Enochs promotes new coach

James Stacy has been a part of Todd Sevick's football staff since Johansen High's first full varsity season in 1993.

He spent time at just about every level before moving to Enochs High with Sevick two years ago.

Now, he'll replace Sevick.

Stacy has been named the new varsity head coach at Enochs. Sevick stepped down and will focus on his duties as athletic director.

It's a big step for Stacy, 42.

This is the Oakdale High graduate's first varsity head coaching job.

"I've been waiting for the opportunity," Stacy said. "It's very exciting."

While Sevick is leaving, Stacy said most of the remainder of the staff would remain. Chris Cloward will remain as the offensive coordinator and Stacy will continue calling the defense.

Sevick said in an e-mail to The Bee that he was there to organize and begin the program, the same thing he did for Johansen in the early 1990s.

"Todd put us on the right track," Stacy said.

Because the season recently ended, not much will change at Enochs.

"We've started weight training and conditioning," Stacy said. "It's pretty much been the same so far."

He becomes the leader of a program that appears to be on the rise within the Modesto Metro Conference. A new school, Enochs just completed its first season with seniors, going 5-5 overall and 3-2 in MMC play. The Eagles finished their season tied for second with Davis, but didn't go to the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs.

"It seems like we're going to have a pretty good group," Stacy said. "Our current juniors have been strong competitors, and our sophomores had a great season. They won the league title.

"Hopefully, they will mesh."

The same goes for the head coach. But with so many coaches remaining on staff, Stacy said, there shouldn't be many growing pains.

"We're hoping to have a smooth transition," Stacy said.

MODESTO CHRISTIAN HIGH girls basketball coach Robb Spencer has played in several Martin Luther King Day basketball classics. There are always several in the Bay Area, and the Sacramento area has hosted its share over the years.

But this year, Spencer wanted to try one of his own.

"It's something I've always wanted to do," Spencer said. "I thought it would be a great thing for us and for the community as well."

Saturday, Spencer will see the fruit of his labors when the Modesto Christian MLK Shootout kicks off. It's an eight-game all-day basketball affair, with five girls games and three boys games. Seven of the eight games feature teams from the Stanislaus District.

"I was shooting for the stars, talking to some of the best teams in the state," Spencer said. "While the best teams like (Archbishop) Mitty (of San Jose) didn't come, this is a pretty good field."

It starts at 9 a.m., when the Modesto and Bret Harte girls tip off. It'll continue throughout the day.

Vanden will play a boys and girls doubleheader, with the boys playing Merced at 3:15 p.m. and the girls following against LeGrand at 4:45. After that comes the Modesto Christian doubleheader. Spencer's girls team faces off against Will C. Wood of Vacaville at 6:15, while the MC boys play Jesse Bethel of Vallejo in the 7:45 nightcap.

"It's something I want to keep going for a long time," Spencer said. "I'm glad it all came together."

Will DeBoard's high schools column appears Thursdays. E-mail him at, write him at P.O. Box 5256, Modesto, CA 95352-5256, call 578-2300 or fax 238-4551.

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