Local college notes: Sacramento State has yet to begin search for new athletic director

Published: Wednesday, Jun. 18, 2014 - 5:55 pm

The search to replace retiring Sacramento State athletic director Terry Wanless has yet to be launched, according to school media relations director Brian Berger.

Wanless announced his retirement in mid-May after 12 years as the Hornets AD. His tenure ends June 30.

Upon Wanless’ departure, Bill Macriss, the Hornets’ deputy AD, will serve as interim athletic director until a new AD is hired.

Sac State has continued to shuffle its football staff after the resignation of head coach Marshall Sperbeck, and the departures of director of operations Jeff Shuman and running backs coach/recruiting coordinator Aaron Ingram, amid possible NCAA infractions.

Interim football coach Jody Sears has hired Ryan Smaha as his director of football operations. Smaha was an assistant coach under Sears the previous two seasons at Weber State. Tight ends coach Fred Kelley is now the recruiting coordinator.

The Hornets also are in the process of hiring two new assistant coaches. One is expected to be James Montgomery, a former star running back at Cordova High School. Montgomery played at Washington State when Sears was an assistant there.

Et cetera – UC Davis softball coach Karen Yoder, second in program history with 217 victories, has stepped down after 10 years.

Yoder was named the Big West Coach of the Year in 2010 after the Aggies won the conference and a berth in the NCAA Regional. The Aggies went 14-7 in the Big West in 2011 but fell to 11-13 and 9-12 the past two seasons.

• Gabe Manzanares, who rushed for 1,285 yards and 10 touchdowns en route to being named the Big Sky Conference Newcomer of the Year, is one of 32 Football Championship Subdivision players named to the 2014 College Football Performance Awards running back watch list. Manzanares, who will be a senior in the fall, was a transfer/walk-on from City College of San Francisco.

• Sac State’s Sagee Palavivatana shot a final-round, even-par 73 at Spyglass Hill last week to tie for second in the 10th NCGA Women’s Amateur Championship in Monterey. She finished with a two-day total of 146 in the 36-hole tournament, four strokes behind winner Audra Kepler of CSU Monterey Bay.

Palavivatana was able to keep her focus despite learning between rounds that her grandmother, Orathai Palavivatana, had died in Thailand. Orathai’s son, Paul, caddied for his daughter during the tournament. They flew to Thailand the next day to help with funeral arrangements.

• Butler transfer Nolan Berry, a 6-foot-10 sophomore center, will join the UC Davis men’s basketball team later this summer, though he won’t be eligible to play until the 2015-16 season. A three-star recruit at De Smet High School in St. Louis, Berry played in 18 games for Butler last season as a freshman, averaging 1.9 points and 1.3 rebounds in 5.9 minutes.

Call The Bee’s Bill Paterson, (916) 326-5506.

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