Five Pomona-Pitzer Athletes to Join Hall of Fame on Oct. 16
The Pomona-Pitzer Colleges Athletic Hall of Fame will be inducting five individuals Saturday evening, October 16 in the 47th annual Hall of Fame Induction ceremony.
Bill Cover (Pomona 1994, Men’s Basketball), Paul Cross (Pomona 1990, Men’s Tennis), Christy Doss Hemesath (Pitzer 1991, Women’s Swimming), Brian Forster (Pomona 1994, Men’s Diving), and Shelley Waterworth Diaz (Pomona 1990, Women’s Soccer) will be inducted in the ceremony to be held at Frank Dining Hall at Pomona College.
In addition, the Athletic Hall of Fame will be giving a special recognition tribute to former assistant football coach Jesse Cone, who coached the combined Pomona College - Claremont Men’s College football team for four years from 1953-1956. Dozens of Coach Cone’s former players will meet this coming weekend to reminisce, as well as watch the Pomona-Pitzer vs Claremont-Mudd football contest Saturday, Oct. 16 at 1 p.m. on Pomona’s Merritt Field.
The criteria established for consideration for the Athletic Hall of Fame include meeting minimal standards in at least two of the following categories:
- Consistency: awarded a letter for four years in one sport, three years or more in two sports, or two years or more in three sports.
- Excellence: named or earned position on conference, regional, national, or international all-star team.
- Superiority: set or broke a school, conference, regional, national, or world record.
- Honorary: made an outstanding contribution to Pomona-Pitzer’s athletic program through outside recognition at the state, national, or world level, as a coach, athlete or national leader with or without involvement in athletic competition.
2004 INDUCTEE INFORMATION:
Bill Cover '94 - Basketball
Bill Cover arrived on Pomona's campus from Palo Alto High School in the fall of 1990, and left four years later as the all-time leading men's basketball scorer at Pomona-Pitzer.
During his four years, Cover was named the team MVP three times, and was named First Team All-SCIAC three times. In addition, he was twice named to the All-West Region team, and as a senior was named to the NCAA III All-America team.
During his senior season, Cover broke the Pomona-Pitzer school record for career points scored – fittingly, on a slam dunk – and finished his four years with 1751 career points. Cover also holds the record for career field goals (677), and he also set a school record by playing in 102 varsity games.
Other spots held by Cover in the record book include: No. 2 in career field goal attempts (1304), No. 2 in career free throws (360), No. 3 in single game points scored (38 pts. in 1992-93), No. 3 in career scoring average (17.1 pts. per game), three spots in season points scored (No. 3 - 484 pts. in 1994, No. 5 - 460 pts. in 1991, and No. 7 - 444 pts. in 1993), and No. 5 in career rebounding (663), among others.
As a senior, Cover led his team to the 1994 SCIAC Conference title and the NCAA West Region playoffs, where the Sagehens fell by a single point to UC San Diego.
Following graduation, Cover played two years for the Maitland Mustangs Basketball Association in NSW Australia, where he was the Team MVP and an All-Conference player. After returning from Australia, Cover worked at Oracle for six years, and then earned a Master's from the Stanford Business School. Cover now lives in San Francisco, where he is the co-founder and general manager for the Detert Family Vineyards.
Paul Cross '90 - Tennis
A team captain and undefeated Delta League champion at Davis High School, Paul Cross came to Pomona and etched a storied career in men's tennis.
Cross was named to the SCIAC Conference First Team in 1988, 1989, and 1990. In singles and doubles, Cross won three SCIAC Championships, and, most tellingly, was named SCIAC Player of the Year in 1989.
At the national level, Cross was a three-time individual qualifier (1988, 1989, 1990), and won NCAA III All-America honors each year in both singles and doubles.
At Nationals in 1988, Cross teamed with Steve Dagg '88 in doubles, and the duo advanced to the third round at Nationals. In 1989 Cross partnered with Carl Swanson '91 to advance all the way to the National final to earn runner-up honors.
During his senior year, Cross became the first and still-only Sagehen to be ranked number one in the country in singles, and he and Cross also were top-ranked nationally in doubles. Cross and Swanson teamed to win the prestigious Ojai tournament in doubles in 1990. In 1989 he led the team to its first outright SCIAC title in men's tennis since 1948. Cross also led the men's tennis team to two NCAA III National team berths in 1989 (8th place) and 1990 (12th place).
Following graduation, Cross earned a Master's in Statistics at UC Davis. He is a past club champion at Palisades Tennis Club in Newport Beach, where he now lives. A Risk Management Consultant with ARM Tech, Cross' hobbies include computers, trivia, remote control cars and the Sacramento Kings. Cross recently became engaged to Laura Castellucci, and the two will be married next spring.
Christy Doss Hemesath (Pitzer) '91 - Swimming
Arriving at Pitzer in the fall of 1987 after being an Illinois All-State and All-America swimmer at Maine South High School in Park Ridge, Hemesath quickly swam into the Sagehen record books.
Hemesath finished her four years as an 11-time All-Conference swimmer, with seven individual SCIAC Conference titles – including wins in the 200 back (three times), 200 fly, 200 breast, and 400 IM (twice). In addition, Hemesath swam on eight SCIAC-winning relays.
Hemesath twice established SCIAC Championship meet records in the 400 IM (1989 and 1990), and set a SCIAC all-time best in the 200 fly in 1990.
A four-year NCAA Nationals qualifier, Hemesath twice earned All-America honors in the 400 IM, with a sixth place finish in 1989 and an eighth place finish in 1990. Overall at Nationals, Hemesath earned All-America status in five individual events and four relays.
Hemesath set a school record in the 200 fly (2:10.93) in 1990, and she still stands on Sagehen top-10 lists in five individual events. Not content with just swimming, Hemesath also lettered in cross country while a Sagehen.
Following graduation, Hemesath coached high school swimming for five years at New Trier HS and Niles West HS, and was twice named Sectional Coach of the Year. Now living with husband Jeff and three girls (Summer, Lilly, and Terra) in Libertyville, IL, Hemesath is a school psychologist at Glenbrook North HS.
Brian Forster '94 - Diving
A state-ranked high school diver and soccer player at Shorewood High School in Seattle, Forster arrived on Pomona's campus in 1990 and took the pool by storm.
Forster dove four straight years, and by his junior season he held Pomona-Pitzer school records on both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards. As a senior, Forster also set SCIAC records on both boards. All of these records still stand. He was team captain for both his junior and senior seasons. Forster earned eight All-SCIAC honors in his career, and was the SCIAC Conference champion in 1991, 1993 and 1994. As a senior in 1994, Forster was named the SCIAC Athlete of the Year – an extremely rare achievement for a diver.
Forster was a four-time NCAA Nationals qualifier, where he earned six All America honors. Most significantly, in his senior year in 1994, Forster won individual national titles on both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards. Not surprisingly, he was also named the 1994 NCAA Division III Diver of the Year. At the completion of his senior year at Pomona, Forster was also named Pomona-Pitzer's Most Valuable Athlete for 1993-1994 among all sports.
Forster now lives in Darien, Conn., with his wife Colette and daughter Logan (age 2 1/2). Forster is a Marketing Manager for IBM, but still finds time for golf, reading and another form of diving: scuba.
Shelley K. Waterworth Diaz '90 - Soccer
Coming to Pomona in the fall of 1986 as the Athletic/Academic Award winner from Nathan Hale High School in Seattle, Diaz immediately made an impact on the Sagehen women's soccer squad.
Diaz earned four straight First Team All-SCIAC Conference honors (1986, 1987, 1988, 1989). In addition, as a senior in 1989, Diaz was named the SCIAC Women's Soccer Player of the Year.
Diaz helped lead her team to the SCIAC Conference Championship in both 1988 as a junior, and 1989 as a senior, when she was also the captain of the team. In both seasons, the Sagehens tallied impressive SCIAC records of 8-1-1.
Individually, Diaz tallied three dazzling career totals that still stand second on the all-time record list. Diaz scored 47 career goals, 16 career assists, and earned 110 career points over her four soccer seasons. In addition, Diaz was named as Pomona-Pitzer's Scholar-Athlete at the end of her senior year in 1990.
Diaz now lives in Marianna, Fla., with husband Robert and daughter Jessie, and she is currently a ministry assistant, as well as a newsletter and book editor.
Special Recognition Tribute
Jesse Cone - Former Assistant Football Coach, 1953-56
Jesse Cone had an outstanding collegiate football career at Stanford – a lineman on the undefeated freshman team in 1948, and on the 1951 Stanford team that won the Pacific Coast Conference and played in the 1952 Rose Bowl.
After earning his undergraduate and Master's degrees from Stanford, Coach Cone taught one year at the high school level, and then joined the 1953 Pomona-Claremont football coaching staff that also included Head Coach Earl 'Fuzz' Merritt, and frosh coaches Ed Malan and Bill Arce. Coach Cone built outstanding lines for Pomona-Claremont, making the team one of the top defensive squads among small colleges in the nation.
Due in large part to Coach Cone's presence, the Pomona-Claremont team embarked on the greatest three-year run of any football team in Claremont Colleges history. The 1953 team went 7-1, the 1954 team went 8-0, and the 1955 team went 7-1 – with all three teams winning the SCIAC Championship. The 1954 team is still the only undefeated football squad for any Pomona or Claremont team.
These mid-'50s teams still hold school records for Longest Win Streak (12 games across the '53 and '54 seasons) and Least Rush Yards by an Opponent (-18 vs Redlands in 1954). In 1953, the team limited both Caltech and La Verne to only 8 passing yards in each game.
Following his four years at Pomona-Claremont, Coach Cone spent one year at Mt. SAC, then returned to town at Bill Arce's request to coach the Claremont Men's team for four years. Coach Cone continued his career at Ganesha High School, Utah State, Wake Forest, New Mexico State, and in Turlock coaching both high school and Merced JC teams.
Now retired, Coach Cone lives in Turlock with his wife Natalie.