Class of 2016 Inductees
Save the Date for this year’s Athletic Hall of Fame & Alumni Dinner on Saturday,
June 2, at Christian Brothers High School!
Athletic Hall of Fame- Class of 2018
Jerry Cooke ’56
Jerry Cooke earned twelve (12) varsity letters at CB in track, baseball and football. He was a star running back for the 1955 Christian Brothers football team which won the CIF Championship. He was selected to play in the prestigious North/South State Football Summer Classic at the end of his senior year. Cooke earned a four-year football scholarship to Marquette University where he also ran track. After college, he become a very successful doubles handball player. He was inducted into the Northern California Handball Association Hall of Fame in 2009.
Joe Gill ’63
Joe Gill was a two-sport star at CB, playing both basketball and baseball, and was named Athlete of the Year in 1963. He earned All-City honors in baseball his senior year and a partial baseball scholarship to the University of San Francisco. Gill was the 475th overall pick of the 1967 baseball draft, selected in the 25th round by the New York Yankees. He played in 52 games for the Yankees Single-A Fort Lauderdale team in 1967. Gill returned to Christian Brothers in 1970 where he taught English and PE for 39 years. He also coached baseball and basketball at CB. During his time as the head varsity basketball coach, his 1978 basketball team won the 1978 Sac-Joaquin Section Division 1 Championship. Gill was also inducted into the La Salle Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013.
Greg Murphy ’81
Greg Murphy was a three-sport varsity letterman at CB in football, basketball and baseball. As quarterback his senior year at CB, the team returned as a football power with a 7-2-1 record under head coach Craig Rundle in 1981. Murphy went on to play baseball and football at Sacramento City College. In 1983, he was the starting quarterback and league MVP for the undefeated Sacramento City College National Championship football team (12-0). Murphy went on to start as quarterback for the University of Minnesota and University of Pacific. He was the head football coach at Christian Brothers from 1988 to 1990 before moving to Nevada where he continued to coach high school football and golf. Murphy is currently the men’s and women’s golf coach at Green Valley High School in Henderson, Nevada.
Jerry Yuke ’61
Jerry Yuke won the Sacramento City Junior Golf Championship his junior year at Brothers. He placed second as a senior in that same City Junior Championship. Yuke went on to Sacramento State where he was the #1 golfer on the golf team as a freshman. In 1963, at 20 years old, he made an unlikely run as the local hope to the semifinals of the U.S. Amateur Public Links at Haggin Oaks. ‘The Publinx’, as it was called, was a championship for golfers who played on public courses. As one of 10 United States Golf Association individual championships, it carried great national prestige. Yuke lost to eventual winner and multiple PGA Tour winner Bob Lunn 3 and 1 in a 36-hole semifinal match. Later in 1963, he was paired with Johnny Miller on the first day of the California State Fair Golf tournament. Jerry Yuke shot a 72, and Johnny Miller shot a 73. On that day in September 1963, Jerry Yuke beat Johnny Miller.
Athletic Hall of Fame Selection Criteria
The Selection Committee evaluates potential inductees based on the following criteria. Click here if you would like to nominate an athlete, coach, team, administrator or community leader.
The candidate must have exhibited outstanding athletic success, having achieved the highest level of accomplishment in his/her sport at Christian Brothers and/or by continued demonstration of his/her abilities following high school competition, including but not limited to:
- recipient of an athletic scholarship to a four-year college or university
- excelled at the college level
- participation on professional, Olympic or international teams
- The candidate must have exhibited outstanding qualities of leadership and citizenship.
- Twenty years must have elapsed since the candidate was affiliated with Christian Brothers.
- Win/loss record
- Service to school/community
- Involvement in section/state level athletic activities
- Season record/league
- League/Section/Regional/State championships
- Regional/State/National recognition
- Significant accomplishments and involvement in Christian Brothers athletics
- Contributed to the growth and change in Christian Brothers athletics