UCSB’s season of record-setting women’s basketball defeats led to one final loss on Wednesday as director of athletics John McMutcheon announced the dismissal of fourth-year coach Carlene Mitchell. …Westmont College coach Kirsten Moore was the other finalist when Mitchell was hired in 2011, and her stock has risen considerably since then after winning the 2013 NAIA National Championship and making this year’s semifinals. McCutcheon, however, wouldn’t speculate about any possible candidates. more
Westmont women’s soccer coach Kristi Kiely has stepped down after five seasons to accept a position as an assistant coach at the University of Arkansas, Westmont announced on Thursday.
Kiely maintained Westmont’s tradition of success in women’s soccer. She posted a record of 65-25-10 (.693) and took the Warriors to the NAIA National Tournament the last four years. They were national runners-up in 2014. more
Family and friends saluted the Westmont men’s basketball team as they arrived back on campus around 8 p.m. on Wednesday night.
The Warriors are the NAIA National Champion Runner-up. After a string of upsets in Kansas City, Westmont College lost in the title game to Dalton State of Georgia 71-53. more
County appoints deputy fire chief. SANTA BARBARA Former Division Chief Rob Heckman has been selected as the new deputy fire chief for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. …’Soul Surfer’ at Westmont College. SANTA BARBARA Surfer Bethany Hamilton will be speaking at Westmont College on April 10. more
Carlene Mitchell could not survive a 2-27 season and today UCSB announced that she is out as the women’s basketball coach. …Mitchell beat out Westmont College Head Coach Kirsten Moore for the job back in 2011. Since that time, Moore won an NAIA National Championship in 2013 for Westmont and she guided her team to the national semifinals this year. Moore will likely be a candidate this time around as well. more
Strong wind gusts overnight caused some damage at Westmont College. Around 9 p.m., the windows and doors were vibrating at the library. “It sounds like a freight train when the wind really kicks up up here,” said Debra Quast, the library director. The high winds cracked one of the library windows as students were studying inside. more
Ignorance is baseball bliss, Westmont College coach Robert Ruiz declared during Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon at Harry’s Plaza Café.
“I didn’t realize this until a couple of hours before our game on Thursday, but we were actually leading the nation in fielding percentage,” he said. “And as soon as I found that out, we made four errors.” more
The Westmont College women’s basketball team’s season ended on Monday in the semifinals of the NAIA women’s national tournament with a 77-57 loss to defending national champion, Oklahoma City.
The Stars (29-2) improve to 11-2 all-time in the championship and semifinals and will face No. 1 Campbellsville in the championship game. more
Coach John Moore knew the player that he wanted to decide one of the biggest basketball games in Westmont College history.
“We put the ball in our best guy’s hand, and Cory Blau had no hesitation,” Moore said, according to an NAIA release. more
Westmont was missing a huge part of its game in its first NAIA National Tournament final.
Standout center Daniel Carlin was suffering from the flu, and the 6-9 senior’s absence loomed large for the Warriors in their match-up with first-time finalist Dalton State, Ga., on Tuesday night at the Kansas City Municipal Auditorium. more