FCC Welcomes Two New Coaches
Fresno City College is welcoming two new coaches to our championship athletics program. At a news conference on Wednesday, September 8, Fresno City College President Dr. Robert Pimentel and Associate Dean of Athletics Derrick Johnson introduced new head baseball coach, Mitch Karraker and new assistant women’s wrestling coach, Gracie Figueroa.
Mitch Karraker is a native of Clovis and a Fresno City College alumnus. He played baseball at Buchanan High School in Clovis before playing as the starting catcher in 2008 for the Rams under legendary head coach Ron Scott. Mitch is taking over the program following Scott’s retirement as the winningest community college baseball coach. Mitch is only the third FCC baseball head coach in the history of the program which began in 1948.
Mitch comes to FCC from Loyola Marymount University where he worked with the offense, coached the outfielders and assisted with recruiting efforts. He also has coaching experience at Baylor and University of Oregon. At FCC, he will also teach kinesiology classes. Mitch graduated from the University of Oregon in 2012 with a degree in sociology and earned his Master of Education degree from Northwest Christian University in 2014.
Fresno City College is excited to announce the addition of women’s wrestling to competitive athletics beginning this Spring. FCC has tapped valley standout, Gracie Figueroa, to join the Rams as the new assistant women’s wrestling coach. Gracie is actively recruiting wrestlers for the spring 2023 inaugural women’s team. Thirteen community colleges are expected to add a women’s wrestling program this year. Gracie, who started wrestling in the fifth grade, was a high school national wrestling champion at Selma High School.
After graduating in 2018, she attended Menlo College in Atherton, CA where she competed in women’s wrestling and became a standout star. During the 2019-20 season, Gracie won all five of her bouts and was one of three wrestlers to go undefeated. She competed in two duals before winning the Cascade Collegiate Conference Championship. At the end of the season she was named All-American.
When competition resumed following the pandemic delay, Gracie and her team reestablished their dominance and Gracie’s team made it to the National Title bout taking second place.
Gracie graduated from Menlo College this year with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management.