At least 44 student-athletes made the Deans' Honors List during the 2016 fall semester at Allan Hancock College. Students who completed 12 or more units and received grade point averages of 3.5 to 3.99 received Deans' Honors. Twelve student-athletes received Special Honors for 4.0 grade point averages in the fall.
"The most important thing community college athletics programs do is support our student-athletes in the classroom," said Kim Ensing, associate dean and athletic director at Hancock. "Our coaches, faculty, and staff who are involved in the day-to-day grind go above and beyond for our student-athletes. It's nice to see a winning score, but when we graduate and transfer student-athletes, everyone wins. Participation in athletics provides a significant educational opportunity for student-athletes."
The academic success sets the stage for more Allan Hancock College student-athletes to be nominated for All-State Academic Awards through the California Community Colleges Athletic Association (CCCAA).
Thirteen Hancock baseball players, six men's soccer players and five football players made the Deans' Honors List. Three football players, and four members of the baseball team earned 4.0 grade point averages. The Deans' Honors List includes four members from both the women's water polo and women's volleyball teams. The women's cross country, as well as the men's and women's basketball teams each placed three student-athletes on the list. The women's soccer team placed two athletes on the list. The number of student-athletes on the list may increase once the rosters are set for the men's and women's track and field teams, as well as women's swimming.
Thirty of the student-athletes earned grade point averages of 3.5 or higher during their season of sport, which means their sports completed during the fall term. Football, cross country, soccer, basketball, water polo and volleyball were in-season sports during the fall.
The list of athletes includes six graduates from Righetti High School; four from Cabrillo and Nipomo High Schools; as well as three each from Lompoc, Orcutt Academy and St. Joseph high schools. Santa Ynez and Pioneer Valley high schools had two former students on the list. Atascadero, Arroyo Grande, Santa Maria and Graceway Private had one graduate apiece on the list. Twelve student-athletes from outside Northern Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties earned grade point averages of 3.5 or higher.
In all, 730 Allan Hancock College students made the Deans' Honors List for fall 2016, including 346 who earned Special Honors.
The student-athletes named to the Deans' Honors List are listed below by sport with their high schools in parenthesis. The athletes who earned 4.0 grade point averages to receive Special Honors are in bold.
Baseball (12): Walker Armstrong, Wyatt Coll, Brandon Davis, Brian Dowell, William Dowell, Matt Hamon, Chad Jones, Dylan Maiden, Phillip Martin, Stephen Myhal, Ryan Peinado, Joshua Smith, Chris Taitague
Men's Soccer (6): Federico Baldan, Migel Gomez, Joseph Goryance, Jorge Guzman, Ulises Perez, Javier Rios
Football (5): Elliot Bourke, Dominic Chance, Kelvin Marion, Malik Pope, Bryce Vombaur
Women's Volleyball (4): Alyse Carson, Caitlin Maltbie, Noelle Michels, Taylor Nevitt
Women's Water Polo (4): Megan Coyne, Kinsey Edman, Rebecca Gonzalez, Lizbeth Hernandez
Women's Basketball (3): Karly Beyers, Bethany Bramble, Naomi Leopardi
Men's Basketball (3): Marc Fabricius, Marcellus Garrick, Dominic Jackson
Women's Cross Country (3): Lorren Baker, Michaella Praska, Victoria Steller
Women's Soccer (2): Heidi Cortez, Rachel Naugle
Men's Track (1): Brent Dionisio