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Westmont Connections to USA Track and Field Trials

June 30th, 2016
Barbara Nwaba, USA heptathlon champion, competing at Westmont where she trains.

With an opportunity to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro as a prize, the 2016 USA Track and Field Trials begin today in Oregon. Of local interest are several multi-event coaches and athletes with ties to Westmont.

The primary reason for these connections is Santa Barbara Track Club (SBTC) director and coach Josh Priester, who also serves as an assistant coach for Westmont Track and Field. In his role at Westmont, Priester coached Becky Collier to an NAIA Women’s Heptathlon national championship.

Under Preister’s leadership, the SBTC, which trains year round at the Westmont Track, has qualified four athletes for the USA Trials – one in the men’s decathlon and three in the women’s heptathlon.

Heading the list of SBTC athletes is Barbara Nwaba, the 2015 USA Champion in the women’s heptathlon. Nwaba leads the list of qualifiers with a mark of 6,500 points. Also competing in the heptathlon from the SBTC are Lindsay Lettow, the 10th qualifier at 6,023 points and Lindsay Schwarz, the 13th qualifier at 5,998 points.

Women’s Basketball Inks Talented Trio

June 30th, 2016
Krupa (top left), Ranger (top right), and Sears (bottom left).

By Kaci Mexico
June 30, 2016

Head Coach Kirsten Moore is pleased to announce the signing of three talented student-athletes, Ellie Sears from Portland, Ore., Maud Ranger from Anaheim, Calif., and Joy Krupa from Montclair, Calif.

Moore reflected on the signing of the 2016 recruiting class and said, “Anyone who has been around me on the basketball court knows that I am passionate about being a gritty, yet intelligent basketball team. As a top-tier academic institution, here at Westmont we can recruit highly intelligent student-athletes and this class brings not only smarts in the classroom but also a strong basketball IQ. This group will bring the toughness and grit on the defensive end of the floor that I believe is imperative to winning championships. Having been to two NAIA Fab Fours and winning a National Championship in the last four seasons, our program has continued to catch the eye of talented athletes looking to join a successful team and I am thrilled to add Ellie, Maud and Joy to our Warrior family.”

Johnson Named Women’s Tennis Head Coach

June 28th, 2016
Ellie Johnson

Westmont Athletic Director Dave Odell has announced the hiring of Ellie Johnson as the head coach of Westmont Women’s Tennis. Johnson takes over a program that has made 27 trips to the NAIA National Championships – winning the national title in 1982. The Warriors have also won 11 Golden State Athletic Conference Championships.

“We had a deep and diverse applicant pool,” said Odell, “but the committee feels strongly that Ellie is the right choice for the long term future of the women’s tennis program. Ellie’s experience as a GSAC player and as a coach in our region give her an understanding of the local tennis environment. She is well prepared with an MA in sports administration and a certificate in strength and conditioning. More importantly, she is committed to who we are from a missional point of view – both spiritually and academically.”

A graduate of Concordia (Calif.), Johnson was a four-year starter for the Eagles. In her senior year, the team won the GSAC Championship with Johnson playing at number two singles and number one doubles. Johnson, who was nationally ranked in doubles at number 13, served as team captain during her junior and senior seasons. Johnson graduated with a bachelor’s degree in exercise sports science.

Since graduation, Johnson has pursued a master’s in coaching and athletic administration, which she expects to complete this summer. At the same time, she has served as the assistant women’s tennis coach at Concordia. She has also served as a tennis teaching pro at the Woodbridge Tennis Academy.

A Different Perspective

June 23rd, 2016

By Kaci Mexico
June 23, 2016

Right after the end of their highly successful season, the Westmont Women’s soccer team spent most of the spring not only gearing up for the 2016 season, but in preparation for their triennial team missions trip to Uganda, Africa.

This is the fourth mission’s trip that the Westmont Women’s Soccer Program has taken and each trip has been through a sports ministry organization called the Sports Outreach Institute.

The Warriors departed the United States on May 9th, and left Uganda to return home on May 22nd.

Upon arriving back in Santa Barbara, head coach Chantel Cappuccilli reflected on the team’s experiences in Uganda.

“What we were told before the trip was to expect God to move, but I don’t think any of us were really anticipating the amount that would occur while we were there,” explained Cappuccilli. “I think that seeing Christianity on a global scale is crucial within the development of faith because it just gives one a different perspective and I think a new perspective is what we came away with.

Rea, Trimm Added to Volleyball Roster

June 21st, 2016
Cassidy Rea (left) and Payton Trimm

Westmont Volleyball head coach Patti Cook has announced the signing of two recruits who will join the team for the 2016 season. Cassidy Rea, who hails from Ventura, played for the Bulldogs of Buena High School. Payton Trimm of Visalia played for Mt. Whitney High School.

“I am very excited to have these two outstanding individuals join our team,” said Cook. “They are both committed to excellence on the court and in the classroom and they understand what it looks like to represent a Christian college. The fact that they are both left-handed is very unique and it will be fun working with their style of play.”

A first team All-Channel League selection, Rea was a three-year varsity right-side hitter who served as team captain for two years. Rea, who was named to the All-Ventura County team, also played for the Ventura Volleyball Club for six years.

“It is always nice to have local players join our team,” said Cook. “Cassidy provides excellent height and presence at the net and will be a force to be reckoned with as she continues to develop her game. She is incredibly gifted in the classroom as well and has received the elite Augustinian scholarship.”

Three Warriors Drafted in MLB

June 13th, 2016
Top (left to right): Michael Rishwain, Sam Sheehan. Bottom: Jarrett Costa.

Three Warriors were selected in the 2016 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft. Michael Rishwain was selected in the 23rd round by the Washington Nationals and the Oakland A’s selected Sam Sheehan in the 31st round and Jarrett Costa in the 33rd round.

Over the past three years, seven Warriors have been selected in the drafted. Catcher Brandon Gildea was selected by the Los Angeles Angels in the 2014 draft. Last season, Russell Harmening was taken by the Nationals while Andrew Vasquez and Hector Lujan were claimed by the Minnesota Twins. Additionally, Will Barring signed with the New York Mets a year ago.

“I am very proud of Michael, Sam and Jarrett,” said Westmont head coach Robert Ruiz. “They each have worked incredibly hard to earn this opportunity. I am confident that they are prepared to compete at the next level and am glad that they can represent our college and our program in their organizations.”

Azain Inducted into Court of Champions

June 10th, 2016
Jeff Azain (left) as he is inducted into the Santa Barbara Court of Champions. John Moore (right) was the master of ceremonies.

Westmont Men’s Basketball assistant coach Jeff Azain has been inducted into the Santa Barbara Court of Champions. Azain’s connections to the Santa Barbara basketball community include playing high school basketball at San Marcos High School, playing at Westmont and coaching at Westmont for the past 25 years.

“I’ve been fortunate to stay in Santa Barbara and be part of athletics and basketball for so long,” said Azain. “I feel blessed to have been able to play high school basketball here and then move on to college. There is probably not a long list of people who have been able to do that. I consider myself lucky to have had that experience for so long.”

Azain was joined in the 2016 induction class by Westmont alumnus Dave Bregante who is the head coach at Santa Barbara High School. The Dons won the 2016 CIF-Southern Section Division 2A title by defeating Lynwood 75-65 in the championship game.

Azain and Bregante join a number of Santa Barbara Court of Champion inductees with Westmont connections including former head coach Chet Kammerer and assistant coach Randy Pfund; current head coaches John Moore and Kirsten Moore; former player Tugce Canitez and writer/director Ron Shelton.

“It was a very nice honor to be included with the greats of Santa Barbara,” said Azain, “from NBA players to coaches to community players.”