1990 ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
John Robinson ‘54, Jim Fregosi ‘59, Tom Scott ‘69, Tom McBreen ‘70,
Lynn Swann ‘70, John Caselli, Jr. ‘75, John Caselli, Sr., Ken Houle,
John Kelly, Jim Knecht
John Robinson ‘54
John was an outstanding lineman in the early 50's, earning All-Cal, All- Northern California, and Catholic All-American honors as a senior. Following a successful coaching career at USC, John became the winningest head coach in Rams history. He returned to USC to coach his alma mater during the late 90's. He recently retired as the head coach at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
Jim Fregosi ‘59
Perhaps one of the most versatile athletes to come out of San Mateo County, Jim was an all-league basketball player, all-league baseball player, excelled in football, and still holds the league long jump record. As a Major League baseball player, he was a four-time all-star shortstop with the California Angels and later managed the Angels to their first-ever division title.
Tom Scott ‘69
Tom was the WCAL's all-time yardage leader in receiving, in addition to being named All-WCAL twice. In a 1968 game against St. Francis, he caught eight passes for 257 yards, a school record. Tom later starred for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League.
Tom McBreen ‘70
Tom's leadership and excellence during the late 60's helped Serra develop into a swimming and water polo power. A three-time "Blanket" Award winner, Tom set records in the 200 and 400 freestyle and the 100 breaststroke and was named All-American. Tom won a bronze medal in the 400-meter freestyle during the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich.
Lynn Swann ‘70
During Lynn's extraordinary career at Serra, he was named the Northern California Player of the Year in 1969, the WCAL Player of the Year in 1969, WCAL Lineman of the Year in 1968, all-league in basketball and state champion in the long jump. After starring at USC, he caught 336 passes for the Pittsburgh Steelers for 5,462 yards and 51 touchdowns in nine seasons. Lynn was named the Most Valuable Player in Super Bowl X and the NFL Man of the Year. He was elected to the NFL Hall of Fame in 2002.
John Caselli Jr. ‘75
Another astounding three-sport performer, John was an all-league selection in baseball, basketball, and football at Serra before accepting an athletic scholarship to Cal. At Cal, he was named captain of the basketball team in his senior year. John holds Serra football records for most points in a career and most points in a season, and still holds the WCAL record for most touchdown catches in a season.
John Caselli Sr.
John was another key person recruited by John Kelly and Ken Houle to form the Booster Club. John will always be remembered for the time and effort he put into numerous Booster dinners and athletic banquets. When the 1973 and 1974 Hawaiian football trips were planned, John was the person who made them a reality.
Ken was instrumental in the formation of the West Catholic Athletic League (WCAL). The long-time athletic director and baseball coach led Serra to Catholic Athletic League (CAL) baseball titles in 1959, 1960, and 1962, coaching major leaguers-to-be Jim Fregosi, Norm Angellini, Tim Cullen, and the late Dan Frisella.
John was instrumental in the formation of the Booster Club. He knew nearly every athlete in the school and made a difference in their lives. John's great love for Serra's athletics, coaches and their teams, and his foresight in helping to form the Booster Club are an important part of what the Serra athletic tradition is today.
Jim was an extremely involved parent while his sons were at Serra. He was one of the "key" individuals sought after by John Kelly and Ken Houle in the formation of the Booster Club. He was elected the first president for four terms. In addition, Jim was the Fathers' Club president in 1956-57 and was a charter member of the Peninsula Parochial School League.