Granados new Aquinas volleyball coach

After a standout career as an outside hitter for Cal State San Bernardino, Jessica Granados has decided to stay close to her alma mater for her first post-graduate job.

The 21-year old Granados was hired as the head volleyball coach at Aquinas, replacing Eric Benitez. Granados, the CCAA’s reigning Female Athlete of the Year, was initially hired as an assistant coach but was promoted when Benitez left right after the school year.

“I never expected to be a head coach this quick,” Granados said. “I figured I was years off from that. I’m really excited about the opportunity. A lot of these girls came to camps we had at Cal State, so it will be fun to work with them again.”

Aquinas athletic director Chris Ybarra is excited about Granados’ potential with the Falcons, who went 13-12 a year ago.

“Jessica has done some club coaching, so she has experience despite her youth,” Ybarra said. “The girls saw how well she did at Cal State and will be excited to work with her.”

Former Hesperia TE commits to Iowa State

Chaffey College tight end Ricky Howard, a graduate of Hesperia High School, verbally committed to Iowa State Wednesday night, according to a phone call received from Howard’s mother by colleague J.P. Hoornstra.

Howard, an all-Mojave River League performer for the Scorpions in 2006 and 2007, is entering his sophomore year at Chaffey. He’s planning on enrolling at Iowa State in January and join the Cyclones for practice next spring.