Fran Babich, Health, Kinesiology, and Athletics instructor at Butte College, was inducted into the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Hall of Fame recently. Fran is a pioneer, and accomplished a number of firsts as a female athlete and then as a female athletic trainer. After Fran earned an associate’s degree from Sacramento City College in 1973, she was one of the first female student athletic trainers at Chico State. When she went through the graduate program in athletic training at the University of Arizona, she became the first female to work as an athletic trainer with her high school football program. Upon graduation from Arizona in 1978, she became the first athletic trainer at Pomona College and only the third head athletic trainer at a four‐year college or university with football.
In 1980 Fran was the first athletic trainer hired at Butte College and the first woman hired as the head athletic trainer within the community college system in California. During that time as head athletic trainer and professor at Butte College, from 1980-2001, she has mentored a vast number of women who later became health care professionals and has been a role model for women and others on the importance of leadership and professional involvement.
The CCCAA Sports Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed in California community college athletics. Founded in 1984, the Hall of Fame has sought to recognize those who have made the most of their experiences as California community college student athletes, coaches and administrators, maximizing their own potential to better themselves and those with whom they come into contact.
The California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) is the governing body providing oversight of intercollegiate athletics within the California Community College System. The single largest educational system in the world, with attendance in excess of over 2.6 million students annually, the California Community College system serves one-third of all community college students in the United States. The CCCAA establishes the rules and regulations to administer the intercollegiate athletic activities of the nearly 27,000 student athletes attending California's community colleges.