RIVERSIDE --- California Baptist University Director of Athletics Dr. Micah Parker has announced the hiring of Michael Scarano to head up the school’s compliance department as the Associate Athletic Director.
Scarano comes to CBU after serving as the director of athletics at Waldorf for the past three years and after 12 years as the associate director of athletics and compliance director at UC Riverside prior to that.
“We are thrilled to hire Michael as our associate athletic director for compliance,” said Parker. “He has a wealth of experience in compliance and Riverside is his home. He is also a great fit for our campus culture and transition to NCAA Division II.”
The Riverside native comes home after spending three years growing Waldorf’s athletic programs in Forest City, Iowa. Scarano oversaw the implementation of four new sports while leading the Warriors and helped facilitate a move to the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference for many of the school’s programs.
“I am very appreciative of (CBU President) Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, (Vice President for Student Services) Kent Dacus and Dr. Parker for the opportunity to serve in this position,” Scarano said. “I am looking forward to getting back to the Riverside community and getting the job done there at CBU.”
Coming to the Highlanders in 1998, Scarano served as UCR’s liaison to the Big West Conference and NCAA on enforcement and compliance issues for seven years before being named the associate director of athletics in 2005.
Scarano came to UC Riverside after working at the University of Alabama, Huntsville. While in Huntsville, Scarano served as assistant director of athletics, head men's and women's cross country coach, assistant women's basketball coach and head men's basketball coach. Scarano held coaching positions for his first eight years at the school before heading up the compliance department in 1993.
He has also worked as an assistant men's basketball coach at UC Irvine and Cal Poly Pomona, and as the associate women's head coach at Cerritos College from 1979-85.
Scarano earned a master's degree in education from Azusa Pacific in 1981 and a bachelor's degree in English from Cal Poly Pomona in 1980, where he also played four years of basketball.
He graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1975, earning All-League, All-Riverside County, All-CIF and team MVP honors. He owned the single game and season assists records at Notre Dame.