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.
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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.
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The Hall of Fame speech from the Hall of Fame man. #HOFfman
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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.