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 Galinato Benedictine-Mesa SR F Delano, Calif.
Josh Hauser Cal Maritime SR G Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Ryan Haywood* UC Merced SR G Chino, Calif.
Nick Johnson* Embry-Riddle SR G Anthem, Ariz.
Kane Keil Antelope Valley SR F Auckland, New Zealand
Zavier Lucero* Cal Maritime JR F Vallejo, Calif.
Blake Trent Simpson SR G Redding, Calif.
2nd Team All-Cal Pac Returners
Kamal Holden Antelope Valley SR G Los Angeles, Calif.
Gilbert Ibarra Embry-Riddle SR G Prescott Valley, Ariz.
Mason Westlake** UC Merced SO G Riverside 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 Berry Simpson G Brentwood, Calif.
Christian Drayton Antelope Valley F Lufkin, Tex.
Jordan Mitchell Benedictine-Mesa G Yuma, Ariz.
Jalen Cooper Simpson G Fairfield, Calif.
Aaron Laflin UC Merced F Santa Maria, Calif.
Miles Nolen-Webb Antelope Valley G San 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.

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