UC Merced hires new cross country coach

slynch@mercedsunstar.comJuly 12, 2013 

— The UC Merced coaching staff is complete again with the hiring of Kevin Clancy as the men's and women's cross country coach.

Clancy takes over for program founder Spencer Castro, who left the school after two years to continue his education. Clancy inherits a UC Merced program that sent three runners to the NAIA National Championships last year in its first season of postseason eligibility.

Clancy comes to Merced from his alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, where he served as an assistant coach for the men's and women's cross country and track and field teams. He helped lead the women's cross country team to its first NCAA Division 2 Championships berth last year. As a runner in 2010, he earned Peach Belt Conference second team honors.

"We are excited about bringing coach Clancy on board as part of our emerging cross country program," Associate Director David Noble said in a press release. "He is highly organized, has proven results as a top assistant and recruiter, and is well spoken. His enthusiasm and eagerness to get things done, using our available resources, fits nicely within the scope of our Bobcat family."

Bobcats to host camp

The UC Merced women's basketball team will host a skills camp for all girls high school players ages 13-18 on Aug. at Hostetler Court.

Golden Bobcats head coach Kevin Pham and his staff will lead the one-day camp with additional instruction from his team. The camp costs $50 and will run from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Participants receive a T-shirt, a campus tour and pizza for lunch.

Interested players can sign up at ucmercedbobcats.com/f/Camps.php.

"It's a chance for kids to meet some college coaches and players and get some good fundamental instruction on basketball skills," Pham said.

Still going strong

After helping guide the Merced High boys soccer team to its first ever Sac-Joaquin Section soccer title in 2009, defender Manuel Garcia-Resendez resurfaced at Fresno City College.

He helped the Rams turn in consecutive winning seasons and was named to the Central Valley Conference first team and Co-Defender of the Year. That garnered the attention of The Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Garcia-Resendez signed to finish out his career with the Urban Knights at the beginning of July.

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