She’s back. After a one-year absence, Jody Craig has returned as head coach of the Foothill College women’s basketball team.
Craig left Foothill a year ago due to her contentious relationship with athletic director Susan Gutkind, who also served as dean of the Kinesiology and Athletics Division.
“I will never again set foot on the Foothill campus with her in that position,” Craig told the Town Crier last summer.
Gutkind – whom Craig described as “revengeful” – has since departed Foothill. She was hired in April to be the dean of counseling and special programs at Ohlone College in Fremont.
Foothill announced Craig’s return in July via its website. Craig did not respond to phone and email messages from the Town Crier seeking comment about her decision to come back.
Andrea Hanstein, Foothill’s director of marking and public relations, confirmed Craig’s return to the Los Altos Hills campus.
“Jody Craig has returned to Foothill College after a one-year, approved leave of absence,” Hanstein said last week. “She will resume her duties as head coach of the women’s basketball team.”
Craig, who served as an assistant at Concordia University in Irvine last season, enters her 17th year as the Owls’ head coach. She is the most successful coach in the program’s history, leading Foothill to 14 Coast Conference titles and two state tournament finals.
Craig is a full-time physical education instructor as well.
Craig’s new boss has yet to be determined.
“The college has created a full-time athletic director position, which will report to Mark Anderson, dean of Fine Arts, Communications, Kiniselology and Athletics,” Hanstein said. “It is our goal to have the position filled by the start of the fall 2014 quarter.”
The fall quarter is slated to begin Sept. 22.