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The National Football Foundation
and College Hall of Fame
Walter J. Zable/San Diego Chapter
Board of Directors

Jeffrey 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.

Dennis A. Ackerman
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.

Bob 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.

George Bralla
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.

Steven R. Brand
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.

Allen 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.

George 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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William "Bill" Christopher
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.

Chet DeVore
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 Eigner
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 Fogarty
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.

Alan 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.

Steve Haynes
Steven 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.

Barry R. Humphrey
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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Don Macek
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.

Kevin McGarry
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.

Dennis McKnight
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.

Mark 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 Ralph
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 line.

Mike Riley
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.

John Rozar
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.
Brian Sexton
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, particularly golf.

John D. Shacklett
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.

Stephen C. Smith
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.

Ted Tollner
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 year.

Walter J. Zable - Vice President
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 Year.