A recap of the 2022-2023 Roadrunner sports season


All look at some of the sport teams at College of the Desert Photo courtesy COD Athletics

The 2022 – 2023 year for the College of the Desert Roadrunners was outstanding. Fall sports had many exceptional performances by all teams, and spring sports had a year of great performances by all teams as well.

Photo courtesy of COD Athletics. Head coach for men’s tennis Guy Fritz is retiring after 11 years.

Guy Fritz, COD’s men’s tennis head coach, retired. Fritz had been at COD for 11 years, with nine impressive state titles and 207 wins. We wish Fritz a promising future and thank him for his outstanding contributions to COD.

The fall sports consisted of football, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s indoor volleyball, cross country and golf.

The football team had a year to remember as they had a bowl-game berth against Santa Barbara, unfortunately losing with a score of 44-23. With a conference record of 4-1 and a season record of 8-3. Along with the impressive season came 13 all-league selections and their best record in 15 years.

Photo courtesy of COD Athletics. COD football players are lining up before their game. Far left #9 Darrell Lewis DB #13 Cesar Vela QB #8 Maurice Davis LB # 1 Kevin Johnson WR far right.


Men’s soccer ended with a season record of 7-7-7 and a conference record 3-3-2. They made it to the SoCal Regional playoffs- 4th season in a row where they played against Palomar but ended up losing with a score of 3-1—the Roadrunners had four all-conference players.

Women’s indoor volleyball made it to the SoCal Playoffs, going 10-0 in conference play and winning the conference IEAC title in 15 years with the addition of a 15-9 season record. The Roadrunners would play #14-ranked Rio Hondo, ranked #19, where they lost in the first round 3-1. Along with the outstanding season came five all-conference players, with the addition of Head Coach Detlev Rothe getting coach of the year and Kaila Sandy getting player of the year

Women’s soccer ended their season with an overall record of 7-9-4 and a conference record of 3-6-1, with two all-conference players. Dalaina Johnson set a program record of 25 goals in the season.

Women’s golf had one all-conference player, Demi Preece. Demi and Jensen Kelly would make it to the CCCAA State Championship.

Women’s cross country had two all-conference selections, with Heather Hinton and Angelina Iniquez making it to the CCCAA State Championship.

Photo Courtesy COD Athletics. COD women’s indoor volleyball won the IEAC Conference after 15 years.

Men’s basketball ended their season with an overall record of 6-22 and a conference record of 3-13

Women’s basketball ended the season with an overall record of 1-21 and a conference record of 1-13.

Men’s cross country had three matches on October 8, 14 and 28.

With so many accomplishments by the Roadrunners in the fall season, it made for an even better performance in the spring. Spring sports consisted of men’s baseball, men’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s softball, and women’s beach volleyball.

Men’s baseball ended with a record of 25-16 and a conference record of 13-11. They made it to the SoCal Regional playoffs to play against #4 ranked Santa Ana, where they lost two very close games with game one of a score of 2-1 and game two 5-4 in 11 innings, they had nine all-conference players.

COD golf team showing off their 2nd place SoCal final plaque along with state championship clinch. Photo Courtesy COD Athletics

Men’s golf had an outstanding year. They took 2nd place in the SoCal final, giving them a chance to play in the state championship. With sophomore Ivan Sablan getting OEC Most Valuable Player

Men’s tennis performed excellently, winning the IEAC conference for the 24th time and going undefeated. The Roadrunners made the playoffs, winning the state championship for their third straight year, having a season record of 18-1 and a conference record of 12-0. There were nine all-conference players, and Guy Fritz, COD’s head tennis coach received Coach of the Year.

Women’s tennis had a great season, winning the SCC conference title in 2014. They ended up with a 10-2 season record and a 7-0 conference record.

Women’s beach volleyball had a good year as players Grace Abram and Katie Alexander made the SoCal regionals. They went on to the state championship. Their season record would be 7-15 and 0-8 in conference play.

Women’s softball had a solid year, going 15-15 on the season with a conference record of 9-6. There were four all-conference players and one honorable mention.

It was a very successful 2022-2023 year for the Roadrunners. We hope for an even more successful 2023-2024 season at College of the Desert.