Garland Shirley named MCC softball coach
June 4, 2015
The Marshalltown Community College Department of Athletics has announced the hiring of Garland Shirley for the position of head softball coach. Shirley brings close to 20 years of softball coaching experience to the Tigers.
Shirley comes to MCC after helping start the softball program at AIB College of Business in 2013 as an assistant coach. The Eagles increased their win total by 14 games from the 2014 season to the 2015 season before the AIB athletic department folded.
AIB was not the only softball program Shirley helped get off the ground in recent years as the Waukee, IA native was hired as the first coach at Ankeny Centennial in Ankeny, IA in 2014. In the team’s first year of competition, the Jaguars were a regional finalist and produced the Class 5A Player of the Year.
MCC will be Shirley’s first head college coaching job. “I’m excited to get started,” Shirley exclaimed. “I’m ready to start a new era at MCC and get a head-start on the recruiting trail. I want to get to work.”
“AIB was a great experience for me,” Shirley continued. “It was heartbreaking to see the program fold, but it gave me a lot of experience working with a great coaching staff and against some good competition.”
Prior to his time at AIB and Ankeny, Shirley coached at Van Meter High School in Van Meter, IA where he was the 2012 District Coach of the Year after taking the team to its first-ever state tournament, finishing in fifth-place.
“At Ankeny and Van Meter I had the chance to coach two players of the year. Not many people get the chance to do that. I’ve got almost 20 years of experience on the dirt in the fall, spring, and summer. I’ve had the opportunity to coach some quality players throughout my career.”
MCC Director of Athletics is pleased to announce the hiring of Shirley. “The addition of Garland Shirley as our softball coach helps us continue to place quality, experienced, and winning coaches as leaders for our student-athletes.”
Shirley will continue to coach at Ankeny Centennial as the collegiate and high school seasons do not overlap.
“Garland will work tirelessly,” Huntley added, “to balance his commitment to the success of our students with his current position as head softball coach at Ankeny Centennial. Both of us feel this dual role will certainly help when recruiting and developing his recruiting strategies and building our program back to its most successful level in 2014.”
The Tigers are coming off of a 3-44 record in 2015, but won a school-record 33 games in 2014.
Shirley sees the dual role as an advantage to the Tiger program. “It gives me a chance to be around softball all year long. I’ll be able to see high school players throughout the entire year to help with recruiting.”
“I think recruiting is going to play in our favor,” Shirley mentioned. “I’m familiar with teams in the area. I’m heavily involved in travel ball. The biggest thing is when people see you’re building a program, they get excited. I’ve got plenty of connections to help in recruiting.”
“I’m ready to get to MCC and put the work in,” Shirley concluded.
MCC mourns the loss of Jose Gomez Lopez
April 17, 2015
The Marshalltown Community College men's soccer team, athletic department, and entire campus is deeply saddened and mourns the sudden loss of former student-athlete Jose Gomez who passed away.
Gomez was a two-year member of the MCC soccer team after graduating from Marshalltown High School. He was a part of the MCC squad that reached the NJCAA National Tournament in 2012. Gomez appeared in 27 career games for head coach Rafael Martinez, scoring six goals, including four as a sophomore.
"Jose had the best possible attitude," Martinez exclaimed. "He loved soccer and always wanted to improve. He constantly sought advice to improve his game. I knew him well from his high schools days and I'm glad he took the opportunity to join our program. He had an impact from day one."
"Jose was the definition of a team player. Even when he wasn't on the field, he kept being a great teammate, always pulling people together. We had conversations of his future, and soccer was always a part of it. His dream was soccer and he lived it with a great attitude."
Gomez came to MCC from Marshalltown High School where he was a member of the soccer and cross country teams. Creighton Jenness, Gomez's high school coach and assistant coach at MCC, had the luxury of seeing Gomez's career develop to the collegiate level.
"Jose was very meaningful with his relationships," Jenness expressed. "I was able to coach Jose his senior year in high school, and despite an injury that kept him sidelined, he came to every game and was always there to support his teammates. That was Jose. We always had impactful conversations about soccer, life, faith, family, and so much more. Jose was a great individual."
Martinez fondly remembered one moment that summed up the individual that was Jose Gomez. "We were in the semifinal round of the Region XI Tournament in 2012. I told the team we need everybody to focus today, we need everyone to help one another. If they lose their focus, you need to pick them up."
"At one point in the match, I was screaming at the referee, losing my focus. Jose came up to me and simply said, 'Coach, we need you.' I remember that specific moment. That was Jose, he'd listen to everything you had to say and he'd apply it to the extreme. A truly special individual."
Gomez's career highlight came in a victory over Indian Hills Community College on Sept. 25, 2013. "I remember when Jose scored a hat trick," Martinez said referring to the game against the Warriors. "Everybody was so happy for him when he accomplished things because of the positive attitude he carried with himself every single day."
"If Jose's life had to be summed up in one sentence, it'd be that Jose was somebody that impacted you as a person because of his positive approach in life and he made the best of everything that came across his path."
Services at this time are unknown and will be made available when determined.
Tigers to host Play 4 Kay night
February 6, 2015
The Marshalltown Community College women's basketball team will host Play 4 Kay night on Wednesday, February 11 against John Wood Community College at the Student Activity Center to support the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Tip-off is set for 5:00 PM.
During the week leading up to the game, players will be selling logo socks for $10 each in the MCC Student Union as well as during the game. All proceeds from the socks, along with a all ticket sales from the game will be donated to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
Kay Yow, the former North Carolina State Wolfpack women's basketball head coach and member of the Naismith Hall of Fame passed away from breast cancer on January 24, 2009. Since its' inception, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund has generated $3.93 million dollars that has been allocated to women's cancer research.
MCC head coach Steve Garber expressed his support for breast cancer awareness. "Most everyone has been affected or knows someone who has been affected by cancer, and to help continue the awareness, research, eradication, and future diagnosis of this disease, we come together to share in the efforts of helping our families, friends, and those we know within our communities."
"Thank you for your assistance in helping the women's basketball program be a leader in the fight against cancer during this month of February."
All fans are encouraged to wear pink to support the cause. General admission tickets are $6.00. MCC staff, students, and children 12 and under receive free admission.
Herrick, Thrasher headed to Division I Alabama A&M
December 9, 2014
Sophomores Kyle Herrick (Adel, IA/Adel-Desoto-Minburn) and Ryan Thrasher(Sherwood Park, AB/St. Francis Xavier) of the Marshalltown Community College baseball team signed their National Letter of Intent to play Division I baseball atAlabama A&M University on Tuesday.
Thrasher and Herrick become the sixth and seventh players from MCC to commit to the Bulldogs over the last three years. Ty Russell, who finished up his playing career at MCC in 2014, committed to the Bulldogs this past summer. Andrew Utterback, the 2014 conference Field Player of the Year at A&M, Ben Ryder, andJusten Folger completed their junior seasons for the Bulldogs in 2014 and will be relied upon heavily in their upcoming senior year. Ben Lott, a 2012 graduate of MCC, will compete in his first year at Alabama A&M in the spring of 2015.
The Bulldogs compete at the NCAA Division I level in the Southwestern Athletic Conference and finished with a 21-32 record in 2014, the team's highest win total in more than 11 years.
As freshmen, Herrick and Thrasher provided quality time on the diamond for the Tigers. Thrasher played in 42 games, as both a catcher and designated hitter, collecting 32 hits, including three home runs and drover in 19 runs. Herrick appeared in 21 games on the mound, the most of any reliever. Herrick struck out 14 batters in 35 innings while posting three wins out of the bullpen.
"Alabama A&M is getting two outstanding young men, both on and off the field," said MCC head coach Rich Grife. "Ryan came here to make himself a Division I caliber player, and that's exactly what he's done since stepping foot on campus. He's a versatile player and will be able to help them a lot. After seeing what he provided last year as a freshman, I believe his best three years are ahead of him."
"Kyle is a true testament to hard work. He's a great all-around kid. Since he's gotten here, he's jumped quite a bit, velocity wise. Kyle is a constant worker and is an outstanding student. You can't say enough good things about him."
"It's been a dream of mine since I was kid to reach the Division I level," Thrasher stated. "I'm extremely blessed to have the opportunity to continue my baseball career at such a high level."
Thrasher pointed to the abundance of former Tigers as a primary reason for committing to the Bulldogs. "Being able to play with Ty (Russell) again, and having Kyle sign as well made it a pretty easy decision. Having a handful of Marshalltown guys will make for a very smooth transition for both of us next year."
Herrick commended the MCC coaching staff for allowing him to get to the next level. "Having coach Grife as a pitching coach, helping me figure out my mechanics over the past year, has been a tremendous help. Overall, the school has been a huge help in bettering myself as both an athlete and as a student."
"I'm glad to have this opportunity to continue my baseball career, especially with Thrasher and the other MCC guys down there."
Marshalltown jerseys signed by Lauren Hill being auctioned off
November 4, 2014
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The Marshalltown Community College athletic department donated two retro No. 22 jerseys that have been put up for auction to benefit Lauren Hill and The Cure Starts Now Foundation. Hill, a member of the Mount St. Joseph’s women’s basketball team, has been diagnosed with a rare cancer known as Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).
NCAA president Mark Emmert asked schools from around the nation to send No. 22 jerseys, Hill’s number, to the NCAA Division III institution in Cincinnati, OH. Hill has signed more than 300 jerseys that are currently being auctioned off.
Hill’s story has swept across the nation and has been seen throughout the media, including ESPN and ABC News. The Lions received permission from the NCAA to move up the team’s season-opener that allowed Hill to play in the team’s first game of the season, which saw the Lions defeat Hiram College 66-55 on Sunday.
To see the complete list of all jerseys being auctioned off, visit: www.32auctions.com/jerseysforlauren