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Griffins claim 2nd DeVore Award in 3 year span

(7/14/2016) Grossmont College edged San Diego Mesa by 0.431 points to earn possession of the 2015-16 Chet DeVore Trophy, emblematic of the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference member college with the most  successful men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletic program during the academic year.

This is the first year that the DeVore Award standings have been determined by a formula that divides  each college’s total points by its number of intercollegiate sports.

Grossmont’s strong performances  in women’s sand and indoor volleyball, totaling 41 raw points turned out to be the difference as the Griffins won the DeVore Award for the second time in three years.

The Griffins’ sand volleyball team won conference and state championships, each worth 20 points, and their indoor team also picked up 20 points for winning the conference title. The G-House’s sand team also received a bonus point for a third place in state individual pairs. Grossmont also won conference titles in baseball, women’s swimming & diving and women’s tennis.

All of this came under a time of transition as longtime AD Jim Spillers departed in January 2016 and Athletic Trainer Donivan Marthis stepped into the Interim AD role for the balance of the school year and summer.

Grossmont wins first DeVore Award

SAN DIEGO (July 25, 2013) Grossmont College edged out San Diego Mesa by 213.5 points to 211 points to win the 2013-14 Chet DeVore Award, emblematic of the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference member college with the most successful men's and women's intercollegiate athletic program for the academic year.

Spillers and Women's Volleyball Head Coach Jamie Ivers

Grossmont, under Athletic Director Jim Spillers, won or tied for six conference championships, in women's volleyball, women's water polo, women's tennis, men's basketball, men's water polo and men's swimming & diving. The women's volleyball team finished second in the state.

The award is named after the late Chester S. Chet DeVore, founding Commissioner of the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.

DeVore was President / Superintendent of Southwestern College in Chula Vista from 1961, when he supervised construction and development of its new Chula Vista campus, until his retirement as one of the nation's most respected community college CEOs 21 years later.

He became the first Commissioner of the PCAC, the host conference for community college athletics in San Diego County and Imperial County, in 1982. He served until his retirement from that post in 1998. DeVore, a World War II hero and Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient who left a long legacy both in academics and athletics at the college, conference, state and national levels, died in January 2011. He was 92.

Last Updated: 08/15/2016
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