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EST. 1970


National Championships

CCCAA State Championships

CCCAA Southern California Championships
2002, 2004

Conference Championships
1971, 1973, 1975, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2013, 2018, 2019, 2022

CCCAA/SCFA State Playoff Appearances
1971, 1973, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2013, 2018, 2019, 2021

Postseason Bowl Games
1975, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017

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College of the Canyons concluded the regular season 5-5 and 3-2 in conference play to finish in a three-way tie for the National Division, Northern League championship. The conference title was the 14th in program history and fourth under head coach Ted Iacenda (2013, 2018, 2019, 2022). However, Canyons did not play in a postseason playoff or bowl game for the first time since the 2015 season. COC had eight players earn 2022 Southern California Football Association (SCFA) National Division, All-Northern League Team honors, with sophomore linebacker Cole Bullcok also named to the 2022 Region III All-California Community College Football Team. In January, the program hosted its first Super Saturday Football Camp for youth players during Super Bowl weekend. In April, the Cougars saw two former players sign NFL free agent contracts with former offensive tackle Kilian Zierer (COC 2018-19) inking with the Houston Texans and former All-American kicker Tanner Brown signing with the Los Angeles Rams.

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College of the Canyons returned to action for the 2021 season following a long layoff brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Cougars posted an 8-3 overall record and 3-2 record in conference play to finish runner-up in the National Division, Northern League. COC concluded the regular season ranked No. 6 in the final California Community College Sports Information Association (CCCSIA) poll. The Cougars were also ranked No. 6 in the statewide JC Athletic Bureau Coaches Poll. The Cougars made their third straight strip to the CCCAA state playoffs with No. 3 seed Canyons eventually falling to No. 2 Golden West College in the opening round. At season’s end, Canyons had 11 players, including four unanimous selections, named to the 2021 Southern California Football Association (SCFA) National Division, All-Northern League Team. Additionally, wide receiver Tiquan Gilmore, defensive tackle Taylor Lewis and offensive lineman Justice Spates were named to the 2021 Region III All-California Community College Football Team. Twenty-four players from the 2021 team also transferred to four-year schools to continue their playing careers.

College of the Canyons athletic programs did not compete during the 2020-21 season due to cancellations based on the COVID-19 pandemic.

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College of the Canyons finished the season 9-3 overall and 4-1 in conference play to share the 2019 Southern California Football Association (SCFA) National Division, Northern League championship with Ventura College and Long Beach City College. The conference championship was the second in as many years for Canyons, the third under head coach Ted Iacenda, and the program’s 13th overall. COC went on to defeat Saddleback College 58-53 in the opening round of the SCFA Playoffs to advance to the Southern California Championship game. Unfortunately, the Cougars fell to eventual 2019 State Champions Riverside City College in the Southern California Championship game. COC finished the 2019 campaign as the No. 3 ranked team in the state according to the final JC Athletic Bureau Head Coaches Poll. At season’s end sophomore quarterback Armani Edden was named the 2019 SCFA National Division, Northern League Offensive Player of the Year. In all, 16 Cougars earned all-conference accolades, with six players (sophomore center Jordan Palmer, sophomore wide receiver Alonzell Henderson, sophomore middle linebacker Charles Ike, sophomore outside linebacker Khalib Johns, freshman kick returner/wide receiver Tiquan Gilmore and sophomore punter/kicker Tanner Brown) honored as unanimous selections. Iacenda, who earned his 50th career win in week eight vs. Ventura, was named the SCFA National Division, Northern League Coach of the Year for the second straight season. Henderson and Palmer were both named to the 2019 California Community College Football Coaches Association (CCCFCA) All-America Team. Meanwhile, Edden, Ike, Henderson and Palmer were all members of the 2019 Region III All-California Community College Football Team. As of June 2020, 17 members of the 2019 team had signed to continue playing at four-year schools including offensive tackle Kilian Zierer (University of Auburn), Edden and Henderson (University of Hawaii), Ike (Idaho State University), Brown (University of Nevada Las Vegas), Johns (Kent State University), Palmer (Middle Tennessee State University), offensive tackle Kideam Diouf and defensive lineman Aurion Peoples (Arkansas State University). Zierer was also named one of the COC athletic department's Student-Athlete Academic Excellence Award winners for the 2019-20 academic year.

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College of the Canyons completed a perfect 10-0 regular season and claimed the Southern California Football Association (SCFA) National Division, Northern League conference championship before returning to the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Southern California Regional Playoffs for the first time since 2013. The conference title was the 12th in program history, second under head coach Ted Iacenda, and ninth since COC reinstated its football program in 1998. The perfect regular season mark was the fifth in school history. The Cougars also finished the regular season as the No. 1 ranked team in both the California Community College Sports Information Association (CCCSIA) statewide poll and the JC Athletic Bureau Head Coaches Poll. COC averaged nearly 36 points and more than 436 yards of total offense per game, scoring more than 30 points in seven contests. Defensively, the Cougars limited opponents to a state-best 9.5 points per game and surrendered just 10 touchdowns during the regular season. The Cougars held opponents to just 248.4 yards of offense per night, good for third in the state, while the 133.8 passing yards allowed per game was the state’s best mark. Canyons had won a state-best 15 consecutive games dating back to week six of the 2017 season before falling to Ventura College in the opening round of the 2018 postseason. COC freshman linebacker Tariq Speights was named both the SCFA National Division, Northern League Defensive Player of the Year and Region III All-California Community College Defensive Player of the Year. Speights and freshman kicker Tanner Brown both earned California Community College Football Coaches Association (CCCFCA) All-American Team honors. Iacenda was named conference Coach of the Year as 16 Cougars earned all-conference honors, including three unanimous First-Team selections in sophomore quarterback Wyatt Eget, sophomore wide receiver Brandon Pierce and sophomore defensive back Raeshawn Roland. Eget, Pierce and Roland were joined by Speights and Brown as All-State team selections. Canyons also had 14 players named to the SCFA Scholar-Athlete team. As of July 2019, 15 members of the 2018 team have transferred to four year schools. In April 2019, former COC wide receiver Marquise Brown (class of 2016) was selected by the Baltimore Ravens with the 25th pick in the first round of the NFL Draft.

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College of the Canyons finished the 2017 campaign with an overall record of 9-2 and 4-1 mark in conference play to trail Northern League champion Ventura College. The Cougars won seven of their final eight games, including a 28-16 victory over Mt. San Antonio College in the Western State Bowl, after narrowly missing out on a bid to the state playoffs. After Fullerton was forced to forfeit its week three win over the Cougars, Canyons saw its record improve to 10-1 overall. COC averaged nearly 39 points and 500 yards of total offense in the regular season, scoring more than 40 points in six contests. Canyons limited opponents to an average of 26 points and 363 yards of offense. COC also debuted its livestream broadcast partnership with in 2017, with Cougar fans across the nation able to view all six home games, and two road games, in real time. At season’s end, Canyons had 16 players named to the 2017 Southern California Football Association (SCFA) National Division, Northern League All-League Team, highlighted by freshman quarterback Andrew Brito’s designation as the Offensive Player of the Year. Brito led the SCFA through the regular season with 2,854 passing yards and ranked second with 27 passing touchdowns. He also added 170 rushing yards and three more touchdowns on the ground. In COC's bowl game vs. Mt. SAC, Brito finished 26-of-45 for 217 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for another, to earn game MVP honors. Additionally, wide receiver Desean Holmes and outside linebacker KJ Latu were both unanimous First-Team selections for the Cougars. Brito, Holmes and Latu were also named to the 2017 Region III All-California Community College Football Team, marking the fourth straight season in which the Cougars have had at least one All-State team member. Canyons also had 11 players named to the 2017 SCFA Scholar-Athlete team. As of July 2018, 16 members of the 2017 team had transferred to four-year programs including defensive ends Dorian Gerald (University of Arkansas) and Noel Iwuchukwu (Arkansas State University), Holmes (Florida Atlantic University), running back RB Marlow (Bowling Green State University), and linemen Carlton Lorenz (Vanderbilt University).

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The College of the Canyons football program posted a 5-6 overall record and 3-2 conference mark in 2016 after finishing the regular season by winning three of its final four games. That strong finish helped the Cougars qualify for a berth in the Golden State Bowl, where COC eventually fell 27-3 to host Mt. SAC. At season’s end seven players earned Southern California Football Association (SCFA) honors, including sophomore offensive lineman Tyler Bjorklund, freshman wide receiver Marquise Brown, freshman defensive lineman Dorian Gerald and sophomore punter Austin McKinney, who each earned First-Team selections. COC sophomore safety Blake Austin, freshman running back Tylan McBride and sophomore defensive tackle Sione Taufahema were each named to the All-SCFA Second-Team. In addition, Gerald and McKinney were both named to the Region III All-California First Team. The program also saw 14 players named to the 2016 SCFA Scholar-Athlete team. Included among the group of players that transferred to four-year schools after the season were Marquise Brown (Oklahoma University), Tyler Bjorklund (Colorado State University) and Sione Taufahema (University of Arizona).

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The College of the Canyons football team concluded the 2015 season with a 6-4 overall record and a 3-3 mark in conference play, highlighted by a five-game winning streak to begin the season which included a convincing 30-6 week 1 victory over defending state champion Mt. SAC. Nine Cougars earned All-SCFA Northern Conference, National Division honors, including five First-Team selections. COC freshman wide receiver Nicholas Jones was a unanimous First-Team selection after leading the Cougars with 68 receptions for 1,240 yards and six touchdowns. Jones was also named to the 2015 All-State team after his average of 124 receiving yards per game topped the state. Offensive lineman Linwood Foy, defensive back Isaiah Foster, defensive end Alberto Portillo and linebacker Austin Davenport were all First-Team Selections. Fourteen members of 2015 team transferred to four-year schools to continue their playing careers, led by Foy who signed a National Letter of Intent with University of Louisville.

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Canyons finished in fifth place in the Southern California Football Association (SCFA), Northern League last season with a 4-6 overall record and a 3-3 record in conference play. However, the Cougars had nine players names to the SCFA All-League Team, including wide receiver/kick returner Tim White who was named First team offense and defense. The Cougars also had a number of players receive scholarships to continue playing at four-years schools including White, safety Austin Murrillo and offensive lineman Egidio DellaRipa.

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First-year interim head coach Ted Iacenda and the College of the Canyons football team finished the 2013 season as the National Division, Northern Conference Champions, having qualified for the postseason playoffs for the first time since the 2008 season. Canyons had won eight of its final nine contests heading into postseason play, but found Fullerton's bruising offensive attack and dominant running game too much to contain. COC’s defensive lineman Antonio Guy was named a JC All-American, All-State and conference player of the year.  

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The College of the Canyons football team’s season started out rocky, but the team bounced back and finished the regular season winning four of the last five games and completed the season with a 6-4 overall record and a 4-2 National Division, Northern Conference record, good for third place. Following the regular season, COC was invited to the Southern California Bowl, where the team lost to Santa Ana College, 24-21. Eight players were named all-conference, including freshman Tim White, who was named first-team all-conference offense. 

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COC suffers its worst conference season in program history, only posting one conference win during the five game season National Division, Northern Conference. 

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The 2010 season marked the first year that the Southern California Football Coaches Association created a tiered conference system with the Cougars in the top group. COC had its first test of the season in the second week of competition when they visited defending state champion Mt. SAC. Despite sticking with the Mounties for the a half, COC gave up two touchdowns in 13 seconds and COC was never able to recover. The football team had trouble with the end of the season, losing three of its last four games. COC, Cerritos and Bakersfield College entered the final conference game of the season with identical 3-1 records, and COC set to play at Bakersfield. The winner of the COC/Bakersfield matchup would earn a spot in the four-team playoffs, which ended in the favor of Bakersfield. Despite losing to Bakersfield College, the Cougars did get invited to the Golden Empire Bowl game against Fullerton. In a game that featured 133 points between the two teams, COC didn't have enough steam to keep up with Fullerton and fell 64-49. 

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The 2009 squad struggled throughout the season. The trouble started with the second game of the year when the Cougars, who had not lost to Santa Barbara College in 10 previous match-ups, fell to the Vaqueros. Things continued to get worse for the defending conference champions as they dropped two more regular season home games and did not earn a bid in the playoffs for the first time since 2006. The offense had problems scoring in 2009 and they recorded the lowest point total since the football program was reinstated in 1998. Despite all of the lackluster record, COC had 10 players earn Division I scholarships. 

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In the first season of a new conference realingment, the Cougars joined the National Division, Northern Conference and had a dominating performance from a team that returned 16 starters from the 2007 squad. COC won every game of the regular season, including an overtime game with Pasadena that decided the conference championship, for a perfect 10-0 season. The real season started for COC in the playoffs as the team ran through Antelope Valley, 41-17, in the first round and dismissed El Camino, 36-27, in the second round. No. 2 Mt. SAC was the team that the Cougars met in the Southern California Championship in an evenly matched game. The College of the Canyons football team goal of playing in the state championship game was cut short though as the visiting Mt. SAC Mounties scored two touchdowns in the final 10 seconds of the Southern California Championship game to win, 51-44, and move on to the state title game.

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Eight points seperated the Cougars from a 12-0 season and a possible chance for a trip to the state championship game. Under the direction of first-year head coach Garett Tujague, the Cougars made their return to the playoffs and finished the season with a 9-3 record and a 6-1 conference record. But, COC’s three losses, which came at the hands of Fullerton College and two defeats from Bakersfield College, were losses that only added up to eight points. The first defeat of the year came in the second game of the year against Fullerton Hornets. The Hornets squeaked out a one-point lead, 32-31, as the Cougars saw an 18-point third quarter advantage disappear. COC lost the final game of the regular season and the conference title to Bakersfield, 41-45, after a last minute pass was picked off by the Renegades. In the Southern California Semifinals COC returned back to Bakersfield College in a classic showdown between two great teams. The Renegades forced overtime in the last minute of regulation. The game came down to the second extra period and COC was held to a field goal and the Renegades scored a touchdown, bringing the score to 48-45 in favor of Bakersfield.

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The 2006 season was a year of many firsts for the program. The team finished with a 5-5 record for a fourth-place finish and was the first team to not have a winning record since the program was reinstated in 1998. The Cougars also did not make it to the playoffs or get invited to a bowl game, making it the shortest season to date. Also, the cornerstone of the program since 1998, Chuck Lyon, retired following the 2006 campaign. Despite all the changes and rough season, the Cougars transferred 26 student-athletes to four-year universities, a school record.

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As the defending National Champions, the College of the Canyons had to prove that they were still the team to beat. Continuing their 14-game winning streak from the 2004 season, COC did not disappoint as they finished the regular season with a perfect 10-0 record and a No. 1 seeding in the Southern California. In COC’s fifth appearance in the WSC bowl, the team defeated visiting Chaffey College’s hopes of advancing in the playoffs with a 37-10 win. The next opponent slated against the Cougars was WSC rival Bakersfield College. After a stinging one point win by Canyons during the regular season, the Renegades looked to hand the Cougars an early exit out of the playoffs to revenge the regular season loss. Falling behind by four points in the fourth, the Cougars punished the Renegades with four consecutive touchdowns for a final score of 48-26. For the first time in COC history, the school hosted the SoCal Championship against a familiar playoff foe, Grossmont College. Riding a 26-game win streak, College of the Canyons fell behind in the first quarter and never could get the offense up to full speed. A late surge in the fourth quarter did not provide the push the team needed, as the Cougars lost 24-19. Six members of the 2005 team received scholarships from Pac-10 schools and 16 overall transferred to four-year universities.

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The College of the Canyons football program achieves the incredible, capturing its first State and National titles during an unprecedented 14-0 season. The post-season showed the true heart of the team, as the Cougars defeated some of the State’s best programs in El Camino, Grossmont, Saddleback and perrenial power, City College of San Francisco. In the state title game, the Cougars post a 19-point lead and hang on against a furious fourth-quarter Ram attack to win 39-32. Quarterback Cory Miles is named game MVP after having a hand in five of the Cougars’ six touchdowns. Defensive lineman Tomi Halai is named Defensive MVP. 

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In 2003, the Cougars obtained a perfect regular season record, 10-0, the first in school history. The Cougars of 2003 didn’t have the firepower of 2002, or the defense of years past, but that didn’t stop them from beating every team they faced, including Palomar in the WSC Bowl game, which brought their record to an incredible 11-0. The Cougars ran into a team with their own destiny in mind in Grossmont, though, who had an identical 11-0 record, and, in the end, it was College of the Canyons who took the loss, 14-10 in the CCCAA Southern California Semi-Finals matchup. Nineteen players transferred to Division I universities from the 2003 squad.

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The College of the Canyons football program exploded into action in a season that saw the team set or break more than two dozen school records. The team’s 53.5 points per game was the highest in the nation and QB Kyle Bauer threw for more than 3,000 yards and 36 touchdowns. The Cougars faced Chaffey College in the Verizon Southern California Bowl Game and won in commanding form 52-27, claiming their Southern California Championship. The win earned the Cougars a trip to the State Championship game for the first time, but the team ended up on the losing side of a 35-15 contest with Reedley College.

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Not content with the tremendous success of the previous year, Chuck Lyon took the final step in developing the COC football program into a true conference powerhouse. Following a season-opener loss to Santa Ana College, the Cougars roared to a school record nine straight wins and finished atop the WSC Northern Division at 9-1 with a perfect 7-0 conference record. The team showed no mercy, scoring more than 60 points in three of its victories, and showed no signs of give with fourth quarter comebacks and overtime wins. The Cougars were ranked as high as 5th in the state and 11th inthe nation. College of the Canyons hosted the Western State Conference Bowl – an unprecedented 4th straight appearance in a bowl game in the first four years of a football program – and took their first bowl win, beating Saddleback College in a thrilling 35-32 victory. Chuck Lyon was also named Division Coach of the Year for the second straight season.

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The COC football program took a leap forward in its third year under coach Chuck Lyon. The Cougars were ranked No. 6 in the state in the final regular-season poll, posted a 9-1 regular-season record and tied with Hancock for the WSC Northern Division championship. They also hosted the Western State Conference Bowl, the third consecutive bowl invitation in the first three years of the program. It was a unique accomplishment that might be a first in the community college ranks.

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With a combination of talented newcomers and a solid corps of returning players, the Cougars recaptured the magic of their first team and went on to another 7-3 regular season. For the second year in a row, the Cougars were invited to a bowl game—the Southern California Bowl. 

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College of the Canyons, under Coach Chuck Lyon, fielded a football program for the first time in 17 years. The reconstituted Cougar football team responded by finishing the season with a remarkable 7-3 record, which earned them an invitation to the McDonald’s Community College Bowl.