The Grossmont College Griffins have just completed one of the most magical and dominant sport seasons in the history of the college and also in the history of the Pacific Athletic Coast Conference. The coveted Chet Devore award is awarded annually to the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference College that demonstrates achieving the best overall season as a department. Grossmont College won it's second Chet Devore award last season by edging out San Diego Mesa College by just .431 points. Mesa, which fields intercollegiate teams in 21 sports, accumulated the most raw points, 187, compared to 166 points for Grossmont, which fields 17 intercollegiate teams. The DeVore Award is named after the late Chester S. "Chet" DeVore, founding Commissioner of the Pacific Coast Conference. DeVore was President / Superintendent of Southwestern College in Chula Vista from 1961, when he supervised construction and development of its new Chula Vista campus, until his retirement as one of the nation's most respected community college CEOs 21 years later. He became the first Commissioner of the PCAC, the host conference for community college athletics in San Diego County and Imperial County, in 1982. He served until his retirement from that post in 1998. Although the results of the college winning the 2016-17 award have yet be announced Grossmont College has accumulated a rough overall total of 230 raw points for which is substantially higher than winning totals in the past and might be the largest margin of victory in Devore Cup history. If the Griffins win the Cup again this season the program will join Palomar College for the most Cup victories in history. The 2016-17 season featured an unprecedented number of history making achievements. The Griffins baseball team won the 1st State Title in College, Conference, and San Diego history. Yukari Naono from Ehime, Japan won Grossmont College's 1st ever State Individual Badminton Title. Naono teamed up with Patrick Henry High School Alum Rebekah Leslie and won the Griffins 1st ever State Title in doubles history for badminton when they defeated Tran Pham and Nicole Ortin of Grossmont in an all Griffins final. Jamie Ivers has been honored with the prestigous PCAC Female Coach of the Year award by guiding both her Women's Indoor Volleyball and Beach Volleyball Teams into the State Championship Finals and finishing 3rd in both sports. Grossmont's volleyball program is the only program in the State to finish the season at the State Championship Finals in both sports. Although these were the history making sports of the year - the overall Griffins program was just stellar as the Women's Indoor Volleyball Team, Women's Basketball Team, Women's Badminton Team, Women's Tennis Team, Men's Indoor Volleyball Team, and the Baseball Team all won Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Titles for 2016-17. Furthermore, Men's Water Polo and Softball joined the above Conference Champions in post season play-offs this year and individuals in Women's Tennis, Men's Tennis, and Womens' Swimming and Diving advanced onto the post season.
The Most Amazing of Seasons!
Jun 07, 2017