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Iacenda to be COC's next full-time head football coach

The hire is pending the approval of the COC Board of Trustees

Posted: December 19, 2013 5:56 p.m.
Updated: December 19, 2013 5:56 p.m.

College of the Canyons chose Ted Iacenda as its full-time head football coach on Thursday, removing the interim tag.


The next head football coach at College of the Canyons will be its current one.

Ted Iacenda, the program’s interim head coach who guided the team to an 8-3 record and National Division, Northern Conference title, will be hired as the full-time head coach, pending COC Board of Trustees approval, according to the school’s Athletic Director Chuck Lyon.

“The official line is Ted Iacenda has accepted the position of full-time physical education instructor and head coach of College of the Canyons, pending board approval,” Lyon said.

The board will not meet until the third week of January, according to Lyon.

“What I set out to do was try and push this program back in the direction where it was when I was an assistant coach under Chuck Lyon,” said Iacenda, who was an assistant coach under Lyon from 2002 to 2005. “We had a very high standard of what was accepted and what wasn’t in terms of performance not just on the field, but on campus and in the community. I sought to get us back to that, where I believed COC should be.”

Iacenda, the former star running back at Hart High and former Alemany assistant head coach, returned to COC in 2013 as an emergency hire when former Cougars head coach Garett Tujague resigned on Jan. 14 to become an assistant coach at BYU.

Because Iacenda was an emergency hire, the job had to be opened up to prospective candidates after the season.

There were others who interviewed for the job earlier this month.

Ultimately Iacenda was the choice.

“I was very pleased with the way this season went and not from a wins and losses perspective,” Lyon said. “I told Ted when he took the job, (me) as athletic director and the guy who started the program (back up) in (19)98, I felt we needed to do things differently. I told Ted what those things were. We were able to bring back coaches I had great respect for — Ted Iacenda, Mike Kane, Chip Chavez and we had (defensive coordinator) Danny Corbet. I got to help a little, but stayed closer to the program than I ever have. It was a very positive experience. We changed our recruiting philosophy.”

That philosophy was to focus recruiting locally — meaning the Santa Clarita, Antelope and San Fernando valleys, as well as Ventura County.

Lyon acknowledged that local kids in the past felt they wouldn’t have the opportunity to play at COC, and he and Iacenda have made an effort to change that thinking.

Iacenda said the benefits of recruiting locally include better camaraderie and more cohesion with players being around the school in the spring and summer.

“The goal now is for COC football to be the choice for every local football player that needs a community college,” Iacenda said.



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