Program Director or Chairperson: Bobby Thompson
Program Description: The Athletics program attracts student athletes of
very diverse backgrounds and experiences, who make up approximately 20% of
Grossmont College's full-time student population. Participants in
intercollegiate athletics at Grossmont College must maintain full time
enrollment during each term at the College, and adhere to very tight time frames
within which the academic work can be completed. Athletics staff closely
monitors students' academic status. The Athletics program consists of 16 sports,
each of which field strong competitive teams. The College has strengthened
gender equity in athletics over the past four years. Coaching staff recruits
student athletes through good relationships with area high schools and through
community outreach through Sports camps, workshops and clinics. Athletic
Department fund raising activities provide additional support for
student-athletes. Over the next six years the athletic department will need to
expand opportunities for female student athletes by possibly adding additional
sports for women. Women’s golf or field hockey are possibilities. The department
needs to add at least one full time coach/ES instructor for women’s sports to
comply with Title IX guidelines. The department needs to build a sports complex
that will accommodate men’s football, women’s soccer and ES classes with offices
and dressing rooms plus storage areas. A new swimming facility is needed to
handle both athletics and ES classes as the current pool is too small. A full
time sports information director needs to be added to the department during this
time frame. Additional financial support will be needed to meet rising fixed
costs that the department has no control over.
Activity #1: Remodel 400 Building which includes lockers, showers,
plumbing, lighting, restrooms, offices and classrooms.
Expected Benefit: This will help the college in moving toward
compliance with Title IX/Gender Equity.
Activity #2: Replacement of the east bleachers in the main gym.
Expected Benefit: Installation of these bleachers will reduce
potential liability issues for the college and the district.
Activity #3: Construct new swimming pool that meets competitive
Expected Benefit: It will improve the academic offering by the
Exercise Science Department and allow the swimming and water polo teams to host
Additional Planning Activities
2003 – 2004 Accomplishments
- Lights on tennis courts.
- Make 415 (Main Gym) ADA Compliant.
- Restroom Facilities at baseball and softball fields.
- Interest survey on capital campaign for football stadium & athletic
- New scoreboard in main gym
- Student interest survey on meeting needs of studentbody
- COA Compliance review completed
- Institutional research comparison of student athletes and other students
continuing for future years
- Third year in a row National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame
- Student athlete and coaches handbook
- Four conference championships and one state championship
- 52 Student athletes transferred to four year institutions