Bulldog coaches and scholar-athletes were out in full force this year, breaking records and winning awards throughout conferences.
Yellico named head tennis coach
Peter Yellico began his tenure as head men’s and women’s tennis coach on Feb. 14.
Before joining Redlands, Yellico served for five years as the head men’s tennis coach at Pacific University in Oregon, where he compiled an impressive 95-41 overall record and a 63-12 mark in the Northwest Conference.
“The tennis program at the University of Redlands has an extremely rich history,” says Yellico. “I am incredibly grateful to lead the next chapter.”
A native of Crystal River, Florida, Yellico was also a teacher and clinician at the adult and junior levels of tennis. He served five years in the U.S. Navy and was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in finance at Pacific University.
Bulldog coaching staff recognized
University of Redlands coaching staff are earning national accolades.
In January, the men’s soccer coaching staff—Head Coach Ralph Perez and assistants Cody Carlson, Gio Napoletano, and Claudio Rivas—were selected by the United Soccer Coaches as the Region X Division III Coaching Staff of the Year for 2021. The National Soccer Coaches Association of America also named Perez and his staff the Division III West Region Coaching Staff of the Year in 2015 and 2016.
This year, the men’s soccer team posted a 17-3-1, 9-2-1 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) record, earned Division III national rankings by United Soccer Coaches (No. 5, No. 19, No. 23) and d3soccer.com, won the SCIAC post-season tournament, and earned a berth in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III National Championships.
The basketball and football coaching staffs were recognized with Coaching Staff of the Year honors during the 2021 All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
The U of R Head Women’s Basketball Coach Rich Murphy and his staff, Ashley Lona, Kaden Norton, and Mario Trutanic Jr., were named the SCIAC Coaching Staff of the Year after leading the Bulldogs to the 2021-2022 SCIAC regular season championship title, which secured the No. 1 seed in the SCIAC tournament.
In his 15 seasons at the helm of the women’s basketball program, Murphy has made the SCIAC tournament 14 times and is the only program within SCIAC to make the tournament every year since its inception (SCIAC tournament was not held in 2021 due to COVID-19). Across those 14 appearances, he has combined for three regular-season conference championships and two SCIAC tournament titles. The team’s coaching personnel has been selected as the SCIAC Coaching Staff of the Year three times.
SCIAC also recognized Head Football Coach Jim Good and his staff, Joey Mariani, David Lord, Brent Baier, Angela Baker (who was recently named the New York Giants offensive quality control coach in the National Football League), Terrell Davis, Tommy Garcia, Bai Kabba, Ric Lucore Jr., Matt Moore, Craig Robbins, and Charlie Yaeger IV.
In his first season at the helm, Good and his assistant coaches guided the Bulldogs to an 8-1 overall ledger and a 6-0 mark in SCIAC play. The Maroon and Grey won the 2021 SCIAC Championship title, the 32nd in the program’s history, and qualified for the NCAA Division III National Championships.
This year, Good saw 12 student-athletes earn All-SCIAC recognition, 11 players picked for SCIAC Athlete of the Week honors, three players named Academic All-District by College Sports Information Directors of America, and player Scott Tinsley ’23 selected to the d3football.com Team of the Week. Quarterback Nathan Martinez ’22 was named the SCIAC Offensive Athlete of the Year.
Dominic Lopez was honored as the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association West Region Assistant Coach of the Year for his work with indoor track and field, earning this recognition for the second time in his career. He has coached the nation’s second-fastest miler in Tucker Cargile ’21, ’23.
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Andrea Lyon ’21, ’22 was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) West Region Track Athlete of the Year for the first time in her career. She posted the sixth-fastest time in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Indoor Track & Field National Championships in the 400-meter, where she finished 11th overall with a time of 57.90.
USTFCCCA also named Tucker Cargile ’21, ’23 an All-American for the fourth time in his career and second this school year: He earned the honor for cross country in 2021 and indoor track and field in 2022. He was also named All-American in 2019 for cross country and outdoor track and field.
The Bulldog women’s basketball team won the 2022 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) regular-season championship with a 19-5 overall record and a 14-2 mark in conference. Forward Hannah Jerrier ’22 was selected as the SCIAC Defensive Athlete of the Year and landed on the d3hoops.com All-West Region Team.
The Bulldog swimming teams produced solid results with record-breaking times at the SCIAC Championships, and Sydney Patterson ’24 made her first appearance in the postseason by representing the Maroon and Grey at the NCAA Regional Diving Championships in San Antonio, Texas.
The Redlands men’s basketball team completed its first full year of competition under Head Coach Eric Bridgeland, and forward Romeo Mays ’23 (M.S.O.L.) earned All-SCIAC honors.
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