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Weekly Calendar:
Tues., Mar. 24: Baseball vs Fresno City College 3 pm home
Thur., Mar. 26: Baseball @ Fresno City College 2 pm away
Sat., Mar. 28: Baseball vs Fresno City College 1 pm home


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.

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Taft College Advantages:

bullet Located about 35 miles southwest of Bakersfield
Baseball One of few community colleges that have dorms
Basketball On-campus work-study program available
Volleyball Book loan program that helps to offset the high cost of textbooks.
Soccer Ball A free tutorial program
BaseballOur greatest asset is our small size! We can offer students personal care

Athletic Eligibility:

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 27 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.

Student-Athlete Spotlight:

Kendal Daniels #18
March 5, 2015
By Jeff Gilstrap

Kendal Daniels is a sophomore left handed pitcher for the Cougars. Kendal entered this season as a reliever for the pitching staff but continuously proved himself and earned a starting spot.  He got his first start against Porterville College where he pitched 6 innings, gave up 0 earned runs and struck out 7.  After appearing in 12 games this spring he has an ERA of only 0.98.  Daniels is a team leader and takes charge of the Cougar defense when he is on the mound.  His team will look to him to start big games and come in to shut down situations for the remainder of the 2015 season.

Jockey Club:

Kevin Little and Travis Tessandori, both sophomore baseball starters, were recognized as Bakersfield Jockey Club award winners on Monday, April 7, 2014 at Hodel's Country Dining on Olive Drive in Bakersfield.

Alumni Spotlight

Pictured are former Taft College Cougar Football Coaches or players. Doug Wells coached at Taft College and Cerritos College in both football and track.  Jeff Chudy played then coached, and now coaches for Bakersfield College. Tom Cains played for the Cougars and currently coaches at Cerritos College. Kendall Blackburn played for Taft College and currently coaches at Cerritos College.  Don Bandy coached football and softball for Taft College.

Left to right: Doug Wells, Jeff Chudy, Tom Cains, Kendall Blackburn and Don Bandy.

Where Are They Now

Recently, many of the Taft College faculty and staff, along with family and friends had an opportunity to meet up and honor the memory of former Taft College Men's Basketball Coach and Men's Golf Coach, Fernando Amorteguy who passed away on March 11th, 2014. A former golf athlete, Joe Lescenski was in attendance and spoke with great appreciation for Coach Amorteguy and the lessons that he and his teammates learned. Joe joined the Men’s Golf Team in 1986-1987, majoring in Psychology. Joe went on to California State University, Long Beach, graduating in 1991 with a BA in Psychology.

Joe is married to Kimberly. They have two children Jacob (15 years old) and Lauryn (12 years old). Joe and his family reside in Las Vegas, Nevada. Joe is a Branch and Sales Manager of Bron Tapes of Nevada which distributes pressure sensitive tapes and adhesives of all major manufacturers, including 3M.

When asked, "How did Taft College help you to accomplish your goals?" Joe replied, "Taft College allowed me to concentrate on both Academics and Sports."

When asked, "What is your best memory?" Joe's reply was "My best memory of Taft is the powerhouse football team of the 80's and the friends that I met who are still friends today."

Coach Spotlight
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.



TC Seeks Hall of Fame Nominations

Taft College has established a Hall of Fame to recognize individuals who have had a major impact on the college.  The Hall of Fame categories are:

Persons who want to nominate candidates for the Taft College Hall of Fame may do so by filling out the nomination form and sending it, along with supportive materials to: Melissa Blanco, Taft College Office of Student Services, 29 Cougar Ct, Taft, CA 93268. Please contact 661.763.7854 for further information and details on nomination eligibility.

Nomination forms are available by contacting mblanco@taftcollege.edu. The committee will be pleased to correspond with persons nominating a candidate and answer questions they might have.

DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS to the 2015 Class is Friday, May 1st, 2015. Nominations must be received in the Office of Student Services by the close of business that day.

We look forward to nominations for all categories and from every decade of the 20th Century. Think about your classmates, fellow colleagues, and outstanding athletes, their lives and their accomplishments, and let us hear from you!
Kanoe Bandy Given Top Soroptimist Honor

March 3, 2015
Taft Midway Driller
Doug Keeler

Kanoe Bandy was given one of the highest honors Soroptimist International bestows – The Soroptimist Ruby Award.

Bandy is a Taft College professor, coach, administrator and mentor to the student athletes she coaches and was honored Tuesday (March 3) by the Taft Soroptimist Club.

She was introduced by Taft College President, Dena Maloney and was clearly moved by the honor.

“It’s beyond any kind of thanks that I could give,” she said. “It’s humbling, and it’s humbling being here with you.”

Bandy is well known for enlisting the volleyball players she coaches to get involved in community service, like holiday food drives and helping at Fort luaus.

“I have found we teach and learn more through service,” she said.

Bandy and her volleyball team always help with fundraising for the American Cancer Society, especially in Breast Cancer Awareness.

It’s a cause that is especially important to her.

Her younger sister – Li’i Pearl – died of cancer. She was an assistant coach with Kanoe and taught her big sister an important lesson about coaching.

“She taught me to do it because I love it,” Kanoe told the Soroptimists.

Bandy began her career at Taft College in 1987, but attended the school as a student athlete in the early 1980’s.

She has coached softball and volleyball, and since 1996 has been the TC Athletic Director.

Bandy attended the luncheon with her husband Don Bandy and colleague Tony Thompson.

Since Li’i’ s death, Thompson has been driving the volleyball team bus.

Each season, when they travel to Porterville, they stop at the site of a drunk driving crash that killed a member of the team, Katie Owens, who was home for there over the semester break. Kanoe gets out, places candles and ribbons at the site, and talks to the team about Katie.

It is the type of teaching that makes Bandy stand out.

Former West Kern Community College District Board of Trustees member, Carolyn  Hosking emphasized that.

“She develops the total person, not just the athlete,” Hosking said.

Hosking has attended many TC volleyball games and is impressed with Bandy’s style.

“I have never seen her show anything but respect for those girls,” Hosking said.

The Ruby Award includes a cash donation to the charity of the recipients choice.

Bandy donated the money back to the Soroptimist Critical Access Program which helps pay for gas and travel costs for Taft residents who need to travel for medical treatments.
TC Baseball Retires #10 Jersey of Tony Thompson

February 12, 2015
Taft Midway Driller
Dennis McCall

Former Taft College baseball coach, Tony Thompson got a surprise last week when the school retired his jersey number at a ceremony before the Cougars played College of the Siskiyous. 

Thompson, left, received a plaque from current coach Vince Maiocco and watched as players unveiled a large sign in left field marking the occasion. 

Thompson coached from 1988-2004 and currently serves as the school’s Academic Advisor for Athletes.

Men's Soccer Team Recieves Certificate of Recognition

Taft College’s men’s soccer team took center stage at Tuesday’s Taft City Council meeting. Coach Angelo Cutrona (below left) recounted some of the successes in the 2014 season that saw the Cougars finish with a 22-1-2 record, a Central Valley Conference championship and a trip the California Final Four. (Below right) Cutrona, with Taft College President Dena Maloney, team captain Edgar Rodriguez, Athletic Director Kanoe Bandy, women’s soccer coach Myisha Cutrona and Vice President of Student Services Darcy Bogle, accepted a certificate of recognition from Mayor Randy Miller.

Academic All Conference Team - Fall 2014:
The  following student athletes have satisfied the fall 2014 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
VanStone_signing_111413_SmallVan 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!


37 student athletes graduated in the Class of 2013 ceremony on Friday, May 24, 2013.


Madison Lawley Honored by SoroptimistSoroptimistMadisonMomSmall

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.

Congratulations Madison!

Taft College Student/Athlete, Edgar Contreras signs with UCLA

Edgar Contreras
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