Clovis News: Sports

Buchanan High loses 2 girls coaches

Buchanan High girls soccer and basketball coaches Erik Farfan and Jenny Thigpin have resigned because of job commitments at Fresno Pacific.

Farfan has been pulling double duty as coach at Buchanan and with the Sunbirds' women.

"This decision comes as a result of my role at Fresno Pacific being increased and the time commitments that entails," he said.

Another big consideration – two of them, actually – has Farfan and wife Lori expecting twin girls in August: "That will also call for increased demands on my time and attention as well."

Farfan coached Buchanan for eight years, winning five consecutive Central Section Division I titles from 2006-10.

Thigpin has been hired as an assistant for Fresno Pacific's women's basketball team.

She averaged 17 wins in three seasons with the Bears after inheriting a program that had won five games the year before she arrived.

Thigpin established herself in the Valley basketball scene by playing on Hanford teams that went 93-9 with three consecutive section titles from 2000-02. That included a state Division II championship in 2001.

Buchanan outgoing athletic director Chris Han.sen said the hiring process for the girls' soccer and basketball jobs will begin next week.

Meanwhile, Hansen also confirmed that he will be athletic director at Buchanan feeder Alta Sierra Intermediate next year. Clovis Unified already has announced that he will be replaced as the Bears' athletic director by Mike Vogt.

Vogt will remain as football coach at the school, where he is 128-61-3 in 17 seasons.

In addition to five seasons at Mt. Whitney, he's 163-81-5 in a 20-year career.