California Vulcans

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California Vulcans
Logo
University California University of Pennsylvania
Conference PSAC
NCAA Division II
Athletic director Dr. Thomas Pucci
Location California, PA
Varsity teams 15
Football stadium Adamson Stadium
Basketball arena California University of Pennsylvania Convocation Center
Baseball stadium CONSOL Energy Park
Other arenas Rostraver Ice Garden
Mascot Blaze the Vulcan
Nickname Vulcans
Fight song Chariots of Fire
Colors
     Red       Black
Website www.calvulcans.com

California University of Pennsylvania's intercollegiate sports teams and players are called the "Vulcans" (after the Roman god of Fire and Volcanoes), and participate in the NCAA's Division II in all sports and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) in most sports. The school colors are Red, Black, and White. The mascot of California is Blaze the Vulcan.

The Vulcan Football Team won the Division II PSAC West Championship in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. In 2008 California won the recently resurrected PSAC Championship game, claiming the conference title. California won back-to-back Northeast Regional Championships in 2007 and 2008. In 2007, under Head Coach John Luckhardt, California achieved a 13-1 record, including a 6-0 record in-conference.

California's Women's Volleyball Team has also encountered recent success, going 34-4 overall and 10-0 in-conference play in 2007 before falling in the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Division-II Volleyball Championship Tournament.

The school's Men's & Women's basketball teams have been a high point as well, with both teams advancing to the PSAC Final Four on March 6, 2008.

In 2009, both Cal U's Women's Volleyball and Women's Soccer teams advanced to the NCAA-DII Elite Eight round of the playoffs before being eliminated from contention. California's football team stumbled early in the season, dropping three games early in the season before marching into the PSAC Championship game vs. Eastern Division representative Shippensburg University. Shippensburg defeated the Vulcans for the title of PSAC Champions. Despite the loss, the Vulcans earned a playoff berth. The Vulcans defeated Fayetteville State University, returned to avenge the PSAC Championship loss against Shippensburg, and defeated the first ranked offense of West Liberty State University. However, the Vulcans' improbable run ended for the third straight season in the semi-final round, as the Vulcans were shut down by Northwest Missouri State University, 56-24.

Many of California's athletic events are covered by the University's television and radio stations, CUTV and WCAL 91.9 FM. In some instances, CUTV has provided video for CBS College Sports Network and PCN. On occasion, Vulcan football games are broadcast by Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh. The National Semifinal rounds were broadcast worldwide in 2007 on ESPNU and ESPN Classic on December 6, 2008. Cal U appeared again on national television in 2009 for the National Semifinal round of the football playoffs on CBS College Sports Network.

Facilities[edit]

Adamson Stadium
Adamson Stadium is the University's home for the football and track & field teams. The stadium, which was renovated in the 1990s and has an eight-lane, all-weather track & field facilities that was renovated in 2002 (including runways), a two-level press box that can accommodate radio and television broadcasts, two large varsity locker rooms, two sets of public restrooms, concession stand, scoreboard with message board capabilities, ticket booths, training room and an equipment room. Just outside Adamson Stadium is the area for track & field throwing events (javelin, discus, shot put and hammer).

CONSOL Energy Park
CONSOL Energy Park, where Cal U plays its home baseball games, is a professional baseball stadium in nearby Washington, Pa. CONSOL Energy Park boasts seating for 3,500, team dugouts, locker rooms, full press box, bullpens, concession stands, restrooms, abundant parking and a family play area with arcade games and rides. The baseball team also has a field at Roadman Park that is used for practice but has seating for 500 and cand be used for games when needed.

California University of Pennsylvania Convocation Center
The California University of Pennsylvania Convocation Center is a multi-purpose arena in California, Pennsylvania. The arena is the home of the California Vulcans men and women's basketball and volleyball teams, as well as the host of graduation commencement. The Convocation Center is able to host other sporting events, concerts, and trade shows, featuring a removable hardwood surface. The building, covering over 142,000 sq. feet, is the largest indoor venue between Morgantown, West Virginia, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Cal U Convocation Center is also home to the "Rivers Bend Conference Center," which features executive-level conferencing facilities. Also included in the venue are "smart" classrooms, configurable for large or small-group presentations, high-tech audio and visual systems, wireless Internet access, webcams, videoconferencing equipment, and interactive response systems. Upon installation, the arena will be the first in the area to house a Wavecam unit, suspended above the arena floor for aerial views during television productions. The building replaces the Vulcans previous basketball and volleyball arena, Hamer Hall, which opened its doors in 1965.

Roadman Park
Roadman Park is an all-purpose complex that includes 15 fields that can be used for soccer, lacrosse football, band practice, etc., as well as seven tennis courts for varsity, intramural and recreational use. The University is in the process of upgrading the varsity soccer field to include bleacher seating, scoring area/press box and permanent scoreboard among other amenities. The University, along with the Professional Golfer's Association (PGA), is also in the development stages of building a golf practice facility at Roadman Park in conjunction with the addition of a golf management curriculum and varsity teams for both men and women.

Lilly Field
Lilly Field is the home to Cal U's softball team, which won back-to-back NCAA Division II Championships in 1997 and 1998. Lilly Field features a fully enclosed field, skinned infield, permanent and temporary seating for 300, team dugouts, warm-up bullpen areas and a concession stand. In case of inclement weather, California has a tarp to cover entire infield, allowing the team to restart play as quickly as possible.

Convocation Center
The California University of Pennsylvania Convocation Cencter is a multi-purposearena being built in California, Pennsylvania. The arena will be home of the California Vulcans volleyball, men's, and women's basketball teams, as well as graduation commencement. The building will also be able to host other sporting events, concerts, and trade shows. The building, covering over 142,000 sq ft (13,200 m2), will be the largest indoor venue between Morgantown, West Virginia, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Vulcan National Championships[edit]

  • Softball - 1997, 1998
  • Women's Basketball - 2004
  • Men's Ice Hockey - 2008 (ACHA)

Varsity Athletic Teams[edit]

  • Baseball
  • Men's Cross-Country
  • Women's Cross-Country
  • Football
  • Men's Basketball
  • Men's Golf
  • Men's Hockey
  • Men's Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Women's Swimming
  • Men's Indoor/Outdoor Track & Field
  • Women's Indoor/Outdoor Track & Field
  • Women's Tennis
  • Women's Volleyball
  • Women's Basketball
  • Women's Golf
  • Women's Soccer

Baseball[edit]

California has had 8 Major League Baseball Draft selections since the draft began in 1965.[1]

Football[edit]

The Kevin Donley Era[edit]

Kevin Donley has been one of the most successful coaches in NAIA football. However, his record while leading the NCAA Division II Vulcans did not attain the success he has shown elsewhere. In 4 seasons at California University of Pennsylvania, Donley compiled an uncharacteristic record of 11-33 (.250) overall. After the 1996 season, Donley left Cal U to set up the football program and become the first head coach at the University of Saint Francis (IN).

Following is a game-by-game recap of the Kevin Donley era:

1993[edit]

(4-7 overall, 2-4 conference)

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
September 4 at West Liberty* West Liberty, WV W 43–32  
September 11 West Virginia Wesleyan* California, PA L 23–31  
September 18 Fairmont State* California, PA W 31–16  
September 25 at Kutztown* Kutztown, PA L 28–31  
October 2 East Stroudsburg* California, PA L 6–9  
October 9 at Slippery Rock Slippery Rock, PA L 30–40  
October 16 Indiana (PA) California, PA L 13–52  
October 23 at Edinboro Edinboro, PA L 7–32  
October 30 Clarion California, PA W 26–14  
November 6 at Lock Haven Lock Haven, PA W 56–14  
November 13 Shippensburg California, PA L 6–7  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.
1994[edit]

(2-9 overall, 1-5 conference)

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
September 3 at Fairmont State* Fairmont, WV W 53–37  
September 10 Glenville State* California, PA L 28–53  
September 17 at Bloomsburg* Bloomsburg, PA L 22–23  
September 24 Kutztown* California, PA L 21–46  
October 1 Slippery Rock California, PA L 33–37  
October 8 at Indiana (PA) Indiana, PA L 33–62  
October 15 Edinboro California, PA L 6–67  
October 22 at Clarion Clarion, PA W 41–31  
October 29 Lock Haven California, PA L 44–53  
November 5 at Shippensburg Shippensburg, PA L 47–63  
November 12 West Chester* California, PA L 14–60  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.
1995[edit]

(2-9 overall, 1-5 conference)

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
August 31 Fairmont State* California, PA W 28–26  
September 9 at Glenville State* Glenville, WV L 29–31  
September 16 Bloomsburg* California, PA L 20–24  
September 23 at Kutztown* Kutztown, PA L 0–34  
September 30 at Slippery Rock Slippery Rock, PA L 14–42  
October 7 Indiana (PA) California, PA L 20–44  
October 14 at Edinboro Edinboro, PA L 7–31  
October 21 Clarion California, PA L 10–20  
October 28 at Lock Haven Lock Haven, PA W 19–14  
November 4 Shippensburg California, PA L 15–26  
November 11 at West Chester* West Chester, PA L 24–25  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.
1996[edit]

(3-8 overall, 0-6 conference)

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
September 5 Tusculum* California, PA W 31–14  
September 14 at Fairmont State* Fairmont, WV W 28–26  
September 21 West Virginia Wesleyan* California, PA W 10–24  (vacated)
September 28 at Saint Joseph’s* Rensselaer, IN L 7–37  
October 5 at Indiana (PA) Indiana, PA L 6–42  
October 12 Edinboro California, PA L 13–14  
October 19 at Clarion Clarion, PA L 14–45  
October 26 Lock Haven California, PA L 14–21  
November 2 at Shippensburg Shippensburg, PA L 7–16  
November 9 Kutztown* California, PA L 14–21  
November 16 Slippery Rock California, PA L 28–55  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Club Sports[edit]

  • Cheerleading
  • Fencing
  • Equestrian Team
  • Men's and Women's Ice Hockey
  • Inline Hockey
  • Dance Team
  • Men's and Women's Rugby
  • Men's and Women's Lacrosse

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