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February 21, 2012 > Chabot College Honors Founding Athletics Leader John Wagoner

Chabot College Honors Founding Athletics Leader John Wagoner

Submitted By Patricia Russell, Photo by Mike Heightchew

On Friday, February 17, just before the tip off for the last basketball game of its 50th anniversary season, Chabot College held a dedication ceremony in the gym to formally honor the man whose vision helped build the gym and who coached the first Gladiator basketball game 50 years ago.

As part of its Golden Anniversary Celebration, Chabot College honored John L. Wagoner, its founding basketball coach, founding Physical Education Division dean and long-time administrative leader honoring his many years of service.

John L. Wagoner's son, Dale Wagoner, has followed in his father's footsteps serving as the current dean of Health, Physical Education and Athletics.

"As a founding member of the college's leadership team and as one of the primary individuals responsible for the development of Chabot College Athletic programs for both men's and women's teams, John Wagoner has played an important role in the college's history," said Dale. "It is fitting that the college recognize him with this dedication for his years of service during this celebration of our 50 years of serving the communities of Southern Alameda County," he said.

John L. Wagoner served Chabot College as an administrative leader for 32 years. In 1962, he founded both the Men's Basketball and Men's Tennis programs and was the first coach in these programs. He became the founding division chair/dean of the Chabot College Physical Education Department where he served until his retirement in 1994.

He coached the Men's Basketball team from 1962 to 1978, compiling 307 career victories including 14 straight winning seasons, three conference championships and one Final Four appearance in the state basketball tournament. During his tenure as head basketball coach, he helped many student athletes matriculate to four-year colleges and universities to pursue their athletic and educational goals.

Wagoner was elected to the California Community College Basketball Hall of Fame in 1978. He was an original electee to the first class of the Chabot College Athletic Hall of Fame upon its inception in 2001.

He continues to serve the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District as a member of the Chabot Federal Credit Union Board; he has been a board member for 47 years, including serving as board president for multiple terms.

Wagoner graduated from Stanford University with a Master in Education and worked at Shafter High School before beginning his career at Chabot College.

For more information, call (510) 723-6700. Chabot College is located at 25555 Hesperian Boulevard in Hayward.

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