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Sep 21
OCC Dedicating Gym Floor to Jane Hilgendorf

black and white headshot of young jane hilgendorfOrange Coast College will pay homage to deceased coach, administrator and faculty member Jane Hilgendorf by dedicating the College's gym floor in her name on Sept. 29. 

Hilgendorf began her teaching career at Coast in 1970, and became volleyball coach in 1973. She coached the team for 17 years, racking up state titles three times (1978, 1980, 1982) and winning five conference championships. Her record as a coach was 233-100. 

Hilgendorf also served as assistant athletic director from 1991-1998 and became dean of the physical education department and athletic director from 1998-2001. She was inducted into OCC's Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007. 

"The naming of the court recognizes Jane's legacy as a teacher, coach, administrator and philanthropic supporter of Orange Coast College," says Executive Director of Advancement Doug Bennett. 

Hilgendorf is regarded as a pioneer for women's athletics at the state level in Title IX, and spent much of her career implementing the law to the benefit of women's sports throughout the California community system. 

A short ceremony dedicating the gym floor will take place prior to the OCC vs. Saddleback women's volleyball match on Friday, Sept. 29 at 6 p.m. in Peterson Gymnasium.