Joining Santa Clara-bound Jordan Newell, another St. Ignatius softball player will be playing in college next season.
Helen Buse, who is hitting .360 from the left side of the plate this year for the Wildcats, has committed to play at Division III Smith College in Northhampton, Mass.
“I have no doubt that Helen will have great success playing at Smith College. The kid can flat out hit,” St. Ignatius assistant coach John Vincent said. “She has set a great example for our younger players on how to conduct themselves on and off the field. Everyone in the softball family at St. Ignatius wishes Helen the best.”
Buse turned down a Division I offer from Fordham University in New York to play for the Pioneers, who went 1-29 in 2011, including 0-16 in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference.
With current St. Ignatius athletic director Robert Vergara stepping down at the end of the season, SI decided to chose a familiar face to carry the Wildcats into the future.
The high school named current associate athletic director John Mulkerrins to succeed Vergara, selecting from a pool of around 30 applicants that included out-of-state contenders.
“It’s a wonderful appointment,” Vergara said. “No one is more knowledgeable about the department, as an athlete and graduate in , a coach and as associate athletic director for the past 11 years. He’s personable, thoughtful and most importantly, is an excellent fit for the department.”
Before taking the job as associate AD, Mulkerrins was a coach for the boys’ soccer team and softball coach at SI for five years.
“I’m very excited and honored to take the position as athletic director,” Mulkerrins said. “We will continue to be competitive and offer positive experiences for student athletes at the school.”
While the athletic department got some stability at its top level, St. Ignatius has yet to hire a new boys’ basketball coach after third-year coach John DeBenedetti resigned from the position early in the spring.
Rumors are constantly swirling regarding potential candidates and the decision on the high-profile position is much anticipated.
“We haven’t even begun the process,” Vergara said of the steps needing to be taken.
University is also looking for a new head coach, but on the girls’ side.
After a year under coach Ralph Barhydt, the Red Devils are still reviewing applications.
“The position is still open and we’re going to have it open for another few weeks,” University athletic director Jim Ketcham said. “We’re still a week away or so from identifying finalists, then another week away from setting things up [after that].”
Ketcham also said that he is looking for a girls’ varsity tennis coach and any inquiries into either position can be directed to him at (415) 447-3114.
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