The Pacific Coast Athletic Conference (PCAC) is an intercollegiate athletic conference governed by the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA). We are comprised of ten community colleges including, Cuyamaca, Grossmont, Imperial Valley, MiraCosta, Miramar, Mt. San Jacinto, Palomar, San Diego City, San Diego Mesa, and Southwestern, all of which offer a wide variety of athletic competition.
We pride ourselves on honesty, integrity, and commitment to our students, educators, and administrators. We strive for athletic excellence by promoting and developing student leadership and are committed to fostering gender equity and fair opportunities for students/athletes, coaches, and athletic administrators.
As the commissioner for the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference, one of my most important functions is to see that every student athlete, regardless of their personal background or their sport, may have an equal opportunity to be the best they can be academically and athletically. As a conference, I am very proud to say that we have set very high standards for academic and athletic performance. Our student athletes are expected to compete hard, but always with the highest regard for sportsmanship and integrity. Academics and classroom performance is never compromised to facilitate athletic participation.
The community college system provides a unique opportunity for young people to experience college and athletics without a significant financial or logistical commitment. The ability to attend and compete at your local community college can set the stage for future opportunities that may not have been available otherwise. By attending one of our nine institutions, we hope that you find all your expectations to be met.
San Diego Mesa winner of 2011-12 Chet DeVore Trophy -- San Diego Mesa College has been named the recipient of the 2011-12 Chet DeVore Trophy, which is awarded annually to the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference member college with the most successful men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletic program for the academic year.
The award is named after the late Chester S. “Chet” DeVore, founding Commissioner of the Pacific Coast Athletic 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. DeVore, a World War II hero and Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient who left a long legacy both in academics and athletics at the college, conference, state and national levels, died in January 2011. He was 92.
Mesa College’s athletic program, under Dave Evans, Dean of the Department of Physical Education, Health and Athletics and the Olympians’ Athletic Director, won four women’s conference team championships and four men’s 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 & field and Mesa athletes were selected as Male (football player Matt Nault and Female (basketball player Chanel Putras) Scholar Athletes of the Year in the conference.
Mesa accumulated 241 points in a scoring system that rewards state community college team finishes, conference team finishes and major conference individual awards.
Palomar, which was the first DeVore Trophy winner in 2009-10, was runner-up for the DeVore Trophy with 239 points. The Comets won three men’s conference team championships and two women’s team championships. Palomar teams won the state championship in golf and placed second in the state in men’s swimming, sixth in the state in wrestling and eighth in the state in women’s swimming. The Comets were Regional finalists in women’s tennis. Palomar swimming coach Jem McAdams was PCAC Men’s Coach of the Year for all sports.
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.
CHET DEVORE TROPHY WINNERS
2009-10 PALOMAR COLLEGE Athletic Director: Scott Cathcart
2010-11 SOUTHWESTERN COLLEGE Athletic Director: Terry Davis
2011-12 SAN DIEGO MESA COLLEGE Athletic Director: Dave Evans SAN DIEGO (Aug. 14, 2012)