Wrestling Coach Joe Dansby Repeats as Coach of the Year

SAN LUIS OBISPO (May 26, 2015)- Cuesta Wrestling Coach Joe Dansby has been recognized as the 2014-15 Cuesta College Coach of the Year. He is the first three-time winner of the award and first coach to be honored in back-to-back seasons.  Dansby led his grapplers to the 2015 SouthEast Conference title and seventh place at the CCCAA State Wrestling Championships, which were held in San Luis Obispo at Cuesta College. The Cougars did not finish lower than 4th place in any of their six tournaments and boasted a pair of tournament titles posted.  The grapplers posted a 9-6 record in dual meets, including a perfect 3-0 against the SEC.  Coach Joe Dansby was named 2014 SEC Coach of the Year, marking the fourth time he has received the honor.  Four members of the team earned All-SEC First Team, while three others earned honorable mention, and six placed at the state meet, including All America Connor Pollock.  This year’s team also set a school record with 297 individual wins, easily surpassing the previous program record of 270 set just last year.

This award recognizes the highest level of coaching achieved at Cuesta College during a year of competition.  It was first officially presented in 2009.  The award is based on a mathematical formula that weighs a coach’s individual performance as well as the on-field success of his/her team.   Coach Joe Dansby, for the second straight year, edged 2010 winner Rusty Blair.

Cuesta Coaches Award

Cuesta College Coach of the Year (est. 2009)

2014-15 Joe Dansby, Wrestling (Conf. Champs/ 7th State)

 2013-14 Joe Dansby, Wrestling (Conf. Champs/ 6th State)

 2012-13 John Marsh, Men’s Swim & Dive (Conf. Champs, 4th State)

2011-12 Brian Locher, Women’s Cross Country (3rd Conf/ 4th State)

2010-11 Joe Dansby, Wrestling (Conf. Champs/ 5th State)

2009-10 Rusty Blair, Men’s Basketball (Conf. Champs/ Playoffs)

2008-09 Mike Napoli, Women’s Tennis (Conf. Champs/ 4th State)





Thomason Named Athlete of the Year


SAN LUIS OBISPO (May 25, 2015)- Last Week: State Champion Pole Vaulter Augusta Thomason (San Diego) was selected as the 2015 Western State Conference Field Athlete of the Year.  She follows in the footsteps of fellow Cougar and 2014 WSC Field Athlete of the Year Riley Cooks (Coarsegold) and establishes Cuesta, a school known for running, as an all around track & field program.  Thomason, who led the nation with a leap of 13’4.75”, won both the WSC title and the CCCAA State title almost unopposed.  The standout freshman won her state title by more than a foot, yet was still another foot short of her season-best mark.  Thomason claimed Cuesta’s 13th WSC pole vault title since 1999, which includes a streak from 2002-2011 (Below), as well as the program’s fourth CCCAA State Pole Vault crown.   Her win represents Cuesta Women’s Track & Field’s tenth individual CCCAA State title, while also giving the program it’s third title of the past four years- Cooks (2014) & Devon Kelsey (2012).  Other awards handed out by the Western State Conference included- Women’s Track Athletes of the Year Mikala Fairchild (Canyons) and Kaira Sanders (Bakersfield), Men’s Track Athlete of the Year Ethan Walker (Canyons), Men’s Field Athlete of the Year Jeremy Kimmer (Glendale), Men’s Track & Field Coach of the Year Scott Fickerson (Santa Barbara) and, Women’s Track & Field Coach of the Year Lindie Kane (Canyons).


Last Week: No contests, season over. 


Notes- Cuesta’s Western State Conference Pole Vault Champs.


1999               Shawna Peterman               Pole Vault 


2002               Leilani Greene                      Pole Vault


2003               Tamara Neely                       Pole Vault


2004               Christine Silva                      Pole Vault


2005               Ashley Alten                          Pole Vault


2006               Kate Almond                         Pole Vault


2007               Annie Burlingham                 Pole Vault


2008               Kate Almond*                       Pole Vault


2009               Sian Morgan                          Pole Vault


2010               Sara Pizzo                             Pole Vault


2011               Rachel Murphy                     Pole Vault


2014               Hailey Fish                            Pole Vault


2015               Augusta Thomason*            Pole Vault



Cuesta Hosts Second Signing Day

SAN LUIS OBISPO (May 18, 2015)- This Week: Cuesta College Athletics hosts its second Signing Day this Wednesday, May 20 at the Cuesta Student Center from 12:30-1:30.  The event features Cuesta Athletes from all sports will sign scholarships to four-year schools, plus athletes recruited to play at other four-year schools.  Below is a partial list of those athletes to be recognized.  

Men’s Basketball

- Rafael Casanova, Florida Tech*

- Tayler Thompson, Alaska-Anchorage*


Women’s Basketball

- Jerrica Crosby (Morro Bay), Sonoma St*

-Kaylee Williams (Mission Prep), Notre Dame de Namur*


Men’s Track & Field/ Cross Country

- Connor Fisher, Chico St*

- Robby Hixson (Atascadero), Stanislaus St*

- Dez Smith, Chadron St*

- Calvin Herman, Humboldt St*

- Michael Mannon, Humboldt St

- Max Clark, Chico St

- Brandon Messerly, Cal Poly


Women’s Water Polo

- Rachel Gruetzmacher (Atascadero), Long Beach St

- Marti-Rae Grois (Paso Robles), Long Beach St


Women’s Soccer

- Liv Montion, Cal Poly



- Connor Pollock, San Francisco St

- Joe Else, Montana







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