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May 2, 2014

Fortier to be Inducted into San Francisco Prep Hall of Fame

SAN LUIS OBISPO – A standout player at Washington and 17-year professional in Europe, Cal Poly men's basketball associate head coach Paul Fortier will be recognized for his notable high school career with induction into the San Francisco Prep Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 17.

"It's a great honor to be inducted into the San Francisco Prep Hall of Fame and nice to be recognized by the people in my hometown for my high school accomplishments," said Fortier, a two-year letterwinning center at St. Ignatius. "I have fond memories of growing up in the city and developing my game on the playgrounds of Lakeview. I'm very humbled and grateful for this honor, knowing that I owe much of my success to my high schools teammates and coaches."

Fortier is one of 10 inductees and four basketball players in the 32nd-annual San Francisco Prep Hall of Fame class, which will be recognized at the Spanish Cultural Center.

During his 1981-82 senior season at St. Ignatius, Fortier averaged 20.0 points and 11.5 rebounds per game to earn All-Northern California praise and All-America honorable mention acclaim. Fortier was also named West Catholic Athletic League Player of the Year and San Jose Mercury News Central Coast Section Player of the Year as a senior. During his junior year, Fortier averaged 16.3 points per contest.

A four-year letterwinner and three-year starting forward at Washington (1983-86), Fortier assisted the Huskies to three successive NCAA Tournaments and Pac-10 titles in 1984 and 1985. A 1986 All-Pac-10 selection after averaging 14.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, Fortier departed Washington as the 18th-leading scorer in program history with 1,326 career points.

Fortier was selected by the Washington Bullets in the fifth round of the 1986 NBA Draft and spent 17 seasons in Europe, competing in the top leagues Italy, France, Spain and Greece.

Following coaching stops at Cornell (2003-05) and Washington (2005-13), Fortier joined fifth-year Cal Poly head coach Joe Callero's staff last summer. During his first year at Cal Poly, Fortier helped guide the Mustangs to the program's first Big West Conference Tournament title and first NCAA Division I Tournament appearance. At the NCAA Tournament, Cal Poly defeated Texas Southern in the First Four to claim the program's first postseason win in 28 years.