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Weekly Calendar:
Tues., Oct. 18: W. Soccer vs College of the Sequoias 1 pm HOME
Tues., Oct. 18: M. Soccer vs Hartnell College 3 pm HOME
Wed., Oct. 19: Volleyball @ Columbia College-Sonora 5 pm away
Fri., Oct. 21: W. Soccer vs Cerro Coso College 1 pm HOME
Fri., Oct. 21: M. Soccer @ Santa Ana College 4 pm away


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:
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Alumni Spotlight

Former Taft College Cougar baseball player, Tyler Wright, has been named the Interim Head Coach for California State University, Dominguez Hills for the 2016 season.

A 2002 graduate of Liberty High School in Bakersfield, before coming to Taft College where he was a 2nd team All-CVC first baseman. Tyler lead the team in batting average and on-base pct. his sophomore season. He graduated from TC in 2004. He attended BIOLA University and served as the associate head coach there for 6 seasons.

Congratulations Tyler!!

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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.



Taft College Christens Fall Sports Season This Weekend
Taft Midway Driller
August 25, 2016

Taft College will kick off its 2016 fall sports season this weekend with men’s and women’s soccer both hosting matches with volleyball opening its campaign next week on the road.

The Cougar men’s soccer team – always one of the best in the state – hosts Allan Hancock College of Santa Maria Friday at 4 o’clock on the Tenth and San Emidio streets field.

Meanwhile, the Cougar women will entertain Southern California power College of the Canyons Saturday at noon on the same field.

The volleyball team will travel to Sacramento Tuesday for two matches at Sacramento City College, the first one at 1 p.m. against the host school and the second two hours later against Foothill College. The home opener will be next Friday when the Cougars host San Joaquin Delta at 1 p.m. and DeAnza College at 5 p.m. Delta and DeAnza will play at 3.

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Taft College Hires Head Women's Basketball Coach/Associate Professor

Taft College is excited to have Carly Flowers join the District as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach and Associate Professor for the upcoming academic year. Carly will be responsible for all aspects of the basketball program, and will have a teaching assignment in the disciplines of Physical Education, Health Education, and/or Kinesiology.

Carly holds a master’s degree in Allied Health from Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. Immediately prior to accepting the position at Taft College, Carly has also been coaching women’s basketball at Otterbein University. Carly has many collective years of experience related to basketball not only as a team player, but as an assistant coach, head coach, mentor, and recruiter. As a college player, Carly was a four-year letter winner with three appearances to the NCAA tournament, including an NCAA Elite-8 appearance in 2006. Carly holds a career record 96-21, and Ohio Athletic Conference record of 62-10. As a college coach, most recently, Carly helped lead the women’s Otterbein team to their first NCAA Tournament appearance, finishing with an impressive 21-7 record.

Carly states, “I will recruit high quality student athletes that will compete every day in the classroom and on the basketball court. I value leadership and teamwork, above all. By teaching and providing learning opportunities to athletes, they will become more successful. I am passionate about teaching life and basketball skills. While consistently emphasizing teamwork, leadership, and respect I will be molding outstanding people. Building on this foundation, the team will thrive on and off the court.”

“Our Athletic Department is very focused on the success of our athletes both academically and athletically,” says Darcy Bogle, Vice President of Student Services. “Carly’s coaching philosophy directly aligns with our department and mission, and will allow us to continue our tradition of athletic excellence. Go Cougars!”

Kanoe Bandy, Athletic Director also shares, “I am very excited and eager for Carly to join us at Taft College, and look forward to the opportunity to work with her. I am thrilled to not only have her as our Women’s Basketball Coach, but as an Associate Professor. What a great mentor Carly will be for our students and athletes alike.”

Taft College is part of the Central Valley Athletic Conference, with the average sport offerings being 10 sports per college. Our Athletic Department provides opportunities for students to participate in several other intercollegiate sports programs. Men may participate in Baseball, Golf and Soccer; and Women may participate in Basketball, Soccer, Softball, and Volleyball. Our sport programs teach student athletes the value of discipline, loyalty, hard work, good health and good sportsmanship.

For more information, please contact, Kanoe Bandy at kbandy@taftcollege.edu or (661) 763-7779.

Academic All Conference Team - Spring 2016:
CONGRATULATIONS to the following student athletes have satisfied the 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. To see the list of qualifiers, click Here

Cougar Baseball Coach Honored
May 27, 2016
Taft College Baseball Coach recieves Victory Athletics Coach of the Year Award

On Friday, May 27th, Taft College Baseball Coach, Vince Maiocco was honored at the CCCBCA Hall of Fame Dinner as the 2016 Victory Custom Athletics Coach of the Year. This award is not only about a win/loss record, but on what a coach does beyond the playing field. Making sure of the successes of the student athlete and community involvement to create a viable atmosphere for those student athletes.

News Release
Taft College Brings on Men’s and Women’s Golf Teams
To Enhance its Athletic Program

At its December 9, 2015 meeting, the West Kern Community College District Board of Trustees approved a proposal to add two new sports to the line-up of intercollegiate competition at Taft College – men’s and women’s golf.
Golf will provide an opportunity for men and women to compete in the sport at the collegial level. Each team typically includes 8-10 players. At the community college level, women’s golf teams compete in the fall semester, and men’s teams compete in spring. Our men will begin competition in the spring of 2017 and the women will begin competition in the fall of 2017.

The College has hired PGA Professional Chad Sorensen as the Head Men’s Golf Coach. He will be responsible for recruiting players and building the men’s golf program at Taft College. The Athletics Department is working with the Central Valley Athletic Conference to ensure a smooth launch of the Taft College Golf Program.

“Adding men’s and women’s golf to our Athletic Program provides additional opportunities for student athletes who wish to compete in the sport of golf,” states Brock McMurray, Interim Superintendent/President at Taft College. “We are eager to expand our Athletics Program to include golf next year.”

Student athletes are consistently high academic achievers. The discipline of the sport, coupled with supportive services and strong peer relationships, may be the reason why. “Our Athletic Department is very focused on the success of our athletes both academically and athletically. Following this philosophy, our athletes are among some of our top academic performers on our campus,” says Darcy Bogle, Vice President of Student Services. “For example, our current graduating class of student athletes has a cumulative GPA of 3.16.”

Athletic Director Kanoe Bandy also shared, “I am very excited that we are in a position to expand our athletic offerings by bringing in men’s and women’s golf. This addresses two of our constant concerns, gender equity and the viability of our Athletic Program. We compete in a conference that varies in sports offerings from 19 sports down to only 2. This puts us closer to the conference average of 10 sports per college.”

Students also have the opportunity to participate in several other intercollegiate sports programs. Men may participate in baseball and soccer; and women may participate in basketball, soccer, softball, and volleyball. Our sports programs teach student athletes the value of discipline, loyalty, hard work, good health and good sportsmanship.

For more information, please contact Kanoe Bandy at kbandy@taftcollege.edu or (661) 763-7779.

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Cougar Athletics Raises Money at Triple Play Dinner
By Matt Henry, Midway Driller Sports Writer
January 26, 2016

TAFT-There are many ways to raise money. The Taft College Athletics Department found a fun way to do so this past Friday night when they hosted the third annual Triple Play Dinner highlighted by former Los Angeles Dodgers knuckleball pitcher Charlie Hough in the Auditorium of The Fort.

“Doing the fundraiser for a local junior college is very important,” said Hough. “This is where our players come from. We all started in stuff like this. ”

Hough found out about the fundraiser through George Culver of Bakersfield who was a teammate of his. On the flip side, Cougar baseball coach Vince Maiocco got in touch with Culver who put him in touch with Hough.

After a 25-year career playing for the Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox and Florida Marlins, Hough who was famous for his knuckleball is currently a senior advisor of Player Development for the Los Angeles Dodgers. According to Hough, he works with young pitchers.

The Triple Play dinner started with those in attendance getting a chance to mingle around and having the chance to take part in a silent auction that included items like Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson’s autographed hat and an autographed baseball from Orel Hershiser.

Once the event got underway Taft College Athletic Director Kanoe Bandy welcomed the large crowd and introduced the Cougar baseball and softball teams. Pastor Mike Osthimer of Calvary Chapel in Bakersfield then read a prayer that is in the baseball Hall of Fame and gave a prayer of his own.

Dinner was served to the large crowd with the Taft College baseball and softball players doing the serving and Salty’s restaurant providing the catering.
Following dinner a live auction was held with Maiocco’s brother, Matt Maiocco, doing the emceeing with three prizes auctioned off-a framed poster of Hank Aaron’s 715th home run with autographed balls from Aaron and the pitcher Al Downing.

Also a timeshare was auctioned off with the final bid going for $2900. The live auction was only going to be three things but the owner of Salty’s offered a catering of 50 people that went for $1000.

After the auction, Matt Maiocco, who is a San Francisco 49’ers Insider for Comcast Sports Net Bay Area and Hough sat in a pair of chairs with Maiocco interviewing Hough and Hough telling stories about his career ranging from how he started throwing the knuckleball to a story about former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda to advice for the Cougar baseball and softball players.

“We’re always searching for ways to raise money,” said Vince Maiocco. “It’s a really neat event.”

According to Maiocco, the event doesn’t just raise money for the baseball and softball programs but for all of the sports programs at Taft College.

Harmer Kanoe Bandy Maiocco Hough

Academic All Conference Team - Fall 2015:
CONGRATULATIONS to the following student athletes have satisfied the fall 2015 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. To see the list of qualifiers, click Here

Taft College Set to Honor First Hall of Fame Class
By Jeff Evans, Bakersfield Californian - jevans@bakersfield.com

Taft College is about to honor its past.

The west Kern County community college will hold its inaugural Taft College Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Nov. 7.

“With the rich history here at Taft College, it was believed we should begin to honor individuals who have had a major impact on the college,” said Kanoe Bandy, the college’s athletic director and volleyball coach who is co-chair of the Hall of Fame committee.

The inaugural inductees are Larry Peahl and Don Zumbro in the distinguished administrator category, John Miller and the late Jack McCall for extraordinary service, the late Al Baldock for outstanding coach, Amanda Smith for outstanding female athlete and the 1982 football team in the outstanding team category.
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Former Cougar, Tiffany Mapusaga Named GNAC Player of the Week
From St. Joseph University, Connecticut
September 21, 2015

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – University of Saint Joseph senior Tiffany Mapusaga (Waianae, Haw.) was named Great Northeast Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the period ending Sept. 20, it was announced Monday.

Mapusaga, the 2014 GNAC Offensive Player of the Year, claimed her first weekly honor of the season. She had 37 kills in 11 sets over three matches against only seven hitting errors on 91 attacks for a .330 hitting percentage. She also had 31 digs and served five aces to lead USJ to a 3-0 week.

Mapusaga had 15 kills and 14 digs in a four-set win over Mitchell and 15 kills (on only 30 swings) and 11 digs in a big GNAC win over Suffolk Saturday. She is presently fifth in the GNAC at 2.81 kills per set.

USJ (5-3 overall, 1-1 GNAC) next plays Thur. Sept. 24 when it hosts Daniel Webster at the O’Connell Center in a non-conference match at 7 p.m.

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Academic All Conference Team - Spring 2015:
The  following student athletes have satisfied the spring 2015 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

Keith Tatum
Autin Pendergrass
Ricky Sottile
Logan Mace
Eric Evans
Bryan Sanchez
Jeff Gilstrap
Kevn Rocha
Kendal Daniels
Kyle Wedel


TC Announces Inductees for First Hall of Fame Class

By Dennis McCall
Taft Midway Driller
June 24, 2015

Taft College will induct six individuals, two of them posthumously, and a team into its inaugural Hall of Fame. Click the link below for the whole story.


The Taft College athletic department is looking for individuals who were on either the 1982 Football team or the 1996 volleyball team. Please contact Jennifer Edmaiston at 661-763-7829 or jedmaiston@taftcollege.edu.

Miguel Ibarra - Face of the United Franchise

Miguel Ibarra helps put Minnesota United FC on the map 
By David LA Vaque Star Tribune
May 31, 2015 — 10:43pm

They watch and cheer back home in Lancaster, Calif., where his love for soccer took root. Former coaches and teammates from his alma maters Taft College and the University of California, Irvine meet around televisions or computers and marvel. Even veteran Minnesota United FC teammates can feel like fans in Miguel Ibarra’s presence.

An explosive midfielder with great speed and stamina, Ibarra took a unique and circuitous path from an unknown to the 2014 North American Soccer League most valuable player. Bigger still, last fall he became the first player from a second-tier league in North America to receive a national team call-up in a decade.

The kid who could not garner Division I college interest out of high school found his jersey hanging next to Landon Donovan’s in the locker room. Clint Dempsey presented Ibarra, once cut by Portland of Major League Soccer, a ball signed by the U.S. team after his first appearance in an international match.



Spring Sports Banquet

The Taft College Athletic Department held its Spring Sports Banquet on Sunday, May 3, 2015 to recognize the hard work and dedication of our athletes who participated on the women’s basketball team and the baseball team.

Baseball Team 2015Basketball Team 2015

Click here for the full gallery. Pictures courtesy of Mahea Maui.

Kanoe Bandy Given Top Soroptimist Honor

March 3, 2015
Taft Midway Driller
Doug Keeler

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
Dennis McCall

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
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 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