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MEN’S BASKETBALL TO INDUCT 10 ALUMS INTO COACHES CIRCLE

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Ten alums who went on to careers in coaching local basketball teams at the prep and/or collegiate levels will be inducted into the Sacramento State Men's Basketball Coaches' Circle.

The event, which is tabbed as the 2012 Men's Basketball Coaches' Circle Induction and Tip-Off Dinner, will take place at the Alumni Center on the south end of campus on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 5:30 p.m. To register for the event, please click here, or contact the Alumni Center's Hannah Kook at (916) 278-3861.

This year will mark the first inductees into the Coaches' Circle, and will honor area coaches that graduated from Sacramento State between 1950-1965. More recent area coaches with Sacramento State ties will be inducted into the Coaches' Circle in future years.

In addition, as part of the festivities, fifth-year head coach Brian Katz will introduce every member of this year's Hornet squad and preview the 2012-13 season, which begins with a home exhibition game on Oct. 30 and the first regular-season home game on Nov. 9.

This year's inductees will include alums Dick Galvin ('52), Carl Youngstrom ('52), George Goto ('54), Ron McKenna ('58), John Karsten ('61), Gordon Pistochini ('62), John Rankin ('62), Jim Greene ('63), Bob McCoy ('63) and Al Manfredi ('64). The group has combined to coach basketball locally for over 250 years at the middle school, high school and collegiate levels.

Of the 10 alums, six played collegiately at Sacramento State, comprised of Galvin (1950-52), Goto (1952-54), Greene (1960-63), Karsten (1959-61), McCoy (1961-62) and Youngstrom (1949-52). Both McCoy and Greene were members of the 1961-62 national runner-up squad that was inducted into the Sacramento State Men's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008. McKenna coached at Sacramento State as an assistant from 1988-92, and Karsten was the Hornets' freshman coach in 1961-62.

COACHES' CIRCLE INDUCTEES (alphabetical order)

Dick Galvin (Played for the Hornets from 1950-52)
Grant Union High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1961-69
Foothill Farms Junior High School 8th Grade - Head Coach - 1969-84

George Goto (Played for the Hornets from 1952-54)
Roseville High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1955-62
Sierra College - Head Coach - 1962-74

Jim Greene (Played for the Hornets from 1960-63)

Clarksburg High School - Head Freshman Coach - 1964-65
Delta High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1965-74

John Karsten (Played for the Hornets from 1959-61)
Sacramento State - Freshman Head Coach - 1961-62
Highlands High School - Junior Varsity Head Coach - 1962-65
Foothill High School - Varsity Head Coach - 1965-70
American River College - Assistant Varsity Coach - 1970-75
American River College - Head Coach - 1975-83
Founded and ran the Sacramento Basketball Coaches Clinic from 1975-2000 (later named the John Karsten Tip-Off Clinic)

Al Manfredi
Rio Americano High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1969-91
Founded the Jack Scott Basketball Tournament in 1975

Bob McCoy (Played for the Hornets in 1961-62)

Encina High School - Junior Varsity Head Coach - 1963-68
Winston Churchill Middle School - Head Coach - 1969-94
Mira Loma High School - Junior Varsity Head Coach - 1969-75
La Sierra High School - Varsity Head Coach - 1981-85
Laguna Creek High School - Assistant Varsity Coach - 1997-98
Formed and ran the Northern California Tournament of Champions from 1972-92

Ron McKenna
Kit Carson Middle School - Head Coach - 1963-76
Sacramento High School - Assistant Varsity Coach - 1976-80
Sacramento High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1980-85
Christian Brothers High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1985-88
Kennedy High School - Assistant Freshman Coach - 1992-93
Kennedy High School - Head Freshman Coach - 1993-95
Kennedy High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1998-00
Sacramento State - Assistant Coach - 1998-02
Rosemont High School - Assistant Varsity Coach - 2008-09
Kennedy High School - Assistant Sophomore Coach - 2009-10
Sheldon High School - Assistant Sophomore Coach - Current

Gordon Pistochini
Bella Vista High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1967-84

John Rankin
Del Oro High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1966-83
Sierra College - Head Coach - 1985-96

Carl Youngstrom (Played for the Hornets from 1949-52)
Las Palmas Junior High School - Head Coach - 1952-57
Norte Del Rio High School - Head Varsity Coach - 1957-82
Grant High School - Assistant Varsity Coach - 1982-88

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