Nov. 16, 2010
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) -
The new Clark County High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame Wall that is housed at Sam Boyd Stadium will be officially dedicated right before Thursday's UNLV vs. Air Force football game.
The 22-foot wide, by 12-foot high wall wrap, which was installed before the season, documents the coaches, administrators and other officials who have been inducted since the hall was created in 1996. It is located in the southwest area of the Sam Boyd Stadium concourse, near Portal 17. Thursday's dedication is scheduled to take place at approximately 6:10 p.m. (stadium doors open at 6 p.m.).
Also, joining the wall on Thursday will be the Class of 2010, which is made up four coaches, an administrator, three historical figures and one official and media inductee. That class will be officially inducted during ceremonies held in Las Vegas Wednesday evening, but will also be on hand for Thursday's dedication before the Rebels take on the Falcons in UNLV's home finale. Kickoff is 7 p.m. Also, all surviving members of the CCHSFC Hall of Fame in attendance will be recognized on the field at halftime.
The Class of 2010 is made up of coaches Dave Castro, Greg Murphy, Marty Taggart and Evan Wilson; administrator Frank Brusa; media inductee Doug Kezirian; official Vince Consul; and historical figures Lou Antone, Darren Libonati and Dr. LeRoy Wolever.
CLASS OF 2010 BIOS PROVIDED BY THE CCHSFC HALL OF FAME
Dave Castro -- Coached in the Clark County School District for 29 years. He was the
head coach at Eldorado High School for two years and an assistant coach at Palo
Verde, Clark, Valley, Green Valley, Bonanza, and Durango. Castro was a standout
player at Southern Utah University. He died in 2009.
Greg Murphy -- Was a head coach for 14 years at Valley, Green Valley and
Centennial. He was the first head coach at Centennial. Murphy was the vice
president of the CCHSFCA for six years and was the 2004 Las Vegas Review-Journal
Football Coach of the Year.
Marty Taggart -- Coached at Moapa Valley High School for 27 years, including 13
years as a head coach. His teams won three state championships as a head coach and
he was his classification's Coach of the Year in 1978, 1979 and 1984. Taggart is a
member of the NIAA Hall of Fame.
Evan Wilson -- Coached 30 years at Virgin Valley High School, including 20 years as
a head coach. He was his classification's Coach of the Year eight times. Wilson is
a member of the NIAA Hall of Fame and the Southern Utah Coaches Hall of Fame.
Frank Brusa -- Was a strong supporter of athletics in the Clark County School
District for more than 30 years. He served as a teacher, coach and administrator.
He was principal at Basic and Las Vegas high schools.
Lou Antone -- Was an outstanding football official starting in the 1950s. His peers
call him an "official's official" who was very knowledgeable about the rules and
had great respect from the coaches who knew they were going to get a fair, well-
called game from Antone. He is deceased.
Daren Libonati -- Was the executive director of UNLV's Sam Boyd Stadium and Thomas
& Mack Center until recently leaving to become president of an entertainment
company. Previously worked at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Libonati is a former
place-kicker at UNLV. He was instrumental in approving the coaches' association
Hall of Fame Wall at Sam Boyd Stadium. Thanks to Daren, Southern Nevada schools
were able to maintain a 10th football game despite budget cuts. Daren worked with
the UFL, LV Locomotives and the Clark County School District to fund the 10th
football game for the local high schools.
Dr. LeRoy Wolever -- Was the Clark football team doctor for many years and was
dedicated to high school athletes. Coaches Hall of Fame president Horrace Smith
said, "If Clark was playing, Dr. Wolever was the on-call doctor for all games. But
if a player on the other team was hurt and that team didn't have its own doctor,
Dr. Wolever was right out there to help."
Vince Consul -- The active members in the Clark County football coaches
organization also selected former official Vince Consul, who recently died. Consul
began officiating in 1993, was a playoff official starting in 1998 and was a crew
chief from 2005-2010. He was on the Southern Nevada Officials Association football
board in 2008 and was a Mountain West Conference replay official.
Doug Kezirian -- The Sports Director at KTNV, overseeing the department and
achoring the sportscasts during the 6 pm and 11 pm weekly editions of Action News.
He was born and raised in Los Angeles and began his broadcasting career in
Columbia, Missouri. He covered professional sports in both St Louis and Kansas
City. He continues to follow and cover all sports, including ones that fail to get
the proper recognition. Whether it is reporting on local athletics, manning the
sidelines of Rebel games, or tracking UFC and boxing fights ringside, Doug
cherishes the opportunity to affect the lives of so many Las Vegans.