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.
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 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.
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.
Pictured are former Taft College Cougar Football Coaches or players. Doug Wells coached at Taft College and Cerritos College in bothe 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."
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: Academic All Conference Team - Spring 2014: The following student athletes have satisfied the spring 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:More2014 3C4A Achievement Award Recipient, Onolina Taotofi
Former Taft College Volleyball Player, Onolina Taotofi, was honored at the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Annual Convention on April 2, 2014 in Los Angeles. Onolina was nominated by her Academic Advisor for Athletes, Tony Thompson, for the 3C4A Achievement Award.
Ono was chosen for this award because of the tremendous obstacles she has been able to overcome in order to pursue her higher education and, ultimately, change her life for the better. She is currently attending Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri on a volleyball scholarship, with long term goals of becoming a Social Worker.
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!
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! More Photos 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