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Bill Ballester
Position: Hall of Fame Inductee
Other Position: 2006 Inductee, Menís Gymnastics Coach (1971-81)
Few University of Oregon coaches have ever enjoyed more success or were more respected in their field than the Ducks’ four-time Pacific-8/Pacific-10 Conference coach of the year, who guided teams to five NCAA top-five finishes from 1977-81. The Indiana native and former Illinois high school coach accumulated a 132-18 record in his 10 seasons at Oregon while building a national power that claimed four consecutive conference team titles from 1977-80 and finished third in the 1980 national collegiate championships. Before he was finished, Bill Ballester coached 19 NCAA All-Americans, three Olympians and mentored the Ducks to a winning percentage of 88 percent. He was twice selected as NCAA Western Region coach of the year and was dedicated to developing the sport on the national level, coaching U.S. teams in international competition that included a defeat of the reigning world-champion Japanese national team. The driving force behind Eugene hosting the NCAA men’s gymnastics championships in 1973 and ‘78, Ballester’s Oregon teams also finished fourth in the country from 1977-79 and fifth in 1981.