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Calendar & Results

  • Thursday, August 13

    • Women's Soccer
      • WC at UCSB
        Exhibition, 7 pm

  • Friday, August 14

    • Men's Soccer
      • WC at CSU Bakersfield
        Scrimmage, 7 pm

  • Monday, August 17

    • Women's Soccer
      • WC hosts Cal Poly SLO
        Scrimmage, 1 pm

  • Thursday, August 20

    • Volleyball
      • Biola Summer Slam
          WC vs. Hastings, 12 pm
          WC vs. Col. of Idaho, 8 pm

  • Friday, August 21

    • Volleyball
      • Biola Summer Slam
          WC vs. Rocky Mountain, 10 am
          WC vs. Bellevue, 6 pm

  • Saturday, August 22

    • Women's Soccer
      • WC hosts Viterbo, 12 pm
    • Men's Soccer
      • WC at UC Santa Barbara
        Exhibition, 7 pm

  • Monday, August 24

    • Women's Soccer
      • WC hosts Northwestern, 4 pm

  • Wed, August 26

    • Men's Soccer
      • WC hosts Azusa Pacific
        Scrimmage, 4 pm

  • Friday, August 28

    • Volleyball
      • At Biola
          WC vs. Oklahoma City, 1 pm
          WC vs. Life Pacific, 4 pm

  • Saturday, August 29

    • Men's Soccer
      • WC hosts Roosevelt, 1 pm
    • Men's Soccer
      • WC hosts Marymount, 3:30 pm

Champions of Character

 

Westmont Athletics is a proud participant in the NAIA Champions of Character program. Champions of Character provides training for student-athletes and professional development for coaches and staff. The values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership are put into play and accounted for at NAIA schools.

Smith Named GSAC SID of the Year

Submitted by: Ron Smith - July 14th, 2015
Ron Smith

By Neil Morgan, Biola University Sports Information Director

Ron Smith from Westmont College has been named the Golden State Athletic Conference Sports Information Director of the Year. This is Smith’s first Sports Information of the Year award in the second year the GSAC has had such an award.

The SID of the Year award is based on a vote of the sports information directors working at each GSAC School. The winner is decided at the annual conference SID meeting held after the conclusion of the spring seasons.

Smith began his work at Westmont in July of 2004, becoming just the second full-time Sports Information Director in the college’s history. His responsibilities include media relations, website maintenance, video broadcast production, game management, statistical services, athletic publications, social media management and serving as the athletics historian.

“Ron is also a leader amongst the SIDs in the conference,” said GSAC Commissioner Mike Daniels. “He is a professional in every sense of the word and has the best interests of the conference’s student-athletes always in mind. He has been very giving of his time for conference events and has played an integral role in the conference website for many years.”

Smelley Honored as Coach of Character

Submitted by: Ron Smith - April 12th, 2015
Track & Field and Cross Country Head Coach Russell Smelley received the 2014 NAIA Coach of Character Award.

Westmont’s Russell Smelley was honored today as the 2015 NAIA Coach of Character award winner at the NAIA National Convention.

The NAIA Coach of Character award is given annually to an NAIA head coach who has embraced the five core values of the NAIA Champions of Character program, demonstrated through sport and instilled a culture of community leadership through volunteering or service.

Since 1979, Smelley has served as the head coach of Westmont’s Track and Field and Cross Country teams.

As the Coach of Character recipient, Smelley was honored as “the epitome of the Coach of Character award; he believes that coaches have the unique opportunity to help develop the character and resilience of their athletes.”

Harmening, Serrano Honored with Hamlow Award

Submitted by: Ron Smith - March 9th, 2015
Madison Serrano and Russell Harmening

Madison Serrano and Russell Harmening have been named as Westmont’s recipients of the inaugural Cliff Hamlow Champions of Character Awards presented by the Golden State Athletic Conference.

The award is given to one male and one female student-athlete on each GSAC campus who demonstrates outstanding athletic achievement, campus and community leadership and future ambition and who embraces the five core character values of the NAIA Champions of Character program (Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Sportsmanship and Servant Leadership). Student-athletes must be at least a junior academically and carry a 3.0 GPA.

The award is named after former Commissioner Cliff Hamlow who served the conference from its inception in 1986 to 2012. Dr. Hamlow was also a key leader in the creation of the NAIA’s Champions of Character program.

Serrano is a four-year volleyball player who twice earned all-conference honors during her career. A political science major, Serrano was a member of the 2015 Mock United Nations Conference and helped Westmont earn honorable mention honors. She was also a 2014 recipient of the Westmont Athletics Golden Eagle Award.

Smelley to be honored as the 2014 NAIA Coach of Character

Submitted by: Ron Smith - September 15th, 2014
Track & Field and Cross Country Head Coach Russell Smelley received the 2014 NAIA Coach of Character Award.

Westmont’s Russell Smelley has been honored by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) with its 2014 Coach of Character Award. Smelley is in his 36th year as head coach for Westmont’s track and field and cross country teams.

“What I personally appreciate about Coach Smelley is his consistent pursuit of excellence without compromising the character values he makes the priority of his coaching philosophy,” said Westmont athletic director Dave Odell. “He is a fantastic example of how to be competitive and achieve success in athletics while remaining unwavering in a commitment to teach character and being a role model for both student athletes and coaches alike.

“In my 30 year history with the NAIA, I cannot think of a more deserving candidate for this honor,” continued Odell. “Coach Smelley is deeply imbedded in the fabric of all that is great about the NAIA. He was a champion of character before the term became a part of our culture.”

Asked what the award means to him, Smelley replied, “I hope that it reflects a growing faith and living out a faith in Jesus Christ.

[NAIA National Award Day video]

Westmont-Claremont Rivalry Renewed

Submitted by: Ron Smith - September 7th, 2014
Warriors enjoy a game of nationball classic against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

Westmont Cross Country renewed a storied rivalry with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Saturday at Chase Palm Park – and they ran a cross country race as well.

“(Claremont head coach) John Goldhammer and I started having our teams meet 20 years ago just for a dual meet to start the season,” explained Westmont head coach Russell Smelley. “We made it low key and played games together. Then one day we looked at his literature and he was calling it the Nationball Classic. It became that the race was something to do for training and the Nationball game was the event. The pizza was the piece offering afterward.”

The nationball contest is played in three rounds. First the women verses women, then men verses men. Finally, everybody is all in. This year, Westmont won the women’s round before the Claremont men evened the score at one point each.

[results]

Chilin’ for Charity

Submitted by: Ron Smith - June 24th, 2014
Cryo

Coach Kirsten Moore was called out to “chill for charity” in support of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. She rose to the challenge by chillin’ at -220 degrees Fahrenheit for two minutes at The Lab’s cryo-sauna. She has challenged four other NAIA coaches to pay it forward and chill for charity.

Watch the video on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152220300241094

Coach John Moore’s Basketball Journey Started Early, In A Foreign Land

Submitted by: Ron Smith - June 18th, 2014
USA U18 court coach John Moore shares a laugh with USA U18 National Team hopeful Tyus Jones. Photo courtesy USA Basketball.

By Craig Ellenport

Reprinted by Permission

For some people, being involved with USA Basketball creates an opportunity to travel the world and broaden horizons. For John Moore, the order was reversed.

In Moore’s case, spending his childhood years in another part of the world created an opportunity to become involved with USA Basketball and cement a love of the game that would shape his life forever.

Moore, the longtime and very successful head men’s basketball coach at Westmont College in Santa Barbara California, was in Colorado Springs, Colorado, earlier this week to serve as a court coach for the 2014 USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team training camp. This was Moore’s second stint as a USA Basketball court coach (he worked previously with the 2002 USA Men’s U18 National Team). He’s been a college coach for more than 30 years, following his playing days at Westmont. And it all started when he was a kid growing up in Japan – and his family played host to the U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo.

Moore to Coach with USA Basketball

Submitted by: Ron Smith - May 22nd, 2014
John Moore

USA Basketball has announced that Westmont Basketball head coach John Moore has been named one of three court coaches for the 2014 USA Basketball Men’s U18 Team training camp. The other two court coaches are Danny Manning of Wake Forest (N.C.) and Steve Schmidt of Mott Community College (Mich.).

The training camp will take place June 10-19 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“As a coach, there are few greater honors than those in which you get to work with other coaches as you represent your country,” Moore said. “What a privilege it is to work with USA Basketball ensuring the ongoing teaching of this great game of basketball to our athletes.

“I hope during this time to stir in these young men an added passion and appreciation for this beautiful game,” Moore continued. “In a practical sense, I hope to put each player in the best possible position for him to be successful.

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