The VC women's basketball team continued to be the most recognized academic achieving community college women's basketball program in the country as a state-leading six members of the 2019-20 team were named Academic All-State by the California Community College women's Basketball Coaches Association in a press release Friday. The Pirates had three sophomores named to the state-wide list: Madison Kast, Cece Quintino and Emma Larson, while three freshmen also earned the honor: Yasmine Ahllamara, Alanna Jackson and Kimora Pooler.
Student athletes at Ventura College continued to achieve academic honors in the fall 2020 semester with 99 of them earning a spot on VC's Dean's List by posting a 3.5 or better grade point average in 12 or more units. Of those honores, 47 earned perfect 4.0 GPA's signifying all A's in their classes. Meanwhile, 13 of the Pirates' 19 intercollegiate athletic teams achieved an overall GPA of 3.0 or better.
Ventura College baseball alumnus Marty Lamb '87 played an integral role in the Los Angeles Dodgers' return to the World Series championship this past fall. He was the signing scout for Walker Buehler, Will Smith, Matt Beaty and Caleb Ferguson from the 2020 title-winning club, but his off-the-field work is also garnering attention. The following article by Ken Gurnick appeared on MLB.com on December 22.
After careful consideration and in the best interest of our student athletes, coaches and athletic staff of Moorpark, Oxnard and Ventura colleges, the Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) has decided to “opt out” of competition for the upcoming California Community College Association (CCCAA) Spring I season at this time, a decision that affects traditional fall and winter sports.
Despite no 2020 season for the Pirate football team, the Pirates signed two student athletes as early transfers on the NCAA signing day on Wedenesday. Offensive tackle Will Bonkavich and defensive back Mychal Victor signed national letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at the Division I FBS level at Marshall and Nevada Las Vegas, respectively. The pair of signees brings head coach Steve Mooshagian's total of transfers from Ventura College to 261 in his decade at the helm of the Pirates' ship.
The Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association have re-signed free agent forward and Ventura College alumnus James Ennis III '11, President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman announced Wednesday. Ennis, a Ventura High School product, played for the Pirates in 2010-11, averaging 20.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 5.0 assists leading VC to a 22-7 overall record and the best mark in the Western State Conference North Division at 10-2. He earned first team All-State and All-WSC honors his sophomore season with the Pirates.
After Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the VC Athletic Department is hosting a Day of Giving on Tuesday Dec. 1. The fundraiser conducted through text messaging or online will benefit Pirate Athletics, or any of VC's 19 sports teams. The goal for the day is to have at least 50 individual donors and raise at least $1,000 combined.
Gary O’Brien joins the VC family as the men’s water polo head coach in 2020-21. He comes to Ventura with decades of coaching and playing experience around the world. Most recently, he was an assistant coach with Los Angeles Valley College from 2016-2019. The Monarchs earned WSC titles in ’16, ’17 and ’18 with O’Brien on staff, and advanced to the CCCAA State Championship game, earning a state runner-up finish in 2018.
Ventura College alumnus Jake Luton's '16 journey from Ventura College to the National Football League will reach a major milestone Sunday as the he is slated to make his NFL debut starting for the Jacksonville Jaguars as they host the Houston Texans. The 2016 National Northern Conference Offensive Player of the Year will start in place of the Jags' injured starter Gardner Minshew II head coach Doug Marrone confirmed at a press conference on Monday.
Former Ventura College Athletic Director, head wrestling coach and assistant football coach Jerry Dunlap passed away on September 30, 2020 in Omaha, Neb. Dunlap worked at VC for 38 years, including nine years as a coach and 17 years directing the Pirates’ athletic programs.
Tuesday September 22 was National Voter Registration Day. In conjunction with that day, the Ventura College Athletic Department has paired with the Associated Students of Ventura College to encourage 100 percent voter registration among eligible student athletes and 100 percent registration among VC students. The effort is also encouraging all students to become educated voters and participate in this fall's election.
The Ventura College Athletic Department is proud to announce that Antonio Rosales of the men's tennis team and Michelle Hamm and Raphaella Rosales of the women's cross country/track and field and volleyball/beach volleyball teams, respectively, have been named the Pirates' Scholar Athletes for the 2019-20. All three sophomores finished two years of competition for the orange and black with perfect 4.0 grade point averages in the classroom.
Despite the movement of classes online and the cancellation of most of the spring season, student athletes at Ventura College continued to achieve academically in 2019-20. In the fall, 99 student athletes made the Dean's list, signifying a grade point average of 3.5 or above, while 107 student athletes were honored on the Dean's list in the spring 2020 semester.
Aside from not celebrating a season-opening win this weekend due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Ventura College football program had a pretty good weekend, celebrating the arrival of a pair of alumni into the National Football League. Pirate alumni Jake Luton '16 and Jessie Lemonier '17, are set to earn their paychecks playing football as the 2020 NFL season opens this week. Luton has been named the back-up quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars while Lemonier is officially on the practice squad for the Los Angeles Chargers.
Pirate head baseball coach Cole Mahoney-Bruer has had the "Interim" tag removed from his title. Mahoney-Bruer, who will enter his sixth season in the VC dugout in the spring, served as the interim head coach during last spring's covid-shortened campaign after four years as an assistant. He has played a role in helping 55 Pirate baseball players transfer to four-year schools, including 15 to NCAA Division I, during his time with the orange and black. He was the lead assistant for VC's 2019 Western State Conference championship team.
The Ventura College Athletic Department is pleased to report that they list 83 student athletes from 2019-20 who are slated to transfer to four-year institutions in the fall, as of August 31. Of those transfers, 60 plan on continuing their athletic careers at their new school, most of them with an athletic scholarship. The transferring student athletes will attend 58 different schools in 26 states around the country.
The Ventura College women's basketball team posted a program record 3.544 team grade point average for the 2019-20 academic year to receive the No. 2 national ranking on this year's Women's Basketball Coaches Association Academic Honor Roll. The team achieved a 3.386 GPA in the fall and overcame the disappointment of a cancelled state tournament and the challenges of a spring semester that moved completely online due to the coronavirus health crisis to shatter the program standard with a 3.723 in the spring, earning VC's 16th WBCA Academic Honor Roll appearance in the last 17 years.
Ventura College football coach Steve Mooshagian has announced 24 transfers from the 2019 Northern Conference champion Pirates, five of whom were mid-year transfers. Among the transfers and signees, 12 are moving on to NCAA Division I, eight to NCAA Division II, one to NAIA and three to the NCAA Division III level. Many of these transfers were part of VC's 2018 Southern California Football Association championship team, and they helped lead a relatively young Pirate team in 2019 to a share of the Northern Conference title.
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association is proud to announce the 2020 Junior College Men ITA Scholar-Athletes and All-Academic Teams. With a team grade point average of 3.26, the Ventura College men's tennis team is one of 16 programs recognized from across the country on the distinguished list. Meanwhile, Dean's List honorees Antonio Rosales, Cody Castro and Yuya Koide were among the 68 individuals recognized by the organization as ITA Scholar Athletes.
With an incredible team grade point average of 3.78, the VC women's tennis team had been named an All-Academic Team by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association for 2020. Academia is a key aspect of the college tennis experience. Collegiate tennis players add to the rich intellectual community found on college campuses across the nation. Individually, Dean's List student athletes Sylvie Van Cott, Tanya Thompson, Isabella DeRosa and Dee Emami all were named ITA Scholar Athletes.
The VC women's basketball team has nine alumnae who are planning on transferring to four-year universities in the fall, with four planning to continue their basketball careers. This group adds to the long line of four-year transfers during the 30-year tenure of head coach Ned Mircetic. Since 1990-91, 164 Pirate alumnae have transferred to continue their education with 90 continuing their basketball careers at the four-year level.
Cross country star Olivia Burton was named the Ventura County Female College Athlete of the Year by the Ventura County Sports Hall of Fame Tuesday. The sophomore had earlier been awarded VC's Outstanding Female Sophomore Female Student Athlete and men's basketball standout Dayshone Henry was honored at the Pirates' Outstanding Male Sophomore Student Athletes for 2019-20. The two were also recently recognized by the Ventura Country Sports Hall of Fame for their accomplishments over their careers for the Pirates.
Ventura College Athletic Director Jimmy Walker and the Pirate Athletic Department hosted an alumni panel discussion on Racism, Diversity and the Student Athlete late last week that was posted to the Pirates' YouTube Channel and the VC Sports Network on Sunday. The panel was moderated by VC football mentor and player development assistant Ron Jenkins. He was joined by eight Ventura College alumni as they discussed racism in sport and society as a first step in addressing the current climate of racial tension.
Larry Baratte, the architect of Ventura College’s dominant men's and women's swimming programs of the early 21st century and a 2017 inductee into the VC Athletics Hall of Fame, peacefully passed away surrounded by the love of his family. He impacted the community in so many ways and will be sorely missed, yet his legacy will continue to live on.
Ventura College is pleased to announce that Jimmy Walker will continue as the Pirates’ Director of Intercollegiate Athletics permanently beginning in July. He has been serving as the Interim AD for the past year, helping the department navigate through the current coronavirus challenge, and the College is confident in his leadership for Pirate Athletics into the future.
The Pirates' men's tennis team has added three more players from the 2020 team to its list of students athletes who will transfer to four-year schools to continue their academic and athletic careers. Sophomores Charles De La Laurencie (Florida National University), Alexandre Campolina (Westcliff University, CA) and Thorben Waldburger (Indiana University East) have all signed scholarship offers this spring, joining Antonio Rosales (Biola University), who committed in the fall.
Nine players from Ventura College's 2019 Western State Conference championship team were honored earlier this spring by the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association as Academic All-State honorees. A total of 202 players from the 2019 season were honored by the coaches association for achieving at least a 3.5 grade point average during the last academic year.
In a perfect world, the Pirates' beach volleyball team would have returned home over the weekend following their first ever team appearance in the CCCAA State Tournament. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the season ended two months ago with unfulfilled expectations. But in the short time the 2020 team made it to the sand courts, there was much to celebrate.
The Pirates' women's tennis team was progressing in what could have been a memorable March and April when the coronavirus pandemic prematurely ended the 2020 season. Freshman Sylvie Van Cott was undefeated at No. 1 singles with an 11-0 record, and she also had a strong doubles year going with partner Aline Rojas. Meanwhile, others were also having solid seasons for VC when the CCCAA sports world stood still.