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OCC Scholar-Athletes Win State Honors
Thursday, February 6, 2014

Track Standout, 3 Teams Selected for CCCAA Recognition

Orange Coast College track standout Austin Pollok and three Pirate teams were selected for the California Community College Athletic Association’s Scholar Athlete and Scholar Team awards for the 2012-13 season, according to the CCCAA.

“This is unprecedented for Orange Coast College to have three teams honored with this award,” said Michael Sutliff, Dean of Kinesiology and Athletics. “The award emphasizes academic achievement of all athletes for a particular team, and I am personally proud of our coaches and student athletes who worked so hard in the classroom while spending 20-plus hours a week training and preparing for competition.”

Pollok, a Garden Grove resident, was selected as well as the OCC men’s golf, women’s swim and women’s tennis teams for the 2012-13 season. Pollok and the three Pirate teams will be honored at the Celebration of Student Athletes Awards Luncheon during the CCCAA Convention at the Renasissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel on April 2.

Pollok, a freshman on OCC’s track and field team last year, posted an impressive 3.75 grade point average in 2012-13. The 10 athletes on the men’s golf team posted a collective 3.07 GPA, the women’s swim team, with 17 competitors, notched a 3.44 GPA, and the eight-member women’s tennis team led the way with a 3.57 GPA.

The Scholar Athlete Award is the highest student achievement honor awarded annually by the CCCAA. The winners, along with the rest of the annual honor roll, are selected by the CCCAA Awards Committee from nominations submitted by community colleges throughout California.

“Candidates for the Scholar Athlete Award must carry a minimum GPA of 3.5 and must also show outstanding leadership as an athlete, student, or in other college and community activities, as well as have participated in two seasons of sport at a California community college,” according to CCCAA guidelines.

“The Scholar Team Award is the highest academic team achievement given annually by the CCCAA. All team members must have excelled academically with a total GPA of 3.0 or higher. The team should have demonstrated better than average accomplishments in intercollegiate athletic competition.”

On the competition side, the men’s golf team won its fourth consecutive Orange Empire Conference title and also captured the Southern California Regional title before finishing second at the State Championships last year.

The women’s swim team wrapped up a successful 2013 season with a fifth-place finish at the State Meet, while the women’s tennis team advanced to the regional playoffs and sent several players to the conference and regional championships.

Pollock, who finished fifth in the hammer throw at the CCCAA state championships, is currently a student at University of California, Irvine.

Orange Coast College, founded in 1947, is one of the nation's top transfer schools. With a student population of 22,000, OCC provides exemplary programs leading to Associate in Arts degrees, Associate in Science degrees and 145 career programs. The college's 164-acre campus is located in the heart of Costa Mesa. For complete details about OCC, visit