Swimming superstar Natalie Coughlin to be inducted to US Olympic Hall of Fame

Pioneer Sports Shorts for June 2022

Swimming superstar Natalie Coughlin to be inducted to US Olympic Hall of Fame
Swimming superstar Natalie Coughlin to be inducted to US Olympic Hall of Fame.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (June 16, 2022) — Carondelet and Cal Berkeley graduate Natalie Coughlin will add another honor to her impressive resume this month when she is inducted to the United States Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame on June 24.

Among her fellow inductees are Mia Hamm, Billie Jean King, Michael Phelps, Michelle Kwan and Lindsey Vonn. Coughlin won 12 Olympic medals while competing in 12 events in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Summer Games. No American female athlete has more Olympic medals than Coughlin. The aquatic center at the Carondelet Athletic Complex is named for their famous alumnus.

Mt. Diablo High Red Devil Classic golf returns for 25th edition

The Red Devil Golf Committee is holding its 25th golf tournament on Friday, June 24, at Diablo Creek Golf Course in Concord. And organizers of the Mt. Diablo High fund-raising tournament hope it is not the last Red Devil Classic. Three former school athletes have run the tournament since its inception but are stepping away from those duties after this year’s Classic. Doug Schultz, Danny Brown and Ralph Vallis are seeking alumni and interested community members to take the reins from them. Registration starts June 24 at 11 a.m., followed by lunch, golf, dinner and raffle/silent auction. Proceeds help academic and athletic programs at Mt. Diablo. Interested participants should contact Lou Adamo at 212-9332 or email at louadamo@gmail.com or Vallis at 825-7593 or email ralphvallis@hotmail.com.

Terrapins Swim Team offering Summer stroke and racing clinic through July 21

Terrapins coaches Dan Cottam and Doug Reed will be teaching stroke and racing skills for the summer recreational swimmer through July 21. The Terrapins were recently ranked among the top 2% of the over 3000 US Swimming clubs. The clinics goal is to help participants improve and refine strokes. The sessions are three weeks long on Tuesdays and Thursdays so as not to interfere with rec team Wednesday evening meets. The sessions are split into eight and unders and 11 and overs groups at Concord Community Pool. For more info on Terrapins Summer Swim Clinic and to register visit terrapinswim.com.

Aquanuts summer clinics Coming

Five Walnut Creek Aquanuts earned positions on U.S. National Teams and will train and compete internationally with U.S. teams this summer. The Aquanuts recreational programs for boys and girls are starting up. The boys Ninja Class runs June 28-July 21 and focuses on dives, eggbeater and acrobatic activities in the water. The Trainee programs run throughout June, July and August. For more information about the Aquanuts go to aquanuts.org.

Junior Optimist taking summer, fall ball signups

Junior Optimist Baseball League is taking registration for boys and girls for its baseball and softball camp that runs on Saturday mornings from July 16 to Aug. 13 for 4–14-year-olds. Fall Ball co-ed program is also taking registration now for a Saturday program running Sept. 10 – Oct. 29. JOBL plays all its games at the JOBL Complex in North Concord. Visit joblconcord.com or email info@joblconcord.com for more information and to register.

High school coaching positions open

Visit pioneerpublishers.com for a listing of high school coaching positions that are now open for the 2022-23 school year. Carondelet, Northgate (girls lacrosse), Clayton Valley Charter (athletic trainer, girls and boys water polo, girls golf) and Concord (girls water polo, boys and girls tennis, girls basketball) high schools are among the schools with coaching vacancies.

CVCHS football camp July 11-12

Clayton Valley Charter summer football camp is July 11-12 for incoming first through eighth graders at the Concord school. The camp is designed to teach the fundamentals of football to young prospective football players. Camp participants will be taught offensive and defensive techniques utilized at Clayton Valley High. Current Clayton Valley players and coaching staff members will tutor campers. SPARQ (Speed-Power-Agility-Reaction-Quickness) training will also be conducted to help arm athletes with the tools they need in becoming the complete athlete. Each camp participant will receive a Camp t-shirt.

For more information email coach Nick Tisa at nick.tisa@claytonvalley.org.

Concord AYSO accepting fall season player registrations through July 31

Concord AYSO Region 305 is accepting player registrations for its fall soccer program. The season begins Aug. 1 and runs through Oct. 29 with regional and area tournaments following in November. Girls and boys ages 3-18 can register. Concord AYSO also hosts a free VIP program open for kids with special needs. All fields for practice and games are located in Concord. Fall registration closes July 31. Visit concordayso.org to register and for more information.

Summer basketball programs gearing up at All Out Sports in Clayton

All Out Sports League in Clayton is gearing up for its popular basketball program this summer. Summer Youth Basketball League at Clayton Community Gym begins July 1 and runs through Aug. 27. Evaluations for boys and girls in first through 12th grades is June 24. Summer Basketball Camps also begin next week for girls and boys 6-16 years of age. For complete information visit alloutsportsleague.com.