2010 Hall of Fame Inductees
June 2, 2011:
Monday, September 20, 2010
(Photo:Nicole Casapulla, Tom Maudlin, Mike Preaseau, Chuck Shea)
A blend of old and new will form the Menlo College Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2010 when six former Oaks are inducted to kick off Homecoming weekend this fall. Men's basketball stars Sabre Bowden, Mike Preaseau, and Ken Welsh will be inducted along with football standouts Tom Maudlin and Chuck Shea, and women's basketball's second honoree, Nicole Casapulla.
Two distinct eras of Menlo Athletics are represented in the latest Hall of Fame class. Bowden (1986-90), Casapulla (1998-2000), and Ken Welsh (1987-91) all plied their trade on the hardwood after Menlo College became a four-year institution competing at the NCAA and NAIA levels, while Maudlin (1955-56), Preaseau (1954-55), and Shea (1954-55) each starred at the school during its time as a powerful two-year college.
Sabre Bowden: Over four seasons with the Oaks, Bowden ran the show as the team's point guard and remains the finest the men's basketball program has produced. Bowden holds the Menlo single-game record for assists with 14, as well as the career (511) and single-season (170) assist records. He ranks in the Top 10 in seven different career categories and appears six times in single-season Top 10 lists. Bowden also played football for the Oaks, finishing with three 100-yard receiving games.
Nicole Casapulla: A member of Menlo's inaugural women's basketball team during the 1998-99 season, Casapulla set a high standard for future hardwood Oaks to follow. She led Menlo to its first ever NAIA National Tournament appearance as a senior and still ranks in the Top 10 in 11 separate career record categories. Casapulla was named Team MVP following each season and appears six times in the Oaks single-season records.
Tom Maudlin: A two-time All-Coast Conference selection, Maudlin quarterbacked the Oaks to an undefeated conference championship season as a freshman. Maudlin went on to throw for 1,021 yards as a sophomore before transferring to USC, where he served as the Trojans signal-caller for two seasons. While at Menlo, Maudlin was a member of the track & field team that won the 1956 state championship.
Mike Preaseau: As an Oak, Preaseau led the team in scoring as freshman as it won the Coast Conference title and earned a spot in the state tournament. He also competed in the high jump for the Oaks track and field team. Later at the University of San Francisco, he won the 1956 National Championship as part of the Dons legendary team keyed by Bill Russell and K.C. Jones. After the Dons went undefeated during Preaseau's junior year, he captained USF as a senior and helped it back to the Final Four in 1957. Preaseau's Dons teams have been inducted into the USF Athletic Hall of Fame.
Chuck Shea: A four-sport star at Menlo, Shea was an integral part of the Oaks football and basketball teams prior to transferring to Stanford. Shea rushed for 826 yards and averaged 9.1 yards per carry in 1954, then followed up his gridiron exploits by leading Menlo to the 1955 Coast Conference basketball title. He was also a member of the golf and track and field teams, winning the first Don W. Baer award as Menlo's outstanding athlete. Shea played football at Stanford, leading the team in rushing (840 yards, 5.2 avg.), scoring (8 TD's), and all-purpose yards (1,155) in 1957.
Ken Welsh: One would have a terrible time trying to find a men's basketball player who excelled more than Welsh did on the Haynes-Prim Pavilion hardwood. Over four years Welsh wrote his name all over the Oaks record book. He is Menlo's all-time leader in career points (1,348) and field goals (577), and is in the Top 10 in seven other career categories. Welsh's name appears nine times in the single-season record lists.