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Management & Staff

Steve Cassady
Athletic Director

Steve Cassady

Steve Cassady is in his nineteenth year as Blue Devil Athletic Director. A graduate of Salinas High School, Hartnell JC, UCLA, and San Francisco State University, Steve was hired by Merced College as a full-time English Instructor in 1973. For the next dozen years he doubled as a sportswriter specializing in professional football and earning a national reputation. In that period he attended nine Super Bowls as a working writer; authored all or part of five books; contributed articles to several others; wrote nearly 100 magazine articles, most of them for PRO Magazine; and ghostwrote for five years a daily radio commentary for John Madden. In 1988, Don Odishoo hired him as head coach of the Merced College softball program, which had been discontinued for a season. In his twenty-one seasons as coach, Cassadyís softball teams have won over 600 games and from 1998 to 1999 his teamís posted a 95-15 record including a school record 51-8 in 1999. His teams have made the post- season playoffs seventeen of the past nineteen years. His teams finished first in Northern California twice, and in 1999 they finished 3rd in the State. During this time of the late 1990s the Lady Blue Devils won the CVC twice, and in 1999, he was named the Coach of the Year by the Softball Coaches Association. Steve was named Athletic Director in July 1995. In 2006 Steveís team returned to the top and won the CVC championship finishing with a 36-12 record. In 2008 Steve retired from coaching after having won the conference championship again this time with a 34-17 record. As culmination to Steveís coachin, he was elected to the Merced College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014.

Steve is married to Cynthia, and they have three grown children, Candace, Corey, and Stephen II.

Contact:  (209) 384-6022


Scott Lemberger -ATC
Athletic Trainer

Scott came on staff as an athletic trainer in 1996. He is a Certified Athletic Trainer through the National Athletic Trainers' Association. Scott received his undergraduate degree from University of the Pacific. Scott has a special interest in myofacial release techniques. Scott also has a background and special interest in the rehabilitation of martial art athletes.

Contact: (209) 384-6264


Patrick E. Kelly 
Sports Information Director 

     Pat has been a member of the Blue Devil Athletic Department for twenty-eight
years.  The Merced native is a former graduate of Merced High School. As the Sports Information Director, Pat is responsible for putting together all press guides and game programs for the college’s 11 intercollegiate athletic teams, and maintaining the athletic website. Since Pat’s arrival the football game program, water polo, swimming, women’s basketball and women’s water polo press guides have all been revised and enhanced. Pat is also responsible for maintaining an open dialogue between the local (newspapers, TV, and radio stations), state (J.C. Athletic Bureau), national and hometown media agencies with stats, game results, and player performances. Pat is also responsible for the athletic department photography. Pat was the CCCBCA Publicity Director for four years and was a member the CCCSIA Board of Directors as the Northern California representative for nine years. Pat has worked three football state championships, over ten state men’s and women’s basketball championships and more than eight men’s or women’s state golf championships as the lead SID. In 2012 Pat was voted by his peers in the CCCSIA the "Brass Top" award for promoting the profession of Sports Information , the association (CCCSIA), through his professionalism in work at Merced College and the CCCAA. Pat is a graduate of New Mexico Military Institute (in 1980), 1982 Fresno State University with a BA in History, and 1986 West Virginia University with an MS in Physical Education with an emphasis in Sports Management. Pat also attended National University in Fresno doing post-graduate work in education. Pat is married to Marcia and they live in Merced with their daughter Virginia.

Contact:  (209) 384-6116

Dennise Gallegos, ATC, CES
– Athletic Trainer





Contact:  (209) 384-6264

Nancy Bates
Athletic Secretary


Contact:  (209) 384-6322

Updated 01/28/2015