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Merced College hires Mark Kaanapu as head football coach

Mark Kaanapu
Mark Kaanapu

The search for Merced College's fourth head football coach is over. After a two and a half month search, MC President Dr. Benjamin T. Duran made his decision to hire Menlo College Oaks football head coach Mark Kaanapu on Tuesday.

Kaanapu has been the NAIA school’s head coach for the last eight seasons and been with the program for 11 years in total. Kaanapu has also been an assistant with the Arena Football League’s San Jose Sabrecats and at West Valley Community College in Saratoga.

"After a careful and thorough national search we are very excited that coach Kaanapu has decided to lead the Merced College Blue Devil football program," Duran said in a press release. "The pool of candidates was very strong and we are fortunate to have landed a coach of Mark’s stature and commitment to young people."