After the departure of Brice Sunderland, who served as the Etiwanda High School athletic director the last 14 years, the school didn’t have to look far for a replacement. As of July 1, Etiwanda softball coach David Masucci expanded his duties to include athletic director. A science teacher for 10 years and the softball coach since 2002, Masucci was all to glad to add to his responsibilities when he was hired as the athletic director.
“I’m attracted to all the sporting events anyway but this job just gives me a chance to really be involved,” Masucci said. “Now I’m just getting paid to do what I love.”
Masucci led the softball team to the 2009 CIF championship with an upset of a heavily favored Vista Murrieta team in the title game. He has since led the Eagles to a No. 1 playoff seed in 2010 and a No. 2 seed last season. Like Sunderland, Masucci is a science teacher but he will have his teaching duties reduced in order to serve as athletic director.
After 16 years at Etiwanda, only the first two of which he was not athletic director, Sunderland departed July 1 to serve as an assistant principal and athletic director at Eastvale Roosevelt High School. One of the longest tenured athletic directors in the Inland Valley, Sunderland received his administration credential in February then beat out more than 80 candidates for a position at Roosevelt he said was too good to pass up.
Masucci already feels comfortable that the foundation laid by Sunderland will make his transition that much easier.
“Following somebody like Brice (Sunderland), he’s got all the organization taken care of,” Masucci said. “He just passed the job over to me and said ‘This is how you do it.’ And we’ve got such a good relationship that, like I’ve already done 20 times, I can just call him and ask him anything.”
Being that Masucci was already an Etiwanda employee, he did not require school board approval to officially take over as athletic director. Ten years of experience at Etiwanda is providing the longtime softball coach several advantages.
“I’m trying to get familiar with all the programs and the coaches right now but I already know most of the coaches,” Masucci said. “It’s just all the little things I need to learn that ADs do that nobody knows about. Before I only got to be involved in softball but now I get to be involved in all the sports that I was interested in all along.”