Tony Caviglia - Head Football Coach
15th Season - Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
After fifteen seasons at Fresno City College, Tony Caviglia has posted an 139-48 overall record. His FCC teams have won nine or more games 6 times during his 15 year tenure. Coach Caviglia's teams have played in thirteen straight bowl games, the longest consecutive string in FCC history. Coach Caviglia came to FCC in 1999 after three years as Chabot College's head coach where he posted a 22-10 record. His thirteen-year record as a community college head football coach is 130-45.
In 11 of his 13 years his teams have played for the Central Valley Conference Championship. Coach C's teams have also won CVC titles in 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010, and 2011. The Rams finished 2nd in 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2008.
In 2000 and 2001, his Rams posted back-to-back 10-1 records and won Central Valley Conference championships. These were the best finishes in FCC football since the 1972 and 1973 state championship teams.
Coach Caviglia was voted Central Valley Conference Coach of the Year by his peers in 2000, 2001, 2004, 2004, 2006, 2010, and 2011.
At FCC Coach Caviglia's teams have only lost 24 regular season games in 13 years!
Prior to becoming a head coach at the community college level, Coach Caviglia was the defensive line coach at Purdue University from 1991 to 1993. His career as an assistant football coach also included stops at Ohio State, Southern California, and New Mexico State. He has coached in the 1988 Rose Bowl, 1987 Florida Citrus Bowl and the 1990 Liberty Bowl.
Tony Caviglia and his staff, in addition to winning football games, have put a great premium on ensuring that sophomores move on to the four-year level whether or not the player is an NCAA Division I prospect. In this endeavor, they have been greatly successful as over 232 sophomores have transferred since 1999.
Among the players the FCC staff has helped move on to the next level, include five players who recently played or are currently playing in the National Football League: Maurice Morris, Cameron Worrell, Matt Giordano (former CAL star), Zach Diles, Tony Curtis, and David Veikune.
He received his bachelor's degree in physical education from Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo and a master's degree in sports administration from USC.
Coach Caviglia, 50, and his wife Kristi have three sons, Andrew (who is an OLB at Cal Poly SLO) 21, Michael, 19 and Nicholas, 11. They reside in Fresno.
Ryan Ruschhaupt - Assistant Coach
1st season- University of Memphis
Coach Ruschhaupt a former Ram player returns to Fresno City College as the linebackers coach. Prior to joining the Fresno City College staff, Coach Rusch was at McLane High School (2012 – 2013, Defensive Coordinator), Central High School (2011, linebackers}, Monterey Peninsula College (2007 – 2008, 2010, Defensive Backs, Outside Linebackers), Pima Community College (2005, Defensive Coordinator). He also coached semi-professional American Football in Europe: Team USA Europe (2004, linebackers), Jena Hanfrieds (2003, Head Coach), Thonon-les-bains Black Panthers (2001-2002, Head Coach), Dresden Monarchs (1999-2000, Co-Head Coach, Defensive Coordinator), Leipzig Lions (1998, Player/Coach). He was also the Head Basketball Coach at The University of Jena (1999-2000).
Ryan graduated from Bullard High School in 1990. After high school he entered the Air Force serving during the Gulf War, subsequently, receiving an honorable discharge for his service. He returned to the Fresno Area where he played at Fresno City College as a defensive lineman and outside linebacker. While at Fresno City College Ryan was named a Pre-season Academic All-American and played in both the 1992 and 1993 Dairy Bowl Games. He held the Dairy Bowl record for most sacks for a number of years. Ryan received a scholarship to The University of Memphis where he played defensive line for a nationally ranked defense (3rd total team). In 1998 Ryan was recruited to play and coach for the Leipzig Lions in Germany. He completed his degree in geography at Fresno State University with a minor in African American studies, a multiple-subject teaching credential at California State University, Monterey Bay and is currently finishing his master’s degree in special education at National University. He has been a teacher since 1998, he is currently teaching special education for the Fresno Unified School District at McLane High School.
Lyndell Hawkins - Defensive Line
4th season- Fresno State University
Coach Hawkins is in his fourth year at Fresno City College coaching the defensive line. Prior to joining the Fresno City College football staff, Coach Hawkins coached at Kerman High School (2004-2010) (defensive line) and was the head football coach at Tranquility High School (2010-2011).
Lyndell graduated from Tracy High School in 1999. After high school Coach Hawkins walked on to Fresno State as a defensive lineman. Coach Hawkins earned a scholarship and he was a part of 5 bowl games. At Fresno State he earned his degree in philsosphy with a minor in psychology. After college, Coach Hawkins went on to play for the San Jose Sabercats for a year and the Stockton Lightning for two years. During those years, Coach Hawkins earned his Masters in Education and his multiple subject teaching credential. He is currently completing his Special Education credential.
"The ability to adjust is everything" is Coach Hawkins coaching philosophy.
Coach Hawkins is married to Melanie, and they have two children; Sienna Sky (4) and Lyndell Champ (2).
Rick Lyons - Tight Ends
4th Season- California State University, Chico
Coach Lyons is in his fourth year at Fresno City College, 3rd as tight ends coach. Coach Lyons began his coaching career in 1974 at Willows High School, then moved to Poway High School in San Diego north county area in 1975. In 1977, Rick became the quarterback's coach and offensive coordinator at Poway. Rick arrived in the Fresno area in 1980 as the Head Football Coach at Kerman High School and was there until moving to Hoover High School in 1984. Rick coached at Hoover High School for over 26 years; coaching quarterbacks while coordinating the offense. Before coming to Fresno City College, Rick has total of 36 years of experience coaching football.
Rick graduated from Buena High School in Ventura in 1970, where he was a 3 sport letterman, earning many honors. He then went to Ventura College, playing defensive back and punter and received his Associate of Arts degree from Ventura College in 1972. Rick then played defensive back and punter at Chico State University from 1973-1974, where he completed his Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Chico majoring in Physical Education. He earned his teaching credential from California State University, Chico in 1975.
Rick's coaching philosophy is that of helping players to stay focused and achieve their goals in life.
Rick married to his high school sweetheart, Ginny, in 1970 and they reside in Fresno. They have three sons; Rick, Mark and Brett.
Mark Hetherington - Quarterbacks
Mark Hetherington is entering his 8th year coaching football, this being his first year with the Rams coaching the Quarterbacks. Prior this year, Hetherington served two years as the Offensive Coordinator and Quarterback Coach at Central High School. He began his coaching career as the Quarterback coach at Sunnyside High School in 2007, and served five years on staff, the last three as the Offensive Coordinator. Hetherington is an alum of FCC, having played for Coach Tony Caviglia in 2001 and 2002. Hetherington is a graduate of Buchanan High School (2001), and Idaho State University (2005). He currently resides in Fresno with his wife of 7 years Cara, and their three children, Meg (2), Halle (6 months), Gracie (6 months), and Emmy (6 months).
Joey Schey - Offensive Line
6th Season - Fresno State University
Coach Schey is in his 6th season at Fresno City College as the offensive line coach. In 2012, he was the linebacker coach. He first joined the Rams coaching staff in 2008 as the offensive Line Coach. He grew up in Southern California where he attended Diamond Bar High School. He was a three sport athlete, playing football, basketball and throwing for the track and field team.
By the time he graduated he was selected as an All-League, All-Valley and All-CIF offensive lineman which helped him to earn a full athletic scholarship to play at Fresno State in 1998. At the end of his college tenure he earned a BA in Sociology, started in over 40 football games and earned numerous accolades for his excellence both on and off the field.
After a stint with the New England Patriots he began teaching and coaching career at Reyburn Intermediate School in Clovis Unified. Coach Schey also earned a teaching credential and a Master's Degree in Multi-Cultural Education.
Jesus Reyes- Runningbacks
4th Season - San Diego State University
Coach Jesus Reyes is in his fourth season as running backs coach at Fresno City College. Prior to Fresno City College, Jesus spent six years coaching wide receivers and kick returners at San Joaquin Delta College and two years coaching at the Stockton Lightning, AFL 2 team. In the six years at Delta his position group achieved the following marks: (6) 1000 yard receivers, (2) All-Americans, (3) All-State, (9) All Conference, (1) wide receiver who led the state in all receiving statistics, (12) wide receivers earned scholarships, (2) wide receivers with Division II National Championships and (1) punt returner who led the state in return yardage. Prior to coaching at Delta, Jesus coached at Horizon High School in San Diego where they went on to finish the season as the Division V State Champions.
As an athlete Jesus played at Chino High School in Southern California where he garnered many honors and ultimately earned a scholarship to Northern Arizona University. He spent one year at NAU where he was named Big Sky Freshman of the year and second team all conference. Jesus transferred to Mt. San Antonio College after one year at NAU and finally transferred to San Diego State earning many honors. As a professional athlete, Jesus played for the AFL 2 San Diego Riptide, AFL 1 New Jersey Red Dogs, AFL 1 Arizona Rattlers, CFL Hamilton Tiger Cats, CFL Ottawa Renegades and NFL San Francisco 49ers.
Jesus' philosophy is building relationships with his student athletes to affect them in a positive manner and impact their lives.
Jesus earned his B.A. in Sociology from San Diego State University, M.A. in Kinesiology/ H.P.E.R. from Saint Mary's College in Moraga, CA. He and his wife Michaela, son Saxon and boxer Lola reside in Fresno.
Rick Scheidt - Defensive Coordinator
19th Season - San Francisco State University
This will be Rick Scheidt’s eighth season as Assistant Head Coach, eighth season as Defensive Coordinator and his 19th overall season at Fresno City College. Rick will be responsible for coaching the linebackers. As the longest tenured football coach at FCC, Rick has coached tight ends, running backs, linebackers, defensive backs and the defensive lines. From 1996 to 1998 Rick was also the offensive coordinator before switching to defense.
Rick’s first coaching position came in 1992 coaching Running Backs at his alma mater San Francisco State University. He then spent two seasons coaching tight ends at Fresno State University under then Head Coach Jim Sweeney, before coming to FCC.
As a player Rick was an All-Conference Wide Receiver at SFSU, where he lettered for two years. Before playing for the Golden Gaters, Rick was an All-Camino Norte Conference quarterback at Merced College after having a fine career and graduating from Dos Palos High School.
Rick believes that a player’s effort is a direct reflection of the coaching effort and says “This year’s Defense will be fast and aggressive.”
He currently lives in Clovis with his wife RaeAnn, daughters Sara, 18, and Amanda, 17 and his son Steven, 13.
Keith L. Travis - Wide Receivers
4th Season - Fresno State University
Keith enters his fourth season with the Fresno City College football coaching staff after spending the previous five seasons at Clovis East High School, where he was the varsity defensive backs coach and the junior varsity head coach.
After graduating from Ridgecrest’s Burroughs High School in 1996, Keith became an All-Foothill Conference wide receiver at Grossmont College. From Grossmont, Keith transferred to Fresno State University where he was a two-time All-Academic 3.0 Club honoree and played on the 1999 Western Athletic Conference championship team. As a player, he was part of winning a football championship at every level from high school to Division 1-A.
He got his start in coaching at the age of 22 when he was hired as the Head Coach at Mendota High School.
In his coaching philosophy, Keith believes in emphasizing a family atmosphere, goal setting and focus.
Keith received his bachelors degree in kinesiology and his master’s in education from FSU. He and his fiancee, Brandy Coronado, have a daughter, Malia, 2 and live in Fresno.
Ricky Manning Jr. - Defensive Back Coach
1st Season - UCLA
Coach Manning enters his 1st season as the defensive back coach at FCC. He graduated from Edison High School in 1999 and was a four-year starter at UCLA. During his freshman year with the Bruins he earned Freshman All-American Honors and First Team All-PAC 10 honors for three seasons.
He was a third round draft pick in the 2003 NFL Draft and played for the Carolina Panthers. During his rookie season, he lead the team with seven interceptions and earned NFC player of the week recognition in back to back playoff games. Coach Manning had three interceptions during the 2004 NFC Championship and is second in all-time NFL interceptions in one playoff game. He signed as a free agent and led the 2006 Chicago Bears defense with six interceptions on their road to Super Bowl XLI. Last year he was the head coach for the Edison High Tigers.
Ricky lives in Fresno with his wife, Tosha and his three sons, Ricky III, Kingsley and Brayley.
Jim Rothford - Equipment Manager
9th Season - Fresno State University
Jim is the Rams' full-time equipment manager for football and several other sports at Fresno City College.
A three-year star at Hollywood High in both baseball and football, he received postseason honors in both sports.
He played catcher at Los Angeles Valley College for one year before transferring to Fresno State University where he played two years and earned all conference and all region honors. In 1978, he set single season records for homeruns (20) and runs batted in (67). Signed by the San Francisco Giants, Jim played five years in the minor leagues.
Jim has been the hitting coach for the FCC Baseball Program for 8 seasons. His knowledge about hitting has been instrumental in helping many Baseball Rams pursue careers at the college and professional levels.
Jim is the father of two former outstanding FCC Baseball Rams, Ryan and Chad (who is currently playing minor league baseball).
At FCC's John Euless Ballpark, Jim played many prep games and many for the Fresno Giants. He also was an assistant coach at McLane and Bullard High, Fresno Christian, and the Fresno Giants. If anyone knows the hitting conditions at Euless, it's Jim Rothford.
Jim and his wife, Brooke, reside in Fresno.
Scott Nelson - Athletic Trainer
32nd Season - Fresno State University
It's hard to believe so much time has passed, but Scott Nelson ("Scotty" to players, coaches, colleagues, and friends) has been Fresno City College's athletics trainer since the fall of 1984. Scott and his legion of student-trainers have probably wrapped a million miles of tape, applied a million pounds of crushed ice, and tons of treatment advice while taking care of the FCC Rams' teams.
Scotty is a native of Saratoga, California and as a student at Saratoga High School, he lettered in water polo and swimming. He received an associate of arts degree from nearby West Valley College. Then, he transferred to Fresno State University where he earned a bachelor's degree in sports medicine. While earning his degree, he worked at FCC as a student-trainer. Nelson then moved to Ft. Collins, Colorado where he did graduate study at Colorado State University. In the late summer of 1984, opportunity knocked. He applied for, and was hired as FCC's athletic trainer. He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association.
Scotty and his wife, Stephanie, an administrator in the Central Unified School District, have two children: Demetria, 21, now a freshman at California Polytechnic University, Pamona, and Anders, 17, a senior at Central High. The Nelsons reside in Fresno.