Cypress, Fullerton VRCs Play First Annual Softball Game
Cypress College sister school Fullerton College hosted the 1st Annual Cypress College Veterans Resource Center versus Fullerton College Veterans Resource Center softball game on Friday, May 3, 2019. Cypress had a great student-veteran turnout and it helped the college win a tough game 6-5.
Fullerton College President Dr. Greg Schulz was a gracious host on behalf of Fullerton. In Spring 2020, Cypress College will host what we expect will become an annual tradition to celebrate our NOCCCD veteran students.
Alumnus Trevor Hoffman Inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame
Alumnus Trevor Hoffman is now Hall of Fame Alumnus Trevor Hoffman.
One of Major League Baseball’s most-successful pitchers of all time, Hoffman was among six inducted to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, and is one of 323 enshrined in Cooperstown. During his induction speech, Hoffman mentioned the importance of Cypress College on his career — and specifically the influence of long-time baseball coach Scott Pickler.
Hoffman was prolific on the mound — recording 601 saves in 18 Major League Baseball seasons, most of them in a San Diego Padres uniform, and being recognized seven times as an MLB all star. He was the first to reach the 500- and 600-save milestones. Likewise, his presence on campus lives large as a participant in athletic events (for example, he recently presented the Charger of the Week award) and as the American Awards Man of the Year recipient in 2013.
— Cypress Chargers (@CYPRESSChargers) July 29, 2018
During the Hall of Fame festivities, Hoffman was asked about the Cypress College by campus Sports Information/Marketing Representative Wes McCurtis.
“Coach Pick is a legend. He just got inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He was instrumental in my growth as a baseball player and a person,” Hoffman told McCurtis. “If I didn’t have the community college to go to out of high school, I wasn’t very big when I graduated, and so it’s a great opportunity to continue playing [and it] allowed me go to the university of Arizona after that.”
McCurtis also captured Pickler’s thoughts on Hoffman’s induction.
— Cypress Chargers (@CYPRESSChargers) July 30, 2018
The Hall of Fame speech from the Hall of Fame man. #HOFfman
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) July 30, 2018
MLB Inducts Alum Trevor Hoffman into Hall of Fame
Cypress College baseball coach Scott Pickler once said of alumnus Trevor Hoffman, “He had it all in perspective. It wasn’t an accident that he got his 601 saves. It wasn’t an accident that he’s the best reliever to ever play the game. It’s not an accident that he’s going to be in the Hall of Fame.
Pickler, who coached Hoffman from 1985-1986, was right. Major League Baseball inducted the former Cypress Charger into the Hall of Fame today. Hoffman was one of four players selected for induction as part of the Class of 2018.
Hoffman was a relief pitcher for the San Diego Padres during his 18-year MLB career, earning 601 saves, an induction into the San Diego Padres Hall of Fame, and an award named in his honor — the Trevor Hoffman N.L. Reliever of the Year award.
Congratulations to alumnus Trevor Hoffman!
College to Induct 23 Chargers in Athletics Hall of Fame
Cypress College will induct a class of athletes, coaches, and supporters of Chargers Athletics into its Hall of Fame for the first time in nearly a decade on April 1 as part of the College’s 50th Anniversary celebrations.
Athletics will honor the class of 23 new inductees in a Hall of Fame event that includes breakfast, an induction ceremony, and the unveiling of a new Hall of Fame display honoring the memory and contributions of outstanding Cypress athletes, coaches, and athletics supporters.
This is the first-ever induction ceremony for the Hall of Fame, which has already honored 43 former Chargers. Many, like men’s basketball players Swen Nater (’70) and Mark Eaton (’80), and baseball player Trevor Hoffman (’85), went on to successful professional careers.
The current class of inductees includes 23 current and former Chargers, including Cypress College President Dr. Simpson, longtime Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach Tom Lubin, and softball alumnae Alyssa Gutierrez (’07).
Following the Hall of Fame event, Chargers baseball will host its 50th Anniversary game against Golden West, featuring a special pre-game ceremony at 12:40 p.m.
Across campus at the Pond and surrounding buildings, the College’s 50th Anniversary Festival and Reunion will kick off at noon and continue through 4 p.m. An evening performance of the College’s spring production of FOLLIES will end the day’s celebrations.
Baseball Team Recognized for High Academic Achievement
The 2015-2016 Cypress College baseball team has been recognized as a Scholar Team awardee by the California Community College Athletic Association for high academic achievement and competition.
“The entire campus community is proud of Chargers baseball for maintaining a high level of academic excellence and athletic competition,” said Cypress College President Dr. Bob Simpson. “Our student athletes are students first and our baseball team has a long tradition of academic honors along with their athletic successes.”
The honor is the highest academic team achievement awarded annually by the CCCAA. To qualify, nominated teams must have a collective GPA of 3.0 or higher and have demonstrated notable accomplishments in intercollegiate athletic competition.
In addition to maintaining a team GPA of 3.17, the 2015-2016 Chargers baseball team competed in the postseason, advancing to the state semi-finals.
“The 2016 team epitomized what it means to be a student athlete,” said baseball Coach Anthony Hutting. “Their dedication to excelling in the classroom was evident on a daily basis. Not only were they committed to being successful on the field, which resulted in a Final Four appearance, more importantly the team strived for excellence as students. I am very proud of them.”
The accomplishment will be acknowledged at the Celebration of Student Athletes Award Luncheon at the CCCAA Convention on Wednesday, March 29 in Concord, CA.
Women in Sports Spotlight: Margaret Mohr
Today is National Girls & Women in Sports Day. The day recognizes the “extraordinary achievements of those who have helped to effect change and create opportunities for women and girls in sports,” ngwsd.org states. In honor of this day, Cypress College is showcasing Head Coach Margaret Mohr. Coach Mohr has an extensive background in sports, which earned her numerous honors, including CIF-SS and National Catholic Player of the Year.
Mohr was offered a full scholarship at California State University Long Beach. By her junior season, Mohr was named team captain and starting point guard. Her 182 assists still rank her fourth on the single season record book. In Mohr’s senior campaign, the 49ers made history by becoming the first CSULB team to reach the NCAA Final Four after an inspiring season that included a Pacific Coast Athletic Association crown and No. 4 ranking in the national polls to close out the season. Coach Mohr was inducted into the Long Beach State Hall of Fame in 2011.
Since then, she has coached at all levels – from high school to college to the L.A. Sparks – before finding her home here at Cypress College. Since 1998, she has racked up over 300 victories, four Orange Empire Conference Championships, three OEC Coach of the Year Awards, four Regional Finals appearances, and a 2005 State Championship.
Support Chargers Basketball at Hoops Night
Cypress College basketball hosts Orange Coast College in their 4th Annual #CypCity Hoops Night on Friday, Feb. 3rd. It’s a blackout game this year, with the men sporting new black uniforms and the women wearing black warm-ups.
Show your school spirit by wearing black and coming out to cheer on our Chargers as they take on conference rival OCC! The Associated Students will have a dedicated student cheer section, and Athletics will be providing spirit items for attendees. Click here to view a promo video.
Men’s game at 5 p.m.
Women’s game at 7 p.m.
Come support your Chargers and WEAR BLACK!
Softball, Baseball Teams Both Hosting Playoff Series this Weekend
Both the Cypress Chargers baseball and softball teams begin their 2015 championship quests by hosting a regional playoff series this weekend!
The 2015 Orange Empire Conference champion women’s softball team (32-8) hosts 14th ranked Rio Hondo College (22‐17‐1) in a best-of-three series, beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Here is the complete softball bracket. The series winner advances to the Super Regional Tournament.
Baseball, which finished a game shy of their own OEC championship, starts the playoffs with an intra-district rivalry series. The Chargers (25-11) host the Fullerton College Hornets (21-15). The first game of their best-of-three series is Friday, May 1, at 2 p.m. The baseball bracket is available here.
Softball — http://sports.cypresscollege.edu/sports/sball/2014-15/schedule
Baseball — http://sports.cypresscollege.edu/sports/bsb/2014-15/schedule
Cypress Head Coach Brad Pickler’s Scores Legendary 1,200 Career Victory
Cypress College is blessed to have the most-decorated active women’s college softball coach in California Community College Athletic Association history.
Head Coach Brad Pickler’s landmark 1,200th career win came with a 9-1 Charger defeat of Orange Coast College on Wednesday, March 18. The Chargers’ victory consolidates Pickler’s legacy, besting programs led by Head Coach Robert Maglione at Napa Valley College and Sacramento City College (1,177-381) as well as Mark Eldridge at Palomar College (1,083). In his 28 seasons of leadership, Pickler has led the Cypress Chargers to a state record eight CCAA State Championships, 23 State Championship appearances, and 19 Orange Empire Conference Championships.
On the national scene, Pickler is the fifth most accomplished active collegiate softball coach among all divisions, and ranks 11th all-time.
This milestone is recognized on the CCCAA Sports state website: http://goo.gl/SQyRhN.
Long Beach Press-Telegram Highlights Mohr's Milestone
Last week, Cypress College women’s basketball Coach Margaret Mohr reached a milestone with her 300th career victory. The Long Beach Press-Telegram noted the occasion, adding background about Mohr’s local ties:
Mohr starred for Long Beach State’s women’s squad in the mid-80s and was inducted into the 49er Hall of Fame in 2011.
More information about Coach Mohr and her team is available at: http://sports.cypresscollege.edu/sports/wbkb/index.
Volleyball Hosts Opening Round of Regionals on Tuesday
No. 3 Women’s Volleyball to Host No. 14 LA Pierce in 1st Round of SoCal Regionals
The third-seeded Charger volleyball team will host 14th-seed LA Pierce on Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 7:00 pm in the first round of the SoCal Regional playoffs. Cypress has had an impressive season thus far, notching a 19-4 record, while finishing second in the Orange Empire Conference with a 10-4 record. The team is poised for a deep playoff run and we want to show as much support as possible for the ladies on the court.
If the Chargers win Tuesday night, the team will then host either No. 6 Santa Barbara or No. 11 Victor Valley on Saturday, Nov. 30 (6 PM).
Below is a link to the playoff bracket.
Come out and support your Chargers as they make a run at the state title.
Water Polo Team Hosting Fundraiser at Super Mex
The Cypress College water polo team is hosting a fundraiser on Wednesday, October 29th, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. at the Super Mex Mexican Restaurant located at 6830 Katella Ave. (Dine In) and 6860 Katella Ave (Take Out), Cypress CA, 90630. For additional details, please see the flyer.
Soccer Teams to Raise Awareness, Funds for Breast Cancer vs. Hornets on Friday
Support Cypress College’s soccer teams on the “pitch for a cure” this Friday as the men’s and women’s soccer teams play to raise awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer.
Free food and free rally towels will be provided as both Chargers squads host the rival Fullerton College Hornets. The men open with a 1 p.m. match and the women follow at 3 p.m. Both games are played on Ray Haas Field at Cypress College.
Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children and seniors, and Cypress College students enter for free with a valid student ID card. Parking in Lot #5 is also free.
All proceeds from the game will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Cypress College Athletics Mourns the Loss of its Biggest Fan, Sonia Travers
Cypress College Athletics is mourning the loss of Sonia Travers, a longtime friend of the Chargers who passed away suddenly in early September after a pulmonary embolism. Travers was a constant fixture at Charger events and around campus for many years. She would often be seen at games handing out water to athletes and coaches, while assisting the athletic programs in a variety of ways.
Baseball Coach Pickler's Summer Team Wins Cape Cod Championship
Head Baseball Coach Scott Pickler led his Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox to another Cape Cod Baseball League title in mid August. Pickler coaches in the elite league during the summer, and has now led the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox to six Cape Cod League Championship appearances and has captured four titles in the past 10 seasons (2004, 2006, 2007, and 2014).
The Cape Cod League features some of the nations most elite and competitive Division I baseball players from around the country. Athletes from powerhouse baseball programs such as UCLA, LSU, Tennessee, Missouri, U.C. Santa Barbara and Cal State Fullerton among others, competed for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox this season.
Cypress College Assistant Coach Brian Resnick also coached alongside Pickler this summer.
Pickler is headed into his 30th season as the head coach for the Cypress Chargers baseball program. He has led Cypress to five State Championships, seven Orange Empire Conference Championships and has helped more than 200 student-athletes receive scholarships.
More than 120 of his former players have been selected in the Major League Baseball draft — with 18 of those former Chargers reaching the Major League, including eight who are currently active.
Padres to Honor Alumnus Trevor Hoffman
Congratulations to alumnus Trevor Hoffman, who is being inducted into the San Diego Padres Hall of Fame tomorrow. Hoffman, after whom Major League Baseball named an award earlier this year, played for the Cypress College Chargers in 1985-1986. He was also the Cypress College Foundation’s Americana Awards Man of the Year in 2013.
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) August 26, 2014
Chargers Baseball Alumnus Featured by MLB.com
Alumnus Brandon Barnes is the subject of an MLB.com feature by Thomas Harding which covers his amazing path from Katella High through Cypress College, and finally Major League Baseball, where Barnes is currently finding success with the Colorado Rockies.
The sight of Barnes covered in dirt is a reminder that baseball does have room for the late bloomer.
To think, Barnes, 28, gave up the sport during his senior year of high school — at a time when some folks were being drafted by pro teams — because of circumstances out of his control. Yet here he is. …
“There are a lot of times when I go out there and I’m like, ‘How did I do this?'” Barnes said. “I step out on the field and say, ‘Wow. This is what I dreamed of when I was a kid, and I don’t know how I did this.'”
Following his lone season at Cypress College, Barnes was a sixth-round selection of the Houston Astros in 2005. He made his MLB debut with the club on August 7, 2012 — at that point, the 17th Cypress College Chargers alum to reach “the show.” With the lone exception of former Anaheim Angels catcher Brian Downing, each of Cypress College’s MLB players have been coached by Scott Pickler, who has won five state championships (1991, 1994, 1997, 2003, 2013).
Chargers Hire Alhadeff as Men's Basketball Coach
The Cypress College Chargers have a new men’s basketball coach.
From Brandon Urry in our Sports Information Office:
Cypress, CA — Andrew Alhadeff (pronounced Al-Had-If) was officially announced as the new head men’s basketball coach at a press conference held at Cypress College on Wednesday. He becomes only the 4th head coach in the storied 48-year existence of the program.
There is also a video of Alhadeff’s introductory press conference on the page.