With 20 years of experience working for the California community college system, Fresno native Eric Mendoza became the first Associate Dean of Athletics at West Hills College Coalinga in August of 2016.
He returned to the Central Valley Conference, after working two years (2014-2016) as Director of Student Development & Athletics at El Camino College Compton Center in Los Angeles.
Mendoza currently serves as the CVC Planning Board president (second term), and the athletic director's sports representative for football (teams hosted in the Northern California Football Conference). He is also the CVC chair of the Public Relations & Sports Information committee. In 2018, Mendoza was elected to the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) executive committee as an at-large representative.
From 2005-2014, Mendoza was also the CVC sports publicist. In 2014, Mendoza led the CVC as coordinator for the all-school Compliance Summit at Reedley College.
Mendoza is the former CVC representative for men's and women's basketball. Since 2014, he has been the CCCADA project manager for Coaches vs. Cancer – working with the CCC Men's and Women's Basketball Coaches Associations with annual fundraising campaigns for the American Cancer Society reaching the $250,000 mark.
During his two years at ECC Compton, Mendoza guided the athletic department through the installation of a football field and track renovation project – and the addition of a women's volleyball program. Beyond his oversight of 13 intercollegiate sports, Mendoza was in charge of the Campus Life Office, commencement and student discipline.
Mendoza was a member of the South Coast Conference board (vice president and president) and the Southern California Football Association's Metro League. He served two seasons as the SCC athletic director's representative for women's soccer under commissioner Rich Kollen.
In June of 2016, Mendoza was honored with ECC Compton's "Commander In Chief" Award presented by the student body as the year's top campus administrator.
From 2008-2014, Mendoza was Director of Student Programs & Athletics at Porterville College, when he also served as CVC Planning Board chair and was elected second vice president of the California Community College Athletic Directors Association. As a member of the CCCADA executive board, he served as secretary in 2014.
Among his many highlights at Porterville College, Mendoza instituted priority registration for student-athletes, created the first Presto website in the CVC, developed the school's new athletics logo, and helped build a perennial state-ranked women's volleyball program with then-head coach Dale Henderson.
In 2013, the Porterville College student body honored Mendoza with the "Exceptional Staff Member of the Year" Award.
His involvement in the local community included seats on the Porterville Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors and City of Porterville Parks & Leisure Commission. For several years, he was a volunteer team leader (recruiting student-athletes and student clubs) during Porterville's annual Relay For Life event.
Mendoza worked as the Sports Information & Marketing Director at Fullerton College from 2000-2005 under Hall of Fame athletic directors Dr. Susan Beers and Gene Murphy (former football coaching legend). While at Fullerton, Mendoza served as president of the California Community College Sports Information Association and represented the organization on the CCCAA's Management Council.
In addition to handling media relations, fundraising and game management for the 20 sports programs, Mendoza was the school's first Hall of Fame chair and founder of the department's Neighborhood Partnership Program.
He was the Mission Conference football sports information director from 2001-2005. From 1998-2007, Mendoza served as California Community College Fastpitch Coaches Association state championship publicist.
At Fullerton, Porterville, and ECC Compton, he established Student-Athlete Advisory Councils to improve service, programming, campus life, and the overall experience for athletic teams. Mendoza also created annual Academic and Athletic Achievement Award banquets to celebrate student success, and launched Midnight Madness events prior to each basketball season.
Over the years, Mendoza has been active in statewide affiliate groups and CCCAA related projects – serving as CCCAA state championship site coordinator, event manager, media relations director, statistician, and broadcast/producer.
In 2003, Mendoza produced the first CCCAA internet broadcast at the state championship level, as the CCCSIA called every game at the men's and women's basketball tournament in San Diego. He has also produced and presented play-by-play broadcasting for several CCCAA finals in football, softball, baseball, and water polo.
His state committee memberships include: State Championship Festival, Affiliate Organizations, Values, State Championship Site Selection, Title IX/Gender Equity, Statewide Statistics, and Cal-PASS Student-Athlete Scorecard. He is the only individual to serve on both executive commitees for the CCCADA and CCCSIA.
In 2011, Mendoza founded the state's Diversity & Inclusion Committee. The committee, now named Equity & Inclusion, became an official CCCAA Management Council affiliate in 2016.
Mendoza was appointed Management Council (2017-2020) member for CCCAA Men's Golf and chair for the Equity & Inclusion committee. He successfully wrote new state legistlation for the Equity & Inclusion committee and Men's Golf state championship handbook.
From 1998-2000, Mendoza worked at his alma mater Fresno City College. As a news writer/reporter in the school's public information office, Mendoza worked under CCCSIA icon Woody Wilk – the Rams' longtime sports publicist. He also assisted then-athletic director Susan Yates with events, marketing and fundraising.
During this time, he was also employed by the Fresno Grizzlies (the Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants) under manager Ron Roenicke. As a front office promotions and media relations assistant, Mendoza led intern projects with in-game promotions, statistics, website maintenance, and post-game team interviews. He also assisted with ticket sales, hospitality, clubhouse, and broadcast duties.
While attending Fresno State, Mendoza was the sports editor for The Collegian student newspaper, a writer for the football team's Quarterback Club newsletter under head coach Pat Hill, and a prep writer for The Fresno Bee – covering local high school sports.
Mendoza was the unit director for the West Fresno Boys & Girls Club from 2005-2008, while returning to graduate school. He served as the organization's sports council chair, coordinating the county's athletic scheduling, leagues, and officiating.
He was the head coach for various AAU programs and youth sports, including basketball, baseball, football, and volleyball. Over the years, he has coached and mentored the likes of Valley products Showron Glover (Professional Basketball/Czech Republic), Deontay Greenberry (University of Houston/NFL free agent), Greg Smith (NBA/Timberwolves), Ray Hightower (Central High School athletic director), Meranda Watkins (Hoover High School girls varsity volleyball head coach), and the late Deondre Howard (WHCC/Fresno City College).
Mendoza also coached Spencer Dinwiddie (NBA/Nets) to a youth league championship at the Westchester Recreation Center in Los Angeles.
Also between 2005-2008, Mendoza returned to work with Fresno City College athletic director Susan Yates on a major media relations project. Mendoza developed the school's first sports radio contract with Sporting News Radio to broadcast games and weekly coaches' shows.
Mendoza teamed with Tony D'addato (now at ESPN Radio), Marcas Grant (NFL Network), Nick Papagni (ESPN), and producer Anthony Sondergaard to air live programming for Fresno City College, College of the Sequoias, Porterville College and local high schools, including Friday Night Football.
He has also worked on special projects with the California Interscholastic Federation in the Central and Southern Sections. In addition to broadcasting high school events and shows over the years, Mendoza was the media coordinator at the 2015-2016 CIF Southern Section Basketball Championships in Santa Ana.
His memberships with state and national organizations include: Association of California Community College Administrators (ACCCA), California Community College Physical Educators (CCCPE), American Student Government Association (ASGA), National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA), National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). He is also a member of ATIXA - the Association of Title IX Administrators; and earned a Civil Rights Investigator Level One Certification.
From 2000-2005, Mendoza was awarded 18 "Best In the Nation" honors by CoSIDA for his Fullerton College sports media guides. He has presented at statewide conventions on the topics of sports marketing and public relations, and appeared as a sports analyst on cable television.
In 2017, Mendoza was honored by the California Community College Sports Information Association with the BRASS TOP Award for service in the profession. The award was presented at the Annual CCCAA Spring Convention.
He is currently chair of the West Hills College Coalinga Professional Development Committee; and a member of the WHCC Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation Council; President's Executive Cabinet; Falcon Administrators; College Planning Council; WHCCD Leadership Retreat Group; Educational Master Plan Committee; Achieving the Dream Data Team; Strategic Enrollment Management Committee; Athletics Hall of Fame (chair); and founder/advisor for the Student-Athlete Advisory Council. Since joining WHCC, Mendoza has led the redesign of westhillsfalcons.com - including the addition of social media platforms, live broadcasting and video.
Among his administrative duties at the college, Mendoza is responsible for oversight of the Fitness Center and academic learning areas for subjects covering Kinesiology, Nutrition, Health, Athletics, and Social Sciences. He has been an adjunct instructor of record for football and baseball courses.
For the 2017-18 school year, the WHCC athletic department was home of the CCCAA and NATYCAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as football All-American Apefai Taifane was honored at the state and national level.
The product of Clovis High School enjoyed a stellar career on the golf team. As a senior, Mendoza was named all-league and all-area, and became the first golfer in school history honored with the coveted Sassano Blanket Award, presented to the Cougars' top senior.
He played golf at Reedley College before transferring to Fresno City College. He earned his A.A. degree in Liberal Studies at FCC; a B.A. degree in Mass Communication & Journalism at CSU, Fresno; and a master's in Physical Education & Kinesiology at Fresno Pacific University.
His interest in athletic administration began as a Fresno City College student in a recreation leadership class, taught by CCCADA and NATYCAA Hall of Famer John Volek - former athletic director at Sacramento State.