Colby football has three new assistant coaches

Contact: Bill Sodoma
Date: August 14, 2006
WATERVILLE, Maine --- Head coach Ed Mestieri and the Colby College football team will have three new assistant coaches for the 2006 season.

Eric Garcia (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Colby graduates Dan Oliphant '06 (Chatham, N.J.) and Mike Booras '05 (Scituate, Mass.) join the Mules' coaching staff. Garcia will be the linebacker coach, Oliphant will work with the offensive line and Booras will coach the running backs. Garcia will also be an assistant coach for the men and women's track and field teams.

Second-year assistant coach and Colby graduate Mike Civitello '05 (Hamden, Conn.) will take over as special teams coach and will once again coach the defensive line.

Garcia has a bachelor's degree in physical education from Dana (Neb.) College and a master's degree from Alcorn State University. Garcia played collegiate football at Dana, Azusa Pacific (Calif.) University and Humboldt State (Calif.) University. He played free safety, strong safety and linebacker in his college career. Garcia played on Azusa's 1998 NAIA national championship team.

Garcia was an assistant football coach and head track coach at Dodge City (Kansas) Community College in 2004. He was an admissions counselor (diversity and athletics recruiter) at Alcorn State in 2005 and most recently worked the same type of job at Mississippi Valley State University since January 2006. Garcia also has held football assistant coach positions at Alcorn State, Mansfield University, Urbana University and Humboldt.

Oliphant was a three-year starter for the Colby football team and was honored as the male winner of the Ellsworth Millett Award at the Colby Senior Athletic Awards Presentation in May. The award is given to the senior who has contributed the most to Colby athletics in four years.

Oliphant, a captain last year, helped Colby go 18-6 over the past three years from his offensive line position and he earned All-New England Small College Athletic Conference first team honors as a junior and senior. Oliphant was one of 46 seniors in Division III football last year invited to play in the Aztec Bowl in Mexico in a game put on by the American Football Coaches Association.

Booras was a captain for Colby during his senior season in 2004 and was among leaders in tackles with 46 from his linebacker position. Booras also finished with 30 tackles during his junior season.

Booras was an assistant football coach with Cony (Maine) High School in 2005. He coached linebackers, wide receivers and special teams.

Civitello earned NESCAC second team honors as a strong safety for the Mules in 2004. He was a special teams standout, blocking eight kicks in his final two years. Civitello's most celebrated block was knocking away an extra point attempt with 15 seconds left to help the Mules take a 17-16 win over Bates College in 2004.

Colby finished the 2005 season ranked second in the final New England Division III poll with a 7-1 record. The Mules open the season at Trinity College at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 23.

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