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2C Wednesday, Nov, 21, 2ool Feather River College Bulletin, Progressive, I Ill Feather River College con- mately 4,000 kids, making it tinued the expansion of its the biggest youth program in athletic program by creating the county. four full-time coaching posi- During the 2000-2001 school tions and hiring three new year, Truebiood was placed coaches this year. in the athletic department as Baseball coach Jedd Soto the sports coordinator, han- and men's basketball coach dling various intercollegiate Randy Rick were promoted to athletic responsibilities such full-time status, while Cindy as the adult summer softball Harris Was hired as the newleagues in Choster, softball coach and Wendy Greenville, Portola, Quincy Bates was hired as the new and Loyalton. Trueblood was women's basketball coach, instrumental in hiring four April Garrish-Gott was hired full-time intercollegiate as the new part-time volley- coaches and a full-time ath- ball coach, letics office assistant. FRC also hired Merle True- blood as its director of sports programs. Mn Merle Trueblood started working at Feather River College in August of 1998 as the assistant softball coach. He started the FRC Camps and Clinics program in the summer of 1999 and, despite being a first year program, it proved to be a huge success, serving 1,935 kids from all over Flumas County. The following school year Trueblood was hired as the director of student recruit- ment, where he traveled all over California and Nevada visiting high schools and at- tending college fairs. The second summer of Camps and Clinics expanded to nearly 2,800 kids, and last summer it served approxi- Last March, Trueblood was hired as the director of sports programs at FRC, where he is directly in charge of all inter- collegiate activities and teams. Trueblood is accompa- nied by his new athletics of- fice assistant, Sarah I. ntz. Trueblood's goal is to get FRC's student athletes to ex- cel in academics, as well as athletics. Each student ath- lete is required to participate in a study hall class, as well as a theory of sport and weight training class. "By keeping track of our athletes, we can better serve them and get them to the next level," said Trueblood. Grants have been written in order to improve facilities at FRC, including a track re- surfacing grant for $150,000, and a $500,000 field improve- ment grant, in partnership with the Central Plumas Recreation and Parks Dis- trict. This year the athletics de:- partment has already seen improvements such as: an announcing booth/press box for the women's softball facil- ity; a new scorer's table and chairs for games in the gym; new offices for all the head coaches; a new training room for the athletic trainer; and a totally renovated classroom in the multipurpose building for theory and study hall classes. Jedd Soto Since starting up FRC's baseball program, head coach Jedd Soto has led his team to a 28-13 record in 2001 (eighth in state), a 32-12 record in 2000 (ninth in state), and a 25-18 record in 1999. In the past three seasons, the Golden Eagles have grad- uated 18 players to the next level with scholarships, and have had two players drafted professionally. Before coming to FRC, Soto coached at the University of Nevada under Gary Powers, and assisted the team in win- ning the northern division of the Big West Conference and an at-large bid to the Central Region II Regional. Soto's collegiate experience began at the College of South- ern Idaho, where he earned a full scholarship. He had much success in junior col- lege and was named All-Re- gion 18 pitcher and team cap- tain. Soto's team also won two conference titles, a tri-re- gional title, and a trip to the Junior College World Series. After playing two years in Idaho, Soto earned a full scholarship to play at North- east Louisiana University, where he pitched under the baseball system of head coach Smoke Laval. His team won 83 games, two Southland Conference Championships and a bid to the South I Divi- sion Regional. Soto earned his bachelor's degree in busi- ness administration with em- phasis on marketing and management, and minors in real estate and insurance. He f'mished college with a career pitching record of 24 wins, 4 losses and 19 saves. Soto was born in San Di- mas, grew up in Reno, Nev., and graduated from Reed High School, where he was an All-Conference and All- State varsity letterman. Soto has three sisters and two brothers. Soto was hired by the Cincinnati Reds as an associ- ate scout in the fall of 1999. He is earning his master's de- gree from the United States Sports Academy, located in Alabama. Soto and his wife, Carly, reside in Quincy. Randy Rick Randy Rick--with 18 years of coaching experience at the high school, junior col- lege, Division II, and interna- tional professional levels--is in his third full season as the head coach of the FRC mens basketball program. In his first full season with the Golden Eagles, Rick led his team to a conference championship and its first post-season appearance in years. Feather River's 25-5 overall record (9-1 in conference) in 1999-2000 represented one of the biggest turnarounds in the nation. Rick inherited a program that had not won a league game in two years, compiling a dismal 3-26 reco~,: The 22-~ improve merii':was t b b St turfi: around in FRC history. For his efforts, Rick was named the 1999-2000 Golden Valley Coach of the Year. Rick came to Feather River College aRer serving as head coach at Los Molinos High School. Before that, he coached at the professional international level in Albury, Australia, before taking over as head coach of the Chico State University freshman team. He then worked as an assistant to legendary coach John Abell, helping Butte College win back-to-back con- ference championships. Rick played point guard at Red Bluff High School and was named first team AII- NSCIF before moving on to play at Butte Community College. There, he led the na- tional free throw percentage, making 49 of 50 free throws, and guided the Roadrunners to the California State Com- munity College's state tour- nament. Rick then attended Chico State University, where he still holds the single season and career all-time field goal percentage of 62.3 percent As shooting guard, he played a significant role in leading the Wildcats to a 13-1 league record while winning the NCAC league championship. That same year, Chico State beat Stanford University, making CSU-Chico the only Division H team to ever beat a PAC-10 team. From there, Rick played professionally in Australia for two years before return- ing to Northern California and continuing his education at Chico State. Rick earned a B.A. in phys- ical education from Chieo State, completed the creden- tial program from Simpson College in Redding, and ful- filled his student teaching re- quirements at Coming High School. Rick is currently en- rolled at Chico State in the physical education master's program. He has been mar- ried for ten years to Traci Wise-Rick of Chic6 and has two sons, Brady and Jacob, and a stepdaughter, Jordan. Cindy Cindy Harris has been coaching for the past 20 years. She played softl all at Arizona State University and was on the 1972 team that fin- ished third at the College World Series. She graduated from San Diego State Univer- sity in 1983 with a B.A. in physical education and a mi- nor in health services. Harris coached Youth ASA/AFA Softball from 1987 to 1997. During that time, she helped three different teams to .the AFA nationals, taking second place with the Rancho Bernardo Romdias. In tion to softball, Harris also was the head coach of the Es- Condido Earthquakes youth soccer team. Harris taught P.E., science and health at Escondido High School from 1994 to 2000. Dur- ing that time she was the head JV softball coach and an assistant softball coach at Palomar College in San Mar- cos. During her time at Palo- mar College, the Comets won the Pacific Conference, their regional tournament, and made appearances at the state tournament all five years. In her last season there, the Comets were crowned the 2000 California Community College State Champions. After receiving her mas- ter's in physical education from Azusa Pacific Universi- ty, Harris was named the head softball coach at El Paso Community College in El Pa- so, Texas. The Tejanas fin- ished third in the Western Junior College Athletic Con- ference in 2001. Harris was bern in Detroit, Mich. and graduated from Rio Americano High School in Sacramento. She is mar- ried to Joe and has three col- lege-age daughters, Julie, Lori and April. f Womens Wendy Bates has coaching junior high, J Prior to Bates rebuilt a Hartnell College compiling an with two 20-win a conference Before Hartnell, assistant Junior ge years under Franci. Bates began grade. She was point guard on two high school state onship teams, named nia. Bates went Santa where she led her Northern onships, and theP her career as the point guard for State Wildcats, to the NCAA D Sweet 16. Bates is a fornia State Chico, where she bachelor's ogy and her in physical served as a California lege Women's Coaches tire Board, and representative April Garrisl cently season as head Feather River ball program. Gott at Quincy where she was All-State played on the munity ning two championships ing an im record. From earned a full the University leans coach Favaro. Gott was born Nev. She grew County and Quincy High married to has Y By lHkmmm Mmmw sp0m If a team's first three games are any indication of how good it will be, then the Feather River College men's basketball team is going to be really hard to beat this year. The Golden Eagles de- stroyed their fLrst three oppo- nents, averaging 94 points per game and winning by an average of 25 points. FRC began its 2001-2002 FREE Printing Estimates! Call "THE PRINT SHOP" 283-0800 campaign by winning the Al Schlueter Classic at Butte College, Nov. 9-10. In the In-st game, FRC de- feated Yuba College, 92-74, and shot 63 percent from the field, a new school record. Ricky Dominquez led the Golden Eagles with 32 points and 12 rebounds. FRC then crushed Alameda College in the championship game, 95- 59. Four days later, the Golden Eagles traveled to the state capital to face undefeated Sacramento City College, one of the best teams in the northern state. FRC had four players score in double fig- ures and won the game, 96-74. "To go on the road and beat one of this year's best teams by 22 says a lot about our young people,' year coach have great year and our about each other. In PAck's three helm of FRC's gram, the Golde compiled a 51 while averaging! game inthe points per game' en Over the sons, FRC tournaments, eight "At this even close to the be in FebruarY "We have can't wait day."