The Bakersfield College Athletics Hall of Fame was established with the goal to annually recognize Renegade Athletics success across all sports. Inductees consist of standout former student athletes, coaches, administrators and other community members who have rendered extraordinary service to the department.
Since its founding in 1922 the Bakersfield College Athletics Department has been synonymous with athletic success in the Bakersfield community. Rich with history and tradition the department has won a grand total of 188 conference team championships, 15 state team championships and 10 national team championships in its century of existence.
The 3rd Annual Hall of Fame event will take place on October 19, 2023
Luigi's Restaurant and Delicatessen
Cocktail hour at 5:30 PM and Dinner at 7:00 PM
2023 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
Consist of 1 team, 1 contributor and 5 former athletes
1959 Football Team
Outscored Opponents 328-60. Defense posted four shutouts.Never allowed more than 14 points on a game all season.National Champions. 10-0 record
Linzy Collins (Football Player)
Standout receiver on Renegades 1988 National Championship team. Ranks No. 1 for BC in all-time receiving yardage (1,791) and receiving touchdowns (19). His 95 career receptions ranks tied for No. 3 all-time. A model of consistency, Collins had 48 catches for 793 yards and six TDs his freshman year and 47 catches for 998 yards and 13 TDs his sophomore year. After BC, Collins played at the University of Missouri, where he lettered twice. A 12th-round pick of the Green Bay Packers, Collins never played in a NFL regular season gam but played one season in the Arena League (1995) and one season in the WLAF (1996).
David Dunn (Football player)
One of the best wide receivers/kick returners in BC history, Dunn had 70 catches for 1361 yards and 12 touchdowns for Renegades during 1990-1992 seasons. Went on to have outstanding two-year career at Fresno State. Drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fifth round of the 1995 NFL Draft, Dunn played seven seasons in the NFL, snagging 91 receptions for 1264 yards and four touchdowns. He also had two kickoff returns for TDs during NFL career.
George Jones, Jr. (Football Player)
*CCCAA Hall of Fame 2020. Running back at BC 1993-1994. Renegades No. 4 all-time leading rusher with 2,324 yards. Ranks No. 2 all-time in school history in rushing touchdowns with 43, just one fewer than the school record. Averaged 7.6 yards per attempt during his career. Sophomore year carried the ball 204 times for 1,728 yards (No. 3 all-time for a single season in BC history) an 8.5 average and 31 touchdowns. His 34 total touchdowns that year broke the junior college single-season record held by O.J. Simpson. He played collegiately at San Diego St., where he rushed for 2,810 yards, 5.8 average and 34 touchdowns in two seasons (1995-1996). He was selected in the 5th round of the 1994 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Played three seasons in the NFL compiling 371 rushing yards and one touchdown.
Rick Sawyer (Baseball Player)
An East High Bakersfield College product who reached the major leagues as a right-handed pitcher for the New York Yankees and San Diego Padres, where he compiled a 12-9 career record over four seasons. Sawyer beat the Atlanta Braves 7-0 in his first big-league start in 1976, then earned a complete-game shutout by beating Tom Seaver and the New York Mets 3-0 in only his third start. He went 5-3 that season with a 2.53ERA, then went 7-6 in 56 games in his final big-league season in 1977, when his career ended as the result of an arm injury. Drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 1968, Sawyer had a 96-60 minor league record, including a Texas league leading 18 wins in 1973. At BC, Sawyer had an 8-2 record as a freshman to earn second-team All-Metro Conference honors. He set the BC single-season record with a 0.81 ERA in 1968 when he was a first-team All-Metro selection. Inducted into Bob Elias Hall of Fame in 2004.
David “Deacon” Turner (Football Player)
Turner, a 5-foot-11, 215-pound tank of a running back, finished his BC career with 3,026 yards. First Renegade to run for 1,000 yards in a season (1974). And then he did it again, with a whopping 1,796-yard season in 1975. Broke O.J. Simpson’s CCCAA single-season rushing record. During his senior year at Shafter High, Turner was the first Central Section running back to surpass 2,000 yards in a season.
Tim Painton (Baseball Coach)
Coached BC baseball team for 27 years, retiring following 2022 season. 624 wins as BC coach. The winningest coach in program history. Coached 16 All-Americans and more than 250 players who earned scholarships to go on and play at four-year colleges, with several making it to professional baseball. Five have even reached the Major Leagues.
Athletic Hall of Fame Sponsors
Title Sponsor: Southern California Orthopedic Institute (SCOI)
Legacy: Clifford & Bradford Athletic Foundation
All American: Mary Trichell, Strata Credit Union
Hall of Fame Class of 2022
Stan Greene, Brandon Kurtz, Jeremy Staat, Sandi Taylor, Octavio Martinez, Duane Damron, Dr. Romain Clerou
2021 Hall of Fame Inductees (First Class)
Gil Bishop, Carl Bowser, Bruce Burnett, Gerry Collis, Bob Covey, Billy Cowan, George Culver, Frank Gifford, Dean Jones, Colby Lewis, Aisha Harrison-Maston, and Hank Pfister Jr.
Hall of Fame Event Sponsor Opportunities:
To pursue event sponsorship contact Roger Fessler at firstname.lastname@example.org or (661) 747-3535
Legacy - $5,000 | 10 VIP Dinner Tickets, Half Page Recognition in Program, Digital and Website Display, Social Media Recognition in Promotion of Event
All-American - $3,000 | 5 VIP Dinner Tickets, Quarter Page Recognition in Program, Digital and Website Display
All-Conference - $1,500 - Table Sponsor only (10 Dinner Tickets)