Sacramento, CA- Cosumnes River College Assistant Athletic Director Jeanne Calamar will receive a lifetime achievement award from her peers in the California Community College Athletic Director's Association (CCCADA) at their upcoming convention.
The "Honoring Our Own" award will recognize Calamar for the service and leadership she has given to Cosumnes River College, its athletes and the surrounding community.
"For me, I guess I would say I feel honored to have been chosen for this award, but don't really think I deserve it," Calamar said. "I have to thank the individuals who literally pushed me to become more involved in athletics at the state level. The credit goes to: Susan Yate, Kanoe Bandy, Rod Bielby, Pam Walker and especially Mike Liddell."
Calamar began her career at Cosumnes River College (CRC) in 1989 as an adapted PE instructor and women's basketball coach. After thirteen years of coaching, she was diagnosed with cancer and could no longer coach.
"When my doctor took me out of coaching I was really lost," she said. "I had spent my entire life in gyms or on fields either playing or coaching so I was literally lost and didn't know what to do when that was taken away. As I got more involved at the conference level, I also became more involved on the state level, not by choice really. People just wouldn't take no for an answer and kept putting me on different committees."
Calamar has been the assistant athletic director for the last 24 years, is responsible for certification of student athlete's eligibility, and serves as a liaison for the student athletes and coaches. She also mentors newly hired coaches and serves on a number of college, conference and California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) committees.
"I do love my job as assistant AD, and feel I should give back to athletics because athletics has done so much for me. I wouldn't have the job I do or be where I am without athletics. But more importantly, I feel honored to be able to help our student athletes, in whatever way I can. Someone did that for me as an athlete and the student athletes we have now have so much more that they are dealing with than I had to. I am always going to try and do what I feel is best for our student athletes, those here at CRC and throughout the state."
In October 2015, Calamar received the City of Elk Grove's "Above and Beyond Award" for outstanding and dedicated service to improving the quality of life for individuals with disabilities. In July 2017, she was inducted into the Sly Park Basketball School Hall of Fame for coaching, dedication to and helping establish a girls division, in one of Northern California's premier fundamental basketball schools.
"I am so proud of Jeanne for receiving this recognition from her peers," said Collin Pregliasco, CRC Dean of Kinesiology, Health and Athletics and Athletic Director. "This is a huge honor and so well deserved, and shows the significant impact that she has and continues to be at the CCCAA and in the lives of our student-athletes. I am fortunate to be able to work alongside such an incredible person."
Calamar was presented with the award at the CCCAA Annual Convention on March 29, 2018 in Concord, CA.