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Rocklin, Calif.- Trading Eagles for Wolverines, Thomas Gang is the new Sierra College Associate Dean of Athletics. The former Mendocino College Athletic Director’s appointment was approved by the Sierra College Board of Trustees at its July meeting last Tuesday night.

Gang takes over for recently retired Wolverine Athletic Director, John Volek, after heading up the Mendocino athletic program the past two years. Gang was the Eagles’ football coach the previous eight years, winning three conference championships and earning two Coach of the Year nods. His 2004 team compiled a 3.04 overall GPA, which earned the Eagles the Scholastic Team Award as California’s top academic team.

As a collegian, Gang played for Modesto Jr. College after spending two years of active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps. After Modesto, the offensive lineman accepted a CSU Fullerton football scholarship and, in 1989, was named to the all-conference team. He earned a Master’s in Education from Grand Canyon University, a California Teaching Credential from Chapman University and a Bachelor’s degree from CSU Fullerton.

He and wife Stephanie have six children and two grandchildren.

Under John Volek, Sierra athletics gained national prominence by winning the inaugural Pepsi/NATYCAA cup for overall athletic excellence in 2003. Sierra is the only community college in the country to finish fourth or better in the NATYCAA standings every year since.

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