Native Annapolitan C. Alan Pastrana was inducted earlier this month into the Anne Arundel Community College Pioneer Athletic Hall of Fame.
An associate professor of health and physical education, Pastrana is retiring June 15 after 40 years of service as a teacher, coach and mentor to AACC student-athletes and the community.
An outstanding athlete at Annapolis High School, Pastrana in 1963 -- his senior year – served as captain of the football, wrestling and lacrosse teams. All three sports achieved undefeated seasons under his leadership that year. His athletic achievements continued in football and lacrosse at the University of Maryland, where he played from 1965 to 1968 while earning a Bachelor of Science degree. As a quarterback in 1966, Pastrana set a record for most touchdown passes thrown in a single season (17). He was named All-American 1st Team in lacrosse in 1966.
Drafted by the Denver Broncos in 1969, Pastrana played pro ball but suffered a severe knee injury and concussion and left the sport. He began coaching and teaching health and physical education part time at AACC in 1970 after two years later was promoted to a full-time position on the faculty and as a coach. During his career, Pastrana earned a master’s degree from George Washington University and a national certification as a massage therapist.
He coached AACC lacrosse for 32 years, its football team for 20 years and wrestling team for six years. Pastrana’s teams produced more than 50 All-Americans. He taught credit and noncredit health and fitness classes, including “Successful Coaching Strategies” and the popular 6 a.m. section of a seniors’ noncredit physical fitness class.
The Hall of Fame is in the Jenkins Gymnasium lobby. The first inductees in October 1990 were John S. Laycock Jr., who was the first AACC athletic director and chair of the physical education department, along with two-sport athlete Jeff Herrick. The hall was established to honor outstanding athletic achievements and advance the mission of intercollegiate athletics at AACC.