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Compton College announces athletics department updates

Adding Women’s volleyball team

OW Staff Writer | 4/7/2021, 2:54 p.m.
Compton College has opted out of he Spring II sports season due to the pandemic in LA County...

Compton College recently made the decision, along with all South Coast Conference colleges, to opt out of the Spring II sports season due to the pandemic-related conditions in Los Angeles County. Spring II sports at Compton College include badminton, baseball, softball, and track and field.

“This was a difficult decision,” said Dr. Keith Curry, Compton College President/CEO. “However, my number one priority for 2020-2021 regarding COVID-19 is to ensure faculty, staff, and students are provided a safe and healthy environment. I look forward to working with the campus community and the Compton College Tartar Athletics Program to begin planning for the 2021-2022 intercollegiate athletic season.”

This follows a similar decision made in December 2020 when the presidents of the 12 South Coast Conference colleges unanimously decided to opt out of competition for the CCCAA Spring I season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which affected fall and winter sports. At Compton College, that included: football (via the Southern California Football Association, American Mountain League), men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, and men’s and women’s basketball.

Compton College is adding women’s volleyball to its sports lineup, which will bring the total number of athletic programs to 13; six men’s sports and seven women’s sports. While still in the planning phase, Compton College is also exploring an intercollegiate sports program for 2021-2022 featuring competitive, organized team-based video gaming. The campus will soon break ground on a new physical education complex.

Compton College will once again offer women’s volleyball as part of its Tartar Athletics Program. The college previously had a women’s volleyball team but suspended the program during the 2017-2018 academic year due to lack of interest. Beginning in 2021-2022, if conditions allow for in-person athletics to resume, women’s volleyball will be available at Compton College.

“Creating new opportunities to compete on the collegiate level will benefit area student-athletes looking to play for a college volleyball program while pursuing their academic goals,” said Andree Pacheco, Compton College’s director of student development and athletics. “This presents a great opportunity for area high school volleyball players to enroll at Compton College and build a new program.”

As part of Phase 5 of the Compton Community College District’s Facilities Master Plan, a new physical education complex will be constructed for Compton College. This $45 million new construction project, currently in the preliminary planning phase, will include demolition of the current gymnasium, men’s shower/locker, V-row, pool, and women’s shower/locker buildings.

“Using 2014 Measure C bond funds, the District is replacing outdated facilities and providing new spaces on campus, such as a new PE complex, to support our students,” said Sonia Lopez, Compton Community College District Board of Trustees president. “We thank the community for their continued support of Compton College.”

Following the demolition, construction will begin on a new gym, locker facilities, faculty office space, pool, and physical education support space. This project will be funded by Measure C bond monies and state capital outlay funds.