El Camino College Secures Two South Coast Conference Coach of the Year Awards
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El Camino College Secures Two South Coast Conference Coach of the Year Awards

Two El Camino College head coaches brought home South Coast Conference Coach of the Year awards for spring 2020. Baseball head coach Nate Fernley and beach volleyball head coach Le Valley Pattison were both recognized with the prestigious award, following an outstanding spring cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to cancelled athletic seasons across the state. 

This semester was the first year that the conference split the honor into fall and spring awards for both men and women’s programs; El Camino swept the spring 2020 awards. 

“Congratulations to Coach Fernley and Coach Pattison for leading our student-athletes to success, while also placing a priority on academics,” said El Camino College President Dena P. Maloney. “Coach Fernley and Coach Pattison are outstanding role models of what coaching is all about—teaching students to strive for excellence while building character both on the court or playing field, and in the classroom.” 

Fernley led the baseball team to an impressive 16-6 overall record and conference-best mark of 10-1 in SCC play before the season was halted. The Warriors were ranked No. 15 in the first and only state baseball rankings, which were released in March. This is the second season in a row that Fernley earned this award; in 2019, he led the Warriors to a state runner-up finish. 

During his 14-year tenure, the Warriors posted a .657 winning percentage, with a 403-210 record. In that span, no other conference team has had more wins, overall or in conference play (211). As a player, Fernley attended Long Beach City College before transferring to Brigham Young University, where he was named All-American and led the NCAA with 16 wins. Post-graduation, Fernley signed with the Cleveland Indians; he played for three years in the Indians’ and Chicago Cubs’ minor league systems.  

Pattison had the beach volleyball squad on pace for the best season in the program's history since its inception in 2015. This year, the Warriors got off to a 10-1 start and earned the program's first-ever No. 1 spot in the American Volleyball Coaches Association rankings. Pattison is the only female athlete to win a community college state championship both as a player (1983, MVP) and as a coach (2007 and 2008). 

Her El Camino coaching record stands at 17 conference titles, two state titles, 15-time conference coach of the year, and four regional coach-of-the-year awards. She began her collegiate career as a setter for UC Santa Barbara, then transferred to ECC where she captured the regional and state tournament MVP awards for the Warriors. Pattison went on to play at CSU Long Beach from 1984-85. Both years the team competed in the NCAA tournament. She went on to compete on the professional beach volleyball tour from 1986-1991. 

For additional information about the Warrior athletic program, view: https://www.eccwarriors.com/landing/index

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Photo available online:Baseball head coach Nate Fernley and beach volleyball head coach Le Valley Pattison were both named South Coast Conference Coach of the Year for spring 2020.
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June 16, 2020