The Santa Barbara City College Athletics Department announced the newest members of the Vaqueros Hall of Fame Tuesday.
SBCC’s Hall of Fame, which was established last year, will induct a mix of seven former athletes and coaches as well as one athletic team.
The SBCC Vaqueros Hall of Fame Class of 2020 will induct former players Jesse Orosco (baseball), Don Ford (basketball), Tim Tremblay (football), Cindy Banks (track & field), Kieran (O’Leary) Roblee (volleyball) and coaches Ed DeLacy and Kathy O’Connor, along with the 1983 State Champion Men’s Volleyball Team.
Orosco spent one season with the Vaqueros before heading off to a successful Major League career. As the ace of the Vaqueros pitching staff in 1978, Orosco led SBCC to a 24-9 record under the leadership of Head Coach Rusty Fairly. The team’s 24 wins would not be surpassed until the 2007 Vaqueros went 34-10. After his freshman year at SBCC, Orosco was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the second round of the Major League Draft.
Orosco won two World Series titles in his 24 years and still holds the Major League record for games pitched with 1,252 and no active pitcher is within 300 games of catching him. Orosco was also one of just nine pitchers to pitch in four different decades since 1900.
Ford led SBCC to a 26-6 record, a Western State Conference Championship and a fifth-place finish in the state. Ford averaged 22 points and ten rebounds a game for SBCC during the 1971-1972 season.
Tremblay was a key member of Bob Dinaberg’s powerful football teams of the early 1970’s and served as team captain in his final year as a Vaquero. SBCC compiled a record of 18-3 in Tremblay’s two seasons for the Vaqueros and was named an All-Conference lineman during his time at SBCC.
Banks was a key figure for women athletes everywhere during her time at SBCC, leading the Vaqueros Track and Field team to a State championship in 1977.
Roblee led the Vaqueros to a 20-5 record and received many high honors for her play. Roblee was named the Western State Conference MVP and was also an All-State selection and SBART Women’s Volleyball Athlete of the Year after her impressive season.
DeLacy was the head coach of the men’s basketball team at Santa Barbara City College for eight years, from 1970-1978 and helmed some of the best teams in program history. Over the course of his career, DeLacy led the Vaqueros to a record of 190-54.
O’Connor started the women’s sports programs in the mid-1970s when she founded and coached the school’s women’s volleyball team.
The current SBCC women’s sports programs are among the most successful in the state and none of that would have been possible without O’Connor’s leadership and vision.
The 1983 SBCC Men’s Volleyball team was the first Vaquero men’s program to win a State Championship. Under the guidance of Rick Olmstead, the Vaqueros went 21-2 in just his second season to capture the State Championship.
The group will join last year’s inaugural class of Bob Dinaberg, Bud Revis, Gary Woods, Booker Brown, Marina Gomez, Pat Moorhouse, Debbie Ekola and the 1977 Women’s Track & Field team.
The event is scheduled once again to be held on the SBCC Campus in the student center on Saturday, May 23, 2020. Tickets for the event cost $50 and can be purchased by contacting SBCC Athletics Administrator Ashley Farias at firstname.lastname@example.org or (805) 965-0581 x2276.