Six individuals who found athletic success at Lower Columbia College are the latest inductees into the Lower Columbia College Athletics Hall of Fame.
Dave Hall, Betty and Larry Johnson, Leta (Guglomo) Meyer, Jocelyn Price, and Stephen Waite are the latest honorees. They will be inducted during the 2019 Celebration of Athletics Excellence on Saturday at Truman Myklebust Gymnasium.
Here’s a look at this year’s honorees:
Dave Hall (Class of 1979): Hall played baseball two seasons, leading the Red Devils to a pair of division titles and second-place finishes at the then NWAACC Championships. In 1979, Hall was named NWAACC Championship MVP after hitting five home runs, and setting tournament records for at-bats (29) and hits (16).
Hall played one season at Gonzaga in 1980, leading the Bulldogs to the NCAA Regionals while earning All-Northern Pacific Conference second-team accolades.
Drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in 1980, Hall played four seasons of minor league ball hitting .277 with 45 homers and 244 RBI’s.
An injury ended his pro career, but Hall never strayed far from athletics. He owns and operates Willie’s Sports Shop in Centralia.
Betty and Larry Johnson: Betty played on one of the first Lower Columbia women’s basketball teams before conference affiliation. Following her academic career, she stayed on campus and was the longtime program director for student activities, working closely with many student athletes over the years.
Betty was a mentor, confidant, supporter and fan of all Red Devil players.
Larry spent several seasons as a golf coach at Lower Columbia. Whether as head coach or assistant, Larry was a huge factor in the successful golf teams of the 1980s and 90s.
Larry also serves as a behind-the-scenes contributor to the LCC softball program where he handles field preparation and other duties.
Leta (Guglomo) Meyer (Class of 1977): A Kelso High graduate, Meyer played and coached volleyball and basketball at LCC, serving as team captain in both sports during her two-year playing career at the college.
She was named team MVP as a freshman in basketball when she averaged 16.5 points per game. She was also named ‘Most Inspirational’ as a sophomore.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree from Central Washington University, Meyer returned to LCC where she served as head volleyball coach and assistant women’s basketball coach for two seasons. In volleyball, she compiled a 49-21 record which included a league title and third-place finish in the NWAACC Championships in 1981.
Meyer achieved her master’s degree from Lewis and Clark College. She later continued a career as a coach and athletic director at Vancouver’s Mountain View and Heritage high schools. She coached volleyball, basketball, softball, track and golf while at Mountain View, receiving numerous Coach of the Year honors. As an administrator, she was a member of the WIAA Executive Board and was a leader in planning and direction for the Greater St. Helens League.
Jocelyn Price: Price was the head coach of the volleyball team for 18 seasons from 1989-2006. During her tenure, the Red Devils won the NWAACC Championship in 1991, and placed third in ’93 and ’96 while compiling a 186-86 record. LCC also won seven Western Division titles, were unbeaten league champs in 1993 and 2004, and Price was named Western Division Coach of the Year seven times.
A graduate of Pacific Lutheran University where she played volleyball, Price also served as a coach and administrator of the Cowlitz Volleyball Club. She is also regarded as one of the top volleyball officials in Southwest Washington.
In 2014, Price and the 1991 volleyball championhip team were inducted into the NWAC Hall of Fame.
Stephen Waite (Class of 1971): A graduate of Ingraham High School in Seattle, Waite was a two-sport standout at LCC, earning letters in basketball and baseball.
As a freshman, Waite averaged 7.6 points and 5.2 rebounds for the Red Devils who finished second in the WSCC Men’s Basketball Championships. He averaged 15.6 points per game as a sophomore, and helped LCC to a third-place finish at the WSCC Championships.
Waite was a smooth fielding first baseman who hit .267 as a freshman with the WSCC Champion baseball team, and hit .316 with 17 RBIs as a sophomore while helping LCC to a third-place finish in the championships.
Waite transferred to Gonzaga University, where he played with LCC Hall of Famer and Longview native Rick Sweet.
After graduation, Waite worked as a Boeing engineer, a college administrator at Western Washington University, served as an international engineer consultant/trainer, and as a middle school teacher. He retired from the workforce in 2016.