Each year, Chaffey College fields 14 intercollegiate teams including football, basketball, water polo, swimming, softball, soccer, volleyball and track and field. Our talented team of head coaches and support staff work to ensure that each athlete receives the academic and athletic assistance needed to succeed both on and off the field.
At Chaffey, student-athletes are students first. Our academic athletic counselor helps students select courses that will advance them towards their career or transfer goals. To prepare them for competition, our strength and conditioning coach tailors a program specific to their sport and work with each athlete to minimize injury while increasing athletic performance.
We are proud of the rich tradition of athletic history at Chaffey College and welcome you to explore the variety of intercollegiate athletic options available to you.
Bob Olivera Athletic Director
The Chaffey College athletic department is one of the finest in the state. Playing under the name of the Panthers, men’s and women’s teams compete annually in the highly competitive Foothill, South Coast and National Central Conferences. Our athletes also experience collegiate success at a higher rate than that of the general Chaffey College population. This success can be attributed to many factors including: committed faculty and coaches, full-time academic counseling, dedicated athletic trainers, state-of-the art facilities, and our talented student-athletes.
PANTHER BASEBALL FOOTHILL CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS
ATHLETIC TRAINER Chaffey College trainer, DJ Hoyt, plays an integral role in the athletic program. DJ provides optimal medical care to the student- athletes of Chaffey College through preventative measures, acute emergency and non-emergency attention, rehabilitative measures, injury/illness management and education. As the athletic trainer, DJ provides individual support and personal attention to each student-athlete. Everything our Athletic Trainer does is with the student-athlete’s health and best interest in mind. The combination of DJ’s education and training makes him an outstanding athletic trainer and an asset to the Chaffey College athletic program.
STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING The Chaffey College athletic program had a significant addition to the faculty in 2006, hiring Phil Roberts as the strength and conditioning instructor. Chaffey College is one of only two community colleges that employ a faculty member particularly for the purpose of working with athletes. Phil trains with all of the college’s athletes and the general student population with weight training and conditioning. He is knowledgeable in all sports education and addresses athletes’ needs specific to their sport. Phil brings to Chaffey more than seven years of experience and excellent educational training.
ELIGIBILITY California Community College athletes are expected to be enrolled in no fewer than 12 units at all times as well as hold a 2.0 GPA. To be eligible for a second season of sport, student- athletes must have completed 24 units between sessions with a cumulative 2.0 GPA.
ACADEMIC COUNSELING At Chaffey College, we understand that academics come first and should be the most important part in any student’s life. For more than five years, we have offered a full-time counselor specifically for our student-athletes. Jeff Moser and staff members work with student- athletes to provide guidance and support as they progress through their academic careers. Our student-athletes understand that it is important to excel in academics. Chaffey College provides individualized assistance for each student. Learning specialists and tutors lend strong support by working with our athletes on their learning styles and strategies.
Through the hard work and dedication of our coaches, staff and counselor, our athletes are demonstrating academic success. Last year, 77% of sophomore athletes transferred to a college or university, many of which received scholarships.
2006-07 ACADEMIC YEAR:
ALUMNI Chaffey College Athletic Alumni have advanced to four-year universities such as USC, San Diego State, UNLV, Biola, as well as various UC and CSU schools, many receiving scholarships. Players have also been drafted to play on major league teams such as the Florida Marlins, Chicago White Sox, San Francisco Giants, Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets and the Arizona Cardinals.
In 2007, two Panthers were honored as COA Pepsi Scholar Athletes by the California Community College Commission of Athletics. This is the highest honor a student-athlete can receive. Jonathan Falcioni (Chaffey valedictorian, class of 2006 and member of the swim team) was chosen as the male scholar athlete of the year and Nicole Reusch was named to the Honor Roll. Both student-athletes were selected based on their achievements not just in competition but in the classroom and community as well. These two individuals exemplify the excellence Chaffey Athletics offers to students.
FACILITIES Chaffey College is proud to host visiting teams at our high quality fields and gym. Panther Field, our new state-of-the-art softball field, features a remote controlled scoreboard, covered press box and authentic seats taken from Dodger Stadium. Panther Baseball plays on Howard W. Lowder Field, named after long-time Chaffey baseball coach, who retired after 26 years in 1992. Earl Sicosky Gymnasium is the home of Panther Basketball and Volleyball and features training facilities as well as ample seating for local and visiting fans. Panther Football and Track & Field call Grigsby Field home, which also hosts the Chaffey College/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin yearly men’s and women’s high school all-star soccer games and the institution’s annual commencement ceremony. Our aquatics programs practice and compete in a newly renovated competitive facility.