Athletics at Taft College
Taft College has had a strong athletic tradition since its inception. We offer students the opportunity to participate in several intercollegiate sports. Women may participate in volleyball, basketball,
soccer and softball; and men may participate in baseball and soccer. The main goal of our Athletic Department is to develop the student-athlete both on the court/field as well as in the classroom. Our sport programs teach athletes the value of discipline, loyalty, hard work, good health and good sportsmanship. The ultimate goal for each student-athlete is to graduate with an Associates Degree after their 2 years at Taft College.
Taft College Advantages:
Located about 35 miles southwest of Bakersfield
One of few community colleges that have dorms
On-campus work-study program available
Book loan program that helps to offset the high cost of textbooks.
A free tutorial program
Our greatest asset is our small size! We can offer students personal care
Athletic eligibility rules and regulations are strictly enforced at Taft College. In general, you must be an amateur athlete who has not participated in intercollegiate athletics at any other college or university. You must be enrolled in, and actively attending, 12 units or more with at least 9 of those units counting toward the associate degree, remediation, transfer and/or certification during your season of participation.
To compete in a second season of sport, an athlete must complete and pass 24 units with a 2.0 grade point average between seasons of sport. Transfers who have participated in athletics at another California community college must complete 12 units at Taft College before becoming eligible. Since these are general guidelines only, questions regarding eligibility should be referred to the appropriate coach or athletic director for clarification.
Taft College competes in the Central Valley Conference. The conference is comprised of 8 schools: Columbia College, Fresno City College, Merced College, Porterville College, College of Sequoias, Reedley College, Taft College, and West Hills College.
California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA):
The California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) is the governing body responsible for oversight of intercollegiate athletics at California community colleges. The purpose of the CCCAA is to establish and oversee the enforcement of the rules and regulations and to guide the administration of the intercollegiate athletic programs of the California community colleges. The membership organization functioning under the jurisdiction of the Commission on Athletics is the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA). For access to the Official Site of the California Community College Athletics, please go to www.cccaasports.org.
Tiffany Mapusaga and Crystal "Lani" Kaiwi, both sophomore volleyball starters, were recognized as Bakersfield Jockey Club award winners on December 9, 2013 at Hodel's Country Dining on Olive Drive in Bakersfield.
|Name: Shannon (Milicic) Hitzman
Year(s) Played: 2002-2003
While the volleyball team was in San Diego last month at a tournament at San Diego City College, we had a chance meeting with former player from the 2003 Central Valley Conference Championship team, Shannon (Milicic) Hitzman. Read more.
|Name: Greg McCall
Sport: Women's Basketball
Year(s) Coached: 10
Former Taft College Women's Basketball Coach earns position as Women's Head Basketball Coach at CSUB.Read more.
Academic All Conference Team - Fall 2013:
The following student athletes have satisfied the Fall 2013 Central Valley Conference requirements for the academic all-conference awards. These student athletes have excelled academically with a grade point average of 3.0 or above, on a 4.0 scale in at least 12 semester units while successfully participating in a season of sport: More
Baseball/Softball Triple Play Dinner Fundraiser
The Taft College baseball and softball programs hosted the Triple Play Dinner and Auction on January 11th to help with fundraising for the upcoming season.
The event was catered by Salty’s BBQ of Bakersfiled CA and dessert from Amanda’s Delightful Bites of Wasco CA. for more of the story
Van Stone Signs with Hawaii Pacific University
Cougar’s starting pitcher Brandon Van Stone is the first baseball player this year to commit to a four year university. After a very strong freshman year Brandon was contacted by Hawaii Pacific, a Division 2 school in Honolulu, early this fall. It didn’t take him long to fully commit.
Congratulations to Brandon Van Stone!
Academic All Conference Team - spring 2013:
The following student athletes have satisfied the spring 2013 Central Valley Conference requirements for the academic all-conference awards. These student athletes have excelled academically with a grade point average of 3.0 or above, on a 4.0 scale in at least 12 semester units while successfully participating in a season of sport: More
37 student athletes graduated in the Class of 2013 ceremony on Friday, May 24, 2013.
Madison Lawley Honored by Soroptimist
Soroptimist International of Taft presented Madison Lawley, Taft College sophomore student/athlete with the Young Women of Achievement Award at a luncheon on May 14, 2013.
Every year, Soroptimist International of Taft contacts local schools in the area for the names of young ladies from each grade, 7-14, who have demonstrated outstanding qualities. Taft College’s Madison Lawley received the honor for grade 14.
Taft Cleanup Day 2013
19 student-athletes volunteers joined the County of Kern and the City of Taft in a Taft Cleanup day on Saturday April 27th, 2013.
It was a long day that began with a quick donut and then heading to Veterans Park for our instructions. we were split into 2 teams. Dr. Maloney went with one team and Kanoe Bandy went with another. Our jobs were to clean up trash and litter on various vacant lots. When the work was done we headed back to Veterans Park for BBQ hamburgers and ice cream. What a great day!
Volleyball Camp 2013
The Taft College volleyball team just completed a volleyball clinic in conjunction with the Westside Recreation and Park District which spanned a 5 week period. There were two separate sessions, one for ages 6 to 10 and the other for 11 through 14. There were about 40 participants.
Jay Huggins Honored at CCCAA Scholar Athlete Luncheon
Several members of the Taft College staff attended the Celebration of Scholar Athletes Luncheon last Wednesday, March 27th, in San Mateo, to honor the 2011-2012 Scholar Teams and Athletes, one of which was former baseball student athlete, Jay Huggins. The luncheon was also attended by Jay’s parents, Mel and Patricia Huggins. More
Taft College Student/Athlete, Edgar Contreras signs with UCLA
Lamont, Calif. (Taft College/Arvin HS)
Defender - 6-0, 185
Transfer from Taft College who will enter the 2013 season as a junior...attended Taft for two years, playing under head coach Angelo Cutrona...named the CVC Defender of the Year and was a second-team NSCAA All-American while at Taft...attended Arvin High School (Arvin, Calif.), playing soccer under head coach Mauricio Lobos and football under head coach Edgar Mares...earned All-League honors in soccer at Arvin. More
TC Athletes Post High GPA's
**from the Midway Driller article on Feb. 19, "TC Enrollment Increases by More Than 13 Percent
"..Tony Thompson, Academic Advisor for Athletics, beat McMurray in announcing that for the fall 2012 semester, four of the six Cougar athletic teams posted grade point averages of 3.0 or higher. And the other 2 teams were “respectable”, Thompson said.
Twenty-one student athletes made the fall President’s List with GPA’s of 3.5 or better for 12 or more