Bob Casey hopes to be the Merced College head football coach for a long time to come.
Some were curious what the status of the Blue Devils’ coaching situation was after a posting for a head football coach and a full-time teaching position appeared on the MC jobs’ web page about a week ago.
Casey has been a part-time employee with the school during his entire four-year tenure as head coach. The school recently created a full-time position for the job, but as per school policy, that means Casey has to reapply for the position. That also means that it’s open to all who wish to apply.
The job posting is set to close Feb. 10 and the school hopes to have a decision made within a month.
Despite having an incumbent football coach, Merced College has to follow the same procedure as when it replaced Tony Lewis five years ago. A panel will be commissioned to whittle the applicants down to three finalists. The school president will then choose one of the remaining candidates to lead the Blue Devils.
Into the fire
David Noble refused to handle his men’s volleyball team with kid gloves in the program’s inaugural season.
The Bobcats made their collegiate debut at NAIA No. 5 Hope International and then traveled to No. 1 – and defending national champion – Concordia the next night. Both were losses for the new program.
UC Merced will visit a UC Santa Cruz team that qualified for the D3 national championship tournament last year on Friday and then make their Hostetler Court debuts against Concordia again on Jan. 22.
Spring in their step
While most attention is on the start of conference play in basketball, the spring sports will open their seasons over the next four weeks.
Merced College baseball gets it all going at Diablo Valley College on Jan. 28. The MC softball team will make its 2014 debuts a few days later, traveling to Stockton for two games on Feb. 1. The MC men’s and women’s swim teams will participate in a pentathlon in Oakland on Feb. 7.
Less than ideal start
The UC Merced men’s and women’s basketball teams were both hoping for at least a split as they opened California Pacific Conference play with a pair of road games last week.
Both came away empty.
It was a particularly tough trip for the MC men, which lost the two games by a combined 54 points. The women were competitive in a 67-62 loss to William Jessup, but were routed by Simpson University a couple days later.
The teams look to turn their fortunes around this week. They host two doubleheaders — Pacific Union College on Thursday night and Cal Maritime on Saturday.
UC Merced women’s soccer coach Megan Atoigue signed the third member of her 2014 class on Tuesday, adding junior college transfer Marissa Giovannoni.
The junior striker played two years at San Joaquin Delta College. She started 18 of the Mustangs’ 19 games last year, scoring two goals.