SAN DIEGO – The San Diego State Department of Sports has unveiled its 2020 Class for the Aztec Hall of Fame. The group of six inductees for this year’s class include former softball star Erin Floros, the late men’s volleyball coach Jack Henn, running back Ronnie Hillman, women’s tennis star Linda Howell, male basketball player Jack Shawcroft and assistant football coach Ernie Zampese.
The six Aztec legends were to be dedicated in the fall of 2020; However, the class could not be appropriately honored due to COVID-19 protocols.
As a result, the festivities have been postponed and an official induction ceremony is now scheduled for January 2022, with specific details including date, time and location to be announced later this fall.
Since its launch in 1988, the Aztec Hall of Fame has honored 159 people and six teams (not counting this year’s shrines), welcoming a new group of legends each year until 1999. Inductions met a two-hour hiatus. years while the Aztec Athletic Center (now Fowler Athletics Center) was under construction and the permanent Hall of Fame headquarters was established. Ceremonies resumed in 2002 after the building was completed and continued annually until 2019.
Below is an overview of the new Aztec Hall of Fame class:
Erin Floros – Softball
National honors: 2006 NFCA All-American (third team) and 2006 Easton-Bell Sports All-American (first team); 2007 US Softball Player of the Year Watchlist; 2006 NFCA All-West Region (first team)
Conference Honors: Mountain West Freshman of the Year; Three times All-Mountain West (2006, 2008-09)
Became SDSU’s very first All-American in 2006 when she was named a member of the NFCA All-American Third Team and Easton-Bell Sports All-American First Team as a rookie… Also earned a placed on the Western Region’s first NFCA team in 2006. Team… Became the first Aztec to be on the watch list for US Softball Player of the Year in 2007… Won all honors MW three times (2006, 2008-09) and was named MW Freshman of the Year in 2006… Received Mountain West all -Academic Distinction in four years on The Mesa (2006-09)… Twice earned career MW player of the week honors… Hit 0.331 in her career with 12 home runs, 101 RBIs, 53 runs, 26 doubles, 62 steps, .458 stroke percentage and an on rating the base of .408… Despite missing 43 games during his career due to an ACL tear and appendicitis, the left SDSU ranked second in stroke percentage (.458), third in batting average (.331), third in percentage on base (.408), third in RBIs (101), third in percentage on field (.993), third in strikeouts (936), tied f or third for home runs (12) and tied for third for walks (62) … In 2020, she is ranked third in defensive percentage (.993), fifth in strikeouts (936), sixth in chances (1,059), ninth in batting average (.331) and percentage on base (.408) and is tied for 10th in RBI (101) and goals (62).
Jack Henn – Men’s Volleyball
Player (early 1960s)
Coach (1966-1974, 1985-2000)
Served two terms as the head coach of the San Diego State Men’s Volleyball Program, highlighted by the University’s only NCAA Division I championship in 1973… Coached two All- Americans on that team to Chris Marlowe and Duncan McFarland, who were later entered into the Aztec Athletics Hall of Fame… Also guided San Diego State to the USVBA National Collegiate Championship in 1968, two years before the sport did. be sanctioned by the NCAA… Was the catalyst for the return of the Aztecs to national notoriety during their second tour of duty on the Mesa in the 1990s, while the Scarlet and Black obtained an AVCA ranking n ° 3 during four weeks in the 1991 campaign before ending the year at No.5… Played collegially at San Diego State in the early 1960s, winning eight All-America honors from the United States Volleyball Nationals and college championships before clinching s on bachelor’s degree in physical education… Also excelled internationally… Was selected as an alternate for the United States Olympic team in 1964, before competing as a passer-batter for the United States team at the Olympic Games. summer of 1968 in Mexico City, where the United States were the only team to defeat the Soviet Union, which then progressed to win the gold medal… Also competed at the 1966 World Championships in the former Czechoslovakia and was captain of the US team that won the gold medal at the 1967 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada… Between stints as head coach of the SDSU, he taught physical education at the level high school in India and worked as a bank manager in Ojai, California. … Returned to the Aztec men’s volleyball program as a volunteer coach in 1985 and co-coached the team in 1987 and 1988… Recipient of the USA Volleyball’s All-Time Greatest Players Award in 2011… Passed away on March 22, 2020 after a battle with cancer… Part of the 2020 class inducted into the Southern California Indoor Volleyball Hall of Fame.
Ronnie Hillman – Soccer
Won Third Team All-America recognition by The Associated Press and Phil Steele in 2011 and received Honorable Mention All-America by Sports Illustrated… Was a 2011 Doak Walker Award Semifinalist… Was also on the lists surveillance of Walter Camp (National Player of the Year) and Maxwell Award (College Player of the Year)… Freshman All-American First Team 2010 by FWAA and Phil Steele… Freshman of the Year MW 2010… Twice the first all-MW team (2010-11)… Seven- MW offensive player of the week (three times in 2010, four times in 2011)… Won the Simcox Trophy as Aztecs MVP in 2011… Ran 573 times for 3,243 yards (5.7 on average) with 36 touchdowns during his career while adding 33 receptions for 338 yards (10.2 on average) and two more scores… As of 2021, his career ranks SDSU include fourth of 100 rushing yards (15), tied for fourth th place in rushing touchdowns (36), fifth in rushing yards (3,243), and fifth in rush attempts (573)… Among the leaders of a single season, his 2011 campaign ranked him tied for second rank in rushing attempts (311), tied for fourth in 100-yard rushing games (9), fifth in rushing yards (1,711) and sixth in rushing touchdowns (19)… Assisted the Aztecs to play in their first bowl game in 12 years (Poinsettia Bowl 2010)… Selected in the third round in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos with whom he was Super Bowl champion.
Linda Howell – Women’s Tennis
Two-time All-American player in the most productive era of the San Diego women’s tennis program… Won All-American honors in singles and doubles for 1984 campaign… Aztecs posted a record 96-33 (74.4%), winning a school record 26 games three times during his career on The Mesa… The final standings for the ITA National Team in their four seasons at SDSU were fifth, fifth , fourth and seventh… The Aztecs have qualified for the NCAA tournament in their four years, including a best fourth-place finish in the 1984 finals… Won three games of the NCAA singles tournament in 1985 to qualify for the quarter-finals… Played in the Grand Slam main draw at the 1984 US Open… Also competed at Wimbledon 1985 in women’s doubles and mixed doubles.
Jack Shawcroft – Men’s Basketball
Won three letters for Scarlet and Black… Won all CCAA category accolades in 1963 and 1964… Was named Aztecs MVP in all three seasons he played… Was also team captain during the 1963-64 campaign… Led the Aztecs in scoring 62-63 (11.7 ppg) and 63-64 (14.0 ppg)… Assisted SDSU at three back-to-back winning seasons, as the team set career records of 17-9, 15-11 and 14-11… The Aztecs The CCAA’s results in those years were T-2nd, 3rd, T -3rd.
Ernie Zampese – Football
San Diego State DB Coach, 1967-75
Was hired by head coach Don Coryell as the Aztecs’ backfield defensive coach in June 1967… Zampese replaced Madden, who resigned to join the staff of the Oakland Raiders… Remained as an assistant coach at San Diego State from 1967 to 1975 and was one of two assistant coaches to retain his position after Coryell resigned in 1973 to become head coach of the St. Louis Cardinals.