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Hart coach leads HOF class

Mike Herrington will be inducted into COC Hall of Fame; Kapp will give keynote speech

Posted: October 5, 2010 10:26 p.m.
Updated: October 6, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Mike Herrington will be a Hall of Famer.

The successful Hart High football coach highlights the 2010 College of the Canyons Athletic Hall of Fame class.

Herrington was an offensive lineman for the 1976 and 1977 Cougar football team and has gone on to win six CIF-Southern Section division titles as head coach at Hart High, where he has guided the team since 1989.

Herrington will be inducted on Jan. 20 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia alongside current San Francisco 49er and former COC defensive lineman Isaac Sopoaga, former women's basketball player Kyetra Brown, former women's soccer player Kristine Marbach and the 1993 state championship men's golf team.

"It's a great honor. I don't know if I deserve it," Herrington said. "Usually those guys are there for the accomplishments at COC. I think it's because I'm a COC graduate who has been pretty successful in the coaching ranks."

Yet Herrington was an all-conference offensive lineman for the 1977 Cougar football team.

Another Hart football great will be the night's keynote speaker.

Joe Kapp, a former Hart, University of California, Berkeley and NFL quarterback who was selected in 2005 as The Signal's Greatest Athlete in Santa Clarita Valley history will give the night's big speech.

"Joe speaks from his heart. I think he should be excellent," said Len Mohney, COC dean of athletics and physical education. "I think he's similar to Sparky (Anderson) in that they're both storytellers, both really good people."

Kapp joins a distinguished list of keynote speakers that has included John Wooden in 2005 and Sparky Anderson in 2007.

This is the fourth COC Hall of Fame class. The school does the inductions every two years. It has included COC greats such as former coaches Lee Smelser, Mike Gillespie and Larry Reisbig and the 1981 state championship baseball team.

"We set the bar so high with our inaugural hall of fame event in 2005. It was goose bumps," Mohney said. "It's just continued that way. It's an event we really look forward to."

Sopoaga set a California community college football record with 31 sacks in 2000. He was the first Cougar to earn the Western State Conference Player of the Year award.

Brown was an all-state point guard in 1994-95 and 1996-97. She is a member of the California Community College Association Hall of Fame.

Marbach is COC's all-time leading soccer scorer.

For more information on the event and tickets, visit or call the COC Foundation at 661-362-3434.



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