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Thursday, 13 August 2015 08:14

MADERA - Former Madera South Baseball Coach John Fernandez was named Madera High Athletic Director Tuesday at the MUSD Board meeting. Fernandez will replace Shane Riddle who suddenly left the education profession during the summer.

Fernandez was born and raised in Madera. He was a 1991 graduate of Madera High School where he stood out on the baseball and football fields. He has coached baseball for 22 years, the last nine years as the head coach of the Madera South Varsity Baseball Team. That team secured two valley championships under Fernandez's leadership in 2009 and 2011.

While attending junior college, Fernandez played for Coach Ron Scott's 1992 Fresno City College State Championship baseball team. Fernandez completed his college education at California State University, Fresno where he graduated in 2000 and began a 15 year career in education at the Madera Unified School District.

This 42 year old father of three was named the North Yosemite League's coach of the year in 2011. He was also selected to the 2012 class for the Madera F.A.N. Hall of Fame. MUSD Athletic Director Marty Bitter said this of Fernandez, " We are excited to have him back and know he will do a great job! ".

At the end of the last school year, Fernandez left Madera South to take a job as the athletic director for Kerman High School. A job he held over the summer but resigned from earlier this week. Madera Unified Human Resource Director Kent Albertson told BVN that MUSD Superintendent Ed Gonzales and Kerman Superintendent Robert Frausto, a former Madera Unified administrator, were friends and MUSD is helping the Kerman district quickly find a replacement for Fernandez.

Desite the fact that Fernadez is a Los Angeles Dodgers fan, Big Valley News would like to welcome him back home to Madera and wish him all the success in his new position. Once a Coyote, Always a Coyote.


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