Triton Athletics Hall of Fame
The Triton Athletics Hall of Fame honors former University of Guam athletes and coaches from years past who embody the Triton spirit and continue to perpetuate the University’s legacy. An induction and reception event is hosted annually by the Triton Athletics Department.
The Hall of Fame has 37 total members as of November 2021. All awardees are listed on the Wall of Fame in the lobby of the UOG Calvo Field House.
“All of our inductees definitely deserve to be in the Hall of Fame," said Athletics Director Doug Palmer. "The great thing about UOG is that is has a rich history of athletics. You have to have a history. If you don't, you really don’t have anything.”
Palmer established the Triton Athletics Hall of Fame with the first class induction in Fall 2017. He has previously established Halls of Fame at two other universities. The unique aspect of creating a Hall of Fame on Guam, he said, is the diversity of sports to choose from and the overwhelming history and knowledge shared by the community.
The program hopes to add the first Team Hall of Fame award in Spring 2022.
Vic April came to the University of Guam as part of the “UOG Baseball Palau Connection” in the 1970s and 1980s. He was part of two UOG championships teams in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
He was a fast center fielder, a noted base-stealer, and the team’s leadoff batter.
He graduated from the University of Guam in 2001 with a master’s in Micronesian studies and served the government of Guam for 30 years as a state archaeologist and as the consul general in Guam for Palau.
Robert Borden played for the only scholarship male volleyball team in the history of the University of Guam.
Borden also represented Guam on the national men's volleyball team in several international competitions and as the captain of the 2015 team at the Pacific Games.
He has represented Guam in volleyball at the national level nine times, to include one junior national team, one South Pacific Games, four Micronesian Games, two Pacific Games, and one East Asian Games.
Borden is a 2006 UOG graduate with bachelor’s in biology.
Vicente “Ben” Diaz
Vicente “Ben” Diaz was a defensive back on the Tritons team that won the University’s first football championship in 1975 with a record of 9–1. He was a two-time All-Defensive player for the University while playing in a league made up of military teams.
Bruce A. Haines
Bruce A. Haines had a couple of major firsts for the University of Guam. As the director of physical education when the university was the Territorial College of Guam, he took on the then-unestablished role of athletics director, becoming the first athletics director for the university. He also formed and coached the first sport and first team at the institution – men’s basketball in 1963.
Gage Johnson is the earliest men’s basketball player to be placed in the Triton Athletics Hall of Fame.
He is the first UOG basketball player to score 40 points in a game for the Tritons and is the first known Triton to average 21 points per game. He helped lead the Tritons to fourth place in the Guam Basketball League in 1968.
Noriekka Lekka was a highly recruited athlete in recreational and intramural sports during his time as a student at the University of Guam.
He played on the Trident Men’s Club Volleyball Team and helped lead two Trident club basketball teams to second-place finishes in the Triton College League against teams like Pacific Islands University, Guam Community College, and Harvest Baptist Bible College.
He was also a high-scoring participant in the President’s Cup competition associated with UOG’s Charter Day celebrations. Lekka is a 2018 graduate of the University of Guam with a bachelor’s in social work.
Uchel Sechewas came to the University of Guam in the late 1970s as part of the “UOG Baseball Palau Connection.”
He played for the Tritons baseball team as a right-handed pitcher and first baseman and was part of two championship teams. He played through the early 1980s.
An alumnus of the University of Guam, Sechewas now serves as a legislator at-large for his native island nation of Palau.
Terry L. Stotts
The son of former UOG basketball coach and Triton Athletics Hall of Fame member Frank Stotts, Terry L. Stotts played for the Tritons at the young age of 16 during a time when Triton athletes didn’t have to be UOG students. In the one season that he played, he was named MVP of the Guam Basketball League and led the Tritons to an undefeated season.
Stotts went on to play and coach at the professional level in the Continental Basketball Association and the National Basketball Association, recently ending a nine-year stint as head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers.
Coach Stotts played college basketball at the University of Oklahoma, where he was an Academic All-American selection as a junior and senior and an All-Big Eight selection his senior year. He earned a bachelor’s in zoology and Master of Business Administration.
(From left) Richard Martinez, Cecile Olandez, Ryan Arriola (grandson of Antonio Yamashita),
Swingly Dismas, and Rick Manibusan
Rob Call was the head football coach at the University of Guam during two championships seasons: 1975 (9-1) and 1977 (10-0). The 1975 championship was the first championship for UOG football, playing mainly against military teams from the Air Force and Navy.
The team’s performance fell notably when Coach Call took a break from coaching after the 1975 island championship, but upon his return to coaching in 1977, the team returned to championship form.
The undefeated team from 1977 has been considered the best of many good UOG football teams from the late 1960s to the 1990s.
Coach Call would write personal letters to the top players in the high schools to recruit them for UOG — a practice that paid off. He produced several UOG Hall of Famers, including John Borden, Ronald Camacho, Art Rabon, Lawrence Johnson, Chris Mesa, Mark Wessling, Art Merlan, and Vicente Diaz.
Swingly Dismas has been a leader of recreational sports on the UOG campus since 2003, keeping the spirit of sports alive and a campus focus on health and fitness particularly when the university was without varsity sports.
As the recreation supervisor for Triton Athletics and the Field House, Dismas manages the Triton Fitness Center and runs the intramural sports program as well as the Trident club teams. The Trident club teams have included women’s volleyball, men’s volleyball, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball, which have played in Triton Athletics leagues as well in their own Trident Leagues. Dismas has coached several of the club teams.
He also orchestrates the sports activities for the popular President’s Cup competition aligned with UOG’s Charter Day.
Rick Manibusan was a pitcher as well as a first and third baseman and an outfielder for the Tritons from 1973–1978. Manibusan also played football for the University of Guam from 1973–1974.
He played for Triton Athletics Hall of Famer Patrick Wolff, who coached the team in a Philippines tour.
As one of the two main pitchers for the Tritons, he was selected for the Guam Major League All-Star Team. On the team, he pitched three innings of hitless ball against a Japanese team.
He also played for the MVP Aces in the Guam Major League and on the All-Star Masters Basketball Team, where he competed for Guam in the All-Star games and won against the best team in Saipan, which was three years undefeated.
Richard “Son of Slam” Martinez was the best power hitter on the island back in the 1980s. He was a catcher for the University of Guam baseball team and anchored several other teams in the Guam Major League.
Martinez is most known in UOG’s athletics history for playing in the Guam Major League finals his senior year against the AK Islanders. The teams were tied 3–3 in the series, and in the seventh and final game of the championship, with bases loaded and two outs in the top of the ninth, UOG trailed 2–1 and was down to their final out. The Son of Slam earned his nickname that night as he hit a grand slam homerun in front of a standing room–only crowd at Paseo Stadium that led the Tritons to the championship.
Art Merlan, a top athlete for the George Washington High School Gecko Warriors in the early 1970s, received a personal letter from Coach Rob Call to play for UOG. Merlan became the quarterback that brought the University of Guam its first championship in 1975 with a record of 9–1. As the only local team playing in the Guam Football League, they were up against more mature athletes, largely from Air Force and Navy teams.
Merlan was also a noted boxer before he played football, having started the sport as a young boy in the Philippines and then competing for the George Washington High School team. He represented the island in the South Pacific Games in 1975 then moved to the U.S. mainland and competed undefeated in Golden Gloves amateur competitions.
He returned to Guam in 1980, where he played another year of football for UOG and contributed to another championship for the team. He also served as athletics director for UOG for a time.
Cecile C. Olandez
Cecile C. Olandez has been the Triton Women’s Basketball coach at UOG since 2019 and led the team to the championship game during her first season as coach. She also previously played for the UOG women’s basketball team in 1989 and 1991.
Olandez has more than 30 years of playing basketball in Guam — for national teams, women’s masters teams, and various league teams. She played in two Micronesia Games on the Guam national women’s basketball team, winning gold in 1994 and bronze in 2002.
On the Guam Women’s Masters Basketball team, she competed internationally both as a player and a coach, winning gold in the 2017 World Masters Games in New Zealand and gold in the 2013 Great Barrier Reef Masters Games in Australia.
She is a 2013 UOG graduate, magna cum laude, earning a bachelor’s in fine arts with a specialization in art. She also has a diploma in tourism from the International Business College of Guam. She graduated from Simon Sanchez High School.
Antonio C. Yamashita, Ed.D.
Antonio Carbullido Yamashita was called upon by Gov. Manuel Guerrero to become the president of Territorial College of Guam. He led the institution from 1964 through its transition to the University of Guam in 1968 and on to 1970, then returning as president again in 1974.
He initiated the launch of varsity sports at the college in 1963. This would eventually lead to a full-fledged program including football, baseball, basketball, volleyball, and other sports during the ‘60s and ‘70s.
He earned his bachelor’s in biology-chemistry from Carroll College in Helena, Mont., in 1955, his master’s in biology from the University of Northern Colorado in 1962, and his Doctor of Education in science education from UNC in 1963.
Athletics at UOG was just one of his many accomplishments for the island, and we celebrate the foundation he built for the program we have today.
1994 Bachelor's of Education in Physical Education, UOG
Starting Point Guard
Fullback and Defensive Lineman
1975 Master of Education, UOG
Women's Basketball, 1988-early 1990s
Men's Soccer Coach, 1990-1993
BAE, Secondary Education
Women’s Basketball, 1988-1994
B.S. in Political Science
Men’s Soccer Coach, 1995-1998
Middle Guard (Defense), Offensive Guard, Offensive Tackle
Theresa P. Sison
Women’s Basketball, 1988, 2001-2004