BELLFLOWER – Jack Hastert, a golf coach at St. John Bosco High School, will be among the honorees at the 12th annual Dr. Jim Staunton Champions for Character awards dinner taking place Sept. 28 at The Grand in Long Beach.
Hastert was selected to receive the Champion for Character Award. He will join previous St. John Bosco award recipients Monty McDermott (2006), Phillip Mullan (2008), Patrick Lee (2008), Auburn Jimenez (2009), Omar Delgado (2010), Martin Brown (2010), Wedge Molthen (2012) and Matt Katnik (2014).
The ceremony is sponsored by CIF-SS and was started 16 years ago to promote the 16 principals of coaching, competing and teaching called "Pursuing Victory with Honor."
Athletes, coaches, administrators, school officials and media members who demonstrate the Six Pillars of Character – trustworthiness, responsibility, respect, fairness, caring and citizenship – are honored at the ceremony and highlighted for their achievements. Student winners also receive scholarship money.
“It is inspiring to read the incredible accomplishments of our honorees,” said CIF-SS Commissioner of Athletics Rob Wigod. “We are proud and honored to highlight these outstanding individuals and institutions. They personify our commitment to Victory with Honor.”
Hastert been working at Bosco for 35 years and is an alumnus of the school (Class of 1970). He received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount in 1974 and his master’s degree in Religious Studies from Mt. St. Mary’s in 1992.
He began his employment at St. John Bosco High School in the campus bookstore, and began teaching Religious Studies in 1981. He also worked as an academic counselor, campus minister and department chair in his long tenure at Bosco.
He lives in Bellflower with his wife, Kerry, and their three children.
Below is a complete list of award winners:
Marie Abe – North Torrance High School
Cristian Ayala – Pacifica/Oxnard High School
Emily Bacon – Newport Harbor High School
Tayler Bennett – St. Anthony High School
Madeleine Coppersmith – Mayfield Senior High School
Logan Dreese – Heritage High School
Tyler Garrard – Lakeside High School
Emma Hovanec – Westridge High School
Lucky Jordan – Barstow High School
Jack Koulos – Wilson/Long Beach High School
Elisa Pierre – Golden Valley High School
Emma Reed – Aliso Niguel High School
Seve Rodriguez – La Canada High School
Allison K Samp – Academy of Academic Excellence
Destiny Tellez – Azusa High School
Kelle Bond – Volleyball, Capistrano Valley Christian HS
Aaron Flowers – Football, San Juan Hills High School
Andrew Gates – Swimming and Water Polo, Damien HS
Colin Gilliland – Soccer, Lakeside High School
Jack Hastert – Golf, St. John Bosco High School
Gary Jackson – Basketball, San Dimas High School
Scott Larsen – Soccer, Calvary Chapel/Santa Ana HS
Jon McFarland – Swimming, Pacifica/Oxnard High School
Ed Prange – Basketball, Loara High School
Adam Schulhofer – Baseball, Canyon/Canyon Country HS
Erik Starkey – Cross Country, Covina High School
Cary Osborne – Assistant Managing Editor/ Sports Editor, Santa Clarita Signal
Kristen Braun – Athletic Dir., Jurupa Hills High School
Michael Gerakos – Activities Dir., University High School
Kitt Holk – Athletic Dir. Bonita High School
Kirk Kennedy – Principal, Fountain Valley High School
Matt Maeda – Athletic Dir. San Gorgonio High School
David Martinez – Assist. Principal, Estancia High School
Craig Miller – Athletic Dir., Hamilton High School
Ramiro Rubalcaba – Principal, Azusa High School
Elsinore High School
Hemet High School
Lakeside High School
Sherman Indian High School
Kimberley Fricker – Principal, Canyon/Anaheim HS
John Hansen – Athletic Trainer, Los Alamitos High School
Holli Jackson – Athletic Trainer, Edison High School