Santa Fe Christian coach Nick Ruscetta led the Eagles to a state bowl game last season.
Nick Ruscetta, who led Santa Fe Christian to a San Diego Section Division V championship and a spot in a state bowl game in 2012, has stepped down after four years as head football coach at the school.
Ruscetta has been replaced by Jon Wallace, an assistant coach at SFC since 2004.
“Nick’s father is ill, and he wants to help his brother (Dave), who has been the primary caregiver,” SFC Athletic Director Tim Seitz said. “He did an outstanding job, but we believe John will do a good job, too.
“Jon is an on-campus guy, and that was very important to us. He was a varsity assistant (working mainly with the defense), but he was also the head JV coach. So he’s very familiar with our players.”
Ruscetta, who took over at SFC when Brian Sipe left to join the staff at San Diego State, was 39-13 in four seasons with the Eagles.
SFC was 11-4 last season, winning its second Coastal League title under Ruscetta.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to carry on what Brian and Nick started,” Wallace said. “We have great kids here and the program won’t change.”
Jason Carter, the offensive coordinator at La Jolla Country Day last season, has been hired to replace Rey Hernandez as La Jolla coach.
“Jason has a good football background and plenty of energy,” La Jolla AD Bob Allen said of the 30-year-old Carter. “Jason is an off-campus guy, but we feel we have found the right guy to lead our program.”
Carter, a quarterback and receiver at Texas A&M, played two seasons in the NFL, one with Minnesota, another with Carolina. He tore his ACL in 2008 but bounced back to play for the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL in 2009.
Coaches, ADs clinic
A clinic for coaches and athletic directors is planned for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 13 at Scripps Ranch High.
Former football coaches and ADs scheduled to speak are John Shacklett (Morse), Jim Arnaiz (Helix), Ed Burke (San Dieguito and Torrey Pines) and Herb Meyer (Oceanside and El Camino). Oceanside coach John Carroll also will speak.
San Diego State head coach Rocky Long and assistant Brian Sipe are scheduled to appear at the event.
Fees range from $35 to $45, with staff packages available. For more information, call (858) 621-9020 x1116 or email Scripps Ranch AD Joe Meyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 20th annual Caver-Cardinal Golf Classic will be May 6 at the Admiral Baker Golf Course. Money raised at the golf tournament and accompanying dinner and auction will benefit the foundations of San Diego High and Hoover High. Last year, each school received $9,300. Entries and sponsorships are sought. For information, contact Penny Guarnotta at (619) 440-7255 or Ed Ott at (619) 670-0694.