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Athletics - Intercollegiate
Jim Yanko is in his 3rd season as baseball coach at Delta College. In his first campaign the Mustangs finished in 3rd place, one game out of post-season play. In his inaugural year, 12 of 15 sophomores moved onto four-year institutions to continue their education, as well as baseball. Four members of the 2000 team were All-Conference selections. Steve Newson (2001) was the leading hitter in the State of California. In the past three seasons, three players have been named J.C. All-Americans. Delta competes in the most competitive conference in Northern California (Bay Valley East).
Delta College is also the home of Nick Cecchetti Field, which is one of the best facilities in Northern California. The Mustang baseball team began the 2001 campaign ranked 10th in the State of California. Delta College was also the home of current Minnesota Twins Pitcher Eddie Guardado.
Brian Katz has been the Men's Head Basketball Coach at Delta for the past nine years. During that time, the Mustangs have amassed a record of 194-78 including an appearance in the Elite Eight, Sweet Sixteen, and 3 Conference Championships. More importantly, Coach Katz has had 69 players come through the program. 64 of them have advanced to four-year institutions (42 on scholarships). 19 of those players have gone onto the Division I level. His players have advanced to such schools as Washington State, Gonzaga, Drake Idaho State, Oregon State, University of the Pacific, and U.C. Davis.
Coach Katz received a Bachelor's degree in English from California State University Sacramento in 1980. After teaching and coaching at the high school level for seven years, he left Center High School for Santa Clara University in 1987. While serving as an assistant basketball coach, Katz earned a Master's degree from Santa Clara State University in Counseling Psychology. From 1989-1993, he was the Men's Basketball Coach and Physical Education instructor at Lassen College. Katz came to Delta in 1993.
Gina Johnson has just finished her 6th year of coaching for the Lady Mustangs. Her goal as a coach is to help develop her student-athletes on and off the basketball court. Her main objective is to prepare her athletes to transfer, and assist them in earning an athletic scholarship. Coach Johnson wants to do what it takes to prepare her student-athletes for the academic and athletic demands that four-year schools place on athletes.
Coach Johnson is very excited about the 2001-02 team accomplishments. The young Mustang squad earned a Bay Valley Conference Championship...a feat that only her 1997 team had accomplished. The 2001-02 Lady Mustangs finished 10-2 in conference and 29-7 overall. Delta became only the second women's basketball team to earn a trife to the State Tournament, Final Eight in the school's history. They are the only team to advance to the Final Four since women's basketball was introduced in 1976.
Johnson earned her B.A. in Political Science with an emphasis in teaching from California Polytechnic State University in 1991. She earned her minor in Physical Education at San Jose State University, and completed her M.A. in Physical Education at St. Mary's College in 1994.
Coach Raydell Barkley has been the Men and Women's Head Coach since 1997. Under his leadership, the program was an immediate success. He has developed some fine competitors who have continued their educational and athletic endeavors at Division I and II institutions. All of Coach Barkley's teams have qualified to go to the California Community College State Finals. Coach Barkley demands hard work and dedication. Under Coach Barkley's guidance, numerous student/athletes have blossomed into fine young men and women.
The 2002 Delta College Mustangs will be looking to build upon the accomplishments of last season. In 2001, the Mustangs were not only Capital Shrine Bowl Champions, but also ranked in the top 25 in the country. Head Football Coach Gary Barlow guided the team to an 8-3 record in his first year will be looking for continued success on an off the football field. Coach Barlow has a reputation for developing outstanding student athletes and getting them to the next level. The football program here at Delta College strives for excellence on the playing field as well as in the classroom. Come and see what "Delta Pride" is all about.
Van Sweet is in his 15th season as the Men's Golf Coach at Delta. His teams have gone on to be league champions seven of those seasons. In 1990 and 1997 his teams placed second at State. Before coming to Delta, Coach Sweet coached at the University of the Pacific for 11 years where he coached Basketball, Baseball and Golf. Coach Sweet was a counselor and health education instructor at Delta until his retirement in 1983. At Delta, he coached Men's Tennis, Softball, and Women's Basketball. Returning in 1988 to coach the Men's Golf team. Coach Sweet has a Master's degree in Physical Education from the College of the Pacific.
Tom Hoang has been the Head Men's Soccer Coach since 1997. In his second year coaching, he led the Mustangs to the playoffs and in this third year, he led his team to win the Bay Valley Conference Championship for the first time in the history of the men's soccer program at Delta. Many of Coach Hoang's players have gone on to play at Division II and III levels and several have gone on to compete at the semi-professional level. Each year brings new challenges for the Mustangs in the form of new players with varying skills. In order to unite the diverse group, Coach Hoang manages an off-Season team that allows new and returning players to get to know each other and continue to develop their skills while learning to play together as a team. This approach to team building has proven successful for Coach Hoang and will continue to produce strong men's soccer teams at Delta College.
Lloyd Ratto has been the women's soccer coach since the program was added at Delta in 1990. Although the team has never won a championship, it has been very competitive in the Bay Valley Conference. The team has reached the Nor Cal playoffs the last two out of three years. Many of the girls that have gone on to play at Division I and II schools and have been very successful.
Coach Ratto was honored by being named 1998 California Coaches Association High School Coach of the Year for girl's soccer. Then in 1999 he was awarded the National Federation of Interscholastic Coaches Association Section Seven Girls' Soccer Distinguished Service Award.
Cindy "Bucky" Layland received a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies and her teaching credential from California State University Sacramento. She received her second teaching credential in Physical Education from the University of the Pacific and her Master's degree in Coaching Psychology.
In 1979, at the age of 24, Coach Layland became the Head Softball Coach at the University of the Pacific. During her coaching reign from 1979-1986, her teams competed in five post-season playoff tournaments and advanced to the College World Series in 1983 where her team finished 5th. During her seven years at UOP, she was named Coach of the Year twice and compiled a record of 231-106.
Coach Layland is in her 18th season at Delta College. Her teams have competed in playoffs 15 of 1 6 seasons and advanced to the State Finals on six occasions. In 1997, Layland was named the All-American Junior College Coach of the Year. That same year she received her 600th win and her 1983 UOP team was inducted into the Hall of Fame. The Lady Mustangs have been league champions nine times. During the 2002 season, Coach Layland received her 800th win and was inducted into the Lodi Hall of Fame.
Coach Raydell Barkley serves as the head men's and women's Track and Field coach. His coaching experience dates back to1969. In 1997, he became a full-time faculty member and track and field coach at Delta College. With the assistance of two additional coaches, the Delta College Track and Field program has been on a continual rise.
In the 2000 season, Coach Barkley's team had the number one women's Pole Vaulter in (13'3") and discus thrower in the State. Eighteen athletes qualified to go to the California Community College State meet (a school record). In the 2001 season, Delta is sending 14 athletes to the State meet, the majority of the potential State Champions.
The Delta College Men's and Women's Tennis teams compete in the Bay Valley South Conference against Santa Rosa Junior College, Napa Valley College, Diablo Valley College, Cosumnes River College and College of Alameda.
Rob DeWitt has been at the helm since 1992 coaching the men's tennis team. Coach DeWitt has had several doubles teams make an appearance at the State Tournament and has had a number of outstanding players. In 1999, Delta's number one singles player, Desi Finck, was undefeated in the league and won the conference tournament.
Amy Kent coaches the women's tennis team. Amy recently took over the program and is working to develop it into a powerhouse. She is an avid tennis player who competed at Delta College in 1990 qualifying for the State Doubles Tournament. In her first season as coach (2001) she took her #1 doubles team to the state tournament. The Delta College Women's Tennis Team participates in the Bay Valley Conference (south) where the Lady Mustangs finished second in 2002.
Mary Ann Paz has been at the helm of the Lady Mustangs Volleyball Team for the past 21 years. During that time the Mustangs win/loss record is a very respectable 575 and 130. Included in this record the Mustangs have taken 1st place 12 times, 2nd place 3 times and 3rd place 6 times. The Lady Mustangs have participated in the prestigious California State Championships nine times placing 3rd, 3rd, 5th, 4th, 7th, 7th, 3rd, and 3rd respectively. Delta's winning streak in the Bay Valley Conference is 81 matches. As a result of participating in the Volleyball program at Delta College many of Coach Paz's players have gone on to compete at the Division I, II and III levels including the University of the Pacific, Long Bach State, Univ. of Oregon, UNLV, Cal Poly SLO, Weber State, St. Mary's College, Univ. Wyoming, Cal State Fullerton and San Jose State Univ. to name a few. In the past three seasons Coach Paz has coached three All Americans and been named Western Regional Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2002 by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. In 2002 Coach Paz was inducted into the Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame.
The Delta College Men's Water Polo teams earned championships in 1981, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1996, and 1998 under Coach Huiras. The 1998 team were the first in school's history to make it to the State Tournament. In all the other years, Delta's Men's Water Polo teams have finished no lower than third place.
The Lady Mustangs finished second in its first season (2000) and took first again in 2001 under the helm of first year coach Mike Leabo. The Lady Mustangs went (7-1) in league and (10-7) overall. Coach Leabo was named Bay Valley Conference Coach of the Year, three freshmen were named to the All-Bay Valley Conference NorCal C Division First Team and three more freshmen were named to the Second Team. The Lady Mustangs are looking forward to moving up to "B" Division where they will compete against Cabrillo, Modesto, Sacramento City, and West Valley College.
Swimming/Diving (Men & Women)
In 1994 the Delta College Men's Swimming team were undefeated league champions. This was the first time since 1966. In 1999 the Women's Swim team were league champions, and in 2000 both the men and women's swim teams were league champions. During Coach Huiras' tenure, thirteen school records for women have been set, and in men's swimming, ten new records have been set. During the 2000 swim season, as a swimmer at Delta, Renee Locarnini was the fastest in the nation in the 100 yard IM and second in the nation in the 100 yard breaststroke.
Larry Huiras began coaching the men's water polo team in 1980 with Bill Anttila. He took over the team in 1984. He coached the women's swimming team from 1980-1984. In 1992 he began coaching the men's swimming team. During the 1997-98 school year, he added the women's swimming team to his coaching duties. He was selected coach of the year in water polo in 1990 and 1996 and coach of the year in men's and women's swimming in 2000. In 1999 he was women's swimming coach of the year. Delta's Academic Senate selected him as a distinguished part time faculty member in 1993-94.
Michael Sandler has been the wrestling coach at Delta College for the past five years. During that time, the Mustangs have steadily improved. In 2000, Delta wrestling enjoyed one of the best seasons in the schools history. We had five state placers, one All-American and finished 11th as a team. Four of those five will be continuing their wrestling careers at the next level.
Our goal next year is to have more state qualifiers, more All-Americans, and finish in the top ten in the state. With the incoming freshman and our returning sophomores this goal is easily within reach. Go Mustangs!
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