OCC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL -- A WINNING TRADITION
During the past two decades, the OCC women's basketball program has established a tradition of excellence and winning that is among the very best in the state. Coast has qualified for the state playoffs in 20 of the past 24 years. Only two other schools in Southern California -- Cerritos and Ventura -- have accomplished that feat. The Pirates have posted the best overall record of all the Orange Empire Conference schools during that same time span.
Not content to just make the playoffs, Coast has advanced to the state's Elite Eight six times, the Final Four three times and won the California state championship in 2003.
Great players make great teams and OCC has had more than its share of those over the years. That group includes 17 players who have gone on to compete at the D-I level. Two of those players Lee Ann Kazmer (1994--UNLV) and Jamie Shine (1996--St. Mary's) have been inducted into the CCCWBCA state hall of fame. A third, Courtney Ford, was a recent two-time, first-team, all-state selection and the OEC Player of the Year in 2007 and 2008 while setting a ton of school records. Ford went on to star at Mercer University in Macon, GA where she was a two-time, all-conference selection and the conference Player of the Year in 2010.
As much success as the Pirates have garnered on the floor, they have also enjoyed just as much success in the academic area. OCC's team overall grade point average has been over 3.0 during the past 24 years. Every player with one exception that has spent two years in the OCC program, has qualified to attend a four-year university. Over 70 players have gone on to continue their basketball careers at the next level.
Listed below are some highlights from many of the outstanding seasons in the past 24 years.
A total of eight former players have returned at one time or another to become assistant coaches in the Pirate program. They are very responsible in helping to keep the winning tradition alive.
OCC ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME
Nancy Hatsushi Rogers was inducted into the Orange Coast College Athletic Hall of Fame. The ceremonies were held on Nov. 5, 2011 in the foyer of Peterson Gymnasium. Hatsushi-Rogers is the first women's basketball player to be inducted into the hall of fame. Nancy was selected the MVP of the 2003 California State Tournament after she led the Pirates to their first state championship. OCC defeated four teams that had won 30-or-more games on the way to the title -- an accomplishment that had never been done before or since that time. She was a two-time, first-team, All-Orange Empire Conference selection and a two-time, All-Southern California selection. She made five 3-point field goals in the state championship victory over Contra Costa and led her team to a victory over the state's top team, Ventura College, in the semifinals. Ventura was seeking a third consecutive state championship. Nancy firmly established herself as one of the Pirates all-time greats with her performance in the state finals!
The number 34 is extremely significant in OCC women's basketball history. Three consecutive players who wore that number were all-state selections and rank among the school's all-time greats. Colleen hatch (1993), Lee Ann Kazmer (1994) and Jamie Shine (2006) all played the same position and were all record-setting players. All went on to play at D-I schools. In honor of them, the #34 has been unofficially retired and will never be worn again.
FORMER OCC PLAYERS WHO WENT ON TO PLAY AT THE DIVISION I LEVEL
Michelle Hennessey -- Cal State Fullerton, 1990
Ricarda Kuypers – UCLA, 1993
Colleen Hatch -- Northern Colorado, 1993
Lee Ann Kazmer – UNLV, 1994
Jamie Shine -- St. Mary's, 1996
Jennifer Ludwicki -- University of New Orleans, 1998
Natalie Weeks – Idaho, 1999
Erin Tomlinson -- UC Irvine, 2000
Leah Wilde -- Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, 2000
Alisa Carrillo -- Southern Illinois, 2004
Rhondi Naff -- Cal State Bakersfield, 2005
Madison Parks -- Long Beach State, 2006
Courtney Ford -- Mercer University, 2008
Anna Simmons -- Cal State Northridge, 2009