Fifth Hall of Honor Class Revealed

Fifth Hall of Honor Class Revealed

PASADENA, Calif. (Mar. 21, 2018) – Caltech Athletics will induct its fifth Hall of Honor Class this Sunday, May 20 in conjunction with Alumni Seminar Weekend.  This group consists of five athletes, a SCIAC Championship-winning team and one of the most distinguished coaches in Institute history.

Alexis Johnson '98, Eagle Jones '01, Michael Keating '88, Randy Lewis '72 and John Walsh '60 make up this highly accomplished quintet of athletes, along with the 1931 Men's Tennis team and Coach William L. "Fox" Stanton.

For the second year, the Hall of Honor induction will take place in conjunction with the annual scholar-athlete awards banquet at Ramo Auditorium from 12:30-2pm.  No registration is required, although seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Alexis Johnson '98
Tennis, Volleyball

Johnson was a star performer for both the women's tennis and volleyball teams at Caltech.  Not only was she named All-SCIAC in both singles and doubles for three consecutive years, but she also ranked No. 48 in the nation for singles.

Named the Outstanding Athlete in her graduating class of 1998, Johnson was a three-time MVP in tennis and recipient of the Most Improved award in volleyball, ending her career with program records for both squads - singles wins in tennis and blocks in volleyball. 

Upon graduation with her degree in engineering, Johnson has held various positions in marketing and product management.  She is currently Head of Product for No Agent, a leasing and property management service in London, England.

 

Eagle Jones '01
Swim & Dive, Water Polo

Continuing the rich tradition of Caltech aquatics, Jones was a Division III All-American and three-time All-SCIAC selection in water polo while also competing as the top distance freestyler for swimming & diving, scoring in five finals heats and holding all three distance records for 15 years.  He was named Freshman of the Year in both sports, twice awarded the Coach's Cup for water polo, captained swim & dive for two years and earned the Campbell Trophy as the team's most valuable contributor before being named the Caltech Outstanding Athlete of his graduating class.

Jones now serves as a Senior Principal Engineer at Intel Corporation, having sold his startup, RealityCap, in 2015.  He earned a PhD in computer science from UCLA, during which time he worked with several Caltech alumni on the highly successful Golem Group team for the DARPA Grand Challenge off-road autonomous driving competition.

 

Michael Keating '88
Baseball, Soccer

Another of the most successful two-sport athletes in Caltech history, Keating earned All-SCIAC recognition thrice each as a fullback in soccer (Second Team) and shortstop/outfielder in baseball (Honorable Mention).  Speed was Keating's calling card in both; his raids up the flank on the pitch were years ahead of their time and his gaudy stolen base totals still stand as program records today.  A threat to take a base every time he made it aboard, he remade himself as a hitter over his career, ranking fifth in hits over his four years and posting the fourth-most walks in a single season, which led to him still ranking second all-time in runs scored behind only fellow inductee Jim Hamrick '86.

Keating was part of both the soccer and baseball teams' last wins for the following 16 and 29 years, respectively, while earning the John C. Petersen Freshman and Coaches' Special Trophies in baseball and serving as team captain for three years in soccer.  Having graduated with a degree in engineering and applied science, he has taught at La Salle High School in Pasadena since 1994.

 

Randy Lewis '72
Football, Wrestling

Lewis captained a brilliant three-year run of SCIAC Championship titles for the wrestling squad as a three-time individual champion and four-time NAIA District 3 medalist, including a runner-up finish as a rookie at 126 lbs.  One of just two three-time champions in program history, he is the only Beaver to win SCIAC titles at different weight classes (126 and 137 lbs.) and was a two-time recipient of the Thomas W. Latham Trophy for ability, attitude, improvement and performance. 

Named Caltech's Outstanding Athlete of 1972, he became a Professor of Molecular Biology at the University of Wyoming in 1980 and is currently the USTAR Professor of Biology at Utah State University.  He has become renowned for identifying the way that morphine-like chemicals in human nerves are made and cloning genes for all the major spider silk proteins, then generating ways to make them on a larger scale with practical applications toward fibers, adhesives, gels and coatings.

 

John Walsh '60
Baseball, Football, Tennis, Water Polo 

Another multi-sport standout during one of Caltech's most successful athletic periods, Walsh was a preeminent talent in baseball.  A two-time Alumni Baseball Trophy winner, he became the fourth Beaver to earn First Team All-SCIAC honors three times in his career, leading the conference with a .493 batting average as a junior. 

Walsh spurned an invitation to try out for the New York Yankees in favor of pursuing his PhD in physics at the University of Illinois, although he ultimately completed a mathematics degree instead.  He taught at Stanford University, the University of Strasbourg in France and EPFL Lausanne in Switzerland as a visiting professor before arriving at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.  Retired since 2004, he still maintains an office at UBC and regularly plays competitive senior tennis.

 

1931 Men's Tennis
SCIAC Champions
Coach: Robert "Bob" Allen
Lewis B. Behlow (captain), Albert Atwood Jr., E. H. Beach, Robert Carey, E. A. Griswold, James Keeley, Glenn Myers, John Sullwold


*1930 Men's Tennis pictured, including top singles Behlow and Carey

The 1931 men's tennis team became just the third program in Caltech Athletics to claim a SCIAC Championship.  The Beavers ran the table with a perfect 6-0 record that included three shutouts and two narrow 5-4 victories over four-time defending champion Occidental College and undefeated Pomona College in the season finale.  Robert "Bob" Allen of the Los Angeles Tennis Club, at the time a premier development center for aspiring professionals, served as head coach while junior L.B. Behlow occupied the top spot in the lineup for the second consecutive year, although depth proved to be the key in carrying Caltech through to the title.

 

William L. "Fox" Stanton
Cross Country, Track & Field, Football

A fixture in the athletic department for 21 years since his arrival in 1921, Stanton coached football during his entire career at the Institute in addition to serving periods as the Director of Athletics and head coach for track & field and cross country.  Upon retirement, he had held the longest tenure of any coach at a single school on the Pacific Coast.

A former captain of the Drexel Institute football team, Stanton coached at both SCIAC rivals Pomona and Occidental Colleges, as well as leading the US Army Fort Lewis team against the Mare Island Marines in the 1918 Rose Bowl.  Stanton led the Beavers to back-to-back outright SCIAC titles in 1930 and 1931, as well as a share of the crown in 1923.  His teams regularly landed a handful of players on the All-Conference lists, including a high of six in 1939 that was subsequently bettered just once in program history.  He compiled a SCIAC record of 36-47, with 35 wins coming prior to Caltech's withdrawal from official conference competition from 1934-38 and the final immediately following his retirement announcement in 1941-42.

Caltech's current track bears his name thanks in part to a donation in 1986 by his son and 1927 alum, Dr. W. Layton Stanton.  Still, there is perhaps no higher honor for a member of the Caltech community than to have been the subject of reflection by Nobel Laureate and former President Robert Millikan:

"He has realized, to an extent that not all coaches have done, that the greatest value of competitive athletics is in learning the lessons of real sportsmanship and spreading the spirit of sportsmanship throughout our American life."

 

 

 

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