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Former City College coach honored in tournament

Jan High former City College women’s athletic director was an advocate for Tittle IX, which prohibits discrimination based on one’s gender.

For the second year in a row, the longtime City College golf tournament setfor Oct. 9 at Bing Maloney Golf Course in Sacramento bears its new name.

City College women’s golf coach Tim Kiernan said he decided to change the name of the tournament from Sutter town Classic as a way to honor the founder of City College’s golf team, Jan High.

“I just thought that it would have more meaning to be the Jan High Memorial, and her family agreed to it,” said Kiernan. “Everybody thought it was great. Most of the coaches thought it was great. Even if some of the golfers don’t know who she is, the coaches do, and it helps keeps her name present.”

Since taking over as golf coach in 2000, Kiernan said he has tried to continue the legacy that High left behind in women’s golf and women’s athletics. He has coached teams to six conference championships, four Northern California championships and a California State Championship in 2009.

This season, according to Kiernan, the golf team has five freshmen and one sophomore, making it a young team with some things to learn.

“There’s nine teams in our conference, and we’ve been around third or fourth,” said Kiernan. “So we’ve been kind of in the middle this year, but it’s a young team.”

High, who died of intestinal cancer in 2013, was a fixture in City College’s athletic department, where she coached women’s basketball, golf and swimming between 1969 and 1999. High also served as the women’s athletic director and interim dean of physical education during those years, before her retirement from City College in 1999.

During her time at City College, High was an advocate of the federal Title IX law that states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

High began working at City College in 1969, three years before to the passage of Title IX. According to former City College women’s track and field coach Karen Kunimura, there were many discrepancies between men and women’s athletics when High began working as the women’s athletic director.

According to Kunimura, prior to Title IX, there was a lack of resources and opportunity for women’s athletics, more specifically, women’s basketball. During that time, there were no tournaments for women’s basketball during the winter. High organized a 16-team women’s basketball tournament during December.
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“That was a huge thing that she started,” said Kunimura. “A 16- team tournament before anybody acknowledged the fact that women could play in tournaments without a break.”

High saw major success coaching the women’s basketball team. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, after the women’s playoffs were introduced, High coached her teams to the post season every year and ended her tenure with a record of 304-185, according to the athletics department website.

According to Kiernan, who was hired by High in 1982 as the softball coach, High wanted everything to be equal in men and women’s athletics, and was persistent when it came to equality.

“She was the athletic director of women’s athletics and she wanted all things equal and fair, and for the women to get the same things,” said Kiernan, “and all in a time where it didn’t happen too often, so she pushed and pushed.”

In 1995, High started the women’s golf program at City College as a way to add another sport to women’s athletics, said Kiernan. She was successful in not only forming the program, but also coaching her players to multiple winning seasons.

“She got so many awards,” said Kunimura. “When we were cleaning out her place, you [could] just see all of her trophies and all of her plaques. Just tons of coaching awards and team awards.”

“Her record for Sacramento City College athletics certainly makes her one of the pioneers, certainly here, but also throughout the state,” said Athletic Director Mitch Campbell, “throughout California not only in terms of advocacy, but achievement relative to women’s athletics in general, and specifically her achievements as a coach.”

In 2004, High was inducted into the Sacramento City College Athletic Hall of Fame. She was also inducted into the halls of fame of the California Community College Athletic Association Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and the Christian Brothers High School La Salle Club.

“[She had] just a tremendous legacy and highly thought of amongst all of the coaches and staff here that new her when she was here,” said Campbell. “Just a great legacy and a great part of the history of Sacramento City.”

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