Former Shasta Faculty tennis coach Jim Middleton remembered how nervous he was when he walked into Joe Golenor’s workplace for his job interview.
Golenor had risen from being head baseball coach and an assistant soccer coach to the athletic director. He was recognized for giving alternatives to younger and hungry coaches throughout his tenure with the college.
It was the mid-Nineteen Seventies and Middleton was a younger man who had simply earned his grasp’s diploma and was seeking to make a optimistic impression in Redding.
“I used to be fortunate that I bought the job of my goals,” stated Middleton, who started his profession at Shasta Faculty when he was 23. “I bear in mind going into the workplace and Joe advised me they wanted a coach and all of the (tennis) courses had been full. I bear in mind Joe was an important one that all the time had a smile on his face and he made you are feeling good.”
Middleton served as tennis coach, cross nation coach and well being teacher on the college. The retired educator credit Golenor for serving to him get his begin in teaching and educating.
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Golenor died on Oct. 17 and shall be missed by the handfuls of people that knew him as a coach, administrator and trainer at Shasta Faculty for over 30 years.
He was 84.
His companies shall be held on the French Gulch Cemetery at 10 a.m. Saturday. Golenor is survived by his sons John and Jack, grandchildren Jason, Jamison, Jake, Jesse, Bianca, and Alyssa and nice grandchildren Hannah, Nathan, Caiden, Saoirse, Max, Yvaine, and Sage, and brothers Jack and Jerry.
Golenor was born in Oklahoma. However the Mud Bowl of the Nineteen Thirties pressured his household to maneuver out West and ultimately they settled in French Gulch.
In a 1986 File Searchlight article, Golenor talked about what life was like when his household moved to Redding.
“We loaded up a four-door sedan, a Mannequin A. We had been a part of the ‘Grapes of Wrath’ coming to California,” Golenor stated.
Golenor was a standout in soccer and baseball whereas attending Shasta Excessive Faculty. He would ultimately get a school scholarship to play soccer at Faculty of the Pacific (now College of the Pacific). He was a fullback and halfback who had a repute as being a constant run-blocker.
His statistics from 1957 on sportsreference.com listed Golenor as having rushed for 225 yards with two touchdowns. He was additionally teammates with future NFL quarterback and Tom Flores who received 4 Tremendous Bowls as a participant for the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs and coach for the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders.
However the whole lot that Golenor was recognized for transcended the field scores.
Golenor is credited with serving to begin ladies’s sports activities packages at Shasta Faculty in the course of the Eighties and Nineteen Nineties. In 1996, Golenor pushed so as to add ladies’s soccer and labored with including a good quantity of males’s and girls’s groups to match the precedent of Title IX.
“Probably the most vital issues that Joe and (former athletic director) Clar Appledorn did was embrace Title IX” stated former Shasta Faculty president Gary Lewis who began with the college because the monitor and area/ cross nation coach.
Shasta Faculty at the moment gives 9 male sports activities and eight feminine sports activities.
“After I was there, we did not have ladies’s sports activities,” Lewis stated. “We had just a few however I had a woman run on the cross-country group with the lads. They embraced Title IX, provided a full program of ladies’s sports activities and I feel Shasta Faculty was higher for it.”
In 1987, Golenor created a drug abuse program to assist stem the usage of alcohol, marijuana, tobacco, steroids and different medicine on campus.
“Joe helped create that program when there have been complaints about soccer gamers combating on the Cascade Theatre,” Middleton stated. “I used to be already in command of the wellness program and I feel it helped as a result of athletes and regular college students got here in. They needed to be a part of that change and assist themselves.”
Lewis and Middleton additionally credited Golenor with serving to begin the Shasta Faculty Celeb Dinner Public sale, which started in 1994. The occasion raises cash by way of an public sale and sells tickets by inviting present or former athletes to provide speeches.
Among the many famous athletes the Shasta Faculty Celeb Dinner Public sale has hosted is Nationwide Baseball Corridor of Fame first baseman Harmon Killebrew, Professional soccer Corridor of Fame defensive again Ronnie Lott and lots of different famed sports activities stars all through the years.
Former MLB outfielder Eric Byrnes was set to talk in March however the occasion was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We had some unbelievable company that you simply’d by no means imagine,” Middleton stated. “Joe introduced in loads of neighborhood enterprise folks and loads of them solicited public sale gadgets. Joe was the driving drive to getting that began and he ran it for fairly just a few years. It was at a time after we had been getting much less cash for athletics.”
Pals stated Golenor shall be remembered for his management serving to carry extra consideration to Shasta Faculty and its athletics program.
“He practiced what he preached, and he influenced loads of younger folks to higher themselves athletically and academically,” Lewis stated. “I am continually listening to about college students and athletes who turned actually good residents and it makes you are feeling good that you simply had been a small a part of that.”
Ethan Hanson began working for the Redding File Searchlight after 4 years with the Los Angeles Every day Information as a freelancer. His protection consists of working the NCAA Ladies’s Basketball Event in South Bend, Indiana, and writing concerning the St. Louis Rams’ transfer to Los Angeles with the Ventura County Star. He started his profession as a play-by-play broadcaster for LA Pierce Faculty from 2011-2017. Observe him on Twitter at @EthanAHanson_RS.