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Two head athletic coaches from Fresno City College (FCC) receive the Coaching Achievement Award 2019 from the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA). CCCAA recognizes only two of its members for this award annually and both are from FCC. Gary Bluth and Ron Scott are recipients this year. The coaches are recognized for their lifetime of leadership and achievement with student athletes and their professional contributions to their sports and community.
Gary Bluth is the Head Track and Cross Country Coach at FCC and has been with the college for 28 years. Under Bluth's leadership, the men's dual meet record was 117-5 and the women's dual meet record was 36-3. With Cross Country, Bluth has been there to push both men's and women's teams and win several conference titles.
Initially starting his career in San Francisco, Bluth has always taken his teams beyond to the next level from inter-city children's club to high school, community college and eventually to California State University, San Francisco, Bluth became the Meet Director for the CCCAA State Cross Country Championships in Woodward Park. He also served as the President of the California Community College Cross Country & Track Coaches Association for both the sports of track and field and cross country where he significantly changed the qualifying procedures to advance from the regional to the state championships.
Bluth believes this is the most important award in his life because it is from his peers. Bluth explains, "It's humbling to be recognized by my peers for the amount of time we've known each other."
Ron Scott is the Head Baseball Coach at FCC for the past 31 years. After his career in professional baseball with the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks and the USA team in the World Games, Scott's passion for baseball led to coaching. His win-loss record of 1,004-380 is the second highest in California community college baseball. Scott also led the Rams to 21 conference championships with a win-loss record of 576-149, nine final four appearances and to the 1992 California Community College State Championship with a team that posted the best record in FCC history, 45-7. He was the Conference Coach of the Year 21 times and was the National Coach of the Year in 1992. Scott also served as Director fo Athletics at FCC, and he received the CCCAA Men's Athletic Director of the Year Award in 1996.
With all his accomplishments, Scott's proudest moments as Head Coach are watching over 250 of his former players move on to four-year universities and professional ranks. "I wouldn't trade any part fo the 31 years I've been at FCC," Shares Scott, "I'm honored to be acknowledged by my peers."
Both coaches will receive their awards at a luncheon on Thursday, March 28 at the annual CCCAA Convention in Concord, CA.