Mesa College to Honor Olympic Medalist Coach Arnie Robinson

Track and field Olympic medalist Arnie Robinson will be honored at the San Diego Mesa College 2010 STAR Awards Program, 12 p.m., Thursday, May 5, in the Mesa College gymnasium.

Robinson, a graduate of Mesa College, has coached at Mesa College since 2005.

Keynote speaker for the event will be Joshua Denz, a former Mesa College STAR Award recipient and 2009 California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Male Scholar Athlete Award Recipient.

With 20 men’s and 20 women’s competitive teams, Mesa College has one of the largest competitive community college athletic programs in the region. The annual STAR Awards recognizes the academic achievements, community spirit, and athletic excellence of Mesa College student athletes.

Awards are given in a variety of category including highest individual and team GPAs, team community spirit award, team attendance award and more. According to athletic director Dave Evens, student-athletes at Mesa College have a 34% transfer rate to 4-year institutions. “We are very competitive in all intercollegiate sports as members of the Pacific Coast, Orange Empire, and Foothill Conferences,” notes Evans.

The award program is presented by the Mesa Academic and Athletics Program (MAAP) at San Diego Mesa College, which assists student-athletes in achieving their educational, career and personal goals.




Arnie Robinson

STAR Awards 2010 Honoree


Track & Field Olympic medalist Arnie Robinson is a native San Diegan. After attending Morse High School and Mesa College (1969), he took the title of 1970 NCAA long jump champion while at San Diego State, Coach Robinson achieved his greatest fame in his post-college years. A winner of the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Trials long jump, Robinson was third at the 1972 Olympic Games and took the gold medal in 1976. He was the 1971 Pan American Games champion and was second in 1975. A veteran of 10 international competitions, Robinson was also the first World Cup long jump champion in 1977. Overall, he won seven national long jump titles, six of them outdoors. From 1976 to 1978, he was the top-ranked long jumper in the world. Coach Robinson retired after the 1979 season but is still ranked 18th on the U.S. all-time list and continues to coach at Mesa College.


1972 Olympics: Long Jump (3rd)
1976 Olympics: Long Jump (1st)
1977 World Cup: Long Jump (1st)
1971 Pan-Am Games: Long Jump (1st)
1975 Pan-Am Games: Long Jump (2nd)
1970 NCAA: Long Jump (1st)

Joshua Lee Denz

2009 Scholar Male Athlete by the California Community College Commission on Athletics.


Joshua Lee Denz was named 2009 Scholar Male Athlete by the California Community College Commission on Athletics. The Scholar Athlete award is the highest student achievement honor awarded annually by the COA, which oversees intercollegiate competition at the 104 member colleges and nearly 27,000 student athletes of the California Community College Athletic Association each year.


Joshua and Female Athlete of the Year Rachael Johnson (Solano College) were honored at the Celebration of Student Athletes Luncheon, held in March during the 13th Annual CCCAA Convention in Ontario, California.  Joshua is the third athlete in the history of Mesa College to receive this award.


A stand-out athlete and scholar, Joshua was earlier named Mesa College’s 2009 STAR Athlete of the Year. He has excelled academically with a cumulative grade point average of 4.0 with 48 units completed.  The Men’s Water Polo and Men’s Swim Team Captain also received “Most Inspirational” team honors. A distinguished former Marine and color guardsman plans on majoring in Kinesiology and hopes to pursue a career in Sport Psychology.