SAN DIEGO (Sept. 17, 2012) -- San Diego Mesa College has been named the recipient of the 2011-12 Chet DeVore Trophy, the top athletic award presented by the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference (PCAC) to a California community college. This award is presented each year to a PCAC member college with the most successful men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletic program for the academic year.
Mesa accumulated 241 points in a scoring system that rewards state community college team finishes, conference team finishes and major conference individual awards.
Mesa College took four women’s (water polo, volleyball, basketball, swim/dive) and four men’s (cross country, tennis, baseball, softball) PCAC conference championships in 2011-12. The Olympians placed third in the California Community College Athletic Association State Championships in men’s cross country and eighth in men’s track and field. Additionally both men’s and women’s track and field teams were named Foothill College Championships.
Mesa teams scored academically as well. Matt Neault (football) was selected Male Scholar Athlete of the Year, while Chanel Putras (basketball) took the top female scholar athlete title.
“To have 10 of 20 of our teams – a full 50 percent – rank first in their conference is an extraordinary feat. To also have two Mesa students named male and female athletic scholars of the year underscores not only our athletic programs, but the high standards placed on academic performance,” noted Dr. Pamela Luster, President. “I couldn’t be prouder.”
“Winning the Devore trophy is icing on the cake for an incredible year of success for Mesa College athletics,” echoed Dave Evans, Athletics Director and Dean of the School of Physical Education, Health Education and Athletics.
The DeVore award is named after the late Chester S. “Chet” DeVore, longtime Southwestern College Superintendent/President and founding Commissioner of the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference. The conference-member colleges, in alphabetical order, are Cuyamaca, Grossmont, Imperial Valley, MiraCosta, Palomar, San Diego City College, San Diego Mesa, Southwestern and San Diego Miramar. Palomar, which was the first DeVore Trophy winner in 2009-10, was runner-up for the DeVore Trophy with 239 points.