I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the community, parents, students and panther supporters to 2014-15 seasons. It is an exciting time for Hartnell College athletics. Last year our athletic programs brought us six coast conference championships and one state championship. Our football team ended the year in exciting fashion by winning the living breadth foundation bowl by beating Contra Costa College 37-26 and finishing the season ranked 15th in Northern California and 25thin the state. After the 2013 season, sixteen of our football players received scholarships and will be attending four-year universities. In the spring, we added a new state of the art weight room in the basement below the main gymnasium.
Our student/athletes prepare vigorously in the classroom and on the playing fields in order to represent Hartnell College. I am proud to say that our coaches do an outstanding job of preparing their student/athletes academically as well as athletically. The athletic department is proud of our past and present accomplishments. In 2013/2014, we transferred 60% of our student/athletes and 42% of our sophomores received scholarships.
We had a 89% retention rate and 100 of our student/athletes were on the honor roll. I congratulate the athletes, coaches, trainers, faculty, administrators, maintenance and grounds crew for their dedication and commitment. Without the support of family, teachers, counselors, academic support staff, and generous community supporters, the success of our student/athletes would not happen. Continued teamwork gives our students the support they need to graduate from Hartnell College, continue their education, and become the future leaders of tomorrow.
We also are extremely proud to have celebrated the Inaugural Hartnell College Athletics Hall of Fame last year. We inducted seven athletes, one volunteer/supporter, four faculty/staff, and one team. The seven athletes were: Ernie Camacho (Baseball), Denise Cornell (Track & Field/Volleyball), Harold (Hal) Davis (Track), Alvaro Mercado (Soccer), Tony Teresa (Football, Baseball, and Basketball), Maria Trujillo (Cross Country and Track), and Robin Von Soosten-Cook ( Swimming). The four retired faculty inducted were: Helga “Buzz” Buss, June Handley, Dorothy Middaugh Wallace, and G. Darwin Peavy. The volunteer/supporter inducted was Bill Elliott. Our team recipient was the 1952 Junior College Football Rose Bowl team.
I have the privilege of experiencing the proud tradition of Hartnell College for almost five decades as a spectator, student/athlete, coach, and now as Director of Athletics. I know the importance that the community’s involvement provides for the success of our athletes, athletic programs and our incredible staff. Over the years, Salinas and the neighboring communities have provided outstanding support for Hartnell College.
Thank you for supporting Hartnell College in the past and the present. Please continue to join us in our outstanding academic and athletic tradition for future generations. Good luck to the players. The Hartnell Panther tradition is alive and well. Panther Pride!!!
Director of Athletics, Hartnell College