Elb Souders served the Arcadia Unified School District for many years as the high school principal, as an Assistant Superintendent and as the District Superintendent. A graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan, Elb played Basketball and Tennis for the "PrarieWolves." Elb loved Arcadia athletics and took speical pleasure in hiring highly qualified teacher/coaches for the high school and Jr. high school athletic programs. As such, it is fitting that the Arcadia High School Coaches Hall of Fame be named in his honor.
Hall of Fame Inductees
Paul Duhart 1998
Dick Salter 1999
Ray Petersen 2000
Vallie Robinson 2001
Bob Jackson 2002
Lani Exton 2003
Chuck Witkofsky 2004
Doug Smith 2005
John Meiers 2006
Chuck Freberg 2007
Coach Paul Duhart traveled west from Worcester, Massachusetts in 1960 to become Arcadia High School's Head Varsity Football Coach and Athletic Director riding a twenty-two game win streak. His 1961 Pacific League Champion team was undefeated, extending the streak to thirty games, while defeating Arcadia's cross-town rival, the Monrovia Wildcats, for the first time in school hsitory. Paul Duhart played freshman football at the University of Florida before serving in the Armed Forces during WWII. After his discharge, he played a year with the 1944 NFL Champion Green Bay Packers before becoming the first round draft choice of the Pittsburg Steelers in 1945. After his professional career was cut short by injury, Coach Duhart enrolled at Boston College and graduated with a degree in History and English. A poet-warrior, Coach Duhart led the Varsity Football program from 1960 through 1969 and coached the Apaches to their first Pacific League football championship in 1960. He also served as Varsity Boys Golf Coach for many years and Coach Duhart's 1992 Varsity Girls Tennis team reached the CIF Finals. Paul Duhart was a published poet later in life and was a great friend and mentor to many younger coaches during his long tenure at Arcadia High School.
Football/ Athletic Director
Coach Ray Petersen was the Varsity Swimming and Water Polo coach from 1966 until 199? . Coach Petersen's teams won multiple Pacific League titles and his 1968 Boys Swim team and 1980 and 1981 Girls teams won CIF Champioinships. A graduate of the University of California Santa Barbara, Coach Petersen was a member of the "Gaucho" Swimming and Diving Team.
Coach Vallie Robinson led the Boys Varsity Basketball program from 1964 to 1977. Coach Robinson's 1969 and 1970 teams won the only two Pacific League Boys Basketball championships in school history. A greduate of Monmouth College of Illinois, Coach Robinson played football, basketball and baseball for the "Fighting Scots." Soft spoken, Coach Robinson was a true gentleman
Track and Field
Coach Bob Jackson has been associted with Arcadia High School athletics since 1953. As Head Track and Field coach, Coach Jackson led the Boys Track program to the school's first Pacific League Championship in 1958. He is a founding member of the Arcadia Invitational Track Meet and former Invitational Meet Director. Coach Jackson is a graduate of Occidental College where he was a member of the "Tigers" Track and Field team. A man of wisdom, Coach Jackson was a valued mentor to students and staff alike.
Coach Lani Exton led the Boys Varsity Baseball team from 1964 to 1973. His teams won multiple Pacific League Championships and captured the CIF Championship in 1965. Coach Exton is a graduate of UCLA where he played Baseball for the "Bruins."
Coach Chuck Witkofsky was head coach of the Girls Varsity Soccer team . Wit's unique coaching style won the hearts and minds of his players and his teams won mutiple Pacific League Championships and the CIF title in 1993. Coach Witkofsky is a graduate of UCLA. A true renaisance man, Wit can wax eloquent on most any subject.
Track and Field
Jerry Dohling was born in Oakland, California and raised in San Leandro. He attended Marina High School where he played basketball. Jerry was his team captain, an all league player, and a two time team MVP in high school. He continued his playing career at Chabot Junior College where he was all conference and a team captain. Jerry then moved on to Cal State Hayward where he earned honorable mention all league honors. After Jerry finished his playing career, he worked as a graduate assistant for the Cal State Hayward basketball team. Jerry then began teaching and coaching at Arcadia High School where he put in a 39 year career. He coached basketball for 22 years, 14 of those as the head coach. In 1981 his basketball team won 17 games and in 1993 his team advanced to the second round of CIF play. Jerry also coached girls tennis for 27 years, 19 of those at the varsity level. He has won 12 league championships in his time with the girls. He also recently advanced to the semi finals of CIF play in 2010, and made an appearance in the CIF finals in 2012. Jerry also coached boys tennis for 34 years, 27 of those at the varsity level. He earned 16 league championships with the boys. He has reached the quarter finals 6 times and had semifinalist teams 4 times during his tenure. Jerry's varsity level teams have combined for over 800 wins and 27 league championships.
Former Apache football coach, Jon Dimalante, has been selected to be inducted into the Arcadia High School Coaches Hall of Fame. Jon served as our varsity football coach for the past 17 years. Jon grew up in
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