BUILDING A TRADITION OF SUCCESS Winning is central to my core philosophy of athletics, both in the classroom and in the venues of athletic competition. I expect our student-athletes to strive to be champions every day and to achieve victory through hard work and dedication. My focus is putting the fine coaches and student-athletes of CSU Monterey Bay in the best possible position to succeed, which includes building the financial foundation necessary to compete for championships and achieve a level of success that makes our university and surrounding communities proud. – Vince Otoupal, Director of Athletics
VICTORY IN COMPETITION Despite being a young program, CSU Monterey Bay has already demonstrated the makings of an impressive athletic legacy. With a solid coaching team in place and growing reputation among top recruits, the Otters will continue to build on these early successes as the program matures. Highlights from CSUMB’s first two years of competition as members of NCAA Division II: · Softball, CCAA Tournament Champions · Ricky Stockton, Men’s Golf, CCAA Tournament Champion · Men’s Basketball, CCAA Championship Game Appearance · Nine teams competed in post-season play · Six of those teams advanced to NCAA Regional Tournaments · Twenty-five student-athletes were named All-CCAA in their respective sports.
THE OTTERS COMPETE IN: BASEBALL, MEN’S & WOMEN’S BASKETBALL, MEN’S & WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY, MEN’S & WOMEN’S GOLF, SAILING, MEN’S & WOMEN’S SOCCER, SOFTBALL, WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL, and WOMEN’S WATER POLO
SUCCESS IN THE CLASSROOM CSU Monterey Bay student-athletes strive for excellence in the classroom every day, and it shows. Otter student-athletes consistently earn All-CCAA Academic recognition as well as other academic honors such as placement on the Dean’s List. To ensure that all student-athletes get the academic support they need, the program requires all freshmen and any athlete with a GPA lower than 3.0 to participate in weekly supervised study hall. In collaboration with campus partners such as the Academic Skills Achievement Program, the Writing Center and Undergraduate Advising Center, CSUMB Athletics sponsors a number of programs, events and workshops designed to develop academic and personal skills that lead to success.
SERVICE IN THE COMMUNITY In keeping with the core values of CSU Monterey Bay, student-athletes engage in several service projects each year, in addition to the regular Service Learning requirements every student must complete. Student-Athletes serve as role models to area youth through the following programs: · Make-A-Wish Foundation · Monterey County Boys and Girls Club · Reading Across America · Red Ribbon Week · Free sports clinics supported by Monterey Peninsula Foundation
Student-athletes also give back to the campus community by volunteering for events such as CSUMB Campus Clean-up and the annual Have a Heart for Students Dinner and Auction, which benefit student scholarships. The California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) has been one of the nation’s most successful intercollegiate athletic conferences since its establishment in 1938. CCAA members have won 146 National Championships (100 men, 48 women), the most of all Division II conferences in the nation. The 12-member league of the CCAA includes some of the nation’s top Division II programs in Cal State San Bernardino, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State Los Angeles, Cal State Stanislaus, Chico State, Humboldt State, UC San Diego, San Francisco State and Sonoma State. Cal State East Bay begins as a provisional status member in 2009-2010. CSU Monterey Bay became a full status member of the CCAA in 2007-2008.
BECOME AN OTTER BACKER TODAY! The CSU Monterey Bay Athletics Program is poised for greatness, but our young program must continue to build its funding base in order to reach the highest levels of excellence. Private support from Otter Backers will have a dramatic impact on the future success of our teams and student-athletes.
GIFT OPPORTUNITIES Adopt the Otters
Annual supporters “Adopt the Otters” by contributing to scholarships and other operating expenses. In return, they get an insider’s perspective on CSU Monterey Bay Athletics and connect with student-athletes and coaches through personalized letters, emails and special events.
CSU Monterey Bay Athletics offers advertising, marketing and promotional opportunities to corporate partners who seek the benefits of positive, brandbuilding association with the university and its athletic programs.
Scholarships Currently, CSU Monterey Bay awards $300,000 in athletic scholarships annually. That’s $200,000 less than the $500,000 in scholarships awarded on average by other universities competing in the CCAA. Scholarship aid is crucial to recruiting and retaining the caliber of student-athletes we strive to attract to CSUMB.
Events Proceeds from the President’s Cup Golf Tournament, Have a Heart Dinner and Auction, and Peter Hay Golf Tournament directly support scholarships and the operating budgets of our 13 sport programs.
JOIN OUR TEAM BEHIND THE TEAMS!
The Athletics Excellence Fund Help the Otters excel in the increasingly competitive NCAA Division II environment. Private support is vital to improving our facilities, attracting top-quality coaches and meeting the operational needs of our teams. Victory has a price. The Championship Fund helps offset the cost of travel to championship tournaments and other expenses that come with success.
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