Our Athletics Department Thrives on Student Success
Hartnell College Athletics has never had a year like 2014-2015. In the fall for 2014, for the first time in Hartnell history, all six Hartnell men and women’s athletic teams advanced to post-season competition. The football team under coach Matt Collins won or shared its fourth straight conference crown, the men’s and women’s cross country teams under the guidance of coach Chris Zepeda were conference and Northern California Champions. The cross country team also had two individual champions. Diego Leon won the state championship and Malena Grover was the individual champion in the coast conference. Daniel Ortega’s soccer team, which won a state title in 2013, reached the Northern California quarterfinals past year and the women’s soccer team reached the state playoffs for the first time since 2002 in Coach Ivan Guerrero’s fourth year.
The women’s volleyball team advanced to the Northern California tourney for the second year in a row under Coach Jamie Pedroza. In the Spring our track team was nothing but phenomenal. The men’s and women’s track teams were both conference champions. Diego Leon was Northern California champion for the 1500 meter and 10k. He also was the State champion and Triple Crown winner of the 5k, 1,500 meter and 10k. This only has been done one time in CCCAA championship history. Chase Pacheco was the State champion in the decathlon. Women’s track had two All-Americans in Malena Grover and Rachel Shimakuburo.
“Our Student-athletes prepare vigorously in the classroom and on the playing field in order to represent Hartnell College. I am proud to say that Hartnell College is blessed with coaches, student-athletes and many other people involved with our programs who have worked very hard this past year” , said Director of Athletics Dan Teresa. “The athletic department is proud of our past and present accomplishments. In 2014/2015, we transferred 57% of our student-athletes and 45% of our sophomores received scholarships. We had an 80% retention rate and 103 of our student-athletes were on the honor roll. Without the support of family, teachers, counselors, academic support staff and generous community supporters, the success of our student-athletes would not happen. Continued teamwork helps give our students the support they need to graduate from Hartnell College, continue their education, and become the future leaders of tomorrow.”
Daniel Teresa, Director of Athletics