NORWALK — The California Community College Athletic Association and its affiliate recognized four Cerritos College Falcons at its April 2 awards ceremony, a college spokesperson said.
“It is quite an honor for Cerritos College,” said Dan Smith, instructional dean of Health, Physical Education, Dance and Athletics, who was one of the four honorees from Cerritos College this year.
“It’s highly unusual to have four honorees from one institution.” There are a total of nine individual awards.
Brian Cable was recognized as the Outstanding Athletic Trainer by the association, Dr. Ni Bueno received the Outstanding Health Educator award and Dr. Carrie Edwards accepted the Outstanding Fitness/Exercise Physiology Instructor award, the spokesperson said. Smith was honored as the Outstanding Athletic Administrator.
Ni Bueno began her teaching career at Cerritos College in 2000. She holds a bachelor’s degree in microbiology, a master’s degree in sports medicine, and a doctorate degree in organizational leadership.
Cable has worked as a certified athletic trainer at Cerritos College since 2000. He has a bachelor’s degree in physical education with an emphasis in athletic training from Cal State Long Beach and a master’s degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in biomechanics from Cal State Fullerton.
Edwards received her master’s degree and Ph.D. from USC in exercise science. She began her teaching career at USC as a teaching assistant in the Physical Education Department.
Smith holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physical education from Brigham Young University where he participated in volleyball for three years and one year on the U.S. National Team.
He also implemented extensive psychological skills training programs with professional athletic teams, including the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers and Buffalo Sabres, the spokesperson said.