Inducting an individual into the COS Hall of Fame is one of the highest awards the College of the Sequoias can present to someone. It is reserved for those that have made significant contributions to the betterment of the College of the Sequoias, the community and society in general. The contributions take many forms, but always reflect positively on the college. 

2016 Inductees

Debbie Bervel

Percy Carr
Percy went on and attended College of the Sequoias then transferred to Fresno State and graduated with a B.A. degree in Liberal Arts and Masters in Kinesiology.  During his college years he played on the college baseball team.
Currently, Percy is employed at San Jose Community College as the Head Basketball Coach.   Percy is one of the all-time winningest college basketball coaches at any level with over 880 wins. He is the head coach at San Jose City College and has been so for the past 40 years. He is entering his 40th year as Head Basketball Coach for the Jaguars. 

With 881 career wins Percy holds the record for the most wins in California community college history. In Percy’s tenure, the Jaguars have gone to the playoffs 33 of 37 years. He has guided 8 different Jaguar teams to the State Championships, claimed 12 Conference Championships, and has produced 17 first team all-state players. In 1989, he was honored as Santa Clara County Coach of the Year. In 1994, Percy was honored as the Sacramento Kings Northern California Coach of the Year. In March 1998, he was inducted to the California Community College Basketball Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame and was ranked 6th junior college coach in the USA by Basketball Times in, August 1998. In September 2000, Percy was honored by the 100 Black Men of the Silicon Valley Organization as the Educator of the Year. 

Tom Link

Tom was born in Visalia, CA. He attend K-12 schools here. He was involved in football, basketball, track and swimming. After graduating Visalia High School, Tom attended College of the Sequoias, San Jose State and graduated from Fresno State with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing. College activities included being a member of Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity and the Ski Club.  He also was on the swim and gymnastics teams.

Tom was a co-owner with his father and brother of Link’s Men’s and Women’s Wear in downtown Visalia.  The business was in existence from 1941 to 2014, 73 years.  Tom is very active in the community.  He has served in the Army National Guard Reserves for 6 months and Air National Guard Reserves for 5 ½ years; President of the Visalia Host Lions twice; past chairman of the Visalia Rescue Mission, Visalia YMCA, Boy Scouts Finance Committee, Visalia Parks and Recreation Commission, California Parks and Recreation Commissioners, Downtown Visalian’s.  Also served as a advisory committee member for the Superintendent of Visalia Unified School District, board member of the Downtown Visalian’s property owners association, past member of the COS Foundation, COS Facilities Review Committee and the COS Hall of Fame Committee.  

Currently he is serving on the Tulare County School Board, Chairman of the Visalia Public Cemetery, Board of Directors for the Tulare County Historical Society, Moderator of the San Joaquin Presbytery (20 churches), and an elder and deacon for the First Presbyterian Church in Visalia.  Tom has received the following awards:   Visalia Chamber of Commerce “Man of Year”, Boy Scout Distinguished Citizen of the Year, Visalia Host Lions “Lion of the Year” and Phi Delta Kappa “Friends of Education. ​

 COS hosted the 2016-2017 Hall of Fame reception and dinner to celebrate these individuals’ lifelong achievements on:

Thursday, October 13th

COS Porter Field House in Visalia

Photos from the event are available at:​​


Nominations for Future Hall of Fame Inductees

The College fo the Sequoias is always seeking additional nominations to the Hall of Fame. Anyone can nominate an individual to the COS Hall of Fame. Download your Hall of Fame Nomination form here: Nomination Form​

Last Updated: 10/20/2016 8:08 AM