City of Fresno Honors Rams
There are three FCC athletic teams that were sharing the spotlight as each one received an honorary City of Fresno proclamation for their achievements during the last championship season.
Some 60 Fresno City College student-athletes joined together with their coaches and the school’s President, Dr. Carole Goldsmith, to be honored by Fresno community members at a historic event.
FCC Men’s Soccer Team Wins State Title
On December 3, the FCC men soccer team earned the first-ever California Community College Soccer Championship title in school history after they beat Taft College with a 2-0 victory.
The FCC team was led by Johnny Rodriguez (all-tournament MVP), who opened the score after 13 minutes. When Matheus Araujo scored FCC’s second goal after 74 minutes, the Rams gave the Taft team no chance and brought the title home.
FCC’s champion Rams have since collected quite a few national honors such as Rodriguez’ recognition as Junior College National Player of the Year (Division III) as well as regional honors for FCC’s coaching staff. Check out also this post about the new Fresno Football Club FFC.
Johnny Rodriguez actually received his second All-America honor, for this year’s FCC’s second team, Alfredo Lopez was named, and the 2016 Regional Coaching Staff honors were awarded to the school’s coaching staff.
For the first time since the records were kept (1948), Fresno City College won both California Soccer Championships. It has happened only four times in the recorded CCCAA history (from 1955) that the same college has won men’s and women’s titles in the same sport.
FCC Women’s Soccer Team Wins National Title
FCC’s Women’s Soccer Team has now, after first winning the California championship in December, also claimed the national title and FCC’s Danielle Pacheco won the Junior College National Player of the Year honors.
The Women’s Rams Team had a near-perfect season (25-0-2) and the team also included three All-American players (sophomores Jasmine Garibay. Danielle Pacheco, and Rianna Castaneda), and the team’s coaching staff was awarded to National Coaching Staff of the Year honors. Rianna Castaneda was additionally chosen as MVP of the California state championships.
FCC Women’s Soccer head coach Oliver Germond said it has been a dream season after his staff had already the national coaching honors in the 2014 season. All coaches are extremely proud and very thankful for the school’s amazing student-athletes and having won the State Championships, as well as the National Championship, feels really like a dream that comes true.
FCC Wrestlers Also Win
FCC’s Wrestling Team has again secured the state champions and also earned a number of individual honors and awards for the team’s outstanding wrestlers and their great coaches.
The Rams Wrestling Team won their 2nd California Community College Athletic Association title in wrestling last December. They accumulated no less than 184 team points and secured the title already before the final rounds began. This was the tenth consecutive year that Fresno City Colege’s wrestling team finished among the top three for team scoring.
The team is holding a record number state titles, 15 in total, and last year brought us no less than four individual champions, Brandon Betancourt, Isaiah Perez, Aaron Mora, and Dylan Martinez who defended his 2016 championship title. He was also recognized as California’s Outstanding Wrestler.
FCC’s wrestling coach Paul Keysaw was honored with the title Coach of the Year and George Moreno, the Rams’ assistant coach, received the title of Assistant Coach of the Year. This was actually the 2nd year in a row that Paul Keysaw was recognized with that honor, a title that he now won ten times (7 at FCC and 3 at Moorpark College).