A familiar face is back at the helm of the University of Redlands swimming program as Leslie Whittemore has returned to head the men’s and women’s programs.
Whittemore first became the Bulldogs coach in 1996. While under her direction, the men’s program won seven SCIAC titles, the women’s program captured three SCIAC titles, and neither team ever finished lower than third place in the final conference standings. Her combined SCIAC dual-meet record over her first 14 seasons was 151–26.
Whittemore resigned in 2010, citing the desire to spend more time with her family which included two small children. They are now 6 and 9.
Whittemore’s husband Tom had been coaching both water polo teams when his wife resigned. Now he’s coaching just one.
“A lot has changed,” Leslie said, “The kids are older so they’re in school andTom is coaching only one sport so he is a little more flexible. It’s more manageable now. I’m excited about coming back and getting started again.”
Whittemore steps after Trevor Harp directed the program the five years she was away. Harp, one of her former swimmers at Redlands, resigned to accepted a teaching position in Riverside County.
Whittemore said she never really entertained the thought of coming back and didn’t know Harp planned on stepping down. But when he did she was ready to jump back in.
“I would have regretted not getting back in when I had the chance if I didn’t,” she said.
Cal Poly Pomona has been named host of the next CCAA soccer tournament. Games at Kellogg Field will be Nov. 6-8 with first round games will be at various campus sites on Nov. 3.
Cal State Stanislaus had served as host in five of the last six seasons.
“Certainly our teams have been successful and are in a pretty good place right now,” Athletic Director Brian Swanson said. “It’s great to be able to host and have our friends and family and those that support us there. We had a lot of trips North last year for championships so that gets expensive.”
The Cal Poly Pomona men and Cal State Los Angeles women are the defending champions.
Trisha (McCormick) Senyo has been named softball coach at Chaffey College.
She takes over a softball program that struggled last season, both in the win column and in having enough players to field a team. The Panthers were just 11-26 overall and 4-11 in Foothill Conference play.
She spent last season as an assistant at Riverside Community College, working primarily with infielders.
She has also coached locally in travel ball so she has a good grasp of the talent in the area.
“The biggest thing will be getting to know the ins and outs here at Chaffey but everyone has been supportive and helpful,” she said. “There is a lot of talent in this area and there is no reason we can’t turn it around pretty quickly.”
Senyo, 29, worked at Division II Sonoma State from 2010 to 2014, serving as an assistant softball coach and as strength and conditioning coach for all of the school’s athletic teams.
She was a standout athlete locally, excelling on the softball team in her four years at the University of La Verne where she was an All-SCIAC selection.
Senyo and husband Mike, a strength and conditioning coach at Whittier College, reside in La Verne.