Sierra Roundup

Search For Sierra Football Coach Hasn't Started Yet

College Hasn't Advertised Position To Replace Tisdel
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Service
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When Sierra College football coach Jeff Tisdel announced on Nov. 12 that he was resigning as the longtime Wolverines football coach after 12 seasons at the helm in Rocklin and 31 years in coaching overall, it was assumed that a search for a replacement would be a clean and smooth one.


Think again.


Nearly a month and a half after Tisdel’s resignation was turned in, the opening for the head football coaching position at Sierra has not been  advertised by the college.


In what many football coaches, especially at the junior college level, deem a critical time for recruiting, Sierra is currently testing the recruiting waters for the 2013 season without a head coach.


Currently, longtime assistant coach Ed Eaton, is listed on the school’s website as “in charge” of recruiting but other than that most of the school’s

2012 season results and football information has been taken off the website.


Tisdel’s record at Sierra since 2000 was 84-37 which included six conference championship teams and eight bowl appearances. While at Sierra, he took a program that was mired at the state junior college “C” division level and turned the Wolverines into a perennial Valley Conference power. 
 During his tenure at Sierra, his Wolverines posted a 37-game winning streak from 2002 to 2005. A total of 90 of his players went on to receive either Div. I or Div. II scholarships.  His all-time junior college win total of 123 wins is tops in the Sacramento region.
 Following Tisdel’s resignation, Sierra College interim athletic director Peg 
Speck-Grady noted that she would be meeting with the school's president and executive committee to form the guidelines to begin a coaching search.
 "We plan to go in 100 percent in our search for a coach to keep the program where Jeff has it," said Speck-Grady at the time. 
 According to sources close to the college, it has been noted that one of the drawbacks in offering the coaching spot is that for the first year it may only be a temporary position.
 It was thought, because of the passing of state Proposition 30, that even if the college didn’t have a full-time teaching position, that the college would be able to get creative and enable the position to become full-time.
 Sierra College’s administrators are currently on vacation and were not available for comment.
Sierra 4th In Nation
Sierra College’s women’s soccer team, which gained the state JC Final Four this season, ended up finishing 4th in the final National Soccer Coach’s Association of America’s final national top 20 poll.
 Sierra, 16-6-3 on the season, finished behind state champion Cerritos (21-2-2), state runner-up Santiago (23-1-1) and Miramar (19-2-1). Glouster County of New York was fifth while College of the Canyons was sixth.
 Sierra’s Miani Mahannah, a sophomore from Antelope High, was named to the NSCAA’s second All-American team.  
Sunday Men’s Hoops
 Sierra’s men’s basketball team, 8-4 on the young season, will play a Sunday afternoon home game this Sunday at 3 p.m. versus Reedley College. For the  Wolverines, who recently won the Cabrillo Tournament, the Reedley game will be the team’s final test until the opening of Big 8 Conference play on Jan. 8 against Diablo Valley.
 Two players on coach John Fusano’s roster this season that are probably tying the tongues of game public address announcers are 6-5 guard Gerasimes Mantalvanos from Greece and 6-6 235-pound Jordan Ngatai from New Zealand.