|June 23, 2004
Gavilan College Athletics announced today that Mike Girardi,
coach of the Women's Basketball team, would not be returning in the fall, as
he has accepted a position as assistant coach for Men's Basketball at
California State University, Stanislaus.
"We'll miss Mike, and his ability to lead this team," said Ron Hannon,
Gavilan College Director of Athletics, "but at the same time we're happy for him.
This is an excellent opportunity for Mike to advance his career by moving to
the four-year level."
Girardi submitted a letter of resignation which read, in part:
"Today, I have accepted a coaching position at the university level. I
firmly believe it is the right move for me at this stage in my
professional career. I thank Ron Hannon and Gavilan College for the
opportunity to direct the Gavilan College Women's Basketball team. I
enjoyed leading a group of special student-athletes for whom I will
always remembe their committm
ent to excellence in the classroom
(3.56 team gpa) and on the basketball court (11-11 against
community colleges during the 03-04 season and the #3 state ranking in
Hannon said that, during his time with the Rams, Mike Girardi instilled the
values of hard work, committment, and loyalty, leading his team to the best record
in the Gavilan Rams women's athletics program in 15 years. Girardi was hired at Gavilan
in May, 2003.
The search for a new coach will begin immediately, and Hannon is confident that there
will be a new coach in place in time for the new season. The ideal candidate will
have experience coaching at the college level, although high school coaching
experience will be considered with other factors.
"We're looking for someone who will be dedicated to the athletes, and to building the
program with integrity," said Hannon. "It's a great opportunity for someone to continue
last year's momentum
and bring the women's basketball team up to the next level."