May 12, 2001
COSTA MESA - Orange Coast College's Martin Janzon, a two-year starter at linebacker, will continue his playing days and education at the University of Southern California. "I'm very happy about this," said Janson. "I really wanted to stay in California." The 25-year-old said he would be vying with three or four others for duty at weakside linebacker on the Trojans' football roster. A 6-foot-3, 225-pounder from Norrkoping, Sweden, Janzon posted 139 tackles last year - the seventh-highest single-season total in school history - to help lead the Pirates to the Mission Conference Central Division championship.
January 5, 2010
After affixing his name to the Orange Coast College football record book, tailback Ray Holley is attempting to do the same to a college scholarship offer. Holley, whose 1,457 rushing yards in 2009 set an OCC single-season record, has an offer in place from Idaho State, Pirates Coach Mike Taylor said Wednesday. Taylor said there has also been interest from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the 5-foot-9, 190-pounder, who scored 18 of OCC’s 20 rushing touchdowns and produced 97.2% of the teams ground yards in 10 games.
February 10, 2008
Orange Coast College wide receiver Nathan Barnett has committed to play for West Texas A&M. He, along with quarterback Chris Debowski and defensive back Chris Assily join linebacker Shaun Mohler (Colorado), defensive back Chris Holmesly (Idaho State) and linebacker Matt Harris (Montana State) as those who have made commitments to continue their football career, OCC Coach Mike Taylor recently announced. Mohler, a former Corona del Mar High standout, as well as Holmesly and Harris, made their announcements earlier in the year.
July 31, 2003
Eddie Johnson, the former Newport Harbor High and Orange Coast College standout, signed a three-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings last Friday, his agent Ken Harris said. Johnson's deal was just under $1 million for the three years and included a signing bonus of $75,820. Johnson, an All-American punter out of Idaho State, has been working with kickoffs, holding for field goals and punting with the Vikings, who opened camp Friday and practiced with the Kansas City Chiefs Wednesday.
February 12, 2007
A number of former Orange Coast College football players are firming up arrangements to continue their career at four-year schools, Pirates Coach Mike Taylor said. Chris Assily, a first-team All-Mission Conference National Division safety who was also named all-state by the California Community College Football Coaches Assn., has committed to continue at San Jose State, Taylor said. Receiver Damola Adeniji (Oregon State), quarterback Kekoa Crowell (Montana Western) and defensive back Andrew Fuller (Portland State)
August 18, 2003
Steve Virgen Eddie Johnson, a former Newport Harbor High and Orange Coast College standout, averaged 49.3 yards on four punts Saturday, putting himself slightly ahead in the two-man race to become the starting punter for the Minnesota Vikings. Nick Murphy, who led the NFL Europe in punting average (42.4) last year, had a 39.3 average on four punts, including two punts inside the 20 Saturday, when the Vikings lost, 26-16, to Kansas City. Johnson punted first for the Vikings, booting the ball 50 yards.
November 11, 2012
Luke Nelson, a 6-foot-3 point guard from Great Britain, has verbally committed to play for the UC Irvine men's basketball program. Nelson, who helped the Worthing Thunder to the 2011 under-18 national championship, averaged 16.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists for England's U18 national team last summer. Nelson, who turned 17 in June, represented Great Britain in the U16 European Championships in 2011. He told Hoopsfix.com that he chose UCI after also receiving recruiting interest from Davidson, Utah, Idaho State, Hawaii and Elon.
April 4, 2012
Erik Komatsu, who played baseball at Vanguard University in 2006, opened the Major League Baseball season Wednesday as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals. A rookie outfielder, Komatsu went 15 for 54 in 24 spring training games to earn a spot on the roster. He did not play in the Cardinals' 4-1 win over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday. He saw very limited action in two previous spring trainings with the Milwaukee Brewers. Komatsu left Vanguard after one season to play the next two years at Cal State Fullerton.
June 16, 2005
Vanguard University head women's volleyball coach Erikka Gulbranson was named the head coach of the 2005 United States youth national team Monday. Gulbranson, who was the assistant coach for the USA junior national team in 2004, led the Lions to a top 25 NAIA ranking in 2004, with a 25-14 record, and the first consecutive winning season in a decade. Gulbranson is a graduate of Cal State Bakersfield, and is currently an associate professor of exercise science at Vanguard, and also owner and director of Advanced Sports Training of Costa Mesa, which specializes in administration of camps and clinics for athletes of all ages in volleyball, basketball, weight training and conditioning.