The First Ever Women’s Basketball Inductee
April 25, 2011:
Monday, September 21, 2009
Six former Menlo College student-athletes were selected to enter the Menlo College Athletics Hall of Fame by the Selection Committee at the athletic department's Ninth Annual Golf Tournament & Fundraiser in April. The Inductees of 2009 include football standout Mark Speckman, who was born without hands and travels the country as a motivational speaker; Heather Hoffman-Galuteria, the first ever women's basketball inductee; record-breaking football pass-and-catch combo Zamir Amin and Nate Jackson; Brooke Richardson, the only volleyball player to have her jersey retired; and former PGA Tour golfer Al Geiberger.
The six-member group was inducted during Menlo's Homecoming festivities on Oct. 2-3, at the Oaks football game versus Northwest Conference foe Linfield. This year's group raised the number of inductees to 140 with the number of football players or coaches in the Menlo College Athletics Hall of Fame to 59.
Heather Hoffman-Galuteria's (1998-2002) induction may start a new trend of women's basketball players joining the hall of fame. Hoffman-Galuteria was one of the program's first recruits, played on the Oaks inaugural team and helped them to their first NAIA Tournament appearance in 2000. As a senior, Hoffman-Galuteria was named First Team All-California Pacific Conference to wrap up a record-setting career. She remains in Menlo's career top 10 in free throw percentage, games started, field goals, steals, 3-point field goals and rebounds. Hoffman-Galuteria helped the Oaks to four consecutive Cal Pac Tournament appearances as the program established itself as one of Menlo's finest.