Santa Barbara Sports Figure of the Month: presented by American Riviera Bank

Each Month, Presidio Sports recognizes a local sports figure for their extraordinary contribution to the Santa Barbara athletic community.

It is our way to recognize those who have made a positive impact, whether it is an inspirational athletic performance, a lifetime achievement award, a philanthropist, or just a special story worth sharing.

This award is made possible by American Riviera Bank.


John McCutcheon - UCSB GauchosJohn McCutcheon gets started at UCSB with a history of making things happen as a college athletics administrator.

As a first-time Director of Athletics at Cal Poly in the 1990s, he helped the school make the transition from NCAA Division 2 to Division 1 and secure membership in the Big West Conference. In his 11 years of running the athletic department at the University of Massachusetts, he had a major role in getting facilities upgraded and new ones built.

UMass Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy praised McCutcheon for his leadership.

“He cares deeply about our student-athletes and supported their success both on and off the field,” Subbaswamy said in a statement after McCutcheon announced he was leaving UMass for UCSB in January. “Under John’s leadership, our athletics program meets the highest standards of academic integrity. He has played a vital role in elevating the stature of our flagship campus.”

UCSB boosters hope the new Director of Athletics still has that Midas touch.

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Previous Sports Figures of the Month:

August, 2015: John McCutcheon
July, 2015: Cathy Neushul
March, 2015: Jeff Burich
January, 2015: Aaron Solis
November, 2014: John Moore
October, 2014: Russell Smelley
August, 2014: Monica Jones
July, 2014: Josh Priester
May, 2014: Stamatia Scarvelis
March, 2014: Becky Aaronson
February, 2014: Alex Valente
December, 2013: Chris Keet
November, 2013: Andrew Butcher
October, 2013: Jake Clinton
September, 2013: Craig Moropoulos
August, 2013: Mark Massari
July, 2013: Dave Odell
June, 2013: Jerry Johnson
May, 2013: Andrew Checketts
April 2013: Jack Bianchi 
March 2013: Rudy Ybarra
February 2013: Tugce Canitez
January 2013: Simon Chavez
December 2012: Kirsten Moore
November 2012: Bryan Fernandez
October 2012: Rusty and June Snow
September, 2012: Mark Walsh
August, 2012: Wolf Wigo
July, 2012: Todd Rogers
June, 2012: Chuckie Roth
May, 2012: Ema Boateng
April, 2012: Addi Zerrenner
March, 2012: Carlene Mitchell
February, 2012: Ryan Fitch
January, 2012: John Zant
December, 2011: Andre Barbieri
November, 2011: Lauren Stratman
October, 2011: Rich Hanna
September, 2011: Lauren Capone
August, 2011: Orlando Johnson
July, 2011: Bill Pintard
June, 2011: John & Mardi Warkentin
May, 2011: Lakey Peterson
April, 2011: Van Latham
March, 2011: Ethel Byers
February, 2011: Kiley Neushul

This award is made possible by American Riviera Bank