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Emerson named OCC's new football coach

Former San Bernardino Valley College head coach takes over for Taylor, who remains on Pirates staff as assistant.

April 21, 2014

Kevin Emerson, who coached at San Bernardino Valley College the past five seasons, has taken over as Orange Coast's football head coach, the school announced Monday.

Emerson takes over for Mike Taylor, who was 62-91 over the past 15 seasons. Taylor, who got OCC to three bowl games, will remain on the Pirates staff as the defensive coordinator.

Emerson, who was 29-23 in five seasons with the Wolverines, will be officially introduced as coach during a meet-and-greet with the new coach Thursday at OCC's gym.

"The past few days have been a little intense, to say the least," Emerson said in a release posted on the school's website. "It's an exciting time and I'm very happy to be a part of this college and to keep this program moving forward."

Emerson was selected among plenty of top-quality candidates because he had what the Pirates were looking for, according to Athletic Director/Dean of Kinesiology and Athletics, Dr. Michael Sutliff.

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"When we called around for references on Kevin, what kept coming up was his high-level character and that was something that I was most impressed with," Sutliff said in the release. "He's a very highly organized person with lots of coaching experience and success at each of his stops. Also, with each position he held, he always left the program in better shape than it was when he arrived."

The hiring process started with over 80 applicants from throughout the country, according to Sutliff. The hiring committee then interviewed the top 18 candidates and narrowed down the list to three. Following a second interview which included OCC's President, Dr. Dennis Harkins, Emerson was selected for the job.

Emerson becomes the seventh head coach in the program's 66-year history and just the fourth since 1962.

"One of the things that I've done in the past is work with coaching staffs which were part of the old regime," Emerson said. "Mike is a great coach and he will be an outstanding defensive coordinator for us. He knows our system and it will be a smooth transition."

Emerson guided the Wolverines to the American Division Mountain Conference title in 2010, just two years after the team finished 0-10. That 2010 team led the state in scoring 41.5 points per game and Emerson was named as California Community Colleges Football Coaches Assn. Region VI Coach of the Year.

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