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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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
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
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 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