MiraCosta grabs DeVore Award for 2017-18
For the first time ever, MiraCosta College took home the DeVore Award for the 2017-18 calendar year. The DeVore Award is given to the athletic program in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference that has accumulated the highest average of points based upon results during the calendar year.
MiraCosta edged out San Diego Mesa College, Palomar College and Grossmont College in taking home the honor for 2017-18. The Spartans used a pair of solid finishes from the volleyball program in winning the award. The women’s beach volleyball program finished second in the state and won the PCAC title while the women’s indoor volleyball team captured the PCAC title. The Spartans also finished third in the conference in both women’s soccer and women’s basketball for 2017-18.
San Diego Mesa College was the runner-up for the award after winning six PCAC titles in 2017-18. The Olympians grabbed conference crowns in women’s water polo, women’s soccer, men’s track & field, women’s track & field, men’s swimming and women’s swimming while securing a second place finish in baseball and football.
Palomar College finished third in the standings after winning conference titles in baseball, softball and men’s water polo. The Comets also finished in a tie for first place in both women’s basketball and men’s golf while finishing second in women’s soccer, women’s water polo, women’s swimming and women’s track & field.
Mt. San Jacinto College finished in fourth place in the DeVore standings after winning the state championship in women’s basketball while finishing in a tie for second place in both men’s basketball and women’s volleyball.
The DeVore Award is named after the late Chester S. “Chet” DeVore, founding Commissioner of the Pacific Coast 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 college, conference, state and national levels, died in January 2011. He was 92.
The Spartans become the fifth program in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference to win the award over the nine years since its inception.
PAST AWARD WINNERS
2017-18 MiraCosta COLLEGE Athletic Director: Patrick Conahan
2016-17 Grossmont COLLEGE Athletic Director: Thomas Armstrong
2015-16 Grossmont COLLEGE Athletic Directors: Jim Spillers/Donivan Marthis
2014-15 PALOMAR COLLEGE Athletic Director: Scott Cathcart
2013-14 GROSSMONT COLLEGE Athletic Director: Jim Spillers
2012-13 PALOMAR COLLEGE Athletic Director: Scott Cathcart
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