one long-time supporter. The Hall of Fame inductees are:
Rob Lambert ’81: Rob was a standout in football and baseball and was De La Salle’s Athlete of the Year as a senior.
Greg Brown-Davis ’97: Greg excelled in football, wrestling, and diving, and was co-Athlete of the Year.
Joe See ’01: A four-year varsity basketball player who set scoring records and led the Spartans to the state title, Joe went on to play at UC Santa Barbara.
Demetrius Williams ’01: superb on both the football field and the basketball court, Demetrius played football for the University of Oregon and was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens of the NFL.
Matt Gutierrez ’02: Matt, a football quarterback and basketball forward, was the Spartan Athlete of the Year in 2002. He played football at the University of Michigan and was an NFL quarterback for several years.
John Wilhelmy, M.D.: Dr. Wilhelmy, an orthopedic surgeon and longtime supporter of De La Salle, was instrumental in building the Athletics Department’s close relationship with Muir Orthopaedic Specialists. He is the father of three DLS alumni.
The 1985 Football Team: The 1985 varsity won the league title and the North Coast Section title, outscoring opponents by 323 to 69 over eleven games, and was the first Spartan team to be nationally ranked. This also was the team that steam-rolled Bellarmine Prep of San Jose early in the season when many looked at De La Salle as still being somewhat of a small school. Head coach Bob Ladouceur says it was the first really huge win in the storied program’s history.
The 1996 Soccer Team: The undefeated varsity allowed zero goals during the 1996 season and only three goals in post-season play, as it won the league and section titles. When looking over details about this team, we also confirmed through our own state record research that the 1985 DLS soccer team set and still holds the state record for fewest goals allowed in a season.
The school also announced on Wednesday its Alumnus of the Year. It is ESPN broadcaster Sean Farnham ’96. Sean, a basketball star at De La Salle and then at UCLA, is a college basketball analyst for ESPN television. Sean will also serve as master of ceremonies on October 26 when the Hall of Fame event will be held on campus.