Sierra College Athletics Makes the Top Three in Directors’ Cup

Wolverine fans going wild at a sports event

Our school placed third in the state in the Directors’ Cup standings! The cup is from the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) all-sports competition. We took first place in both women’s golf in November and women’s swimming and diving in May. Those two wins earned us our place in the cup.

Brandie Murrish, head coach for women's basketball at Sierra College, couldn’t be prouder:

The quality of our student-athletes is a direct result of the support from the board of trustees, administration, faculty and staff at Sierra College. Our student-athletes are some of the most hard-working, goal-oriented young men and women in the country. It is a privilege to work alongside the driven coaching staff. We are united in the pursuit of excellence. It is the Wolverine way.

Women's Volleyball Head Coach Vera Nelson stated, "I am extremely proud to be part of such an amazing group of coaches, athletes and staff here at Sierra College. The level of commitment to and from our athletes day after day is what makes this athletic department stand out. So proud to be a Wolverine!"

First Time in Top 3 Position Since 2008

Sierra College Athletics consistently places in the top 10 in the NATYCAA. But, this is the first time since 2008 that we’ve been in the top 3 position, with a total point standing of 139.

Mount San Antonio College in Walnut California held onto top honors and took 1st place with 166 points. Riverside City College followed in 2nd place with 155.5 points.


How We Earned 3rd Place

We earned points based on our teams’ final positions. Our top-five teams’ results counted toward our school’s total. Check out complete standings and more at the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) website.

About Sierra College’s First-Place Teams

Learn more about the winning teams that made our Directors’ Cup victory possible.

Sierra College Women's Golf wins first place

Women’s Golf

In November 2016, the Women’s Golf team captured their first CCCAA State Championship! The Wolverines shot a team score of 294, setting a state championship record. Nao Bando shot 72 and 69 on consecutive days to tie for the individual state title.

The Wolverines finished the Big 8 and NorCal undefeated in matches this season.

Congrats to everyone on the team:

  • Nao Bando
  • Kennedy Curran
  • Mikia Fang
  • Gurman Kaur
  • Jessica Miller
  • Haley Vandenberg
  • Kelly Whelan
  • And Head Coach Kim Silva
Learn more about women’s golf
Sierra College Women's Swimming and Diving wins first place

Women’s Swimming and Diving

Sierra College Women's Swimming and Diving team won the 2017 CCCAA State Champion! This was the first state title for Sierra College and the Sacramento region. And, after finishing second seven times, this is the first state title for Head Coach Scott Decker. The men's team, the defending state champion, finished an amazing second.

As Sierra Athletic Director Lucas Moosman said:

Sierra College is the center of the Community College swimming world!

Congrats to everyone on the team:

  • Claudia Guillory
  • Abigail Brouwer
  • Lauren Ostrander
  • Corinne Linke
  • Kirsten DePauw

These student-athletes came together to win two relays titles, including the meet-opening 200 freestyle relay. And, the team has a cumulative GPA of 3.3.

Head Coach Scott Decker had a lot to say about the win:

It's very cool to see us become the first-ever Sierra state champion in women's swimming and diving. Last year we took second and Orange Coast was just head and shoulders better than everyone. But we told our student-athletes, "Just do the things you need to in the classroom to stay eligible, and return to the team, and work hard in the pool." We knew we had the makings of a really good team, and we proved it. This was just a great team effort.

Learn more about women’s swimming and diving.