Welcome From COD's Athletic Director...

WELCOME FROM COD's ATHLETIC DIRECTOR...

          I would like to welcome you to our community and another exciting year of Roadrunners Athletics. With 61 years of strong tradition and success, our student-athletes have worked hard in preparation for this year and their competitive seasons. In the 2019-20 school year, College of the Desert is poised and ready for another outstanding season of success academically and athletically. This edition of Roadrunners Athletics has a solid collection of student-athletes who have committed to continue the excellence exemplified throughout our college's history.

          In 2019, the Roadrunners excelled at the local and state level in both individual and team sports. Women's Golf had an amazing second place finish at the CCCAA State Finals, the Men's Soccer team knocked off the number three team in the nation to open up the season and made it to the 2nd Round of playoffs, Women's Cross Country had a runner qualify for the CCCAA State Finals, Women's Volleyball had some huge milestone victories while winning 11 straight matches and winning 17 consecutive sets during that time, Women’s Soccer defeated Miramar for the first time in program history, sweeping the Jets, won at Palomar for the first time in program history, sweeping the Comets this season as well. The Men’s Tennis team grabbed a clean sweep at the CCCAA State Championship, winning the team title, the doubles title and the singles championship. The Beach Volleyball team qualified their “One’s” team for the CCCAA State Pairs Final, winning a bronze medal and finishing third in the State. Women’s Tennis grabbed a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference (PCAC) singles title and qualified all of their doubles teams for the CCCAA State Championship event at Ojai. Men’s Golf finished second at the PCAC Championship and played well at the Southern California Final and Softball secured their best season finish since 2015. Men’s Basketball had their best season in 11 years. and are among many wonderful stories from the 2018-2019 Winter and Spring sports season.

          COD's athletic teams annually strive toward excellence in the classroom, in the field and court of play, and in the community. College of the Desert Athletics takes great pride in preparing student-athletes for their future endeavors in academics, athletics and life. This balance allows for our young women and men to have an opportunity to achieve their life goals and aspirations. This, coupled with the daily commitment from dedicated coaches and staff, demonstrates the comprehensive educational opportunities offered here at COD.

          I encourage our Roadrunners family to respectfully partner with us in supporting this season's teams as they take on the journey of chasing their dreams and goals.

          ---Gary Plunkett, Director-Kinesiology & Athletics, gplunkett@collegeofthedesert.edu