The 2019-20 college sports season is right around the corner, and a Cal U grad is adding to his impressive resume.

After spending the last three years as the Assistant Athletics Director-Equipment Manager at Stanford University, Chris Dountas has been hired as the Director of Football Equipment Operations for the University of Colorado.

“The University of Colorado is a great place in one of the most beautiful parts of our country,” said Dountas via phone on his commute to Boulder, Colorado, from the Bay Area in California. “They have a strong tradition in football and with a new coaching staff coming in this season, things are exciting there.

“From an equipment management standpoint, CU has one of the best equipment facilities in the country, their relationship with Nike is top notch and they checked all of my boxes.”

Dountas, known to his friends in high school and college as Donut, hesitated before excitement took over his tone.

“Plus, having the Rocky Mountains as the back drop to our home games at Folsom Field isn’t bad either,” he said while laughing.

Dountas, who graduated from California University of Pa. in 2003 with a degree in science and sports management, spoke to the amazing experience he had in Palo Alto, California, the last three-plus years.

“There are so many things that I will miss about Stanford,” he said. “In my three years there, I was able to make countless memories both personally and professionally, and will forever be grateful for the opportunities that Stanford gave me.

“It is a special place with special people and student-athletes and working with them on a daily basis is what I will miss the most.”

While at Stanford, the Cardinal won 17 national team championships, 53 individual national championships and three Directors Cup trophies, extending their streak to 25 in a row.

Dountas officially begins on July 22, however, he is not new to the area.

“I have several family members that live an hour away in Fort Collins, so I have been traveling there for years,” he said. “The whole area, with the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains and the overall beauty of that part of the country, is spectacular.”

Dountas has also spent time as an equipment manager at the University of Central Florida (internship), University of Connecticut (Assistant Director of Equipment Services) and the University of Pittsburgh (Assistant Equipment Manager).

While still a few days from his official start at Colorado, Dountas is already looking ahead to Nov. 9 when Stanford heads to Boulder.

“It will be mixed emotions,” he said of the match-up. “I have a lot of friends who are still involved with Stanford’s program, however, it will be I good test against one of the better teams in the Pac-12.

“It definitely wont be a normal game for me, but ‘Go Buffs!’”

Crazy stats

Recently, the NCAA released more unbreakable records and while it’s full speed ahead towards college football season, there was a former softball player whose stats have to be mentioned.

Tracy Compton was a pitcher for UCLA from 1982-85 and her numbers are beyond mind-blowing.

As a freshman, she allowed three runs in 101.7 innings for a 0.21 ERA, which still stands as a Top-20 mark all-time. A year later, Compton threw 168 innings and allowed one run for a 0.04 ERA, the best single-season mark in Division I history.

During her senior campaign, she allowed two runs in 167.3 innings for a 0.08 ERA, second best all-time, in leading UCLA to a national championship.

Compton had a 0.15 ERA for her career, allowing only 13 runs over 612.3 innings and recording 62 shutouts in her 85 career games.

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