1989 Fresno Pacific University Volleyball
1994 Fresno City College Wrestling
Dever-Boaz, a three-sport standout from Woodlake High School and Cal-Hi Sports Small School Athlete of the Year; was Margie Wright's first softball recruit at Fresno State. Choosing the Bulldogs over UCLA, Dever-Boaz would post an 84-12 pitching record, toss 58 shutouts and post six no-hitters. During those four seasons, the Bulldogs reached the NCAA Women's College World Series every year, finishing second three times and fifth once. _Dever-Boaz was honored three times as a second-team All-American (1988, '89, '90). She was a two-time Academic All-American and the university's female Big West Scholar Athlete of the Year in 1990. In addition, the pitcher/third baseman was named All-College World Series twice, made the all-regional team three times, and was a first-team all-conference choice four times. _Winning and Dever-Boaz went hand-in-hand, as she was a vital cog in championship teams in softball, volleyball and basketball at Woodlake. In 1985, the Tigers won the state Division III basketball championship with Dever-Boaz contributing as a high-scoring guard. _During her prep softball career, she hit .614, stole 86 bases, and struck out just twice. In the circle, she was 35-4, with 15 no-hitters and 2 perfect games. In volleyball, she was the first female Woodlake athlete to have her number retired as she helped the Tigers to a 92-4 record and four league titles. _Dever-Boaz because the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at South Carolina. Then it was on to Arkansas, where as a head coach she led the Razorbacks to two NCAA Tournaments and six Southeastern Conference tournaments. She was the SEC Coach of the Year in 1999. _She was also an assistant coach at Florida and Virginia, and manager of the Washington Glory, which won the National Pro Fastpitch championship in 2007. Dever-Boaz wrote "The Art of Pitching" and produces softball training videos. She is an international instructor in Holland, Canada, Italy and Australia.
Earning the rank of first-degree black belt at age 14, Imamura would eventually attain the rank of Kudan, or ninth degree, 60 years later in 2007. Between these benchmarks, he positively influenced thousands of people in the Valley, the United States, and around the world as a competitor and a coach. As a member of the All-Japan Collegiate team touring the United States in 1955, he visited the Valley and after graduating from Tenri University decided to continue studies at Fresno City College in 1958. _Two years later, he won the prestigious title of Grand Champion - the best out of all weight classes - at the AAU Senior National Tournament, with future U. S. Senator Ben Campbell of Colorado among his opponents. Imamura repeated as 180-pound AAU champion in 1960. in 1976, Imamura began a U. S. - Japan judo exchange program which provided high school judoists the opportunity to compete in cities such as Tokyo and Hiroshima. Through the years, judoists from both countries have benefited from their overseas experiences. Imumura, who became a kinesiology professor at the university in 1980, coached the Fresno State men's club team to national titles in 1985 and 1988. In 1989, his Bulldogs women's team shared the national crown with San Jose State. Among his national collegiate individual champions were sons Rodney, Richard and Randy, and all four of his sons attained black belt. _Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Imamura served as the U. S. National Judo coach and traveled the world leading his pupils. In 2002, he began taking junior-high school teams to an annual international tournament in Japan, competing against countries such as Russia, South Korea, Germany, South Africa, Taiwan, Egypt, and Japan. At the grassroots level, he coached clubs in Fresno, Clovis and Reedley. California Judo named Imamura the Coach of the Year in 2006. Imamura, it has been said, "epitomizes the judo creed of maximum, efficient use of mind and body to perfect oneself and contribute to the welfare of self and to mankind."
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