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Weekly Calendar:
Wed., Jan. 28: W. Basketball @ Merced College 7 pm away
Thurs., Jan. 29: Baseball vs Solano College 1:30 pm home
Fri., Jan. 30: Baseball vs Feather River College 2 pm home
Sat., Jan. 31: Baseball vs Barstow College 2 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:

Tiffany Mapusaga, Former Taft College Cougar volleyball outside hitter starter, receives Great Northeast Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for September 8, 2014. Tiffany is currently a Junior at the University of St. Joseph, Connecticut.


Tiffany Mapusaga, Saint Joseph (CT) - (Jr.,
OH/MH, Waianae, Hawaii) - September 8, 2014 - Week 2
The junior had a stellar week with 41 kills (3.42 per set) and 33 digs in three matches.
The junior transfer from Taft in Calif. had 35 kills against only eight hitting errors
on 105 swings to go along with 26 digs and four aces in Saturday’s tri-match at
Mount Holyoke.

Michael Ghika Asst. Commissioner for Media Relations mghika@thegnac.com
217 Lincoln Street Winthrop, MA 02152 www.thegnac.com
Albertus Magnus • Anna Maria • Emmanuel • Johnson & Wales • Lasell • Mount Ida
Norwich • Rivier • Saint Joseph (CT) • Saint Joseph’s (ME) • Simmons • Suffolk

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 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."

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.


GLORY DAYS GONE BY Taft College ended its football program 20 years ago, but memories of its best years continue to inspire

Saturdays in the fall used to mean one thing in Taft: Taft College football.

It’s now been more than 20 years since anyone could say that. Taft College dropped football in the spring of 1994 because of budget cuts.

The highest level of football in town these days is at Taft High.

A billboard, erected alongside Highway 119 just outside of Taft, advertising the city as “Home of the Cougars” and highlighting the 1982 and 1984 national championship football teams, is long gone.

During its heyday, Taft College football was among the best community college program in the state.

“You built your fall social calendar around the football team,” said Dennis McCall, who was editor of the Taft Midway Driller from 1969-79 before joining the Taft College faculty as an instructor. He also served as the college’s sports information director until retiring in 2007.

“It gave the citizens out here a rallying point,” said David Cothrun, Taft College’s president and superintendent from 1980-2002. “They had something to be proud of.

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Congratulations to one of our former student athletes, Miguel Ibarra who has been called up to the US National Team.
Miguel Ibarra, former Taft College men’s soccer player from 2008-2009, transferred to UCI and is now playing professionally for Minnesota United FC. He was called up to the US national team and made the roster for the game vs Ecuador and Honduras.

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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: More
2014 3C4A Achievement Award Recipient,
Onolina Taotofi

(Pictured left to right: Tim Maui, Assistant Volleyball Coach; Kanoe Bandy, Head Volleyball Coach; Tony Thompson, Academic Advisor for Athletes; Onolina Taotofi; Dr. Dena Maloney, Superintendent/President; Darcy Bogle, Vice President of Student Services; and Geoffrey Dyer, English Professor.)

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.

Congratulations Onolina!!

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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

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 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.

Taft Cleanup Day 2013 Shelly Gill
Peter Galvan
Bezait Anbesse
Rogelio Sustaita
Janet Bautista
Malaysia Smith
Crystal Faletoi
Kerstyn Randall
Lani Kaiwi
Dylan Parker
Chanel Cantere
Rachel Kapesi
Haley Walrath
Tiffany Mapusaga
Allison Grubbs
Sina Mauga
Kristen Kamakele
Madison Lawley
Onolina Taotofi

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!
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VballCamp2013Volleyball 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.
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Huggins.jpgJay 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

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