Stillwater, Okla.----- Hugh Mumby, the first San Jose State University wrestling coach to lead the Spartans to a NCAA Championship appearance, is one of eight inductees into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame through the organization's California chapter. The induction ceremony is Saturday, May 20, at Menlo College in Atherton, Calif.
Mumby coached the Spartans during the 1953 through 1969 seasons and again in 1971. He was the first San Jose State wrestling coach to win more than 100 dual meet matches and qualify wrestlers for the NCAA Championships. The Spartans had a dual meet record of 130-69-6 in his 18 seasons.
AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) champions Dick Francis, the first San Jose State wrestler to score at a NCAA Championship (1955) and Russ Camilleri, a member of the 1960 and 1964 United States Olympics freestyle wrestling teams, were two of his most successful wrestlers in national meets.
Mumby, now 90-years old, was a two-time Pacific Coast Intercollegiate wrestling champion as a student at the University of California. He succeeded his father, Ted Mumby, as San Jose State University's wrestling coach.
Mumby, who shared an office in what now is known as Uchida Hall with legendary soccer and boxing coach Julius Menendez (1922-2013), is the third Spartan inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. T.J. Kerr (1949-2013), the most successful wrestling head coach at San Jose State and Rudy Guevara, a Spartan wrestler and assistant coach, were inducted in 2014 and 2015, respectively.