College of Marin Athletes Honored in Inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame

College of Marin

Five Athletes to be Recognized for Achievements in Sports and the Greater Community

Kentfield, CA— May 18, 2010 —Five former College of Marin star athletes whose achievements in sports grew into successful careers and lives of generous service to the community will be honored at an inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner on June 5.

College of Marin Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner Celebration
Saturday, June 5, 2010: Social hour at 6 p.m./Dinner & Induction at 7 p.m.
San Rafael Community Center, 618 B Street, San Rafael
Tickets: $40
RSVP to Diane Kukahiko, Physical Education Office, (415) 485-9580,

“To see the great people who have come through here shows our student-athletes that they can make something out of their lives”, said Matt Markovich, director of PE & Athletics at the College of Marin. “It’s very important to know the history.”

The Hall of Fame 2010 inductees are:

  • Mario Ghilotti (Football, 1948-1949)
  • Irwin “Red” Diamond (Basketball, 1947-1984)
  • Ray Snyder (Basketball, 1947-1948)
  • Richard Nave (Football, 1948-1949)
  • David Cotton (Springboard Diving, 1974-1975)

These five men were chosen because they were outstanding in their sport during their time as a College of Marin student, but also because they have been outstanding community leaders. They were picked because they encompass everything about College of Marin athletics, Markovich said, noting that many had served in World War II or the Korean War, taught, coached and become successful businessmen. They were selected from a pool of more than 30 nominations – all stellar athletes.

Mario Ghilotti, of Ghilotti Brothers Construction, Inc. (now Ghilotti Construction Co.) served in the Navy before arriving at College of Marin and becoming a member of the best defensive line in the history of the college. He was voted All-Conference in 1947 and has been an enthusiastic supporter of youth athletics in the community and the college.

Irwin P. “Red” Diamond, who died earlier this year, earned a Bronze Star for his service in World War II. He coached the college basketball team to a national championship and served the school for 37 years as a teacher, administrator and president. In 1984, the college named its athletic center the Irwin P. “Red” Diamond Gymnasium. Diamond attended both the dedication ceremony that year and the rededication in October of the renovated facility.

After serving in WWII, Ray Snyder helped send the College of Marin basketball team to the national community college championship in 1948. He was voted All-Conference, All-State and All-American in 1948. In 1948, he retired from a 37-year career as a high school physical education teacher. (The best thing about COM, he says, is that it’s where he met his wife of 58 years.)

Richard Nave, who served in the Marines in Korea before arriving at College of Marin, played halfback on the football team in 1948-49 and went on to earn a place in the San Francisco State Hall of Fame. He served as a Marin city councilman and president of two local chambers. He is active on local aviation commissions. He formerly owned Nave Bowling Lanes and currently manages property with Nave Enterprises.

David Cotton, a one- and three-meter diving state champion in 1975 while he was at College of Marin. He won top honors in both events at the California Community College State Championships that year and earned a full athletic scholarship to Pepperdine University where he studied biology and business. He went on to win numerous national and international titles. Cotton continues to train and compete in diving and he serves as Rules chairman of U.S. Masters Diving. He is a general building contractor and president of Terra Linda Towing Company in San Rafael.

“This gives you a sense of community that ties your whole athletic department together from the kids that are here now to the people who were here in the 40s and 50s,” Markovich said. “There are so many great people that have gone here. They left a nice foundation to springboard into the future.”

The men who attended the college in the late 40s continue to meet together every two years. Although the group isn’t as crowded as it once was, they have managed to maintain friendships for over 60 years.

“It was a different era and a different time,” Nave said, noting that many of the athletes were men who had recently returned from the service. Echoing each of the inductees, Nave said he was “very honored to have been invited to be in the Hall of Fame and to be with the other people that have been selected.”

People are invited to submit nominations for next year’s inductees. Information can be found at the COM Athletic Department web site , or by calling (415) 485-9580.

You can read this on the College of Marin site.


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