Modesto Junior College has named Rusty Stivers as the Head Football Coach for 2015.
Stivers is currently an adjunct instructor of Physical Education and Health Education at MJC, in addition to being the football team’s offensive coordinator.
“Mr. Stivers is a phenomenal educator, visionary in the arena of instructional technology, and a fierce advocate for the academic success of student athletes,” MJC Dean of Physical, Recreation and Health Education Patrick Bettencourt.
Stivers replaces Sam Young, who was the winningest in the school’s history, finishing with a 93-67 record over 15 seasons. Stivers served as Young’s offensive coordinator since 2006.
“MJC’s offense is one of the most explosive in the state. Rusty had to adapt, improvise and overcome last season with four different starting quarterbacks and still averaged 458 yards per game – 6th in the state,” said MJC Interim Athletic Director Nick Stavrianoudakis. “He comes highly recommended by local high school coaches, former college coaches and even opposing coaches.”
Under Stivers, the football program’s offense has averaged more than 400 yards and 36 points per game. In the past four years, Stivers’ offenses have ranked No. 1 in the state, averaging more than 500 yards and 40 points per game.
Stivers has been on the MJC coaching staff since 1996, with a two year break in 2000-01, when he led Riverbank High School to its best record in school history as head coach.
“I am honored to accept what I consider to be my dream job as the head football coach at Modesto Junior College. Our vision is to be a premiere student-transfer program for our local community,” said Stivers. “I cannot thank Coach Young enough for the opportunity the last 12 years to grow and develop under his tutelage.”
Stivers is a graduate of Hilmar High School and MJC, staring at running back for both schools. Stivers played in the Lions High School All-Star game in 1990 and earned All-State honors at MJC in 1992. After completing at MJC, he continued his education at UC Davis, where he played football from 1993-94 and graduated in 1995.
Stivers has taught for the Ceres Unified School District since 2006, following two 3-year stints at Delhi High School and Riverbank High School.
"Under his leadership of the football program, the entire athletic program will prosper and students will reap the benefits,” said Bettencourt.