Become a Panther Backer

Dear friends of Hartnell Athletics,


Athletics at Hartnell College is as strong as ever, both in competition and in the academic success of our student athletes. With your support, we will be even stronger in the years ahead. 

The Hartnell Panthers have come far since 1929, when intercollegiate athletics began at what was then Salinas Junior College. I am proud to say the Teresa family has been part of Hartnell Athletics for more than seven decades, beginning with my late father, Tony. The Hartnell name carries great pride and tradition throughout California collegiate athletics, as we routinely outperform much larger schools and others with deeper pockets. Our teams have won more than 150 championships.

As dean of athletics, I work with outstanding coaches, faculty, staff, sponsors and volunteers to uphold this standard of excellence. Thanks to them, more than 80 percent of Hartnell student-athletes have transferred to four-year universities over the past decade. A series of projects have greatly improved our athletics facilities. With guidance from the Hartnell College Foundation and leadership from volunteers on the Panther Athletics Council, our financial support is reaching new heights.

Proud as we are of these accomplishments, we know Hartnell Athletics can achieve still more with assistance from donors who appreciate our impact on students and the communities we serve. A new strategic plan has focused us on several key needs: academic support, equipment, travel, scholarships and recruitment. This webpage is your guide to those priorities and how you can make a difference as a Panther Backer.

I am grateful to all who have enabled generations of young men and women to reap the benefits of competing as a Panther. Thank you for contributing to the success of Hartnell Athletics as our college begins its second century!


Dan Teresa

Dean of Academic Affairs, Athletics, Physical Education & Health




Priority Needs for Hartnell Athletics

A new strategic plan for Hartnell Athletics has identified several priority areas for further improve the experience and opportunities available to Panther student- athletes. 

Success Stories



To contribute to Hartnell Athletics: CLICK HERE. You can give in any amount and either designate a specific sport or give to the areas of greatest need.

For more information about giving: Contact Dan Teresa, dean of athletics, at 831-755-6837 or, or Jackie Cruz, vice president of advancement and development, at 831-755-6810 or