MDHS Alumni Accomplishments
  Mt. Diablo Alumnus Named  
  FHSU Head Football Coach

By Sarah Chan, '03

Fort Hayes State University's newest head football coach is one of Mount Diablo's own.  Tim O'Connor, '86, who was a highly recognized and recruited football prospect, has been chosen to fill the position.
After a hectic recruiting season in his senior year at MDHS, O'Connor selected Boise State University, as former MD coaches were then coaching at Boise.  Herb Criner, former MD head coach was now an assistant athletics director at Boise and Lyle Setencich, former MD assistant coach, was the Broncos' head coach.
Tim began his freshman year, after a red shirt season, as the starting weak side linebacker and remained at that position his entire career.  Tim is ranked as the 8th leading tackler in the BSU press guide.
Upon graduation from Boise, Tim coached as a graduate assistant at UNLV.  He then moved onto Fort Hays State University where he is currently the head fooball coach of the FHSU Tigers.
O'Connor is the 20th football coach in Fort Hays' history and replaces Jeff Leiker.  He just completed his ninth football season at FHSU, fourth as the team's defensive coordinator.
Under his leadership, the Tiger defensive unit has been one of the top defenses in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
From Mt. Millennium (MDHS's student newspaper.)
MDHS  Concord, CA
Volume 78 Issue 8
February 14, 2001
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Keith Godchaux
Todd Lichti
Jerry Reese
Keith Godchaux, '66
Keyboardist for
the Grateful Dead
1971-1979
Todd Lichti, '85
All American, Stanford University
Denver Nuggets
Orlando Magic
Golden State Warriors
Perth (Australia) Wildcats
Jerry Reese, '91
San Jose State University
Buffalo Bills
San Jose Saber Cats
Ralph Bollman, 1910
County Supervisor
County Water Board President (Bollman Water Treatment Plant is named after him.)
County Fire Commissioner

Wayman Ballenger, 1912
Concord City Clerk

Joe DeRosa, 1923
Mayor of Concord (youngest in the state when he was elected)
Concord Postmaster for 40+ years
County Fire Commissioner

Robert B. "Brownie" Matheson, 1950
Runs the trucking company with the big yellow trucks with his name on them.

Larry Azevedo, 1953
Mayor of Concord

Ron Hanson, 1953
Chief of UC Davis Medical School's OB/GYN section

Tom Wentling, 1953
Treasurer of City of Concord

Rich Bartke, 1954
First National Park Superintendent of the Presidio of SF National Park.

Pete Weisser, 1954
Now:Information Officer for the California Department of Water Resources
Before:    Department of Fish and Game
Before entering State service:  News Reporter, working at the San Fancisco Chronicle,
Associated Press and Sacramento Bee.
During the 1980s:  Chief of the Press Office at the State Department of Health Services.
Walt Kaiser, 1955
Professor of Geology(?) at Washington State University
Traveling in South America (as of November 2001)

Bill Macchi, 1955
First Catholic priest ordained in Concord. 
Bishop's assistant for several years.
Pastor of St. Francis in YV.

Ron Loveridge, 1956
Mayor of Riverside, CA

Dave Montgomery, 1956
Chief of Stanford Business School

Thomas Edmund "Ted" Plumb, 1957
Professional Football Assistant. Coach:
Chicago Bears
Philadelphia Eagles
Arizona Cardinals

Diane (Tadlock) Longshore, 1962
First female MDHS alumna to become Mayor of Concord.

MDHS Teacher Norm Kestner
Mayor of Concord

MDHS Teacher Tom Torlakson
County Supervisor and now a State Senator


* Thanks to Jim Serventi, '55 for submitting this listing of notable MDHS grads!
* and to Pete Weisser 040704, and to Eric Kuntz 092706, for the updates.
* With further information from commencement programs and the comprehensive alumni data base.
Stan Gaunt, '54
Top Pole Vaulter in California
Keith Godchaux
Todd Lichti
Don Landrum, '54
Philadelphia Phillies
St. Louis Cardinals
Chicago Cubs
San Francisco Giants
Dan Colchico, '55
Defensive Lineman
San Jose Sate University
Boston Patriots
San Franciso 49ers
New Orleans Saints
* Information from 2001 MDHS Centennial Program.
* Mt. MIllennium, Winter 2003.
* Other sources:  linked websites and Google.com
MDHS Hall of Fame
December 4, 2003:
Navy Seaman Recruit Eddie L. Garcia, '02
recently graduated from Operations Specialist School.