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.
Taft College Advantages:
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 24 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.
|Name: Bezait Anbesse
Sport: Women's Basketball
Bezait carries a 3.0 GPA entering her second semester at Taft College. While averaging 12 points per game, she maintains a great personality and a positive attitude on and off the court and continues to work hard at practice every day.
Allan Sanchez and Chase Skinner were recognized recently as Bakersfield Jockey Club award winners on March 5, 2012 at Hodel's Country Dining on Olive Drive in Bakersfield. Taft College baseball coach Vince Maiocco introduced both Sanchez and Skinner to a number of Kern County high school athletes and coaches. Sanchez, a sophomore is from Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico and Skinner, a sophomore is from North Las Vegas, Nevada.
|Name: Shannon (Milicic) Hitzman
Year(s) Played: 2002-2003
While the volleyball team was in San Diego last month at a tournament at San Diego City College, we had a chance meeting with former player from the 2003 Central Valley Conference Championship team, Shannon (Milicic) Hitzman. Read more.
|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.
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!
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
TC Athletes Post High GPA's
**from the Midway Driller article on Feb. 19, "TC Enrollment Increases by More Than 13 Percent
"..Tony Thompson, Academic Advisor for Athletics, beat McMurray in announcing that for the fall 2012 semester, four of the six Cougar athletic teams posted grade point averages of 3.0 or higher. And the other 2 teams were “respectable”, Thompson said.
Twenty-one student athletes made the fall President’s List with GPA’s of 3.5 or better for 12 or more units and no grade below a ‘B’, he said. There were another 30 student athletes named to the Vice Presidents List with GPA’s of 3.0 or better for 12 or more units and no grade below a ‘C’, Thompson said.
Both Thompson and McMurray said they don’t recall any other time when athletic teams at the college have posted such high GPA’s."
For more from the article in the Midway Driller click More.
Academic All Conference Team Fall 2012:
Congratulations to the following student athletes who have satisfied the fall 2012 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
Taft College Athletics and Associated Student Body Support Breast Cancer Awareness ~ October 2012
Cougar Sports Center renamed in honor of a legend, it's now the Al Baldock Cougar Sports Center. "He loved the team. He loved the school. He loved the players," daughter Erin says at dedication. More
Former Taft College student/soccer player, Miguel Ibarra makes the list of top rookies according to IMS.
A little past the midway point of the season, IMS gives you a list of the top rookies in the league to keep your eye on. Not only for possible NASL Rookie of the Year honors but as top prospects to move on to MLS or other leagues above Division II. More
Former Taft College student/baseball player, Tommy Krier surprised his peers when he applied to become Western’s (Las Vegas) baseball coach going into the 2010 season.
As an assistant at Cimarron-Memorial, Krier helped the Spartans win the 2009 Sunset Region title and reach the Class, 4A state finals. He was headed to a Warriors program that hasn’t reached the playoffs since 2003 and has spent the past few years as a Southwest League doormat. More
At Western High School, baseball helping young players become young men.
Taft, Calif. —
Taft College athletic director Kanoe Bandy will be honored April 5 at the annual convention of the California Community College Athletic Directors Association in San Mateo. Bandy will receive the CCADA's Honoring Our Own award.
SIX FORMER CCCAA STUDENT-ATHLETES TO COMPETE IN SUPER BOWL XLVI-1/25/2012