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Murrieta Mesa's Gergins steps down

03/25/2013, 2:25pm PDT
By Christopher Hadorn

Rob Gergins is relinquishing his duties as girls basketball coach.

— Rob Gergins has resigned as girls basketball coach at Murrieta Mesa High.

Gergins had served as the Rams head coach since the program's inaugural varsity season of 2010-11.

Assistant coach Megan Barbour has been promoted to the Rams’ interim coach.

“I thought I would give my wife a little bit of a break,” said Gergins, who began his prep coaching career in early 1980s with West Los Angeles Baptist.

In 2012-13, the Rams recorded a program-best 13-14 record after winning three games in the first year and six games during their second campaign. Mesa also won its first-ever Southwestern League contest.

Senior guard Shayd Bowers became the first Rams player to earn first-team all-Southwestern League honors. Bowers averaged a team-best 13.6 points.

“Shayd Bowers set the bar for us,” Gergins said.

Gergins is excited about the Rams’ future. Mesa has four sophomores -- Mikayla Greens, Octavia Williams, Kiersta Tanner and Jessica Brodgen -- who played this past season. Greens was a second-team all-Southwestern League selection after averaging 11.1 points per game.

“She’s a hard worker, a great student and has really strong grades,” said Gergins of Greens. “I think she will have a lot of options when she gets to her senior year.”

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