|Sports Played:||Head Men's Swimming Coach|
|Induction Year:||2006, Member of Court of Champions|
A member with a bronze bust of his likeness in the prestigious Dick Ratliff Court of Champions, Ron Ballatore earned that honor by directing a PCC historic high of five state team titles in 1971, 1972, 1976, 1977, and 1978 as the Lancers men's swim head coach. Ballatore coached recent PCC Sports Hall of Famers in All-American swimmers Jack Tingley, Eric Marks, and Glen Aiken. In his time at PCC (1967-1978), he produced 10 conference team titles and seven Southern California team champion squads. Nicknamed “Sticks,” Ballatore later guided UCLA to the 1982 NCAA championship. He served on the coaching staff at five Olympics, including for the U.S. national team in 1984 and 1988. He also coached Peru in 1968, Ecuador in 1972, and Israel in 1976. Ballatore was a three-time, Pacific 10 Conference Coach of the Year at UCLA, where he coached for 16 seasons. In 2009, he was inducted into the American Swim Coaches Association Hall of Fame and was named to the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006. Ballatore also served as head coach at Brown University and at the University of Florida. He coached 28 Olympians, including gold medalists Brian Goodell and Tom Jager. Besides a slew of California Community College state and national records, Ballatore’s swimmers produced 11 American and NCAA records. Jager would set the 50-meter freestyle world record.