For the first time in Pasadena City College history, a women's sport has won a state team championship. The PCC women's basketball team performed that feat Sunday when it downed San Joaquin Delta, 74-64, in the CCCAA Championship game at Fresno's Selland Arena.
The Lancers finished their season on top of the heap at 33-4 overall. It was the first state championship by any PCC sports team, men or women, in 25 years. The last to win a title was the 1984 men's track and field team.
Pasadena capped a run of appearances at the Elite Eight, having reached each of the last six state tournaments. It was the third time PCC made it to the finals since 2004, but this time hitting the win column. The Lancers have gone as far as the Final Four in five of those six tournaments.
Beverly Tate has been named interim Dean and Athletic Director of Pasadena City College. Tate has been on the PCC Faculty as an English professor since 1995. She served as acting Dean of the English department in 2007. She holds a BA in English a Masters in Education with a minor in Physical Education.
Tate is very active in the College community serving as the coordinator of the College Diversity Initiative, and coordinator of the new Faculty Seminar for new PCC Instructors.
She was honored by TABE (The Association of Black Employees) in 2008 for her work. She received the organization's Prestigious Footsteps Award. In 2005-2006 she received the PCC Ralph Story Service Award for her faculty service to the College community.
Under the leadership of Interim Athletic Director/Dean of Kiniesiology, Health & Athletics Beverly Tate, Pasadena City College sports teams have flourished in the 2008-2009 season. This achievement is the first state team championship ever for women and first by any PCC team in 25 years--the PCC women's basketball team that finished with a 33-4 won/loss record.