Jerry Mullin, Cameron Jordan highlight Chandler HOF class
Nearly 30 years later, Jerry Mullin is still going as Seton Catholic’s softball coach, but he’s already being “retired” as a legend in Chandler.
Mullin leads a class of eight inductees into the Chandler Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday morning. The 2013 class will be enshrined at the annual Chandler Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Lunch at 11 a.m. at the Chandler Center for the Arts (250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler). Tickets are $15 and are available through the box office or through the Ticketmaster website.
Mullin has been at Seton since 1985 as a teacher, coach and guidance counselor. From Class 2A through 4A-I, Mullin and the Sentinels have won 11 softball state championships.
Here’s a brief look at the other inductees to the Class of 2013:
Former Chandler High football/track standout Cameron Jordan was a 2007 graduate. In football, Jordan set school records for sacks (17.5) and tackles (85) in a season, and won the 2007 discus state title in track.. He became an All-Pac 10 defensive lineman at the University of California and was a first-round draft pick of New Orleans in 2011.
Courtney Blocher Landers was a 2000 graduate of Valley Christian as a standout volleyball player. She led the Trojans to consecutive state championships in 1998 and 1999, and became a standout at Arizona State.
Pete Post was a standout football player and sprinter at Chandler High in the early 1950s. In 1951, he led the team in scoring and earned honorable mention All-State recognition. He won state championships and set school records in the 440- and 880-yard runs. He passed away in 2010. Lynn Ray also shined at football and track at Chandler High in the early 1960’s. Ray was an All-Conference football player in 1960 and set school records in pole vault, and earned All-State honors in pole vault in 1960 and 1961.
Adam Vincent was a 2004 graduate of Hamilton and excelled in baseball and football. He was a member of two state championship baseball teams and was All-State in football, earned a football scholarship at ASU and transferred to the University of Texas-El Paso and became an All-Conference USA player.
Kenny Walker starred in baseball, basketball, football and track at Chandler High in the early 1970s. Walker went on to play football at Mesa Community College and Oklahoma State, where he was MVP of the 1974 Fiesta Bowl.
Kim Wigboldy was a three-sport star and 2007 graduate of Valley Christian. Wigboldy went to Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., excelled in track and helped led the volleyball team to the NCAA Division III national championship.
The 1989 Chandler High School wrestling team pulled off a rarity by winning the state team championship without having an individual wrestler win a state title, led by coach and former Chandler district athletic director John Carlson.