Cerro Coso Community College

Home of the Coyotes! Picture by William Velasquez

Athletics

Mission

The Mission of the Cerro Coso Community College Athletic Department is to enhance the educational objectives of the college, providing equity of access to services in support of the college’s Mission Statement and Title IX. Cerro Coso engages in intercollegiate athletics primarily to enhance the education of those who participate, and to provide a platform from which students can attain their highest potential. By providing an emphasis on academics, a high level of competition, and programs designed to emphasize positive social and community interaction, we open the opportunity to further develop life skills applicable both inside and outside of athletics. The Athletic Department strives to open the availability of educational enhancement produced by participation in intercollegiate athletics to as many students as possible, and to support our student-athletes’ goal of preparation for the next chapter of their lives’ by graduating from our institution.

Athletic Director
Tyson Huffman
(760) 384-6381
Athletic Secretary
Anna Sue Eldridge
(760) 384-6353

 

Admissions for Student Athletes: All student athletes must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center.

Coyote Teams

Men's Teams

Baseball - Men's

Recruitment

Coach:
Justus Scott
(760) 384-6330

Bio

Photo of Baseball Coach Justus Scott

Basketball

Play for Cerro Coso! Contact Coach Heck.

Recruitment

Coach:
Tom Heck
(760) 384-6384

Bio

Photo of Basketball Coach Tom Heck
Cerro Coso Coyotes: Athletics

Women's Teams

Soccer

2017-2018 Schedule

Recruitment

Coach:
Tony Rosa
(760) 384-6136

Bio

Photo of Soccer Coach Tony Rosa

Softball

Play for Cerro Coso! Contact Coach Bell.

Recruitment

Coach:
Rebecca Bell
(760) 382-6356

Volleyball

Play for Cerro Coso! Contact Coach Young.

Recruitment

Coach:
Kim Young

Bio

Photo of Volleyball Coach Kim Young

Cero Coso CC Foundation Logo

Cerro Coso Foundation Academic Award

2017
Troy Hughes
Baseball
2016
Miranda Brater
Volleyball
2015
Christal May Hoang
Soccer
2014
Ian C. Schultheiss
Baseball
2013
Taylor Boske
Basketball
2012
Matthew J. Vallet
Baseball
2010
Robert M. Vallet
Baseball
2009
Jacob A. Smith
Baseball
2008
Clint L. Williamson
Baseball
2007
Angel Lash
Basketball
2006
Paul Saville
Baseball
2005
Paul Saville
Baseball
2004
Jeremy Etchemendy
Baseball
2002
Stefan Prostran
Baseball
2001
Greg Conover
Baseball
2000
Collin Kyte
Baseball
2000
Doug Schweitzer
Baseball
1999
Collin Kyte
Baseball
1995
Sean Claggett
Baseball

Latest News

Movement to Reinstate Athletic Programs Takes Time and Patience

The culture of intercollegiate athletics is changing at Cerro Coso Community College. Thanks to the support and substantial donations by the Mather Brothers Inc. and the Cerro Coso Coyote Club, the college increased its commitment to athletic opportunities with the return of women’s soccer, women’s softball, and men’s basketball. These sports joined men’s baseball and women’s volleyball in the line-up of sports offered this past year.

Reviving athletic programs, even at a Division III school – the only division that does not permit athletic scholarships – is a gradual and demanding process that takes time and patience. The head coaches of these ambitious endeavors stepped up to the challenge of fielding new sports, with limited time and resources, starting programs from scratch.

The college remains optimistic in addressing the challenges inherent in developing and offering athletics at a small, rural community college even in the face of setbacks. Before the fall semester began the college lost its athletic director who oversees all aspects of the programs. Duties were quickly absorbed by other college employees as they juggled existing responsibilities with new assignments. It is quite a task to do everything from the ground level.

The most vital part of the process, even more than securing funding, is convincing young adults to help start a program from scratch. And recruiting—at home and away—takes the biggest effort in terms of time. Soccer coach Tony Rosa experienced firsthand the difficulty of fielding a full team of home grown athletes late in the recruiting cycle. Games were forfeited or played with no contest. Softball did not make it through its season and ultimately has been cancelled due to the Coyotes struggling with an insufficient number of players.

But the Coyote spirit and commitment to these two sports is strong. Coach Rosa’s love for the game and enthusiasm are contagious, and he has invested a substantial amount of time recruiting for the upcoming 2017 season. Additionally, Cerro Coso is actively recruiting for a new softball coach as well as a full-time athletic director to assist the college in its grass-roots initiatives to increase fundraising and image reconstruction.

A member of the Central Valley Conference (CVC), Cerro Coso competes at the Division III level where the “student” in student-athlete is strongly emphasized. The learning that takes place in its athletic program complements the student athletes’ learning in the classroom and prepares them for life after Cerro Coso. “Our student athletes contribute in many ways to the life and vitality of our campus community,” stated President Jill Board.

At many colleges, athletics are a point of pride and an important part of student life and engagement. And competition among colleges mean a lot to their athletes, students, and alumni. “Our athletes are expected to be a positive part of the college and this community,” said Heather Ostash, VP of Student Services. “Sports plays a really large role in student life, engagement and community connection.” With smart fundraising and the right kind of vision, Coyotes are on track to fill that niche to create a higher profile for itself in athletics.

Building on the success of existing programs, Cerro Coso is devoted to building a culture in athletics that will lead to success both in the classroom and on the field.

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