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Few coaches at any level have enjoyed the kind of success that became a trademark of Hal Sherbeck’s 31 years at Fullerton College. But for Sherbeck, success was nothing new.
At Olympia College in Bremerton, Washington, he lettered in football, baseball and basketball, and again lettered in all three at the University of Montana.
In 1961 Fullerton College President Lynn Sheller hired Sherbeck as head coach of the Hornet football team, and an era of complete gridiron dominance began.
In 1965, Sherbeck took Fullerton College to the pinnacle of success, winning a national championship with a perfect 10-0 record. His team also began a 47-game unbeaten streak, with just one tie during that time.
In 1967, Sherbeck led the Hornets to a perfect 12-0 record, garnering his second national championship. In 1983, the Hornets captured their third national championship with a 10-0-1 record.
When Hal Sherbeck retired after the 1991 season, football lost a legend. At the time, Sherbeck’s 241 victories were the most ever by a community college football coach. His teams won 16 conference titles, appeared in 13 bowl games, and sent more than 500 student-athletes to four-year universities to continue their academic and athletic careers. From his first victory in 1961 to his final win, a 45-13 domination of Santa Barbara in the 1991 Potato Bowl, Hal Sherbeck epitomized the winning tradition of Hornet football.