Prep names and news: Foothill football coach resigns

Published: Thursday, Sep. 20, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 3C
Last Modified: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 - 8:06 pm

Foothill coach resigns to take job in Utah

First-year Foothill football coach Scott Swartz left the team last weekend to accept a job with his brother in Utah.

The Mustangs (0-4) are expected to announce a replacement today.

Swartz said he was unable to land a physical education teaching job in the region and said he needed to provide for his wife and two young daughters.

"To be honest, I almost left in the summer, but I had to go now because I need the job; we don't have insurance or benefits," Swartz said from Utah.

"Maybe I didn't handle it the right way, leaving during the season. The hardest thing is leaving the players."

Swartz said he hopes to return to coaching someday.

Foothill has a bye this week.

– Joe Davidson

St. Francis hires athletic director

Mark McGreevy, a former baseball executive, principal, teacher and coach, has been hired as the athletic director at St. Francis.

McGreevy, 43, worked most recently at UC Riverside, where he was the director of athletics and academic services.

Before that, McGreevy was director of NCAA compliance at St. Martin's University, a 1,500-student, co-educational Catholic college in suburban Seattle.

Earlier, he taught and coached at two Southern California high schools and served as principal at Marist College Prep in American Samoa, where he also taught social studies and coached the boys volleyball team.

He also worked as the assistant director of operations for the Pacific Coast League.

St. Francis, a school of 1,100 students, is a perennial athletic and academic power.

McGreevy replaces acting athletic director Molly Hanrahan.

– Bill Paterson

Recruiters still court injured Del Oro star

Although she won't be able to play basketball this season because of a knee injury suffered during the summer, Del Oro senior Brianna Ruiz is still being heavily recruited.

Ruiz, a versatile 5-foot-10 guard and a key contributor the past three years, has 20 scholarship offers. She is rated as the 65th best prospect in the nation by ESPN.

Recruiters from Kansas and Washington visited with Ruiz earlier this week. Louisville is expected to visit today.

Ruiz averaged 15.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists last season for Del Oro.

– Bill Paterson

Valley hires basketball coaches

Valley named Jerod Hyden and Steve Farr as its boys and girls basketball coaches, respectively.

Hyden takes over for Mat Bradley, now coaching at Cosumnes River College. Farr takes over for Raymond Rucker, who stepped down to spend more time with his family.

– Joe Davidson

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