Trainer to head RCC volleyball program

Riverside Athletic Director Barry Meier announced today that he has hired
Monica Trainer as the Tigers’ volleyball coach. Trainer has been an
assistant coach at UC Riverside for the past 22 years to UC Riverside Head
Coach Sue Gozansky.

Trainer becomes Riverside’s first full-time coach in nearly 10 years.

“This is a great time for me in my career,” said Trainer. “I’m excited to
run my own program. Obviously, I’ve learned a lot while at UCR, but I’m so
excited to try things on my own.”

Trainer said she knew from the beginning this was the right move for her.

“It’s funny as soon as I stepped on campus I felt welcome,” she said. “I
remember thinking after the interview how much I would love to work at the

“Everyone was so supportive and so personable.”

Trainer and her family have a lot of tradition with the community college
system. Her husband, Joe, is a graduate of the Riverside District’s nursing
program. Trainer herself attended San Bernardino Valley College and her
daughter attended Mt. San Jacinto College.

After attending San Bernardino Valley, Trainer began an outstanding
three-year career at San Jose State. She was drafted by the San Jose Diablos
of the International Volleyball Association, and a year later, she embarked
upon a four-year European semi-pro career, playing in Luzern, Switzerland
from 1981 to 1983 and in Albizzate, Italy, in 1983-84, winning championships
in both stops.

She returned to the United States in 1985 and joined Gozansky’s staff at UC
Riverside as an assistant. In her tenure, UCR has won a Division II national
title and made three trips to the Elite Eight.

Since 1978, Trainer has instructed at many summer camps throughout the
United States with UCLA volleyball coach Al Scates, AAF, Converse, and the
USVBA. In 1995 she traveled to Italy as coach of “Sports for
Understanding,” She has teamed with Gozansky to work with the Department of
Defense Dependent Students (DoDDS) Camp in Manheim, Germany, where she
taught volleyball to United States students who are living in Germany,
Italy, Turkey, Belgium and Greece.

Trainer has continued her volleyball playing career by participating in US
Volleyball Association (USAV) tournaments across the nation and has earned
11 All-America selections. She was a member of the Seniors national
championship team in 1990, 1992, 1994, 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2003.

Trainer attended Rim of the World High School, graduating in 1976. She
played softball, tennis and basketball, but did not play volleyball until
her senior year.

Trainer attended San Bernardino Valley College as a freshman, then
transferred to SJSU, where she graduated with a degree in human performance
and a minor in psychology. She went on to earn her teaching credential and a
master’s degree in guidance counseling from Cal State University, San
Bernardino. She is an American Red Cross Instructor Trainer for various
health, safety and aquatics programs for future teachers.

Trainer and her husband Joe live in Murrieta and are proud grandparents of
Daniel, Abigail and Elena.

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Redlands to host SCIAC softball tournament

By winning the 2008 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championship, the Bulldog softball team earned the right to host the first-ever conference postseason tournament. The inaugural double-elimination event takes place on Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3, at the Softball Field of Dreams at the University of Redlands. 


As the top seed, Redlands faces #4-seed Pomona-Pitzer Colleges at 11:30 a.m. on Friday.  The complete tournament schedule is listed below.


The winner of the postseason tournament earns the SCIAC’s automatic qualification to the NCAA Championships, which begin Thursday, May 8, at the University of Texas, Tyler.


Friday, May 2:

Game 1 9 a.m.                    #2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps vs. #3 La Verne

Game 2 11:30 a.m.            #1 Redlands vs. #4 Pomona-Pitzer

Game 3 2 p.m.                    Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2

Game 4 4:30 p.m.              Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2


Saturday, May 3:

Game 5 9 a.m.                    Loser Game 4 vs. Winner Game 3               

Game 6 11:30 a.m.            Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5

Game 7 2 p.m.                    Only if necessary (first loss)



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La Verne golf team wins SCIAC, advances to nationals

For the second year in a row, the University of La Verne golf team finished the conference schedule undefeated en route to claiming a SCIAC Championship.

This year, the Leopards put an exclamation point on the SCIAC title with a dazzling performance of 559 (284-275) at the SCIAC 36-Hole Championship Monday at Los Serranos Country Club in Chino Hills to outdistance second-place Redlands (573) by 14 strokes.

Prior to 2007, no SCIAC golf team had ever finished an entire season undefeated in league competition.

La Verne had five of its golfers finish in the top seven in the individual standings. Sophomore Andrew Kramer paced ULV with a second-pace effort of 138 (70-68). Senior Jordan Talah placed fourth overall at 141 (73-68) with senior Chris Davis placing fifth at 142 (71-71). Junior Rizal Amin earned a sixth-place finish carding a 143 (73-70) over 36 holes while freshman Kevin Smith finished tied for seventh at 144 (76-68).

Redlands golfer EJ Stenftenagle took first place in the individual standings at 136 (70-66).

Under head coach Rex Huigens, the Leopard squad racked up several conference honors following the 36-hole competition. Amin was named Co-Player of the Year while Smith earned Freshman of the Year honors.

ULV dominated the First-Team SCIAC selections with four spots. The quartet included Davis, Talah, Kramer and Mitchell Fedorka. Smith earned a spot on the Second Team.

Amin also was the co-winner of the Jess Clark Sportsmanship Award.

As the SCIAC Champion, La Verne secures an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships, held next month at Chateau Elan Resort in Braselton, GA. The Leopards are ranked sixth nationally in Division III.

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