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Former Monarch Julio Gramajo Passes Away at 46

A member of two championship football teams and former department staff member, Julio Gramajo passed away October 2 at his home in Guatemala of a heart attack. 

A product of Reseda High, Gramajo arrived at Valley College in 1995, where, under the tutelage of Head Coach Jim Fenwick, number 69 served as defensive lineman, playing a huge role in sending the teams to both the Strawberry Bowl (1995) and No Fear Bowl (1996).

Following graduation, Gramajo played for Western New Mexico University where he earned a degree in Criminal Justice. After a brief time away, Gramajo received a warm welcome when he returned to Valley College to join the athletic staff as the academic athletic support program coordinator, assisting athletic counselor Reggie Reed.

“I serve as a trouble-shooter in this innovative program,” Gramajo noted at the time, “which aims to improve the communication between the coaches, the faculty, and the athletes. I want to make sure that the student-athletes understand the academic process so they can maintain a satisfactory grade point average.”

Former athletic director Chuck Ferrero remembers Gramajo as one “the athletes loved.”

No funeral arrangements are available at this time, however, plans are to return the ashes to the United States in the near future.  

Hall of Fame Ceremony Postponed

In response to the uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hall of Fame ceremonies originally scheduled for June 27, 2020 have been postponed for one year and have been rescheduled to June 26, 2021. The decision is based on both precautionary recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control as well as the need to address concerns expressed by numerous individuals needing to make both travel and hotel accomadations in advance. We look forward to seeing everyone in 2021.

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Los Angeles Valley Athletics department promotes excellence in athletics and prepares leaders for tomorrow by providing an excellent environment to enable student-athletes to achieve their highest academic, athletic, and personal aspirations.

LAVC competes as a member of the Western State Conference in baseball, softball, women’s swim, men’s swim, women’s basketball, men’s basketball, women’s soccer, women’s water polo and men’s water polo, and in the Southern California Football Association for our football program.

A wide variety of activity courses are offered that are designed for lifetime enhancement of fitness, recreation and leisure time.

In order to be eligible to participate in varsity athletics, a student must adhere to the California State Athletic Code and Western State Conference eligibility rules and regulations in accordance with the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Constitution and Bylaws.

Questions regarding athletic eligibility should be addressed to the Athletic Director, Jim Fenwick, at (818) 947-2508.


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