Cal Poly Athletics Hall of Fame to Expand With Seven Inductees

Cal Poly Athletics Hall of Fame to Expand With Seven Inductees

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Cal Poly will induct six former Mustang student-athletes and one longtime administrator, into the Cal Poly Athletics Hall of Fame in September.

The 2017 class of inductees -- baseball pitcher Kevin Correia, football running back Craig Young, men's cross country and track and field distance runner Danny Aldridge, men's basketball forward Billy Jackson, women's cross country/track and field distance runner Gladees Prieur, women's basketball forward Kristina Santiago and former Mustang director of athletics and faculty athletic representative Dr. Ken Walker -- will be inducted Friday, Sept. 22, in the Recreation Center's Multi-Activity Center on the Cal Poly campus and honored at halftime of Cal Poly's Hall of Fame football game against Northern Arizona on Saturday, Sept. 23. Kickoff in Alex G. Spanos Stadium is set for 6:05 p.m.

The seven inductees, announced by Mustang director of athletics Don Oberhelman, raises the total number of inductees to 130 individuals, a track and field relay foursome and the 1960 football team.

The 2017 Hall of Fame inductees (in alphabetical order):

Danny Aldridge, Men's Track and Field/Cross Country (1977-79)

Aldridge earned six NCAA All-American certificates in two seasons at Cal Poly after transferring from Santa Rosa College. Aldridge twice won the 1,500 at the Division II nationals and was allowed to compete at the Division I meet two weeks later and finished seventh in 1978 and fifth in 1979. Both Mustang track and field teams captured CCAA and national championships. Aldridge also ran cross country, earning All-American certificates both years and leading Cal Poly to a pair of CCAA and NCAA team titles. He still holds the school record in the 1,500 and is fourth in the 800. Twice he has run the mile in under four minutes and Aldridge is a two-time Napa Valley Marathon champion.

Kevin Correia, Baseball (2000-02)

Correia enjoyed a 13-year Major League career with the San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres, Minnesota Twins, Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies before retiring in 2015. He posted a 76-98 career win-loss record and 4.67 ERA. From 2009-12, he won 46 games and lost 43, earning 12-11 and 10-10 marks with the Padres and back-to-back 12-11 seasons with the Pirates. At Cal Poly from 2000-02, Correia compiled a 17-10 win-loss record with four saves and a 5.15 ERA, striking out 180 batters in 227.1 innings. His 11 wins in 2002 is tied for No. 2 all-time at Cal Poly for victories in a season. A 1998 Grossmont High School graduate, Correia attended Grossmont College for one season before transferring to Cal Poly. He was a fourth-round draft choice (127th overall selection) of the Giants in 2002 and was in the Majors the following year.

Billy Jackson, Men's Basketball (1969-73)

Jackson played three varsity seasons (1970-73) after a year on the freshman squad at Cal Poly and is one of only three Mustangs to produce a pair of 500-plus point seasons. He led Cal Poly to a CCAA championship in 1972 and twice earned first-team All-CCAA honors. He finished his Mustang career No. 3 in scoring average (18.5), No. 4 in rebounding (9.0), No. 6 in points scored (1,370) and No. 6 in total rebounds (663). During the 1971-72 season he set records for field goals attempted (516) and made (242) and No. 3 in points (565). Jackson went on to win a National AAU Championship in 1975 and played professionally in Mexico for seven years, five in Mexicali, one in Leon and one in Durango. He then worked in construction for five years and was a long-haul trucker for 21 years. Jackson has been married to his wife Rita for 35 years and they raised two sons.

Gladees Prieur, Women's Track and Field/Cross Country (1983-87)

Prieur is a three-time NCAA Division II individual champion in the mid-1980s, one in cross country and two in track and field. She won the 1986 cross country national title as a senior with a time of 16 minutes, 43 seconds, the all-time 5,000-meter record at the nationals. Her two individual national titles in track came in the 1,500 meters in 1985 (4:16.78) and 1986 (4:18.98). She was a part of five NCAA championship teams (four straight in cross country and one in track and field) and is ranked No. 3 in the 3,000, No. 4 in the 1,500 and No. 9 in both the 800 and 5,000 at Cal Poly. Prieur still holds the all-time CCAA mark in the 3,000 at 9:25.20 and won four CCAA individual titles. She graduated from Cal Poly in 1987 with a degree in journalism and went on to work as a photo editor for ESPN the Magazine (1998-2006) and People magazine (2006-present).

Kristina Santiago, Women's Basketball (2007-12)

An inductee in her first year of eligibility, Santiago was a two-time Big West Conference Player of the year (2009-10 and, after recovering from an ACL tear, 2011-12 seasons) and three times earned first-team All-Big West honors. She also made the Big West All-Tournament team as a senior and was a member of the Big West All-Freshman Team in the 2007-08 season. She was Cal Poly's Female Athlete of the Year during the 2009-10 and 2011-12 seasons and had her No. 12 jersey retired in December. School records she holds include career scoring (1,953 points), rebounding (850) and field goal percentage (53.8 percent) and single-season field goal percentage (55.5 percent) and scoring (23.4). Santiago has played professionally in Israel and Europe the last five years, currently with BC Alte Kanti Aarau in Switzerland, where she averages 26.2 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. While playing at Cal Poly, the Mustangs were 70-56 overall, including a 42-22 mark in Big West games.

Dr. Ken Walker, Administration (1973-2017)

After playing baseball at USC and earning degrees at USC and UC Berkeley in addition to a professional baseball career in the Dodgers organization and completion of post-doctoral work at Princeton, Walker was hired at Cal Poly as an assistant professor in philosophy in 1973 and worked for 44 years with the Mustangs before retiring in June. He served as Cal Poly's Faculty Athletic Representative from 1979 to 2017. Dr. Walker was interim director of athletics in 1985 to "help clean up several scandals that were looming within a program struggling with rules violations and mismanagement," wrote Don Oberhelman in his nomination. He assumed the position full time the following year, overseeing a number of important coaching hires and leading the charge to bringing Cal Poly into Division I through the 1992 referendum that at the time drew the largest turnout for any vote in the CSU system. "His good work has gone mostly unheralded as he quietly put the health of the department first, made the political connections to achieve the goals of the department, corrected the errors of the past and has never taken credit for anything while shunning the spotlight," said Oberhelman.

Craig Young, Football (1996-99)

Young is Cal Poly's career rushing leader with 4,205 yards from 1996-99, including a pair of 1,000-yard campaigns in 1997 (1,038 yards) and 1999 (1,380 yards, No. 4 all-time). Included in all of his rushing totals are four 200-yard games, topped by a school-record 283 yards against Saint Mary's in 1996, and a record 18 100-yard performances. He once rushed for over 100 yards in seven consecutive games. Young also hold the record for career carries (719) and scored 29 touchdowns in his Mustang career, No. 6 on the list. His career high for touchdowns in a single game is four, set against Dayton in 1997. A 2000 graduate of Cal Poly with a bachelor's degree in business administration, Young was an assistant coach at Cal Poly, Princeton and Sacramento State before embarking on a career in finance. After working for Morgan Stanley, UBS and Baird, Young currently is Director of Marketing Executive with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in Pasadena, responsible for offices in Pasadena, Glendale, Bakersfield, Arcadia and Palmdale. Young and his wife Lucy are parents of two sons, Jackson and Hampton.