League Breakdown – California Pacific Conference

The California Pacific Conference (Cal Pac) is an NAIA DII league that features nine teams from California, and Arizona.

Antelope Valley (CA) won the Cal Pac regular season and tournament titles this past season. They were the lone representitive from the Cal Pac at the NAIA DII National Tournament, where they lost in the first round to National runner-up Oregon Tech.

Top Players Returning

Nick Johnson 6’5
School: Embry-Riddle (AZ)
Class: SR
Position: G
Hometown: Anthem, AZ

HM ALL-AMERICAN, 2x – 1st Team All-CAL PAC, CAL PAC Defensive Player of the Year

1st Team All-Cal Pac Returners
Henry GalinatoBenedictine-MesaSRFDelano, Calif.
Josh HauserCal MaritimeSRGThousand Oaks, Calif.
Ryan Haywood*UC MercedSRGChino, Calif.
Nick Johnson*Embry-RiddleSRGAnthem, Ariz.
Kane KeilAntelope ValleySRFAuckland, New Zealand
Zavier Lucero*Cal MaritimeJRFVallejo, Calif.
Blake TrentSimpsonSRGRedding, Calif.
2nd Team All-Cal Pac Returners
Kamal HoldenAntelope ValleySRGLos Angeles, Calif.
Gilbert IbarraEmbry-RiddleSRGPrescott Valley, Ariz.
Mason Westlake** UC Merced SOGRiverside Calif.
** Freshan of the Yr
Key Players Lost

Christian Drayton 6’9
School: Antelope Valley (CA)
Position: F
Hometown: Lufkin, TX

HM ALL-AMERICAN, Cal Pac Player and Newcomer of the Year

Aaron BerrySimpsonGBrentwood, Calif.
Christian DraytonAntelope ValleyFLufkin, Tex.
Jordan MitchellBenedictine-MesaGYuma, Ariz.
Jalen CooperSimpsonGFairfield, Calif.
Aaron LaflinUC MercedFSanta Maria, Calif.
Miles Nolen-WebbAntelope ValleyGSan Diego, Calif.
New Program Joining the Cal Pac

In April, the University of Saint Katherine officially became full time members of the NAIA, and in June they were accepted into the California Pacific Conference. While they have had Cal Pac teams on the schedule for awhile now, this will be their first official year in the league.

New Coaches

Kevin Williamson comes to Saint Katherine after being an assistant coach at NCAA D2 Cal State San Marcos. He was also a head coach prior at Grays Harbor College.


Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.