Now, Mary Jo Truesdale can be called a "Hall of Famer". Today the Section announced its 2012 inductees to its Hall-of-Fame and Truesdale, who has coached at Elk Grove and Sheldon for more than 30 years, was one of the coaches on that list.
Here's a segment of the news release from the Section announcing its 2012 inductees:
They range from Olympic gold medalists to World Series heroes to superstar coaches. They were successful from the 1920s to the present time. The list of 43 inductees into the 2012 class of the Sac-Joaquin Section Hall of Fame includes many of the best and brightest athletes, coaches, administrators, officials and media members to ever grace a field within the Central Valley.
The 19 athletes range from Stan Hack, Sacramento High Class of 1928, to Suzy Powell, Downey High Class of 1994. Former Major Leaguers Steve Sax (River City H.S.) and Ray Lankford (Grace Davis H.S.) are also on the list along with former NFL quarterback Tony Eason (Delta H.S.).
The 10 coaches include Jesuit’s Paul Rose, who has more wins than any other boys soccer coach in state history, and three who top the Section list in career victories in their sports: Bill Baxter (girls basketball), Ron Clarke (softball) and Max Miller (football).
The inductees were decided through a lengthy process that included months of research and three separate committees.
The induction banquet and ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, October 14 at Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento.