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College football: COC football names former Hart star Ted Iacenda as interim coach

Posted: February 1, 2013 5:15 p.m.
Updated: February 1, 2013 5:15 p.m.

Ted Iacenda helped build a legendary career playing for Hart High at Cougar Stadium between 1993 and 1995.

Now he will be coaching there.

Iacenda will be announced as the College of the Canyons interim head coach next week, according to Athletic Director and former COC head coach Chuck Lyon.

Iacenda, who was an assistant coach at COC from 2002-2005, winning a national championship with the 2004 team under Lyon, and at Alemany since 2006, replaces Garett Tujague, who resigned in January to take a coaching job at Brigham Young University.

“Without a doubt, College of the Canyons is the premier community college in Southern California. I can only hope to be part of that legacy, to add to that legacy,” Iacenda said. “And personally, College of the Canyons, Cougar Stadium has always been hallowed ground for me. To come back home and begin my head coaching career here is truly a dream come true.”

The hire is labeled as an “emergency hire,” because Tujague left so close to the spring semester starting.

The interim tag will remain on Iacenda throughout the 2013 season, and he will have to reapply for the job again in the fall when the job is posted to meet state community college guidelines.

Iacenda, who was a star running back at Hart and has his No. 46 retired by the school, said that’s not a concern for him.

“I don’t feel that type of pressure,” he said. “I feel like regardless, even if it wasn’t an interim tag, I would feel the need to prove myself.

I know what’s at stake.”

Iacenda had previously applied for openings at Golden Valley and West Ranch highs.

He has never been a head coach at any level.

Lyon gave him a vote of confidence, though.

“He coached for me for four years. I know he hasn’t had a head coaching job, but someone has to take a chance on you sometime. ... I’m excited about it,” Lyon said.

COC finished at 6-5 last season.

The 35-year-old Iacenda will also be a physical education instructor at the college and he said he can’t wait to work with what he called a “dynamic physical education staff.”



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