Photo by Sara Erwin
Jessica Casey has been Blue Devils head coach since 2004. She was a four-year collegiate volleyball athlete first at Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colorado, later at Huron University in Huron, South Dakota. She graduated with a B.S. in Secondary History Education with a minor in coaching. She learned quickly the hard way. As her first experience, she was hired at NAIA Bacone College in Muskogee , Oklahoma to initiate the school's first ever volleyball team. At Bacone, besides coaching the team, she handled team organization, purchasing, recruiting, travel arrangements as well as being in charge of all intramural activities. With her hard knocks experience at Bacone she returned to her home state of Colorado , where she was hired to coach volleyball at Lamar Community, a bitter rival of her alma mater Otero. After two years she left the security of a full-time position at Lamar for the adventure of the unknown: an adjunct head coach position at Merced College , where her fiancé (now husband, Bob) played JC football and was returning to coach football and track. She blended well with the circumstance was hired full-time teacher and coach within a year. “The best part of coaching at the community college level,” she says, “is the fact we get to prepare the athletes for the next steps in life, athletically and academically.” Along with her coaching, she immediately began work on a Masters Degree in Human Performance and Sport from New Mexico Highlands University and is currently working on her thesis.
Jessica and her husband Head Football Coach Bob Casey live in Merced
with their three year old son Brennan, and baby girl named McKinley. a baby
boy named Brennan.
Contacting Coach Casey:
Phone - 209-381-6512
Mary-Michal Rawling joined the Blue Devils
five years ago as an assistant coach. She graduated from Modesto
High School and received her BA in Environmental Science & Policy from
Clark University in Worcester, MA. At Clark, Mary-Michal continued to
play volleyball as a defensive specialist and still holds the school
record for total digs in a season and total career digs. Mary-Michal
spends her days as the Community Health Program Manager
at Golden Valley Health Centers
and was elected to the Merced City Council in November 2009.
Mary-Michal and her husband
Stuart have a three year old son named Ryne, and this past summer
welcomed a baby girl named Maureen.