Cypress Charger AthleticsCypress Community College boasts a well rounded physical education curriculum along with a successful sports program featuring 13 intercollegiate teams and a strong support staff of professionals. The school also has a wheelchair basketball program.
Student-athletes are provided quality individual instruction, the chance to develop to their full potential and the opportunity to earn a four-year college or university scholarship.
Cypress, which offers seven sports for women and six for men, has had a solid line-up of teams and individual athletes who have excelled since the college first opened its doors in 1966. In recent years, the baseball, softball, women's soccer and women's basketball programs have taken center stage.
In 1997 the baseball and softball squads, coached by brothers Scott and Brad Pickler, captured state championships. The baseball crown was the third of the 1990s under the direction of Scott Pickler who has over 600 wins in his 19 years at the school and captured the state championship again in 2003. Trevor Hoffman of the San Diego Padres, who played at Cypress in 1986 and 1987, is a four-time Major League all-star.
Brad Pickler also has had a great deal of success. He has led the softball team to five state titles while winning over 800 games. The Chargers were the first California school to capture three consecutive state championships (1997, 1998, 1999).
Cypress only started playing intercollegiate women's soccer in 1991, but the late Ray Haas quickly built the program into a consistent winner. The Chargers won state crowns in 1998, 1999 and 2004. Cypress' 27-0 season in 1999 was rewarded with a No. 1 national ranking by the National Soccer Coaches Assn. of America.
Cypress captured its first women's basketball championship in 2005. Margaret Mohr's team set a school record with 28 wins against five defeats with just eight players on the roster.
Cypress enjoys strong support from the community and student body, who are part of the traditionally popular athletic program.