California Vulcans

The California Vulcans are the intercollegiate sports teams and players that represent California University of Pennsylvania, which is located in California, Pennsylvania. The Vulcans participate in the NCAA Division II in all sports and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) in most sports. The school colors are Red and Black. The mascot of California is Blaze the Vulcan.

California Vulcans
UniversityCalifornia University of Pennsylvania
ConferencePennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC)
NCAADivision II
Athletic directorKaren Hjerpe
LocationCalifornia, Pennsylvania
Varsity teams15
Football stadiumAdamson Stadium
Basketball arenaCalifornia University of Pennsylvania Convocation Center
Baseball stadiumWild Things Park
Other arenasRostraver Ice Garden
MascotBlaze the Vulcan
Fight songChariots of Fire
ColorsRed and Black[1]

California Vulcans athletics wordmark.svg

The Vulcan Football Team won the Division II PSAC West Championship in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. In 2008 California won the recently resurrected PSAC Championship game, claiming the conference title. California won back-to-back Northeast Regional Championships in 2007 and 2008. In 2007, under Head Coach John Luckhardt, California achieved a 13–1 record, including a 6–0 record in-conference.

California's Women's Volleyball Team has also encountered recent success, going 34–4 overall and 10–0 in-conference play in 2007 before falling in the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Division II Volleyball Championship Tournament.

The school's Men's & Women's basketball teams have been a high point as well, with both teams advancing to the PSAC Final Four on March 6, 2008.

In 2009, both Cal U's Women's Volleyball and Women's Soccer teams advanced to the NCAA-DII Elite Eight round of the playoffs before being eliminated from contention. California's football team stumbled early in the season, dropping three games early in the season before marching into the PSAC Championship game vs. Eastern Division representative Shippensburg University. Shippensburg defeated the Vulcans for the title of PSAC Champions. Despite the loss, the Vulcans earned a playoff berth. The Vulcans defeated Fayetteville State University, returned to avenge the PSAC Championship loss against Shippensburg, and defeated the first ranked offense of West Liberty University. However, the Vulcans' improbable run ended for the third straight season in the semi-final round, as the Vulcans were shut down by Northwest Missouri State University, 56–24.

Many of California's athletic events are covered by the University's television and radio stations, CUTV and WCAL 91.9 FM. In some instances, CUTV has provided video for CBS College Sports Network and PCN. Vulcan football games used to be broadcast by Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh. CUTV now covers all Vulcan Football and Basketball games home and away. The National Semifinal rounds were broadcast worldwide in 2007 on ESPNU and ESPN Classic on December 6, 2008. Cal U appeared again on national television in 2009 for the National Semifinal round of the football playoffs on CBS College Sports Network.


Adamson Stadium

Adamson Stadium is the University's home for the football and track & field teams. The stadium, which was renovated in the 1990s and has an eight-lane, all-weather track & field facilities that was renovated in 2002 (including runways), a two-level press box that can accommodate radio and television broadcasts, two large varsity locker rooms, two sets of public restrooms, concession stand, scoreboard with message board capabilities, ticket booths, training room and an equipment room. Just outside Adamson Stadium is the area for track & field throwing events (javelin, discus, shot put and hammer).

Wild Things Park

Wild Things Park, where Cal U plays its home baseball games, is a professional baseball stadium in nearby Washington, Pa. Wild Things Park boasts seating for 3,500, team dugouts, locker rooms, full press box, bullpens, concession stands, restrooms, abundant parking and a family play area with arcade games and rides. The baseball team also has a field at Roadman Park that is used for practice but has seating for 500 and can be used for games when needed.

California University of Pennsylvania Convocation Center

The California University of Pennsylvania Convocation Center is a multi-purpose arena in California, Pennsylvania. The arena is the home of the California Vulcans men and women's basketball and volleyball teams, as well as the host of graduation commencement. The Convocation Center is able to host other sporting events, concerts, and trade shows, featuring a removable hardwood surface. The building, covering over 142,000 sq. feet, is the largest indoor venue between Morgantown, West Virginia, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Cal U Convocation Center is also home to the "Rivers Bend Conference Center," which features executive-level conferencing facilities. Also included in the venue are "smart" classrooms, configurable for large or small-group presentations, high-tech audio and visual systems, wireless Internet access, webcams, videoconferencing equipment, and interactive response systems. Upon installation, the arena will be the first in the area to house a Wavecam unit, suspended above the arena floor for aerial views during television productions. The building replaces the Vulcans previous basketball and volleyball arena, Hamer Hall, which opened its doors in 1965.

Roadman Park

Roadman Park is an all-purpose complex that includes 15 fields that can be used for soccer, lacrosse football, band practice, etc., as well as seven tennis courts for varsity, intramural and recreational use. The University is in the process of upgrading the varsity soccer field to include bleacher seating, scoring area/press box and permanent scoreboard among other amenities. The University, along with the Professional Golfer's Association (PGA), is also in the development stages of building a golf practice facility at Roadman Park in conjunction with the addition of a golf management curriculum and varsity teams for both men and women.

Lilly Field

Lilly Field is the home to Cal U's softball team, which won back-to-back NCAA Division II Championships in 1997 and 1998. Lilly Field features a fully enclosed field, skinned infield, permanent and temporary seating for 300, team dugouts, warm-up bullpen areas and a concession stand. In case of inclement weather, California has a tarp to cover entire infield, allowing the team to restart play as quickly as possible.

Convocation Center

The California University of Pennsylvania Convocation Cencter is a multi-purposearena being built in California, Pennsylvania. The arena will be home of the California Vulcans volleyball, men's, and women's basketball teams, as well as graduation commencement. The building will also be able to host other sporting events, concerts, and trade shows. The building, covering over 142,000 sq ft (13,200 m2), will be the largest indoor venue between Morgantown, West Virginia, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Vulcan national championshipsEdit

  • Softball – 1997, 1998
  • Women's Basketball – 2004, 2015
  • Men's Ice Hockey – 2008 (ACHA)

Varsity athletic teamsEdit

  • Baseball
  • Men's Cross-Country
  • Women's Cross-Country
  • Football
  • Men's Basketball
  • Men's Golf
  • Men's Hockey
  • Men's Soccer
  • Softball
  • Women's Swimming
  • Men's Indoor/Outdoor Track & Field
  • Women's Indoor/Outdoor Track & Field
  • Women's Tennis
  • Women's Volleyball
  • Women's Basketball
  • Women's Golf
  • Women's Soccer


California has had 8 Major League Baseball Draft selections since the draft began in 1965.[2]


The Kevin Donley EraEdit

Kevin Donley has been one of the most successful coaches in NAIA football. However, his record while leading the NCAA Division II Vulcans did not attain the success he has shown elsewhere. In 4 seasons at California University of Pennsylvania, Donley compiled an uncharacteristic record of 11–33 (.250) overall. After the 1996 season, Donley left Cal U to set up the football program and become the first head coach at the University of Saint Francis (IN).

Following is a game-by-game recap of the Kevin Donley era:


(4–7 overall, 2–4 conference)

September 4at West Liberty*West Liberty, WVW 43–32
September 11West Virginia Wesleyan*California, PAL 23–31
September 18Fairmont State*California, PAW 31–16
September 25at Kutztown*Kutztown, PAL 28–31
October 2East Stroudsburg*California, PAL 6–9
October 9at Slippery RockSlippery Rock, PAL 30–40
October 16Indiana (PA)California, PAL 13–52
October 23at EdinboroEdinboro, PAL 7–32
October 30ClarionCalifornia, PAW 26–14
November 6at Lock HavenLock Haven, PAW 56–14
November 13ShippensburgCalifornia, PAL 6–7
  • *Non-conference game

(2–9 overall, 1–5 conference)

September 3at Fairmont State*Fairmont, WVW 53–37
September 10Glenville State*California, PAL 28–53
September 17at Bloomsburg*Bloomsburg, PAL 22–23
September 24Kutztown*California, PAL 21–46
October 1Slippery RockCalifornia, PAL 33–37
October 8at Indiana (PA)Indiana, PAL 33–62
October 15EdinboroCalifornia, PAL 6–67
October 22at ClarionClarion, PAW 41–31
October 29Lock HavenCalifornia, PAL 44–53
November 5at ShippensburgShippensburg, PAL 47–63
November 12West Chester*California, PAL 14–60
  • *Non-conference game

(2–9 overall, 1–5 conference)

August 31Fairmont State*California, PAW 28–26
September 9at Glenville State*Glenville, WVL 29–31
September 16Bloomsburg*California, PAL 20–24
September 23at Kutztown*Kutztown, PAL 0–34
September 30at Slippery RockSlippery Rock, PAL 14–42
October 7Indiana (PA)California, PAL 20–44
October 14at EdinboroEdinboro, PAL 7–31
October 21ClarionCalifornia, PAL 10–20
October 28at Lock HavenLock Haven, PAW 19–14
November 4ShippensburgCalifornia, PAL 15–26
November 11at West Chester*West Chester, PAL 24–25
  • *Non-conference game

(3–8 overall, 0–6 conference)

September 5Tusculum*California, PAW 31–14
September 14at Fairmont State*Fairmont, WVW 28–26
September 21West Virginia Wesleyan*California, PAW 10–24 (vacated)
September 28at Saint Joseph’s*Rensselaer, INL 7–37
October 5at Indiana (PA)Indiana, PAL 6–42
October 12EdinboroCalifornia, PAL 13–14
October 19at ClarionClarion, PAL 14–45
October 26Lock HavenCalifornia, PAL 14–21
November 2at ShippensburgShippensburg, PAL 7–16
November 9Kutztown*California, PAL 14–21
November 16Slippery RockCalifornia, PAL 28–55
  • *Non-conference game

Club sportsEdit

  • Cheerleading
  • Fencing
  • Equestrian Team
  • Men's and Women's Ice Hockey
  • Inline Hockey
  • Dance Team
  • Men's and Women's Rugby
  • Men's and Women's Lacrosse


  1. ^ "Colors for Brand | Cal U". February 21, 2019. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  2. ^ "MLB Amateur Draft Picks who came from "California University of Pennsylvania (California, PA)"". Retrieved 2013-10-01.