Competitive Opportunities

Academic Teams

American Society of Mechanical Engineers(ASME) National Student Design Competition

Applied Science & Technology Division (E-Tech 45)

San Joaquin Delta College students design and fabricate a mechanical devices to compete with other colleges and universities. The description of the task to be performed is published each year and ASME student members world-wide work at designing and fabricating their devices. Regional (California, Nevada, and Hawaii) and national competitions are held at selected university campuses. Prize money is awarded, including $3000 to the first-place team at the national event. For more information visit the ASME website; Students should have an interest in mechanical design and fabrication, and be an ASME member.

Delta Engineering / Engineering Technology Day

Applied Science & Technology Division

This event is hosted by the San Joaquin Delta College Engineering Department the fourth Wednesday in January. Students taking drafting classes at high schools and middle schools in the SJDC District are invited to participate. The day includes drafting competitions for beginning and advanced drafting students. Students also bring mechanical and architectural drafting and design projects they have been working on since early in the school year, which are judged for drafting and design accuracy. The Students attend a career orientation presentation. Awards are presented to students in nine categories. Participating students must be attending middle school or high school in the District.

Delta VICA Club (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America)

Applied Science & Technology Division

Delta VICA Club offers Regional, State, National, and International competition for vocational students taking vacational programs. Students compete in vocational areas: such as diesel equipment mechanics, drafting, air conditioning, machining, automotive mechanics, and many more areas. Students must be taking a course that relates to the area that they will compete in during the school year, and join Skills-USA VICA both National and State.

Engineering, Math & Science Challenge

Applied Science & Technology Division

The premise for the competition is to excite young people about potential career areas in Engineering, Math and Science. This is accomplished by providing them with the opportunity to have "fun" working on a variety on-site projects and/or problems related to the engineering design, math, life science, and physical science. Students from area high schools form teams consisting of 3 or 4 members. The teams are given 4 challenges, one in each of the areas mentioned above, and are given 3 hours to work on these problems.

Gold, silver and bronze medals are given to each team member placing first, second, and third in each of the categories. Gold, silver and Bronze medals are also awarded for the best overall performances. High School participants received plaques for first, second and third place in the drafting competition.

"Engineering, Math, Science Challenge" is held during "Engineers' Week" in February. This activity received financial support from local professional engineers, Delta College and the San Joaquin County Department of Education.


Fine Arts Division

Students in the journalism program at San Joaquin Delta College participate in conferences and competitions hosted twice a year by the Journalism Association of Community Colleges. The Northern California regional conference takes place each fall semester during October. The annual statewide conference takes place in April during spring semester. The competition includes all phases of newspaper production: reporting, editing, layout, photography and sports.

Livestock Judging Team

Applied Science & Technology Division

The San Joaquin Delta College Livestock Judging Team is a nationally competitive and highly respected educational opportunity. The college team members regularly receive University scholarship and employment opportunities. Team members learn livestock selection principles that are relevant to breeding and market animal selection. Students learn communication and decision making skills that contribute to educational and social development. "The Livestock Judging Team" attens 15 state and national competitions each year.

Livestock Show Team

Applied Science & Technology Division

The San Joaquin Delta College Livestock Show Team is designed to enhance animal husbandry skills associated with the marketing of livestock. Delta College students learn to select, feed, fit/groom and present beef cattle, sheep and swine in a competitive market. Students participate in livestock shows and expositions at several california sites including the Cow Palace in San Francisco and the Tulare Livestock Exposition. Team members gain valuable experience that help to develop skills needed in an educational and commercial environment.

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Mini Baja Competition

Applied Science & Technology Division (E-Tech 70)

San Joaquin Delta College students will design and fabricate a single-seat off-road racing vehicle to compete with over one hundred other colleges and universities. The competition includes producing a series of documents (design, cost analysis, safety), a sales presentation, and four racing events. The racing includes a hill-climb, drag race, off-road obstacle course, and a four-hour endurance race. More information can be found at the SAE website; or the Kansas State University website; Students should have an interest in mechanical design and fabrication, be enrolled in E-Tech 70, be a SAE member, and must be willing to work in a group setting.

Speech & Debate Team

Communication Skills Division

Students who join the Speech/Debate Team at San Joaquin Delta College participate in supervised intercollegiate speech and debate tournaments, workshops, and speaking assignments. Students are encouraged to develop their individual talents and abilities in speaking and interpreting literature which they accomplish through practice, competition and analysis of judges' critiques. Moreover, students develop a sense of team spirit and pride as they represent Delta College.

The Final Draft, student literary magazine

Communication Skills Division

Delta College students are encouraged to submit original poetry, short fiction, essays, or artwork in various media, during the first two months of the fall and spring semesters. Students should take submissions to Shima 217, the Writing Lab, and complete a Release Form. Students will be notified of acceptance in writing by The Final Draft staff, composed of Writing Lab tutors and volunteers. The magazine is published near the end of the fall and spring semesters; a reading of Final Draft literary works is also scheduled near the end of each semester. (To serve on The Final Draft editorial and production staff, please inquire in the Writing Lab, Shima 217.)

Athletics - Intercollegiate

Baseball (Men)

Jim Yanko is in his 5th 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. During his helm as head coach, 29 players have gone on to 4-year institutions and one player signed professionally. 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 Seattle Mariners Pitcher Eddie Guardado.

Basketball (Men)

Brian Katz has been the Men's Head Basketball Coach at Delta for the past 11 years. During that time, the Mustangs have amassed a record of 232-11 including an appearance in the Elite Eight, Sweet Sixteen, and 3 Conference Championships. More importantly, Coach Katz has had 81 players come through the program. 76 of them have advanced to four-year institutions (47 on scholarships). 20 of those players have gone on to the Division I level. His players have advanced to such schools as Washington State, Gonzaga, Drake, Idaho State, Oregon State, University of the Pacific, U.C. Davis, and UC Santa Barbara.

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 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.

Basketball (Women)

Gina Johnson has just finished her 8th 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 2003-04 team accomplishments. The 2003-04 Lady Mustangs finished 10-2 in conference and 22-7 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.

Cross Country (Men & Women)

Coach King inherits a quality program from former Community College Hall of Famer Raydell Barkley. Coach King assisted Coach Barkley in Cross Country for two years. During that time the men's and women's cross country teams were in the top five in Northern California and placed in the top 15 in the California Community College State Championships.

Coach King earned his BA from Humboldt State University in 1983 and his Masters Degree in 1987. He is a certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He has served as the State Director for the National Strength & Conditioning Association. His knowledge in strength and conditioning has had an impact on the numerous teams and athletes he has coached. His knowledge and experience has afforded him the opportunity to speak at two national conferences in Philadelphia and Las Vegas. His modalities and training progrmas enabled him to write numerous articles in scientific journals. His theories have proven to be effective and are now used worldwide. Coach King has four children and one grandchild.

Football (Men)

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.

Golf (Men)

Van Sweet is in his 17th 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.

Soccer (Men)

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 his 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.

Soccer (Women)

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.

Softball (Women)

After 18 years as head coach for the Delta Lady Mustang Softball team, Cindy "Bucky" Layland steps down to become an assistant. In 25 seasons Coach Layland compiled an 855-353 win/loss record, a mark that only a handful of coaches have received. In her 18 seasons at Delta, the Lady Mustangs have won their league 13 times, been to post-season playoffs 17 times and have competed in the final round of the State Championships on 7 occasions finishing 4th in 2003 and 3rd in 1988.

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 a member of the Lodi Athletic Hall of Fame, University of the Pacific Athletic Hall of Fame, and the Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame.

After 16 seasons as Delta's Pitching Coach, ten-time All-American Peter Turner steps into the head coaching position. Coach Turner brings a wealth of expertise to the program, recently finishing his term as the Men's Olympic Softball Coach. Coach Turner has competed in five Olympic sports festivals bringing home 2 Gold Medal, 1 Silver Medal and a Bronze Medal for the United States.

Coach Turner is a member of the Stockton Hall of Fame, as well as, the Stockton Softball Hall of Fame.

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 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 ws selected coach of the year in men's and women's swimming in 2000. In 1999 he was women's swimming Coach of the Year. In 2002, Jon Grim took over the women's swimming team.

Tennis (Men & Women)

The Men's and Women's Tennis teams have been suspended for the 2004-05 school year.

Track & Field (Men & Women)

Coach King returned to the track after a four-year contribution to the Delta College Football program. After a very successful collegiate career at Humboldt State University, Coach King began his track and field coaching experience at Eureka High School. He also earned experience at Apple Valley High School and East Union High School. His teams at East Union were some of the most successful in the school's history. Numerous athletes from East Union furthered their track careers successfully after Coach King's tutelage.

Coach King assisted former head coaches Merv Smith and Raydell Barkley. During his tenure as an assistant coach, he has coached some of Delta's most successful middle distance runners and hurdlers. Coach King is a certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He has served as the State Director for the National Strength & Conditioning Association. His knowledge in strength and conditioning has had an impact on the numerous teams and athletes he has coached. His knowledge and experience has afforded him the opportunity to speak at two national conferences in Philadelphia and Las Vegas. His modalities and training programs enabled him to write numerous articles in scientific journals. His theories have proven to be effective and are now used worldwide. Coach King has four children and one grandchild.

Volleyball (Women)

The women's volleyball team has been a perennial powerhouse in the State for the past 23 years and especially in Northern California. In the past 23 seasons they have recorded an 82% win/loss record with 638 wins and 139 losses. In that time they have recorded first place in their conference a total of 14 times, second place three times, and third place six times. They have participated in the prestigious California State Championships ten times placing 3rd, 3rd, 5th, 4th, 7th, 7th, 3rd, 3rd, 3rd, and 3rd respectively. Delta's winning streak in the Bay Valley Conference is at 105 matches spanning the past eight seasons.

In the past four seasons Delta has turned out four All-Americans. All of theses numbers have been recorded under the tutelage of Coach Mary Ann Paz who will be passing the baton for the 2004 season. As a result of participating n 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, University of Oregon, UNLV, Cal Poly SLO, Weber State, St. Mary's College, University Wyoming, Cal State Fullerton and San Jose State University to name a few.

Water Polo (Women)

Delta's women's water polo begins its 4th season under head coach Mike Leabo in the Fall of 2004. The Lady Mustangs have qualified for the Northern California Championships each of the last 3 seasons and qualified for the State Junior College Championships in 2002 where they finished 8th in the State overall. Coach Leabo was voted Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2002 in the Bay Valley Conference.

Leabo was the Head Water Polo Coach and Head Swim Coach at St. Mary's High School in Stockton for 13 years before coming to Delta College. As an athlete Leabo was a High School All-American Water Polo player at Tokay High School during the 1979 and 1980 seasons. In his four years at Tokay, 1977-1980, his teams compiled a 94-6 overall record.

Coach Leabo is excited about the upcoming season. With 4 or 5 of the top local high school players from Stockton and Lodi attending Delta in 2004 look for big things from the women's program!

Water Polo (Men)

Larry Huiras began coaching the men's water polo team in 1980 with Bill Anttila. He took over the team in 1984. The Delta College Men's Water Polo Teams earned championships in 1981, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1996, 1998, and 2002 under Coach Huiras. The 1998 team were the first in school's history to make it to the State Tournament. The 2002 team went undefeated in league, were named #3 in Northern California and placed 8th at the State Tournament. In all the other years, Delta's Men's Water Polo teams have finished no lower than third place. Coach Huiras was selected Coach of the Year in 1990, 1999, and 2002. Delta's Academic Senate selected him as a distinguished part time faculty member in 1993-1994.


Michael Sandler has been the wrestling coach at Delta College for the past seven years. During that time, the Mustangs have steadily improved and gained respect throughout the state. In the past seven years, Delta wrestling has had 40 State qualifiers, 15 place at State, and 14 Academic All-Americans. Delta wrestlers have enjoyed succes at the next level and our hope is to continue growing and adding to the success of Delta wrestling.