Arroyo Grande High School Hall of Fame inducted four members of an extraordinary class Saturday night at its fifth annual dinner.
In the event, held at the South County Regional Center in Arroyo Grande, former football coach Jon Huss and formre cross country and basketball coach Greg DeNike were enshrined into the school’s Hall of Fame at the function which also serves as a fundraiser for the Eagle Athletic Foundation.
Former basketball standout Gene Shields and multisport star Matt Drake were also honored Saturday night.
In his 25 years with the Eagles, Huss led the football team to four CIF championships, 10 league titles and a No. 1 state ranking.
In 1987, with future NFL quarterback Jamie Martin, the Eagles captured the CIF Northwestern Division championship for the first CIF football title in school history. They also won in 1994, 1997 and 1998.
Huss coached Arroyo Grande to the playoffs 17 times, which included eight trips to the semifinals and six championship game appearances.
In 2006, Huss retired with 205 career wins, most of those coming with Arroyo Grande.
DeNike’s 1984 girls cross country team captured the first-ever CIF championship in school history.
In his 27 years at Arroyo Grande, his boys and girls teams, both in cross country and track and field, claimed seven combined CIF titles, as well as 31 Northern League championships. He also guided Hall of Fame member Louie Quintana to a national cross country championship in 1990.
For nine seasons, DeNike moved to the basketball court, where he served as an
assistant through 2003.
One of the top all-around athletes in San Luis Obispo County history, Drake completed his career in 1988 and earned four varsity letters in baseball and three letters in both basketball and football. During those years, he earned numerous All-League, All-County and All-CIF honors.
After graduation, Drake continued his athletic career at Cal Poly, where he was a vital member of the Mustangs baseball team that captured 1989 national championship. Drake is currently the head varsity boys basketball coach at Paso Robles High School.
A 1957 grad, Shields remains one of the most successful basketball players in school history. He was a letter-winner in football.
He was a two-time All-CIF and three-time All-Conference selection and, as senior, he set the program record with 42 points scored in one game.
After serving two years with the Marines, Shields attended Santa Clara University earning All-Conference honors each season. At the conclusion of the 1963 season, Shields was the 47th pick in the NBA draft, going to the San Francisco Warriors in the sixth round.