The Pacific Coast Athletic Conference (PCAC) is an intercollegiate athletic conference governed by the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA). We are comprised of ten community colleges including, Cuyamaca, Grossmont, Imperial Valley, MiraCosta, Miramar, Mt. San Jacinto, Palomar, San Diego City, San Diego Mesa, and Southwestern, all of which offer a wide variety of athletic competition.
We pride ourselves on honesty, integrity, and commitment to our students, educators, and administrators. We strive for athletic excellence by promoting and developing student leadership and are committed to fostering gender equity and fair opportunities for students/athletes, coaches, and athletic administrators.
As we begin preparing for the 2013 Fall season, a few things come to mind relative to the community college system and the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.
Each year a new group of freshman student athletes will arrive on campus at one of the ten colleges in the PCAC. Unlike the 4-year colleges, this group will be expected to step up and contribute as productive members of their athletic team. With this expectation, come significant responsibilities that need to be addressed immediately. They include dealing with a new group of team mates, increased level of competition, travel and a myriad of other new challenges. Combine that with the academic expectations and it is a whole new adventure.
The challenge for each institution, its support staff and coaches, is to turn this new adventure into a positive experience. Historically, our member colleges have met that challenge. This is supported by the retention and transfer rates of the student athletes participating in the PCAC. I expect that to continue far into the future.
As your commissioner, I am proud of our accomplishments and wish each student athlete the very best. You have made the right choice as you begin your college athletic experience.
Palomar takes home the 2012-13 Chet DeVore Trophy (June 18, 2013) – For the second time in the award's four year history, Palomar College has been named the recipient of the Chet DeVore Trophy, which is awarded annually to the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference member college with the most successful men's and women's intercollegiate athletic program for the academic year.
The award is named after the late Chester S. "Chet" DeVore, founding Commissioner of the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference. DeVore was President / Superintendent of Southwestern College in Chula Vista from 1961, when he supervised construction and development of its new Chula Vista campus, until his retirement as one of the nation's most respected community college CEOs 21 years later. He became the first Commissioner of the PCAC, the host conference for community college athletics in San Diego County and Imperial County, in 1982. He served until his retirement from that post in 1998. DeVore, a World War II hero and Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient who left a long legacy both in academics and athletics at the college, conference, state and national levels, died in January 2011. He was 92.
Palomar College won five women's conference team championships and three men's conference championships in 2012-13. The Comets won their fourth California Community College Athletic Association State Championship in softball and placed second in the State in men's swimming and sixth in the State in wrestling.
Palomar accumulated 330 points in a scoring system that rewards state community college team finishes, conference team finishes and major conference individual awards. The Comets' conference championships came in baseball (PCAC), men's basketball (tie with MiraCosta, PCAC), women's basketball (PCAC), women's golf (Foothill Conference), softball (tie with Mesa, PCAC), women's tennis (PCAC), women's water polo (PCAC) and wrestling (Southwest Conference).
San Diego Mesa, which was the 2011-12 DeVore Trophy winner, was runner-up in points for the DeVore Trophy with 237. The Olympians placed third in the State in Men's Track & Field. Grossmont was third in DeVore Trophy scoring with 171 points. The Griffins finished second in the State in men's volleyball. San Diego City College, the defending CCCAA State Champion, was second in the state in women's badminton.
Palomar's Taylor Crandall won the California Community College Athletic Association individual championship in women's golf.
Major 2012-13 PCAC individual awards, as voted by conference Athletic Directors, went to Mesa College men's tennis coach Mike Hootner (Men's Sport Coach of the Year); San Diego City College badminton coach Son Nguyen and Miramar College women's soccer coach Sean Bowers (Women's Sport Coaches of the Year); MiraCosta College women's basketball player Megan Fennessy (Women's Scholar Athlete of the Year); and Southwestern College football quarterback Brett Nelson (Men's Scholar Athlete of the Year).
Palomar also placed ninth, Mesa placed 17th and Grossmont placed 35th in the state (among 106 community colleges with athletic programs) in scoring for the NATYCCA Cup, which ranks California's most successful athletic programs each academic year. Mt. San Jacinto, which will become the PCAC's 10th member in August 2013, was No. 36 in the state in NATYCCA Cup scoring.
And Palomar placed 17th in the nation (among 667 community colleges with athletic programs) in scoring for the Learfield Director's Cup, which is sponsored by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and USA Today and ranks the country's most successful athletic programs each academic year.
|FINAL 2012-13 CHET DEVORE POINT TOTALS|
|College||MEN'S POINTS||WOMEN'S POINTS||TOTAL|
|San Diego Mesa College||122||115||237|
|San Diego City College||18||46||64|
|Imperial Valley College||---||---||0|
CHET DEVORE TROPHY WINNERS
2012-13 PALOMAR COLLEGE Athletic Director: Scott Cathcart SAN DIEGO
2011-12 SAN DIEGO MESA COLLEGE Athletic Director: Dave Evans
2010-11 SOUTHWESTERN COLLEGE Athletic Director: Terry Davis
2009-10 PALOMAR COLLEGE Athletic Director: Scott Cathcart