Category Archives: Athletics

Hughes press box

Panthers Football Team Earns Bowl Bid

Despite falling to American River College on Saturday in the regular-season finale at Hughes Stadium, the SCC Panthers football team has been selected to play in the NCFC East Bay Bowl against Diablo Valley College. The game will be played at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22, at DVC.

The Panthers finished the regular season 6-4 overall and 3-2 in conference play. Diablo Valley finished 7-3 on the season.

Congratulations Panthers! Now, go beat the Vikings!

Sports equity

Sports Equity Report Touts Panthers’ Success

More than 400 student athletes compete for Sacramento City College in various men’s and women’s sports. SCC offers 10 women’s sports programs and eight men’s teams. Basketball, cross country, swimming, track & field, and tennis are offered to both men and women.

SCC works on a balanced budget of more than $2.1 million to operate its athletics programs, with Track & Field being the most costly sport to run. The cost to run an athletics department this size includes all equipment, promotions, travel and coaches’ salaries.

Sacramento City College is committed to providing a high quality program for its student-athletes. For more information on sports equity at SCC, please click on the following two documents:


Dave Pacheco

Longtime Coach Earns Hall of Fame Honor

Dave Pacheco, SCC’s longtime wrestling coach, was recently inducted into the Idaho State University Sports Hall of Fame. Pacheco wrestled for Idaho State in 1978-79, and was inducted Oct. 17 in a class that included Rebecca Sondag (Track & Field, 1989-92), De Pankratz (Football, 1957-59), Amanda Carver (Basketball, 1999-2000) and Michael Harada (Swimming, 1962-65). Begun in the 1960s, the ISU Sports Hall of Fame honors outstanding intercollegiate athletes from throughout the program’s history. It includes about 250 athletes from ISU’s storied past.

Sacramento City College wishes to congratulate Coach Dave Pacheco on this well-deserved honor.

Panthers Volleyball on Playoff Push

After dropping a tough match to Sierra College, the SCC Panthers volleyball team rebounded with a straight-set, 25-13, 25-16, 25-19 win over Cosumnes River in Big 8 conference play. As of Oct. 13, the Panthers (10-8 on the season) were ranked 14th in Northern California. Coach Laurie Nash’s team hosts Diablo Valley on Oct. 17, with tough road matches against San Joaquin Delta on Oct. 22 and Santa Rosa on Oct. 24. The Panthers are tied for fifth in the Big 8 Conference, and working toward one of the coveted playoff spots.


Panthers FB Team Wins in a Shootout

Quarterback Jason Samuels threw for six touchdown passes, including the game-winner with less than 20 seconds left in the fourth quarter as the SCC Panthers beat Chabot 52-49 on Saturday, Oct. 4 at Hughes Stadium.

Samuels finished the game with 438 yards passing on 37 completions. His favorite target was wide receiver Jordan Morrison, who caught 16 passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns. The Panthers are now 3-2 on the season, and ranked 7th in Northern California. They begin conference play on Oct. 18.

To learn more about SCC Athletics, visit

Photo credit: Dianne Rose


Student Athletes Top Priority for SCC’s New Head Women’s Basketball Coach

Julia Allender started June 9 as the new head women’s basketball coach at Sacramento City College.

Allender comes from Ohlone Community College in Fremont, where she served as head coach for the past five years. Previous to that, she was an assistant coach for three years at the college.

As an alumna of San Jose City College, Allender is no stranger to the community college system. In fact, found that her experience as a student led her to prefer coaching at the community college level over other higher education institutions.

“I got into coaching to help people,” Allender said. “From my experiences coaching at the community college level, I saw and realized that there is a large opportunity to positively affect and help players who may have been overlooked or need specific areas of development in order to go on and play at the next level.

“It’s a development level and that’s really what I enjoy about community college and working with these athletes. They have this goal in mind that you’re really helping them go achieve.”

Allender said she was “very much” one of those athletes who needed to be challenged and nudged to reach her performance goals.

“I didn’t really get much better in high school. I was always better than the vast majority of my peers,” Allender said. “So when I began playing at the community college, that gave me an opportunity to get better and add skills that I didn’t have before. It gave me an opportunity to really compete on a daily basis and physically be able to be stronger and move better and be quicker.”

From San Jose City College, Allender went on to play at Southern Utah University with a full Division I basketball scholarship.

“That was my goal; that was my dream,” Allender said. “It was what I wanted to achieve because I knew I wanted to coach.”

Allender said she knew she wanted to coach from a very young age, although she had opportunities to pursue a career as a professional athlete.

“Growing up as a kid, I just loved to help people and I also loved sports,” she said. “I saw how my coaches at that age affected me positively.”

Alllender has a 95 percent transfer rate in her five years as Ohlone’s head coach (100 percent in the last three years), which means she has helped nearly all her athletes transfer to the colleges where they want to play.

While Allender’s first priority is her athletes’ well-being and development, that certainly does not preclude winning games. And she has the track record to back that up — she has won three conference championships in five years at Ohlone and won 105 games in five years.

“I am very highly competitive,” Allender said. “But more than winning, I’m in it to help my athletes in many aspects — educationally, morally, in building leadership skills, giving them tools to live a very successful life.”

To learn more about Panther Athletics, visit the official website.

Soccer Kick

Republic FC Plays Match at Hughes on May 17

Sacramento’s first professional soccer team, Sacramento Republic FC, will play against the L.A. Galaxy at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 17.

Parking around Hughes Stadium will be closed off in the morning and reserved for the game. Faculty, staff and students who will be on campus on Saturday will be able to park in lots B, C, F, and G on the west side of campus.

Republic FC had scheduled its first three home games at Hughes Stadium — April 26, May 3 and May 17 — before the team moves to its new stadium at Cal Expo, which is currently under construction.

Due to a delay in the construction schedule, the team will play one additional game at Hughes on June 7. No further games have been scheduled at this time.

SCC students may purchase advance tickets at a discounted price at

Panther Statue

CCCAA Honors SCC Athletes

SCC’s Women’s Golf team has been selected as a California Community College Athletic Association Scholar Team recipient. The award emphasizes academic achievement of all members of a specific team. Additionally, SCC athlete Daniel Sayles has been selected as the 2013 CCCAA Male Scholar Athlete. It is the highest honor that the CCCAA awards to student athletes among the 27,000 annual participants.

SCC’s student athletes’ accomplishments will be acknowledged at the Celebration of Student Athletes Awards Luncheon at the CCCAA Convention on Wednesday, April 2.

To learn more about Panther Athletics, visit the official website!

Soccer Kick

Sacramento Republic FC Plays First Home Game at SCC

Sacramento’s first professional soccer team, Sacramento Republic FC, will play its inaugural home game on April 26 at Sacramento City College’s Hughes Stadium.

SCC students may purchase advance tickets at a discounted price at

Republic FC has scheduled two additional home games at Hughes Stadium, on May 3 and May 17, before the team moves to its new stadium at Cal Expo, which is currently under construction.