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Ken Hamdorf & Ray Shackleford

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2 Ruster Coaches Inducted Into The Hall of Fame

By Danny Johnson
GWC Sports Information Officer

Ken Hamdorf

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Ken Hamdorf was inducted in the Community College Hall of Fame this past year. Hamdorf has
been a part of the Golden West family since 1977 when he started as an assistant coach in the men’s water polo program. His dedication to the program and the sport has helped the Rustlers become the most dominant community college water polo program in the nation.

As head coach of the Rustlers, Hamdorf won 9
State Titles, 7 Southern California Championships,and 11 Conference Titles. In his 15 years leading
the program, he compiled an overall record of 425-46-2. His coaching success has helped more than 50 former Rustlers attain All-America honors. Five times he was selected as the California Community College Coach of the Year.

Hamdorf played for Fullerton College and Long Beach State University, where he was named Forty-Niner of the Year in both 1961 and 1962. He began his coaching career at Westminster High in 1962, where he stayed through the ’65 season. He then moved on to Lakewood High, running the program from 1966 to 1976. He then spent one season at Long Beach Wilson High before coming to GWC.

Ray Shackleford

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Ray Shackleford was inducted into the Community College Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Saturday, March 7, at the Visalia Elks Club.

Shackleford was the first football coach for Golden West College, and was at the helm for 28 years, from 1966 to 1994. During that time his teams went 166-137-11, becoming the second active coach in the nation with the most wins. During his stint he was named conference Coach of the Year three times. His teams also won two Avocado Bowl games, and in 1979 Ray was CCCFCA Coach of the Year. In 2002 Ray returned to take the reigns of the Rustlers and he coached for three more years. He was appointed Dean of the Division of Physical Education /Health and Athletics. Ray was also the Head Golf coach for 14 years and won six Conference Championships and one State Championship.