Pirate Athletics' past and present intermingled Sunday evening at the 13th Annual Hall of Fame Induction and Student Athlete Recognition Banquet at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel. (See Photos) All 19 Pirate sports were represented in the evening's activities, and three alumni and two former coaches were introduced as the newest class of the VC Athletics Hall of Fame punctuating Ventura College's 2018-19 athletic year.
Western State Conference championship teams were recognized, including volleyball's first title since 2005, men's basketball's fourth consecutive crown, baseball's first WSC championship since 2006, and beach volleyball's second conference title in three years. Additionally, the Pirate football team's SCFA championship and appearance in the state championship game was highlighted along with the women's basketball team's 15th appearance in the state tournament. Other seasons of note included highly-ranked state finishes by women's cross country, men's swimming and diving, and women's swimming and diving along with regional appearances by women's soccer, their 22nd playoff appearance in 23 years, men's cross country, women's water polo, men's golf, softball, and men's tennis.
Thomas Duckett of the VC football team was named the Pirates' Male Athlete of the Year while soccer player Audrey Castillo was awarded the Female Athlete of the Year honor. A pair of 4.0 students were recognized as Scholar Athletes of the Year including TJ Foreman of the baseball team and Tatiana Garcia of the women's cross country and track teams.
Conference Coach of the Year Awards were won by Brad Lyans for volleyball and beach volleyball, Steve Hoffman in soccer, Joey Ramirez in men's basketball and Jimmy Walker in baseball. Football head coach Steve Mooshagian was recognized for winning the CCCFCA Southern California Regional Coach of the Year Award along with the AFCA National Coach of the Year honor.
VC's eligibility clerk Lori Kramer was named the Support Staff of the Year award winner while Sabine Stork of the WSC champion volleyball and beach volleyball teams earne dthe Assistant Coach of the Year award. Mooshagian was named VC Athletic's Head Coach of the Year.
The highlight of the evening was the introduction of the newest inductees into the VC Athletic Hall of Fame. The honorees included Dick James, the winningest football coach in VC history for 42 years; Pat Raguse, women's basketball, volleyball and softball coach who was a pioneer in women's athletics; Joey Ramirez '94, who led the Pirate basektball team to a two-year record of 73-5 with two state title game appearances; six-time All-American swimmer Nadean Hudson '88; and tennis state champion Juan Carlos Osorio '04.