Athletics Roundup: WCC Honors, Head Coaches Depart, Fall Schedules, Sports Camps

Athletics Roundup: WCC Honors, Head Coaches Depart, Fall Schedules, Sports Camps

The University of San Diego received the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Community Service Award for the second straight year during the 10th annual West Coast Conference Honors Dinner on June 5 at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon.

The SAAC Community Service Award is presented annually to the institution that has the highest average of community services hours per student-athlete. Torero student-athletes logged more than 5,000 community service hours, an average of more than 14 per individual during the 2018-19 season.

Saint Mary's won the inaugural SAAC award in 2017, but USD won it in 2018 with an average of 13 hours per individual.

Tennis' Kurtz wins WCC Male Sportsmanship Award

Garrett Kurtz from USD's men's tennis team and Pepperdine women's basketball player Barbara Sitanggan were named the male and female WCC Sportsmanship Award winners at the WCC Honors Dinner.

Kurtz was recognized "for showing great respect towards his opponents and tennis officials," it was stated. He was described as "consistently displaying integrity and fairness in his line calls, even sometimes to his own detriment," as was said in a WCC news release.

Kurtz, a junior History major at USD from Irvine, Calif., has played for the West Coast Conference championship-winning tennis team for three seasons, playing both singles and doubles matches.   

 Men’s Rowing and Softball Head Coaches Depart

Two USD head coaches, Brooks Dagman for men's rowing and softball's Melissa McElvain, both recently announced their departure from their position at the university.

Dagman announced his retirement from collegiate coaching after 28 seasons at USD where he started in 1991.

"As I step away from my position as head coach, I am filled with gratitude for the tremendous faith, passion, and support that our alums, parents, and friends of the program, have all have poured into the program over these many years," Dagman said. "It has been an honor to help guide USD rowing and assist in building a nationally-respected program. I am also deeply thankful for the many close friendships that I have developed with so many over the years.”

McElvain resigned from her position as head softball coach after 18 seasons and a 381-505 record. She leaves as the program's all-time coaching leader for wins. She coached 81 players to all-conference honors on the field and numerous student-athletes who were recognized for their academic success. She was the West Coast Conference Coach of the Year in 2016.

"I am so honored to have led the USD softball program for the past 18 seasons," McElvain said. "I have seen so much positive growth and improvement in this program and I'm so proud of all the hard work and dedication my assistant coaches and all of my players have contributed over the years.”

McElvain’s immediate future plan includes more time with her family.

"As much as I have absolutely loved every day of my 18 years as USD's head softball coach, I feel in my heart that it's time to spend more quality time with my family. As much as I love competing, recruiting and traveling, I want to be more present at home, for my amazing husband Ryan and our beautiful daughters Mia and Kamryn."

National searches for the next head coach in each sport is already underway.

2019 Fall Schedules Set for Football, Volleyball, Soccer

It may seem far away as summer begins, but the 2019 fall sports season for USD teams is really only two months away. Four fall sports, football, women's volleyball, men and women's soccer have already announced their 2019 schedules. Click on the titles below to see their respective schedules and make plans now to come cheer on the Toreros!

2019 Football

2019 Volleyball

2019 Women's Soccer

2019 Men's Soccer

In addition to this year's schedule, Athletics Director Bill McGillis announced USD football has entered into long-term agreements for multi-game series against both Cal Poly and UC Davis.

USD, which has played both teams in the regular season and against Cal Poly in the FCS postseason, embarks on a new five-game contract with Cal Poly this season that will run through 2023. USD's 2019 season opener is August 31 in San Luis Obispo. Future USD-Cal Poly games in SLO will be in 2020 and 2022. The Toreros will host the Mustangs in 2021 and 2023.

The contract with UC Davis extends their agreement through 2022. The teams are meeting Sept. 7 in what will be the Toreros' 2019 home opener. The teams will play at Davis in 2020 and 2022 with a USD home game in 2021.

USD Summer Sports Camps

The university’s annual summer sports camps for youth and high school-age boys and girls will take place in June, July and into August on the USD campus. The university offers a variety of camps that provide great exercise, an opportunity for fun and sports skills building at the same time. The swim camp available is a masters-level camp for those 21 and older.

To register or for more information, visit the USD Sports Camps website.

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USD Athletics is the 2018-19 recipient of the West Coast Conference's Student Athlete Advisory Committee Community Service Award. Torero student-athletes participated in many activities locally.USD Athletics is the 2018-19 recipient of the West Coast Conference's Student Athlete Advisory Committee Community Service Award. Torero student-athletes participated in many activities locally.

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