Jerry Hughes

Jerry Hughes, Hall of Fame Athlete

Jerry Hughes, Hall of Fame Athlete

A 1969 All-Channel League running back at Santa Barbara High, a 1970 junior college second-team All-American back and Most Valuable Player at Santa Barbara City College, and the 1970 conference MVP at Utah State University mark some of the highlights of Jerry Hughes’ football career.

As a running back at Utah State, Hughes was ranked eighth in the nation in ] 970 for combined yardage. At SBCC he rushed for over 1,000 yards in the 1969 season and over 1,200 yards in 1970. In the championship game against Ventura City College he notched his single-best rushing game of his career with 279 yards. Hughes ‘ teams saw three Channel League championships at Santa Barbara and two Western Athletic Conference championships at SBCC.

Ironically, Hughes does not cite any of his football accomplishments as his proudest athletic moment. That honor is reserved for when his under-16 girls’ soccer team won the state championships in 1999. He was named the California Youth Soccer Association Coach of the Year in that season.

Today Hughes dedicates endless hours to coaching and training with high school soccer programs and competitive leagues in Northern California. He says, “The greatest joy of all has been the re spect and admiration that I have earned through committing myself to teenage boys and girls and knowing that I can make a difference in a child’s life by not only teaching them soccer skills, but by being there for them as a friend and a mentor.” Hughes is also a state level six soccer referee.

Hughes currently lives in Anderson, Calif., where he is the head business manager of operations for a national company, Waste Connections, based out of Redding, Calif. He and Terry, hi s wife of 26 years have three children. His presenter this evening will be Bob Dinaberg.