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Tuesday, Aug 20 2013 06:58 PM

CSUB notebook: BC's former AD Beckwith on board as strength coach

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    This photo was taken when Ryan Beckwith was introduced as the new athletic director of Bakersfield College.

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BY JEFF EVANS Californian staff writer jevans@bakersfield.com

Ryan Beckwith, who resigned Aug. 2 as Bakersfield College's athletic director, has joined Cal State Bakersfield as a volunteer part-time strength and conditioning coach.

CSUB is expected to create a salaried part-time assistant strength and conditioning coach, a job that awaits approval from CSUB's administration and the California State University system.

"The position is not hired yet," CSUB athletic director Jeff Konya said Tuesday afternoon. "But if he has the interest, we would encourage Ryan to put his application in."

Beckwith, 34, said Tuesday he's been working with CSUB athletes for about two weeks.

"I'm definitely going to apply for it," Beckwith said of the new position. "I'm having a great time and taking the load off Brendon (Ziegler, who has been CSUB's strength and conditioning coach for two years)."

Ziegler has been promoted to assistant athletic director/director of sport performance where he oversees CSUB's trainers and medical personnel dealing with athletes.

Beckwith was a strength coach at UCLA before moving to Bakersfield.

Beckwith's resignation at BC was the fallout from a series of sanctions levied against the BC football team in May by the Southern California Football Conference, which ruled all BC wins from 2011 and 2012 would be forfeit losses and the Renegades would not be eligible for the postseason this year because of alleged rules violations dealing with special privileges for football players.

The California Community College Athletic Association then stripped BC of last December's 2012 state football title. BC is appealing those sanctions.

Beckwith said he has joined with former BC athlete and North graduate Tyler Saso to operate a training facility located on Union Avenue near Highway 178.

CSUB is the preseason choice to win the Western Athletic Conference men's soccer championship, according to a poll of conference coaches.

CSUB, which had been in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, will play its inaugural season in the WAC this season.

CSUB received five first-place votes and 47 points. The Roadrunners return five of 11 starters from last season's 9-5-5 squad.

CSUB also had three preseason all-conference picks: sophomore forward Eduardo Caldaza, junior midfielder Lucas Dall 'Orso and senior defender Scott Luedtke.

CSUB seniors Debora Araujo, an outside hitter, and setter Fernanda Goncalves have been named to the preseason All-WAC volleyball team.

In a coaches poll, CSUB was picked to finish fifth in the nine-team conference. New Mexico State was picked to win the title.

Senior midfielder Erica Shelton and junior forward Emily Noethe have been selected to the preseason All-WAC women's soccer team by a vote of the conference's seven head coaches.

CSUB, coming off a 6-11-2 season as a Division I independent, was picked to finish fourth in the WAC in a coaches poll. Seattle, 9-9-2 last year with seven starters returning, was picked to win the title.

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