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Coaching Chemistry; Grizzlies Man; Father President.

COACHING CHEMISTRY

Coaching chemistry is what the Oakland Raiders are hoping for with their new defensive coordinator, Jason Tarver ’97, who was named to the post in February. With his degree in biochemistry from SCU (and master’s degrees in microbiology and biochem from UCLA), the Phi Beta Kappa grad arrives in Oaktown having spent a decade in various coaching roles for the San Francisco 49ers and a year on the Stanford staff.

 

GRIZZLIES MAN

Joining the Memphis NBA command as player development coach is former SCU hoopster Lloyd Pierce ’98. It’s his third NBA coaching job; previous work is with the Cleveland Cavaliers and, last season, the Golden State Warriors. Pierce studied business and winning basketball on the Mission Campus; as a player, he helped lead the Broncos to a pair of NCAA berths, then came home to serve as an assistant coach at Santa Clara 2003-07.

 

CALL HIM FATHER PRESIDENT

Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., STL ’87, assumed responsibilities in January as the 32nd president of College of the Holy Cross in January. He comes to the Worcester, Mass., school from Georgetown University, where he served as vice president for mission and ministry. He succeeds Michael C. McFarland, S.J., after 12 years as president. This spring Fr. McFarland is a visiting scholar at SCU’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

A Theologian’s Theologian

Paul Crowley, S.J. lived by a philosophy that emphasized compassion for the individual over rigid church doctrine.

Twin Pursuits

Seeing double? Sisters Brittni and Breana Várgas ’16 marry a pair of brothers at the Mission.

Dreams from Lessons Past

2020 is not the first time Santa Clara University has weathered pandemic and natural disasters.