Summer 2010 -SPECIAL EXTENDED EDITION -New Coach Hirings -Spring Season Recaps -Full Season Results
Message from the Athletic Director What a year for Cougar athletics!
In arguably the most successful fall season ever for CSUSM Athletics, the women’s cross-country team won the school’s first national championship by winning the NAIA National Championship in Vancouver, Tom Seitz WA. The men also finished Director of Athletics 17th in the country. The men’s and women’s soccer teams both qualified for postseason play, and the women won the conference tournament while the men were narrowly beaten in the finals. As a whole, Cougar Athletics finished third in the NAIA Director’s Cup fall standings, the program’s highest finish ever. The spring season brought more of the same success. Softball opened its new on-campus field by finishing ranked 5th in the country and making it to the NAIA National Tournament. Baseball had its best season ever by finishing 31-15-1, and ground was also broken for a new on-campus facility. Both golf teams finished ranked in the Top 25 and the women competed at NAIA Nationals. And the men’s and women’s track & field team sent 27 athletes to NAIA Nationals, the most in school history. In addition to these athletic achievements, over 43% of CSUSM student-athletes earned a 3.0 GPA or higher. These accomplishments are amazing, especially when one considers the limited amount of resources that are currently available to our teams. This is a testament to the quality of our coaches and student-athletes. Just think how successful the athletic program can become when we are able to increase our resources! Now that we have added men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball to eventually become a NCAA Division II member, I truly believe we can compete for NCAA national championships once our on-campus facilities are complete and we have increased our athletic scholarship support. We should strive for nothing less as we move forward in expanding Cougar athletics to become a great asset to the University. Thank you to the student-athletes, coaches, staff and supporters who made this such a remarkable year!
CSUSM Hires Head Coaches for New Sports Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Women’s Volleyball Programs Started While the 2009-2010 season was a banner year for Cougar Athletics on the field, there were equally exciting developments behind-thescenes. Thanks to the passage of the Athletic Fee Referendum in March, CSUSM Athletics has added men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball programs, and over the last month the three head coaches charged with building these programs have been named. Jim Saia has been tabbed as head coach of the Cougar men’s basketball team. As the head coach at Fresno Pacific the last three seasons, Saia has led the Sunbirds to a 70-29 record, two consecutive appearances at the NAIA National Tournament, and a #3 national ranking this past season. Saia also has experience at the highest collegiate level, serving as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at UCLA for seven seasons, three of which he brought in either the #1 or #2 nationally rated recruiting class. He then moved on to USC, serving as interim head coach in the 2004-2005 season.
CSUSM’s first-ever women’s basketball head coach will be a familiar face to local fans: Palomar’s Sheri Jennum. As the head coach at Palomar College for the last three years, Jennum has compiled a record of 74-17 and won three consecutive Pacific Coach Athletic Conference championships. Her team set a school and conference record with a 33-game win streak that spanned three seasons, as she guided Palomar to two sweet sixteen and one elite eight appearance in post-season play. She coached nine AllConference players, three Players of the Year, and four AllState selections. While CSUSM didn’t have to look far to find Jennum, the Cougars looked all the way to Indiana University for the program’s first-ever women’s volleyball head coach, Sarah Gustin. As an assistant coach at Indiana since 2007, Gustin served as recruiting coordinator for the Hoosiers, managing all aspects of recruiting, evaluating prospective student-athletes, and coordinating international recruiting efforts in Brazil, Europe, Canada, and New Zealand. In her time at Indiana, Gustin worked with 14 Big Ten All-Academic selections, 8 Big Ten Player of the Week selections, and the program’s first-ever AllAmerican. The California native is coming home to build Cougar volleyball from the ground up. With these new coaches on board, the futures of the new sports at CSUSM are in good hands! Ways to follow your CSUSM Cougars Website: www.csusmcougars.com Twitter: www.twitter.com/csusmcougars Facebook: Search Facebook for “CSUSM Cougars”
The concept of a “breakthrough season” is slippery to define, but no matter what definition you subscribe to, 2010 was a breakthrough season for Cougar softball. It was Coach Dave Williams’ first season with the team, and even before the players took the field, it was a historic year for the Cougars. Williams, along with help from the parents, community, and athletic department administration, was able to bring a softball field to campus. The beautiful CSUSM Softball Field was built from the ground up in a few short months, just in time for the start of the season. And when the season began, it became clear that the team on the field would live up to the quality of the new field. The squad posted a gaudy 19-3 home record, and a program-best 35-13 regular season, highlighted by a win over #1-ranked Cal Baptist. CSUSM qualified for the A.I.I. Conference Tournament as the #1 seed, winning in the finals over eventual national champion Simon Fraser University. The Cougars ascended to #5 in the national poll, and earned their first-ever bid to the NAIA National Championships.
For Coach Dennis Pugh’s Cal State San Marcos baseball team, the 2010 season was the most successful in the program’s four-year history. The Cougars won a program-best 31 games, including a winning record against teams from the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), the future home for CSUSM Athletics in the NCAA. The squad earned its secondstraight post-season appearance, qualifying for the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Conference Tournament as the #3 seed. Though the post-season run ended abruptly and prematurely, it was still a tremendous year and a big step forward for Cougar baseball. It was also a season that exceeded expectations. In the program’s first three years, CSUSM baseball was defined by the long ball. In 2007, playing the majority of their home games at tiny San Marcos High School, the Cougars hit 48 home runs in 41 games. In 2008, the powerful lineup hit a robust .324 with 69 home runs in 49 games. And in 2009, the squad hit .333 with 65 home runs in 43 games. Heading into this year, though, the lineup didn’t look like it packed the same punch, largely due to a preseason injury to star third baseman Austin Coleman that left the team without its
The team’s engine was junior pitcher Brenna Sandberg, who has developed into one of the best pitchers in the nation. She threw a staggering 328.1 innings this season and recorded 38 wins, leading the NAIA in both categories. Sandberg also set school records in virtually every other pitching statistic: 39 complete games, 15 shutouts, 1.26 ERA, and 318 strikeouts. Her season was highlighted by backto-back no-hitters at the A.I.I. Championships, and she was honored as A.I.I. Pitcher of the Year and became the program’s first All-American. The Cougars also got several strong seasons at the plate. First baseman Alyssa Dronenburg had a record-breaking season, hitting .429 with 16 home runs, 45 runs and 50 RBI. She was named to the All-Conference team, as was outfielder Ciera Ashman, who hit .317 with 42 runs and a team-leading 15 doubles and 15 stolen bases. In the outfield, senior Elizabeth Bush was brilliant in center, and stole 14 bases while hitting .282. Speedy slap-hitter Alicia Ingram batted .301 and swiped 13 bases, and senior Lindsey Preovolos contributed leadership off the bench. Newcomer Sandra Rodriguez saw time as well.
top four run producers from 2009. So how did the team achieve its success in 2010? It was a combination of improved pitching and a lineup that rose to the challenges it faced. Led by San Diego State transfers Brett Miller and Travis McCracken, the Cougar pitching staff was the best in program history. Miller was 2-0 with a 2.61 ERA before an injury ended his season, while McCracken was the staff workhorse, going 7-5 with a 4.33 ERA in a team-leading 70.2 innings pitched. Fellow starter Chris Skaalen went 6-2 as well, and in the bullpen, Eric Julienne, Auggie Richardson, Ricky Chavarria, and everyday shortstop Johnny Omahen all had ERA’s below 4.00. Julienne also earned a spot on the AllConference team. And the lineup? Reports of its demise turned out to be greatly exaggerated. All-Conference selection and SDSU transfer Kevin Silvett led the way, hitting .365 with 11 home runs and 48 RBI. Riverside transfer Kyle Secciani played great defense in center and came on late in the year to hit .356 and score 41 runs. Left fielder Josh Miller led the team with 50 RBI, and fellow senior Ricardo Moran hit .315 and played just about every position. Second baseman Omar Manzanarez set the team stolen base record
In the infield, third baseman/outfielder Lauren Nelson had another big year at the plate, hitting .301 with 5 home runs and 36 RBI. Senior second baseman Erica Coelho got red-hot in the middle of the year, and finished with a .300 batting average and 2 home runs. Shortstop Shanti Poston hit .267 with 20 runs and 27 RBI, and Ashley Estepa delivered some huge hits late in the year. And behind the plate, Kimi Villalpando was a rock throughout the year, and was one of the team’s best clutch hitters. Mimi Krutein provided her usual vocal leadership as well. The season would be filled with highlights, CSUSM knocked off both the eventual national champion (Simon Fraser, in the A.I.I. Conference Finals) and national runner-up (then-#1 Cal Baptist). The Cougars took three out of four games from local rival Point Loma as well. At the national championships, CSUSM won its first two games against Union and Mount Mercy. Though the season ended in pool play at Nationals after a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to William Carey, with just three seniors, the future is looking awfully bright for Cougar softball!
with 20, and Ryle Parks hit .335 and had a red-hot finish to the year. As a team, the Cougars hit a very strong .308, scoring 331 runs in 47 games (over 7 runs per game). Combined with the program-best 4.58 team ERA (down from 5.13 in 2009), and it’s no wonder why the team achieved the success it did. Among the many season highlights were a 12-inning 1-1 tie with #2-ranked Point Loma, a 3-game road sweep of CSU Los Angeles, and a shocking 8-run comeback at Poway High against CSU San Bernardino. The season ended on a down note at the A.I.I. Tournament in Tennessee, as CSUSM lost two one-run ballgames and was eliminated early. Still, the squad has plenty to be proud of, and a strong foundation has been built for future success.
Coach Fred Hanover’s men’s and women’s golf teams entered the 2009-2010 season with a tall task in front of them. For the first time in years, neither team entered the season nationally ranked, and given the loaded regions both teams compete in, earning an at-large bid to Nationals would be a challenge for both. The men’s team, which did not receive even a single top-25 vote in the season’s first poll, quickly established itself as a team to pay attention to. Led by returning junior Shezad Lakdawala, the squad finished a solid 6th place out of 12 teams at its home tournament and second event of the spring, the Cougar Classic. Still unranked at the end of February, the Cougars started March with their best performance to that point, taking 4th place in the 13-team field at the Point Loma/Smee Builders Invitational, ahead of Holy names, Cal Baptist, and others. That put CSUSM on the national radar, earning the squad numerous votes (but still no national ranking), and the CSU Bakersfield Invitational at the end of March would push it over the top. Led by freshman and eventual team MVP Adam
2010 was a record-setting season for Coach Steve Scott’s men’s and women’s track & field teams. Not only was the school record book rewritten in a good portion of events, but a record number of Cougar athletes qualified for the National Championships. Highlighting the season were the performances of newcomers Brett Campfield and Anthony Harbor. Campfield, a Temecula native who transferred from Princeton University, qualified for Nationals in the 800-meter, 1,500-meter, 5,000-meter, and as a member of the 4x400 and 4x800-meter relay teams. Harbor, a transfer from Cerritos College, was just as versatile, meeting the qualifying mark in the 400-meter, 110-meter hurdles, 400-meter hurdles, and as a member of the 4x100 and 4x400-meter relay teams. Though their individual accomplishments during the season were eye-opening, Campfield and Harbor were just 2 of the 27 Cougar athletes who earned a trip to the NAIA National Championships in Marion, Indiana. On the women’s team, qualifying and making the trip to Nationals were Krystle Osby, Monika Valenzuela, Lucia Asbury, Carol Schryver, Jessica Sandoval, Kelly Thompson, Caitlin
Loran’s fourth-place finish, the squad took 3rd in the all-NCAA field of 7 teams. CSUSM debuted at #22 in the April 2nd poll, and would carry the momentum into its final regular season tournament. Playing in Oklahoma City with many of the top teams in the NAIA, the Cougars took 4th place out of 14 teams at the U.C. Ferguson Classic. The Cougars, who as a team shot under 300 all three rounds, were led by Marco Gomez, who shot a final round 72. Though rough weather would dampen the team’s spirits at the Regional Championships, the Cougars still finished the season ranked #21, illustrating just how far the Cougars came in only a few short months. The women’s team, coming off a 10th place finish at Nationals, entered the season unranked but receiving votes. CSUSM got off to a quick start, taking 2nd in its one-round home tournament, the CSU San Marcos Invitational. Linnel DeVilla led the way, tying for second place in the field. The Cougars then finished a solid 5th out of 9 teams at the CBU Spring Break Collegiate, led by Roxanne Mejia, who tied for 9th.
Villarreal, Jessica Sandoval, Jen Albright, Cassidy Reich, Lindsey McKown, Aimee Rassavong, Tiffany West, Brianna Murdoch, Brooke Smith, Nancy DiBenedetto, and Andrea Talhami. On the men’s team, making the trip to Nationals were Thomas McDougald, Nick Stein, Dave Edwards, Muluken Beressa, Western Nelson, Chris Capeau, Pat Fitzgerald, Scott Jeffers, and David Freund. Over a dozen school records fell throughout the season. On the women’s side, Osby broke the school record in the 200, and along with Rassavong, Valenzuela, West, set the school record in the 4x100-meter relay. The 4x800 team of Schryver, DiBenedetto, Smith, and Asbury set the school record as well. On the men’s side, McDougald broke the school record in the 100 and 200, Stein the 400, Campfield in the 800 and 1,500, and Harbor in the 110 and 400-meter hurdles. McDougald, Stein, Harbor, and Nicholas Henderson set the 4x100 relay record, and Campfield, Harbor, Stein, and McDougald broke the record in the 4x400-meter relay.
That was enough to get the Cougars a #18 national ranking, but the squad would have plenty of climbing yet to do. The most impressive individual and team performance came at the Lady Otter Invitational, as sophomore Stephanie Cole set a team record with a first-round -4 (69), and the squad went on to finish 6th in the loaded 19-team field. Newcomer Meagan Pechner, who was solid throughout the season, tied with DeVilla for second on the team. CSUSM shot all the way up to #10 with that performance, but with a very limited number of at-large bids available for Nationals, the team was still firmly on the bubble heading into the Regional Championships. Having to finish 4th to put themselves in a really good position to qualify for the Nationals, the Cougars did exactly that, thanks largely to Mejia and senior Ellyse Siu, who tied for 2nd at +3 (147). CSUSM finished the season ranked #10, easily qualifying for the field at National Championships in Rapid City, South Dakota. There, the Cougars took 12th place, led by Cole, who finished tied for 29th.
After such an incredible season, the team was unfortunately snake bitten at the National Championships in Marion, Indiana. Numerous athletes just missed advancing by the slimmest of margins; which was literally the case with McDougald, who lost out on a spot in the 100-meter finals by 1/100th of a second. Still, Campfield delivered an excellent second-place finish in the 1,500 and took third in the 800 to earn All-American in both events, Harbor took fifth in the 400-meter hurdles to become an AllAmerican, and Dave Edwards placed sixth in the 1,500 to earn All-American status as well. Overall, 2010 was an excellent and memorable season for Cougar Track & Field!
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Baseball Overall: 31-15-1
1/27 at #2 Point Loma 1/31 vs. Oregon Tech 2/5 vs. Patten 2/7 vs. Patten 2/10 at Azusa Pacific 2/12 at Cal Baptist 2/13 at Cal Baptist 2/16 at Concordia 2/17 at Vanguard 2/19 vs. San Diego Christian 2/21 vs. #21 Madonna 3/5 vs. Chapman 3/10 vs. Illinois Tech 3/11 vs. Illinois Tech 3/15 vs. Concordia 3/16 vs. Vanguard 3/19 at CSU Los Angeles 3/20 at CSU Los Angeles 3/22 at UC San Diego
1-1 T 6-3 W, 5-2 W 0-12 L 9-0 W, 6-0 W 5-11 L 0-9 L 1-8 L, 12-10 W 5-9 L 3-2 W 4-3 W 8-4 W 5-6 L 17-1 W, 2-1 W 5-4 W, 12-0 W 2-8 L 8-7 W 8-2 W 10-8 W, 9-4 W 4-8 L
Senior utility man Ricardo Moran was named 2010 CSUSM baseball MVP after hitting .315 with 39 runs scored. He’s been a starter for all four seasons of Cougar baseball.
3/23 at San Diego Christian 3/27 at CSU San Bernardino 3/28 vs. CSU San Bernardino 3/30 at The Master’s 3/31 vs. Sioux Falls 4/1 vs. Sioux Falls 4/2 at CSU Dominguez-Hills 4/9 vs. La Sierra 4/12 at Biola 4/13 at San Diego Christian 4/16 at Bethany 4/17 at Patten 4/19 at Biola 4/23 at Chapman 4/26 vs. Azusa Pacific 5/5 vs. Houston-Victoria 5/6 vs. Thomas U.
7-6 W 3-15 L 11-9 W 4-5 L, 6-1 W 15-4 W 8-2 W 2-5 L 27-3 W, 9-3 W 11-8 W 14-7 W 4-8 L, 5-1 W 13-2 W, 14-1 W 2-15 L 7-3 W 6-5 W 3-4 L 4-5 L
3/9 vs. Tennessee Wesleyan 3/12 vs. Biola 3/13 vs. Bethany 3/18 vs. Puget Sound 3/18 vs. Kenyon 3/20 vs. St. Mary’s 3/20 vs. Chapman
8-0 W, 5-0 W 3-1 W, 6-4 W 8-1 W, 9-0 W 11-0 W 10-1 W 5-0 W 7-3 W
Softball MVP Brenna Sandberg led the nation in wins and innings pitched, en route to breaking every school pitching record this season. The junior was named A.I.I. Pitcher of the Year.
3/21 at UC San Diego 3/23 at Hope International 3/27 vs. Vanguard 3/29 vs. Simpson 3/30 at Concordia 4/1 at Bethany 4/7 vs. Point Loma 4/10 vs. Azusa Pacific 4/13 at Biola 4/17 at Point Loma 4/20 at Cal Baptist 4/24 vs. Hope International 5/6 vs. Ohio Dominican 5/7 vs. Houston-Victoria 5/8 vs. Simon-Fraser 5/8 vs. Simon Fraser 5/20 vs. Union 5/21 vs. Mount Mercy 5/22 vs. William Carey
1-2 L, 3-8 L 4-5 L, 5-2 W 8-0 W, 7-0 W 8-1 W, 2-1 W 7-0 W, 2-5 L 9-0 W, 12-1 W 1-0 W, 4-0 W 3-4 L, 2-0 W 3-2 W, 5-2 W 1-0 W, 0-1 L 5-6 L, 7-4 W 7-0 W, 8-0 W 4-0 W 1-0 W 4-5 L 9-0 W 3-2 W 1-0 W 1-2 L
2/27 - 2/28 @ CSU San Marcos Inv. Team: 2nd; Individual: Linnel DeVilla - T2nd
3/8 - 3/9 @ CBU Spring Break Collegiate Team: 5th; Individual: Roxanne Mejia - T9th
3/19 - 3/20 @ Monterey Inv.
Team: 7th; Individual: Linnel DeVilla - T15th
3/29 - 3/30 @ Lady Otter Inv.
Team: 2nd; Individual: Stephanie Cole - 11th
4/3 - 4/4 @ Conference Championships
Team: 4th; Individual: Ellyse Siu/Roxanne Mejia - T2nd
5/26 - 5/28 @ NAIA National Championships Team: 12th; Individual: Stephanie Cole - T29th
Track & Field
2/7 @ Surf City Half Marathon
Qualifying Marks: Western Nelson (marathon), Chris Capeau (marathon), Lindsey McKown (marathon)
2/27 @ Rossi Relays 4x800m (men)
3/6 @ SDSU/PLNU/CSUSM/UCSD 3/12 - 3/13 @ Occidental Inv./PLNU Inv.
Nick Stein (400m), Muluken Beressa (5000m), Dave Edwards (5,000m), Western Nelson (10,000m), Chris Capeau (10,000m), Jessica Sandoval (10,000m), Jen Albright (10,000m), Lindsey McKown (10,000m)
3/20 @ Point Loma/Naval Academy/CSUSM 3/27 - 3/28 @ Cal-Nevada Inv./ PLNU Inv. Brett Campfield (5,000m), Western Nelson (5,000m), Chris Capeau (5,000m), Andrea Talhami (triple jump)
4/3 @ Mangrum Inv. 4/10 @ Pomona Pitzer Inv.
Anthony Harbor (110m hurdles), Lucia Asbury (800m)
4/17 @ SOKA Inv.
Anthony Harbor (400m), Nick Stein (800m), David Freund (pole vault)
4/24 @ UCSD Triton Inv.
4x100m relay (men), Monika Valenzuela (800m), 4x100m (women)
Versatile runner Monika Valenzuela was named the women’s track & field MVP.
2/2 @ San Diego Classic -Team: 5th; Individual: Jeon Se Myung- T13th
2/8 - 2/9 @ CSU San Marcos Inv. -Team: 6th; Individual: Shezad Lakdawala- T14th
2/15 - 2/16 @ Carlton Oaks Inv. -Team: 4th; Individual: Robert Nicanor- T10th
5/1 @ UCI/Steve Scott Inv.
-Team: 4th; Individual: Tyler Hurst - T6th
Thomas McDougald (100m), Brett Campfield (1,500m), Dave Edwards (1,500m), Scott Jeffers (javelin), Monika Valenzuela (400m)
3/21 - 3/23 @ CSU Bakersfield Inv.
5/8 @ Occidental Inv.
3/1 - 3/2 @ Point Loma Inv. -Team: 3rd; Individual: Adam Loran - 4th
4/12 - 4/13 @ Oklahoma City Inv.
-Team: 4th; Individual: Marco Gomez - T12th
4/19 - 4/20 @ Conf. Championships
Brett Campfield (800m), Dave Edwards (800m), Anthony Harbor (400m hurdles), 4x400m (men), Carol Schryver (1,500m), Jessica Sandoval (5,000m), Kelly Thompson (5,000m), Caitlin Villarreal (5,000m), 4x400m (women), 4x800m (women)
Men’s Track MVP Brett Campfield was the National RunnerUp in the 1,500-meter run, and finished third in the 800-meter at Nationals. He earned All-American status in both events.
-Team: 4th; Individual: Tyler Hurst - T10th
1/30 vs. Redlands 2/5 vs. Southern Oregon 2/11 at Azusa Pacific 2/13 vs. Concordia 2/19 vs. Holy Names 2/19 vs. Cal Baptist 2/20 vs. Holy Names 2/20 vs. Cal Baptist 3/2 at Vanguard
6-1 W, 4-3 W 11-5 W, 4-2 W 7-8 L, 9-3 W 1-4 L, 1-2 L 8-2 W 1-12 L 14-0 W 3-7 L 3-0 W, 0-2 L
Golfers Stephanie Cole and Adam Loran were named Team MVP’s for the 2009-10 season.
5/27 - 5/29 @ NAIA Outdoor Championships All-Americans Brett Campfield (800m; 1,500m) Dave Edwards (1,500m) Anthony Harbor (400m hurdles)