Two former athletes and one former Falcon coach were honored at the Cerritos College Hall of Fame Awards on Thursday at the Cerritos Sheraton Hotel.
Wally Kincaid won the Distinguished Coach Award.
Former softball player Barbara Reinalda received Distinguished Female Athlete.
Ron Yary was given the Distinguished Male Athlete Award.
Kincaid was the first baseball coach in Cerritos College history and coached the Falcons for 22 years.
Kincaid had began coaching in 1958.
During his time at Cerritos, he led his team to six state championships, 15 conference championships, six Southern California championships and one Northern California championship.
By the time he left Cerritos, Kincaid had posted a 683-168 record, a .803 winning percentage, and a 60-game winning streak that lasted over the course of three seasons.
He had sent over 150 of his players into professional baseball and over 100 players into coaching at all levels.
In an interview shown during the ceremony, Kincaid said, “I was just blessed with so many players and it was really wonderful and I praise the Lord that I had that experience.”
After leaving Cerritos College, Kincaid went on to become an assistant coach during three College World Series games for Cal State Long Beach.
He also went to coach for Cal State Fullerton, Santa Ana College and Saddleback College.
At Saddleback College, Kincaid said, “They gave me the schedule and the schedule said you only play 10 games. When I was at Cerritos we played 40 before [the season] and 40 something after.”
He came back to Cerritos College to work next to Coach Ken Gaylord for a couple of seasons.
Kincaid said about Gaylord, “Kenny was one of my favorite ball players.”
In 2000, Kincaid was named the National Community College Baseball Coach of the Century by Baseball America Magazine.
Other than being in Cerritos College’s Hall of Fame, Kincaid was also inducted into the Community College Hall of Fame and the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
In 1992, Cerritos College named its baseball field after the former coach.
Reinalda was part of the first two Falcon softball teams in the school’s history and was voted Most Valuable Player for both seasons.
After Cerritos College, Reinalda then went on to play for Cal-Poly Pomona.
After graduating from Pomona, she went on to pitch 19 years with the Raybestos Brackettes in Starford, Connetticut.
During her time with the Brackettes, Reinalda posted a career record of 441-31 with 19 perfect games.
In 1986, she played softball for Team USA in both the World Championships and Pan American Games.
In 1999, Reinalda was inducted into the National Softball Hall of Fame.
Looking back at all of her achievements, she said, “When I sit and look at it, it doesn’t seem like a lot. But when you sit and look at the numbers and everything that’s been happening and all of that, it really is a lot and I owe all of my accomplishments to my teammates and my family that have been supportive along the way.”
She is currently in her 11th season coaching softball at Yale University.
Reinalda said, “We only have 14 kids on the roster so we’re struggling a little bit with people playing. Everyone has to play so I mean if someone’s struggling they still have to play.”
Yary played football for the Falcons for only one season.
However, he said that season had helped him to prepare for the successful career he had.
“This was a great campus, a great orientation and preparation for the challenges that lie ahead of you,” he said.
He went on to play as an offensive lineman for the University of Southern California.
After senior year, Yary was the first ever offensive lineman to be drafted No. 1 as he went to play for the Minnesota Vikings for 14 years.
In 2001, Yary was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
“Everything I owe is to the people that taught me everything they knew,” he said.