May 21, 2017

Walla Walla administrator becomes new PUC president

New PUC President, Robert Cushman
Pacific Union College has acquired a new president, taking the place of Dr. Heather Knight, who retired a few months ago. He is Robert A. Cushman, who will be coming from Walla Walla University in Washington state where he has served as vice president for academic administration.
Dr. Cushman earned his doctorate in geology at the Colorado School of Mines but his career of 23 years in education expanded steadily from research and teaching into high-level institutional administration. He will assume his new duties at PUC on July 1.



This story is based on a series about the PUC Basketball Team produced by Napa Valley Register sports reporters and photographers. Many thanks.
PUC Basketball News Headlines



PUC Basketball, Best Ever
Angwinites were surprised and delighted to read in their morning copy of the Napa Valley Register a reporter's exciting declaration, "If numbers never lie, the truth is this is the best Pacific Union College men's basketball team in the 12 years it's been an NAIA school."
Yousif Baig backed up his statement with some recent statistics. "The Pioneers, who play in the California Pacific Conference, head into the final stretch of the regular season with a 14-6 overall record and an 8-4 mark in CalPac play. Those are school records in both total wins and win percentage."
And he followed with this observation, "Third year head coach has this Pioneer collective performing at a level rarely seen in Pacific Auditorium."
Since taking over in 2014, Coach Greg Rahn has won 25 games and counting, which is more than the previous six years combined.
So if you Angwin residents hear the PUC students cheering loudly and the auditorium rafters rattling, you can expect to read that the Pioneers have won another game.
PUC Pioneers Men's Basketball Team
Photo by Marty James
Basketball Shot

How to win a championship
PUC did it in the last two seconds
This is a story recently which the Napa Valley Register Reporter Youef Baig, had started to write with some understandable excitement.
"It's the shot that every kid dreams of, and Rae Hubbard made it a reality," he reported.
And he followed with this observation, "Third year head coach has this Pioneer collective performing at a level rarely seen in Pacific Auditorium."
Since taking over in 2014, Coach Greg Rahn has won 25 games and counting, which is more than the previous six years combined.
Baig described the last two seconds of the game with Cal State Maritime.
"Point guard Devon Pinnock inbounded the ball to LeRoy Anderson, who raced down the floor to the top of the 3-point line before dumping it off to Hubbard as he slid into Cal State Maritime's Justin Elsen.
"Hubbard curled around Anderson's screen, which gave him all the room he needed. He paused in his running, turned his eyes to the net, flexed his muscles and with one foot on the floor, fired his shot.
The ball dropped into the net. . .. swish . .. and the buzzer sounded.
The last shot of the game had given PUC the California Pacific Conference championship.