Athletic Hall of Fame Recipients
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Richard Ede '64
After graduating from Army and Navy Academy, Richard earned his B.A. in psychology from Pomona College and played football and baseball all four years that he attended. While earning his master’s in psychology from Claremont College, Ede discovered his love for coaching and volunteer work which led him to a 34 year career at Claremont High School.
Since starting in 1972, Richard held the title of head coach of the boys track team for 2 years, the girls team for 33 years, and the cross-country team for 21 years. Ede received the California State Honor coach award in 1997 and was recognized by the L.A. Times as having the staff of the year in 2005 after winning the Southern Section Championship.
Over the course of his career, his combined athletics teams’ record is a staggering 1129 wins, 490 losses and 1 tie. Ede enjoys giving young athletes the opportunity to compete and he now helps disabled athletes compete in para-athletic events.
Dennis Knauert '66
Dennis was the captain of the football and baseball teams his senior year at the Academy and attended Mira Costa Community College before transferring to Cal Western University.
He began playing rugby in college and continued to play for 10 years until becoming an ordained chaplain in 1980. Since then, Knauert has helped to develop programs for abuse and other related issues.
Today, he runs a private practice that helps the homeless, mental health patients, veterans, and their families.
In Memory of Fred Knauert '61
Fred excelled at football and baseball at Army and Navy Academy. During his junior and senior years he was named co-captain of both teams and was named All League at tackle in football. When the time came to graduate from the Academy, Knauert was regarded as Outstanding in Academics and Athletics.
Fred attended Pomona College from 1961-1965 where he continued his football career as an offensive lineman. Although a car accident during the summer of his senior year left Knauert unable to play his senior year, he earned Division II All-Academic Honorable mention.
After graduating college in 1965, Knauert earned a tryout with the Detroit Lions of the National Football League, but ultimately did not make the team. Instead, he went on to teach mathematics and science at the Army and Navy Academy until 1968.
During his later years Fred played rugby for the Old Mission Beach Athletics Club.
Fred died of a heart attack in 2000.
William L. Nugent '66
During his senior year at Army and Navy Academy, Nugent was named captain of the basketball team and co-captain of the football team. William was named Palomar All League and was voted 1966 Palomar League Player of the Year in football and graduated as the Academy’s Best Athlete.
William went on to play football for Cal Western University where he was the team’s leading rusher in his junior and senior seasons, gaining more than 1,000 yards each year. In William’s senior year he earned Division II All-American honors.
After graduating , Nugent had a brief stint in the NFL. He signed as a free agent with the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League in 1971, but was released from the team the same year. Nugent signed a contract with the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League in 1972, but opted instead to start a contracting business with his new wife and child. Since 1972, William has expanded his company W.L. Nugent Construction Inc. into a general contracting and residential and commercial development business in California and Arizona.
Bill Porter '58
Porter was named the Outstanding Track and Field Athlete of the Southern Prep League. By the time he left Army and Navy Academy, he held school records in the 600M, 800M and the mile. At the time of his graduation he was a Lieutenant, a Silver A recipient and a member of the Honor Council.
Bill went on to continue his track career at Cal Western University, where he became the first CWU athlete to medal at the national level and the school record holder in the 800M and mile.
After graduating, Bill competed for the Marine Corps track team before serving as a 1st Lieutenant in Vietnam as a member of 3rd Battalion, 3rd marines. After his service in the Marine Corps, Bill competed for the San Diego Track Club in 1980 and was named AAU Outstanding Master distance runner for San Diego and Imperial Counties.
Since taking over as Head Coach of the cross country and track teams at Julian High School in 1989, the boys and girls track and cross country teams have gone on to win a combined 27 league titles.
Stephen Zahniser '63
Zahnizer was a four-sport athlete and a star baseball player, who made the varsity team as a freshman at Army and Navy Academy. He played varsity football as a sophomore, and in his junior year he was named MVP of the football team. Zahniser went on to earn All-League in baseball in his junior and senior year and was named Best Athlete upon graduating the Academy.
In 1964, Stephen started his college career at University of Pacific where he played baseball. After his freshman year he ended up transferring to University of Redlands, where he continued to play baseball and football.
After coaching football and baseball at ANA until 1972, Zahniser continued his high school coaching career in Northern California where he went on to win 3 C.I.F. championships and 6 League championships.