Class of 2008

Edmund “Babe” Atkinson


Coach Atkinson called the shots in a five-decade coaching career that spanned from 1935-1987. He began humbly: as a San Jose State student, he hitchhiked into San Francisco for the $1 a game pay to referee basketball. Read More “Edmund “Babe” Atkinson”

William “Bill” Beasley


The scourge of polio – which afflicted thousands in the early 20th century – struck Bill Beasley in 1930. Paralyzed for months, Bill dropped out of Saint Mary’s College at the end of his freshman year, but recovered in time to play football as a sophomore. Read More “William “Bill” Beasley”

Dennis Boyd


Every stroke. Every distance. Every record. Dennis Boyd defined swimming at Antioch High between 1970-1972; outstanding swimmer of 1971 and 1972, outstanding water polo player of 1971 and captain of both sports’ teams. Read More “Dennis Boyd”

Jesse Cone


Antioch High’s Student Body President and Salutatorian of 1946 became a star at Stanford and enjoyed a lifetime of college coaching success. As part of the undefeated Sports Legends AHS Football Team of 1945-46, Cone was nominated for All-County First Team honors. Read More “Jesse Cone”

Sue Cottier


An Antioch High alumna never received an athletic scholarship until Sue Cottier came along. The 6’1” basketball player was part of the Mario Tonin-coached 1976 league championship team that crushed the four-year undefeated 26-game winning streak of Clayton Valley High. Read More “Sue Cottier”

Leo Fontana

Community Sports Leader

If it existed, Leo could easily claim the title of “Father of Modern Antioch.” His behind-the-scenes involvement goes back six decades. He had a hand in bringing County East Mall, East County Bank, Delta Memorial Hospital and the Antioch Senior Citizens Center into existence. Read More “Leo Fontana”

Greg Glod


Greg has enjoyed a prestigious career as a U.S. Secret Service agent since 1985, protecting the President and supervising terrorist investigations following the 2001 World Trade Center attack. Read More “Greg Glod”

Rachelle Manning


Rachelle emerged as perhaps the premier scholar-athlete of the 1980s at Antioch High: academics and class president duties shared equal time with softball, but the 1989 Contra Costa Times Player of the Year managed to squeeze in some amazing athletic accomplishments. Read More “Rachelle Manning”

Max Neal


An astonishing Earned Run Average of less than one run per game in 1954 and 1955 put Max in the record books as a top pitcher, one of six selected in 2000 to the DVC All Half-Century Baseball Team. In 1950, the three-sport athlete entered AHS as a sophomore. Read More “Max Neal”

John Olenchalk


John came up through the ranks of Antioch youth football, playing at Antioch High between 1970-1973. He was MVP and team captain on the league champion Panther team, and was chosen for both Offensive and Defensive All East Bay Teams. Read More “John Olenchalk”