Seaside kids receive a positive message and role models from the Seaside Hall of Fame at the high school. Just scoring a few touchdowns might help, but it’s not the only way to gain entry.
The Seaside Hall of Fame Committee was formed in 2001 by a group of former Seaside coaches and educators including Wally Hamer, Larry Elliot, Stubby Lyons, Jim Auld and Gene Gilbertson. They’ve opened the doors beyond the athletic field and over the years honored musicians, mathematicians, scientists, soldiers and more.
Nine individuals, two teams and two teams are being inducted into the Seaside Hall of Fame:
“Our main goal when we first got started was to honor those people who have contributed greatly to their communities,” Hamer said. “We have always tried to honor people across the board not just athletes but people who have been successful in all walks of life. We honor businesses as well who have supported Seaside High school in so many ways.”
All proceeds to funding the Hall of Fame scholarships in memory of Bob Mork. The committee gives two $500 scholarships every year.
“I truly believe this is for the kids, not anyone else,” Hamer said. “Anyone can be a Hall of Famer and anyone can be successful, whether it be as a great dad or a wonderful mom.”
Committee member Jay Bandonis is a Hall of Famer, a baseball and football standout for the Gulls. He played football in the state championship, losing only to Central Monmouth. As a junior, he hit an astonishing .444 while playing third base. A halfback, he was named “King Football” in his senior year. He didn’t go out for football in college — “I was small and slow, and that’s not a good combination in football.”
Bandonis, 71, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005.
Hamer, 65, didn’t attend Seaside High School, but his contributions and volunteerism for the Hall of Fame earned him a roll in the hall. Originally from Orange, California, he played football, baseball and basketball. He coached football and basketball at Seaside High School and was the athletic director for many years.
“You can be anybody and walk out of Seaside High School and be successful,” Hamer said. “You don’t necessarily have to be a Hall of Fame person. We want to encourage kids to be all they can be.”