J. Abrams, M.D.
A graduate of the
University of Buffalo, Dr. Abrams has practiced internal
medicine and endocrinology in San Diego for two decades.
Besides dedicating his time and talent to the National Football
Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Walter J. Zable Chapter
for the past five years, he has been a member of the board
of trustees of the Make a Wish Foundation for 12 years.
His interests include attending college football games to
watch his two placekicker sons on scholarship at Stanford
University and the University of Southern California. His
son, Eric, a La Jolla Country Day and Stanford graduate,
is the university's all-time scoring leader.
One of the newest
board members, Dennis is California Interscholastic Federations,
San Diego Section, Assistant Commissioner and a graduate
of San Diego State University. He is a member of the national
Association of Sports Officials, Southern Municipal Athletic
Federation, California Parks and Recreation Society and
a collegiate basketball official. Dennis has been working
with youth in sports for 20 years and is the recipient of
an honorary service award from the San Diego Unified School
District Parent-Teacher Association.
Babich - President
A financial and
insurance consultant, and past president of the National
Football League Alumni, San Diego chapter, Bob was a first
round draft choice of the National Football League San Diego
Chargers in 1979. He was a three-letter lineman at Miami
University of Ohio where he earned a teaching degree. He
was All-American in 1967 and 1968, and Mid American Conference
1968 defensive player of the year, and first-team member
for two years. At Miami University, he was named Most Valuable
Player in 1967 and 1968, and Athlete of the Year in 1968
and 1969. Named winner of the Butkus Award in 1993, he has
been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and
the Hall of Fame at Miami University. Bob has been a board
member for 12 years.
As president of
the highly successful Powerhouse Exhibits, which was founded
in 1956 and is one of the largest businesses of its kind
in San Diego, George has been on the NFF&CHF, San Diego
Chapter board for five years. After graduating from Poway
High School, he graduated from the University of Notre Dame
with a degree in engineering. George is a member of the
Notre Dame Club of San Diego and San Diego Chamber of Commerce,
where he serves on several volunteer community committees.
A new addition to
the board, Steven is a renowned and respected sportswriter
with the San Diego Union-Tribune. He has covered prep sports
in San Diego for more than three decades and is considered
an expert on San Diego highschool sports. A graduate of
California State - Los Angeles, he is general chairman and
officials chairman of U.S. Swimming, San Diego-Imperial
chapter, and has officiated at seven national championships.
C. Brown, Esq.
- Secretary & Treasurer
An attorney in private
practice who has been on the board since 1971, he is an
officer of the El Cajon Rotary Club and director of that
city's Chamber of Commerce. He was an All-CIF quarterback
who led the Ramona High School football team to its only
CIF championship. He earned eight letters at California
Western University in San Diego, where he played quarterback
on the football team and was a standout in tennis. He takes
a special interest in youth development.
C. Brown, Jr., M.D.
A physician and
surgeon, Dr. Brown has been on the board almost two decades.
He earned three varsity football letters playing guard and
linebacker while at the University of Southern California
and also earned a track-and-field letter at USC. He was
an All-American football lineman at both the U.S. Naval
Academy where he earned three letters and San Diego State
College where he earned one letter. Dr. Brown has been inducted
into the College Football Hall of Fame.
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A new addition to
the board and a retired high school teacher and coach, Bill
won four football letters playing center at San Diego State
University and the University of California-Riverside, where
he was named Outstanding Offensive Lineman. He is a member
of the National Football Coaches Association and Southern
California High School Football Coaches Association. Both
the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune
named him San Diego County Coach of the Year. As head football
coach at Rancho Bernardo High School, he guided his teams
to two CIF championships.
A 10-year member
of the board, and retired president and superintendent of
Southwestern College, Chet earned two varsity letters playing
end at Chaffey Junior College before attending San Diego
State University. He has been inducted into the Chula Vista
High School Hall of Fame, California Community College Hall
of Fame and Chaffey Junior College Hall of Fame. He is commissioner
of the Pacific Coast Conference, has been a high school
and college football and basketball official, and a member
of the Kiwanis Club for 35 years.
Carole is our chapter's
first woman director. She brings more than nine years of
Football Foundation local chapter experience with her. She
was the unit's co-awards banquet chairperson for the past
five years. Aside from her Football Foundation work, she
is a Public Relations and Advertising Coordinator at Cubic
Corporation here in San Diego. Carole lists her favorite
college football team as the 1997 number one ranked Michigan
Wolverines. She has lived in San Diego County for 17 years
and calls Escondido her home.
Brian has been a
director for more than a dozen years and an associate Director
of Athletics for Development at the University of San Diego.
He graduated from California State University-Los Angeles,
where he earned three letters playing offensive lineman
on the football team before launching a career in athletic
administration. Brian was head football coach at San Diego
University for 15 years, and is a member of the American
Football Coaches Association and the San Diego International
Sports Association. In 1997, the chapter selection committee
named him Meritorious Football Coach of the Year.
E. "Spike" Harvey
A 10-year board
member who operates a leading floor-covering and ceramic-tile
contracting firm, Spike earned two high school varsity letters
each in baseball and as a guard. Injuries curtailed a football
career at Palomar College and San Jose State College, where
he graduated. He was the 1964 singles bowling champion while
serving with the U.S. Army in Hawaii and was a member of
the U.S. Army All-Star baseball team in 1964-65. He is a
former member of the Lion's International and was a Vista
little league manager, coach and umpire for five years.
Spike is a member and former director of the Vista Chamber
of Commerce and Santa Margarita YMCA.
has been a board member since 2000, after serving several
years with the chapter's support group. He is founder and
president of Athletes for Education, an orgainzation of
professional athletes, entertainers, elected officials and
community leaders. Under Haynes' leadership, the organization
coordinates special events and raises funds for local youth
groups. While earnings degrees in Pychology and Physical
Therapy from Norfolk State University and Eastern Virginia
Medical, he was also a standout football player. A member
of the Los Angeles Rams and Express football teams, when
an injury cut short his pro football career. He has hosted
two health and fitness TV shows on network affiliates aside
from owning a physical therapy business.
University of Californa,
San Diego development director and a board member since
1994. He played right guard on his high school football
team as well as earning two varsity letters in swimming.
He received his bachelor's degree at Fresno State College
and a master's at California State University-Northridge.
He is a member of the Downtown San Diego Rotary Club and
a director of the San Diego High School Athletics Foundation.
Barry was also executive director of the San Diego Hall
of Champions for several years.
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A director since
1994, Don won three varsity letters as a center at Boston
College before being drafted by the San Diego Chargers,
where he played for 14 years and made two Pro-Bowl appearances.
He was named to the New Hampshire all-state high school
football team for three years, was Athlete of the year in
1982, and was named to the All-East college all-stars for
two years. He has played in the East-West Shrine Game, the
Hula Bowl and College All-Star Game. Don has been inducted
into the Boston College Hall of Fame. Several businesses
in San Diego are owned and operated by him.
A new board member
and football coach, Kevin was awarded four varsity letters
playing defensive back and wide receiver at Saddleback Junior
College, where he was named team MVP, and at the University
of San Diego, where he was cited as Defensive Player of
the year. He also earned two letters in baseball. Kevin
is now head football coach at the University of San Diego
and a member of the American Football Coaches Association.
A successful business-owner
and football coach at the University of Hawaii, he has been
on the board since 1994. Dennis earned four varsity letters
as an offensive lineman at Drake University, where he was
named MVP for two years, most inspirational player for two
years, captain for two years and won All-American honorable
mention. He was an offensive lineman in the National Football
League for 10 years with both the San Diego Chargers and
Pittsburgh Steelers. He was a sports-radio personality on
XTRA radio in San Diego.
Allen Osman, Esq.
Mark has been a
member of the board since 1994, and is an attorney in private
practice who played quarterback at his alma mater, Boston
College. He earned three additional varsity letters in basketball
and also made the dean's list for eight consecutive semesters.
Mark is on the permanent committee of the Lawyers Referral
Service, and a member of the various bar associations, including
the Association of Business Trial Lawyers and Consumer's
Attorneys of San Diego.
Jerry, is the head
football coach at Santana High School, was elected to the
chapter's board of directors in 1997. Ralph, who also teaches
math, was an outstanding high school football player and
scholar in high school and college. In 1980, he was selected
by the chapter as a scholar-leader-athlete from the then
City Conference. At 5'9" and 170 pounds, he played
offensive guard and defensive tackle for Coach Dan Ramos
at University High School. He was named all-league that
year and elected the team's most valuable player. He also
carried a 3.47 grade point average to the University of
San Diego, where he played football on the Toreros offensive
Mike was elected
to this chapters board of diredtors in 1999 after joining
the San Diego Chargers as head football coach. He brings
an outstanding football coaching record to san Diego, having
made Oregon State beaver football program into a PAC-10
powerhouse after many years of average play. His more than
24-year football coaching experience was also visible at
USC where he was an assistant. As a coach at the professional
level, he guided his teams in the Canadian and World Football
League with championship success.A student-athlete himself,
Riley earned a football scholarship at the University of
Alabama under Coach bear bryant. he led the Crimson tide
to four SEC titles and a national crown. He graduated from
his alma matter with a bachelors degree in social science.
A board member since
1998, John is a financial officer for Scripps Clinic. He is
a 1980 graduate of Morse High School, where he was an All-Eastern
league player in football. He continued his education at Mesa
College where he also played linebacker for two seasons. John
earned a scholarship to San Jose State University and played
linebacker there for two years. He graduated from San Jose
in 1988 with a B.S. degree in finance.
A San Diego native
and University City High School graduate, was elected to the
Walter J. Zable/San Diego Chapter Board of Directors in 1997.
While in high school, Sexton lettered in football, baseball
and basketball for the Centurions. He earned a bachelor of
arts degree in economics from Saint Mary's College in Moraga,
California in 1991, where he was a four-year starter at wide
receiver on the school's football team. During his four years,
the team had a 31-10 record. The team went 10-0 in his sophomore
year. Sexton is Saint Mary's second best all-time receiver.
He was named the team's outstanding receiver in his junior
and senior years. Currently, he is a financial consultant
with Merrill Lynch in La Jolla. He is single and enjoys sports,
A San Diego board
member since 2000 when he was elected as a director. Primarily
a teacher, he has taught at the high school and university
level in san diego since 1964. He is coordinator for athletics
for City of San Diego, Head Football Coach, and athletic
director at Morse High and president, California Coaches
Association. He is also a board member of the Hall of Champions:
president, Pop Warner Council: past president of the High
School Sprots Association of san Diego and former coach
of bobby sox Softball. An author and lecturer, he has written
more than 12 books and articles while delivering 9 major
talks in the field of education. Shacklett, however, is
best known as a high school head football coach. His record
in san Diego is 233 wins, 92 losses and 9 ties. His Morse
Tigers have won eighteen Estern League titles and five CIF
championships. He has botha masters and bachelors degree.
A board member since
1995, Stephen is a graduate of San Diego State University.
He played on CIF championship golf teams at San Marcos High
School in Santa Barbara in 1980, '81 and '82. He is assistant
manager of the San Diego Padres professional baseball club's
Compadres Program and is a former secretary of the Delta
Sigma Phi fraternity.
A board member since
1995, Ted is the head football coach at San Diego State
University. He earned three letters in both baseball and
football, where he played quarterback before graduation
from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. He was named PAC 10 Coach
of the Year in 1984 while at the University of Southern
California, and Region 5 Coach of the Year in 1995 at San
Diego State. He has been inducted into the Cal Poly Hall
of Fame. In 1998, Ted was selected WAC (Pacific Mountain
Division) football coach of the year. That same season,
the NFF San Diego Chapter picked him as their coach of the
J. Zable - Vice
Walter has been
on the board since its inception 25 years ago, which he
co-founded with past-president Bill Mast. He is chairman
and chief executive officer of Cubic Corp. He attended the
College of William and Mary, where he was named to the All-South
Atlantic first team receiving All-American honorable mention
in football. He was the Southern Conference low-hurdle champion
before going on to play semi-pro football with the Richmond
Arrows. In 1962, Sports Illustrated named Walter Zable to
its Silver Anniversary All-American football team. He is
enshrined in the William and Mary Hall of Fame and the College
Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Indiana. He has also
been the recipient of the prestigious NCAA Teddy Roosevelt
Award and the national Management Association's Golden Knight
Award. In 1975, Walter was named San Diego's Man of the