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Jessica Casey has been Blue Devils head coach since 2004. She was a four-year collegiate volleyball athlete first at Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colorado, later at Huron University in Huron, South Dakota. She graduated with a B.S. in Secondary History Education with a minor in coaching. She learned quickly the hard way. As her first experience, she was hired at NAIA Bacone College in Muskogee , Oklahoma to initiate the school's first ever volleyball team. At Bacone, besides coaching the team, she handled team organization, purchasing, recruiting, travel arrangements as well as being in charge of all intramural activities. With her hard knocks experience at Bacone she returned to her home state of Colorado , where she was hired to coach volleyball at Lamar Community, a bitter rival of her alma mater Otero. After two years she left the security of a full-time position at Lamar for the adventure of the unknown: an adjunct head coach position at Merced College, where her fiancé (now husband, Bob) played JC football and was returning to coach football and track. She blended well with the circumstance was hired full-time teacher and coach within a year.
“The best part of coaching at the community college level,” she says, “is the fact we get to prepare the athletes for the next steps in life, athletically and academically.” Along with her coaching, she immediately began work on a Masters Degree in Human Performance and Sport from New Mexico Highlands University and is currently working on her thesis. Jessica and her husband Head Football Coach Bob Casey live in Merced with their three year old son Brennan, and baby girl named McKinley.
Mary-Michal Rawling joined the Blue Devils five years ago as an assistant coach. She graduated from Modesto High School and received her BA in Environmental Science & Policy from Clark University in Worcester, MA. At Clark, Mary-Michal continued to play volleyball as a defensive specialist and still holds the school record for total digs in a season and total career digs. Mary-Michal spends her days as the Community Health Program Manager at Golden Valley Health Centers and was elected to the Merced City Council in November 2009. Mary-Michal and her husband Stuart have a three year old son named Ryne, and this past summer welcomed a baby girl named Maureen.
Matt graduated from Downey High School in his hometown of Downey, California. He played outside hitter in high school and now for UC Merced. Matt is currently working on his B.S. in World History and plans to get a teaching credential. During his 2014 sophomore season at the UC, he played in all 17 matches, playing in 54 sets total… finishing the season with 76 kills, 13 assists and 13 service aces, 72 digs, 8 solo blocks and 11 block assists for a total of 19 blocks on the season. He is one of the inaugural players of the men’s volleyball team at UC Merced. is one of the inaugural players of the men’s volleyball team at UC Merced.