Broncos name Raphael to management position

Brandon Raphael, who has spent more than eight years in sales management, business-to-business outside sales, marketing and business development, has been named the Director of Development for the Broncos’ athletic department.

Raphael comes to CPP after serving as the Director of Sales for CD Chivas USA, a Major League Soccer franchise located in Carson. During his two seasons with the suburban Los Angeles club, he restructured the sales and service departments and helped oversee the club’s increased season ticket holders and game-day revenues.

“We are looking forward to Brandon being a part of our team,” said CPP Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Brian Swanson. “His development, sales and management experience will be instrumental in helping move our program forward.”

He served two separate stints with the Mandalay Sports Entertainment company, based in Los Angeles. He served as its National Sales Manager Consultant in 2007 where he worked with its three Minor League Baseball franchises.  He got his start with Mandalay in 2000 where he worked as a Senior Corporate Marketing Manager with the Las Vegas 51s, the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate from 2000-2003 and the Frisco Roughriders, the Texas Rangers’ Double-A affiliate from 2003-2005.

After his time with Mandalay, he served nearly two years with the Las Vegas-based Everycontractor Inc. as its Vice President, Business Operations.

Raphael grew up in suburban St. Louis and was graduated from Maryville University in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in business management.

He and his wife Kimberly are the parents of son Caden and expectant parents in September. They will reside in Upland.

Coyotes favored to repeat

Three-time defending conference champion and NCAA Division II National Runner-up Cal State San Bernardino was tabbed the coaches’ pick to capture the 2009 California Collegiate Athletic Association title, it was announced on Tuesday.

The Coyotes, winners of three straight CCAA titles and six overall since 2001, totaled 119 points and nine first-place votes. UC San Diego, which tied for second place a year ago, finished second in the poll after collecting 106 points and three first-place votes. Cal State L.A. and Sonoma State tied for third with 92 points and Chico State rounded out the top five after receiving 81 points. All five teams advanced to postseason play in 2008.

Cal Poly Pomona (72) was picked sixth and followed by San Francisco State (55), Humboldt State (47), Cal State Monterey Bay (38), Cal State East Bay (28), Cal State Stanislaus (23) and Cal State Dominguez Hills (21).

The upcoming season marks the first campaign that Cal State East Bay will compete in the CCAA. The Pioneers will not be eligible for the conference title until 2010.

Cal State San Bernardino is coming off its finest season in program history after recording a 30-4 overall record and advancing to its first-ever national championship final. The Coyotes fell in a hard-fought five-game set to Concordia-St. Paul.

Entering her 19th season at Cal State San Bernardino, head coach Kim Cherniss is faced with the challenge of replacing three All-Americans, including CCAA Player of the Year Jessica Granados.

The 2009 campaign is slated to begin Wednesday, August 26, when UC San Diego hosts Cal Baptist. CCAA play is scheduled to begin Wednesday, September 9, when Cal State East Bay entertains UC San Diego.

 2009 CCAA Volleyball Coaches Poll

No. School (First Place Votes)
Points 2008 Record
1. Cal State San Bernardino (9) 119 30-4, 17-3
2. UC San Diego (3) 106 21-7, 15-5
3. Cal State L.A. 92 21-8, 13-7
Sonoma State 92 23-7, 15-5
5. Chico State 81 21-11, 13-7
6. Cal Poly Pomona  72 20-8, 15-5
7. San Francisco State 55 13-16, 6-14
8. Humboldt State 47 9-18, 7-13
9. Cal State Monterey Bay 38 8-23, 4-16
10. Cal State East Bay 28 29-5
11. Cal State Stanislaus 23 6-24, 3-17
12. Cal State Dominguez Hills 21 3-25, 2-18

Renfro returns to Redlands baseball team

After taking a two-year hiatus from serving as an assistant coach for the University of Redlands baseball program, Jerry Renfro has returned to the coaching staff as the associate head coach, according to an announcement made today by Head Coach Scott Laverty.
As the team’s associate head coach, Renfro is in charge of working with the hitters and will assist Laverty in his head coaching duties as needed.
Renfro coached under Laverty from 2002-07 and was a member of the staff that guided the 2006 team to the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) title. During his tenure at Redlands, Laverty’s teams combined for a 111-88 record.
After the 2007 season, Renfro sustained injuries after falling from a ladder. In his two years away from the game, he has been recovering from knee replacement surgery.
A seasoned veteran, he has served as a baseball coach at Rio Hondo College (1973-75), Los Angeles Valley College (1975-79) and Esperanza High School (1997-2000). In addition, he dabbled in coaching softball at Rim of the World High School from 2000-01. He starred on the diamond at the University of Southern California, Rio Hondo College and Pepperdine University and garnered All-Conference laurels competing for Rio Hondo and Pepperdine.
“We are extremely lucky to have Coach Renfro back to work with our players,” Laverty said. “His great knowledge of the game will help us continue to build on the success we have had over the past five years.”
Renfro currently resides in Crestline with his wife, Paige, and has three grown children.

Coyotes favored to repeat

The Cal State San Bernardino women’s volleyball team is the coaches pick to repeat as CCAA champion. Given that coach Kim Cherniss returns much from a team that was the 2008 national runner-up – it’s a no-brainer.

The Coyotes did graduate one of the best offensive players in school history in Jessica Granados, as well as perhaps the best defensive player in Meghan Haas. But Cherniss always has younger players waiting their turm to emerge as the marquee player.

Cherniss is particularly high on incoming freshman Rachel Tayor as well as junior transfer Nicole Moore. Also expect a breakout year from returning junior Jane Chafeh who appears ready ti make the move from supplemental player to lead performer.

UC San Diego, which gives the Coyotes fits, again appears to be the biggest challenger.

Cal Poly Pomona is picked sixth. The Broncos graduated some key players Vanessa Williams and Jenna Young, as well as Allie Newman, one of thr most improved players in the conference a year ago.

Backup setter Cally Young had family issues and opted not to come back. Neither did defensive specialist Rafaela Rosa. So the Broncos have a lot of question marks.

The teams began official practices on Monday. They open the season Aug. 28.

Cal Baptist adds basketball players

California Baptist University Men’s Basketball Head Coach Tim Collins has announced the final four pieces to the Lancers’ 2009-10 recruiting class.
The final pieces include two NCAA Division I transfers in Andre Gilbert (Kansas State) and Clint Amberry (San Jose State), a junior college transfer in Justus Von Wright (L.A. Pierce College) and the return of a former Lancer (Cesar Menjivar).
Gilbert, a 6-7, 205-pound senior and native of Brooklyn Park, Minn., played the 2007-08 season for the Wildcats averaging 3.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists while being named to the Big 12 All-Newcomer Team. He started 15 of his 27 appearances alongside eventual NBA players Michael Beasley and Bill Walker for the 21-12 Wildcats that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Gilbert’s best game came in an 82-69 win over Rider in the finale of the Old Spice Classic when he scored a game-high 22 points, going 4-for-6 from beyond the arc, to go along with five rebounds in 28 minutes. Four nights later, he played a season-high 32 minutes and had 16 points and four rebounds in a narrow 80-77 overtime loss at home to No. 17 Oregon. He later had seven points in a win at Colorado and then started in back-to-back games against Top 10 teams Texas (No. 5) and Kansas (No. 6) near the end of the season in nationally-televised games on ESPN, scoring six points and grabbing five rebounds against Texas.
Gilbert was one of Frank Martin’s first signings when Martin replaced Bob Huggins prior to the 2007-08 season. He played in just 14 games due to a shoulder injury, averaging 7.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists at Mt. San Jacinto College in 2006-07. He played his 2005-06 freshman season at South Dakota State, averaging 8.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in 20 games.
“Andre will be one of the GSAC’s premiere athletes this season,” said Collins. “He is the athlete that we needed to get to replace the seniors we lost to graduation. He possesses strength, jumping ability and rebounding tenacity to go with his quickness and agility, and he is a quality defender who can also fill the lanes and get to the basket.  His experience will contribute to the growth of our young team this season.”
A 6-10, 205-pound sophomore, Amberry played his 2007-08 freshman season at San Jose State. He played in 11 games (5.7 minutes), scoring 11 points and grabbing eight rebounds for the 13-17 Spartans. He scored three points in 13 minutes in a win over San Diego.

Amberry prepped at Los Alamitos (Calif.) High where he earned all-state first team honors by CalHi Sports as a junior after averaging 14.1 points and 8.3 rebounds. He averaged 16.0 points and 8.0 rebounds, was named Sunset League Co-Most Valuable Player and was rated among the top-200 high school seniors by several national recruiting services as a 2007 senior.
“Clint is going to be a difficult match-up in our conference,” said Collins. “He plays well in the post and has a good set of skills, and his trademark is being a good passer and playmaker. His former coaches have been impressed with his basketball IQ, which is something that is extremely important in our system. For a big man, he has good hands and a nice perimeter shot, and he is someone that we can build our program around for the next three years.”
Von Wright, a 6-3 wing, transfers after just one season at L.A. Pierce Junior College. He played in 25 games and averaged 14.3 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists in earning Western State Conference North Division honorable mention. Von Wright had 20 double-digit scoring games and six 20-point games, including a season-high 28 points against Los Angeles City. He also had 25 points against Santa Barbara. Von Wright prepped at Van Nuys (Calif.) High.
“Justus brings quickness at the defensive end of the floor and will likely earn a lot of quality minutes this year,” said Collins. “He is very athletic on the offensive end and can really get to the rim. He has shown himself to be a strong leader, and we are excited about his ability and his positive attitude toward life. We feel we’ve recruited a fine player and a young man committed to excellence.”
After sitting out last season, Menjivar returns to the court providing the Lancers with quality depth at point guard as he joins junior Kris Corso and junior college transfer Kelly Johnson. In two seasons at CBU, Menjivar played in 63 games, starting four, and has averaged 4.1 points and 2.0 assists in 16.4 minutes while playing in two national tournaments. He has 124 career assists against just 59 career turnovers and has shot 43 percent (40-for-93) from the 3-point line. As a 2008 sophomore, Menjivar appeared in 33 games, averaging 5.0 points and 2.4 assists in 21.3 minutes.
“Cesar is a campus favorite and a coach’s dream,” said Collins. “He is a good leader and a cerebral player, which makes him extremely valuable. Our staff is excited about his return to the court.”
Gilbert, Amberry, Von Wright and Menjivar joins a class that already includes junior college transfers Johnson (Citrus) and Tom Schumacher (Cuesta) as well as prep standouts Luke Evans (Oceanside-El Camino HS) and Josh Barrett (Vista Murrieta HS).
CBU finished 22-9 overall in 2009, advancing to the GSAC Tournament Semifinals for the second straight year. The Lancers were ranked No. 5 in the NAIA Top 25 Preseason Poll and after a 7-0 start were ranked No. 1 for the first time in program history. It was their third straight 20-win season.

Bulldog players earn acadenic honors

Six members of the No. 19 University of Redlands men’s water polo squad garnered a spot on the 2008-09 Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) All-Academic Team.  This honor is awarded to student-athletes who boast a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA while competing as one of the top 10 players at a member institution.
In his first year at Redlands, freshman driver Tyler Harp (San Bernardino, CA) gained a 3.46 GPA in his first year as a Biology major. Competing in his inaugural season with the Bulldogs, Harp tallied four goals, eight assists, six steals and one ejection drawn and also earned a spot on the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) All-Freshman Team.

With a 3.41 GPA as a Business major, junior driver Brent Dotters (Porterville, CA) lands on the All-Academic team following a productive 2008 season, which included 18 goals, 44 assists, 16 steals, 14 ejections drawn and six field blocks.

Junior utility player Ryan Floersch (San Jose, CA) boasts a 3.55 GPA while majoring in Business. In 2008, R. Floersch scored 14 goals while also supplying 35 assists, 27 steals, nine field blocks and a team-leading 55 ejections drawn.

His brother, junior defender John Floersch (San Jose, CA), also earns a spot on the All-Academic team by putting together a 3.49 GPA as a Business major. J. Floersch enjoyed a solid 2008 season with 10 goals, 18 assists, 14 steals, 30 ejections drawn and 11 field blocks.

Sophomore driver Tim Hendrickson (Los Altos, CA) has stockpiled a 3.46 GPA while majoring in Business. During the 2008 campaign, he scored a goal in addition to offering seven assists, 13 steals, one ejection drawn and six field blocks.

Senior goalkeeper Teddy Trowbridge (Mercer Island, WA) garnered a place among the academic honorees with a 3.36 GPA. This Computer Science major patrolled the goal for the Bulldogs this past season and saved 207 shots while dishing out 15 assists.
Earlier this year, these six student-athletes also garnered spots on the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPA) All-Academic Team.

Redlands finished the 2008 season at 29-9 and compiled the most wins in the program’s history. The Bulldogs held a national ranking nearly the entire season in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) and finished the season at No. 19.