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The Midas touch

Tim Kiernan
Women’s Golf Head Coach Tim Kiernan. Photo courtesy of

For 31 years Tim Kiernan’s name has been mentioned at City College when it came to softball and golf.

Kiernan says he played many sports before he started coaching, which would explain why he’s coached so many sports, such as basketball, golf, baseball and softball.

Aside from City College, Kiernan has coached for local high schools such as CK McClatchy High School, Rio Americano High School and Del Campo High School, as well as at the Division I level in the NCAA at Central Michigan University.

He has also helped the City College golf team make it to numerous state championships. He brought City College golf it’s only state championship in 2009. It’s also the only state championship won by a Northern California school. He has also led the softball team to three state championships.

“Any time I coach our goal is to win the conference, to win the regionals, and go and try to win a state championship,” Kiernan says.

During his career, Kiernan has coached more than 250 student-athletes towards earning scholarships from prestigious four-year colleges such as UCLA, University of Arizona, University of Oklahoma and University of South Carolina.

The honors he boasts are unparalleled. His success is most blatantly stated by the fact that Kiernan is the winningest coach in the California Community College Athletic Association.

“Tim has been a great coach for us for a long time,” said Mitch Campbell, City College’s athletics dean and director. “He has a tremendous work ethic.”

Currently Kiernan is the golf and softball coach for City College. He took a 12-year break from softball but returned last year when the coaching position became available. Although he says the team wasn’t able to recruit very well last season he expects much improvement this season from the Panthers.

“This year we will be much better and we should be very strong. We should be very competitive in conference and in the state,” said Kiernan.

Campbell says that Kiernan’s connection to golf and softball is undeniable.

“His name is definitely linked to both of those programs,” he says.

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“[I enjoy] watching them get better and watching them go on and mature and go on to four-year schools,” he says. “Help[ing] them get there… and watching them turn into young men and young women.”

City College golfer Lauren Dahl, 18, says her coach has helped her out a lot.

“Coach has helped me become a better player, challenging me to my full potential,” Dahl says. “[He] is very supportive and goal oriented. He cares a lot about the girls on the team, always motivating us. He exemplifies good work ethic.”

Kiernan gives credit to the many coaches he’s coached under as well as coaches he met once he got to the City College campus.

“I coached under several very good coaches and I probably took the best from each of them,” he says.

Kiernan mentions that there are certain keys and attributes that a coach must have possess and utilize to be successful.

“I think you have to have a passion and I also think that you have to stay up with the sports that you coach,” Kiernan said.

Kiernan attributes his success to his setting of personal goals.

“You have to have standards and set those standards,” Kiernan says. “When I came to City College everyone was expected to win their conference championships and go to playoffs in all their sports.”

Kiernan says he still has many years of coaching ahead of him and plans to continue to keep City College golf and softball in conversations when it comes to winning.

“I don’t put a timeline on it. I like what I do and I love coming to the school,” Kiernan says. “When the energy wears out then it’s probably time to retire, but I don’t see that down the road too soon.”

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