Two longtime coaches, a former principal and four athletes were among the inductees into this year’s Vintage High School Athletic Hall of Fame, now in its fifth year.
Norma Hill and Jim Lanterman entered the Hall of Fame as coaches during a dinner and enshrinement ceremony at the Elks Lodge of Napa on Saturday night. The latest class, chosen by a selection committee, also features Frank Silva, a former Vintage principal and former director of secondary education for the Napa Valley Unified School District.
Conrad Alvarez (class of 1998), Mike Hunter (class of 1976), Lori Stultz Gentry (Class of 1983) and Mark Nicol (class of 1982) were inducted as athletes.
J.C. Pickett, Bruce McCall and Glenn Hughes were honored as special category inductees. Pickett is a retired orthopaedic surgeon and team physician. McCall, the co-owner of Napa Valley Physical Therapy Center, has worked with local high school teams since 1974, his first year in town, as athletic trainer. Hughes retired in 2015 after working for 34 years, 31 as a co-owner at NVPTC.
The mission of the Vintage High Athletic Hall of Fame Foundation is to recognize and honor the outstanding achievements of individual athletes, coaches and/or special individuals who have contributed to the development, success, tradition and integrity of VHS athletics, according to a statement in the fifth annual dinner program.
“I think it goes without saying that all of tonight’s inductees have received a multitude of honors over the years for their work,” said Mike Pearson, Vintage’s principal. “They were MVPs, record breakers and team captains.
“The coaches were truly trailblazers and wonderful leaders that served our school. The special inductees provided the framework for our athletes to achieve success.”
The newest members were introduced at Vintage’s Hall of Fame game against Davis on Friday at Napa Memorial Stadium.
Individuals may be nominated in one of the three following categories: athlete, coach, or special/other.
Frank Silva was 65 when he passed away in July of 1997, five years after retiring. He died of a heart attack near the family’s cabin at Cisco Grove (Placer County).
Silva was Vintage’s principal from 1972 to 1982. He was at the district office for the next 10 years, from 1982 to 1992, when he retired after a 34-year career with the Napa Valley Unified School District.
He helped start the athletic booster club and was instrumental in finding ways to improve the old Napa Memorial Stadium.
He was Napa County chairman of the Northern California chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.
He was president of the Monticello Empire League and a member and officer of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section.
He was a founder of the Napa Valley Education Foundation.
Hill was a longtime Vintage volleyball and softball coach who passed away in September of 2012.
“She was a really tough coach,” said Saanen Kerson, Vintage’s current head softball coach, who played on Hill’s teams. “I am very, very appreciative of her contributions.
“We were so lucky to have so many really wonderful women at Vintage who coached. I learned so much from them. And I try to pass that on to the girls I coach now. I try to teach the girls that I coach about her legacy and what she did.”
Lanterman retired in June of 2008 after 42 years in the Napa Valley Unified School District as an industrial arts teacher, but he has continued as a wrestling coach at Vintage. He’s been at Vintage since 1982.
In 1998, Vintage started a girls wrestling team and has hosted the Napa Valley Girls Classic — the first National High School Federation tournament in the U.S. It’s now the oldest girls tournament in the country.