This past summer’s football coaching shuffle left West High having to rebuild nearly its entire coaching staff.
At least that’s the way it felt to Chris Myers. West’s new head coach was one of the few coaches, including longtime West fixtures Tom O’Hara and Rudy Carranza, who stayed with the Wolf Pack after former coach Matt Loggins went to Kimball High in the spring prior to leaving for Clovis West High.
"Now it doesn’t (feel like starting from scratch) but it sure did in June," Myers said. "We only had a couple coaches in May."
Myers had added former West coaches who had moved on to other schools. Defensive coordinator and linebacker coach Robert Rebeiro and defensive back and running back coach Randall Allmon both had previously coached the Wolf Pack freshman and junior varsity football and were assistant varsity coaches at Kimball High before coming back to West this year.
Myers expects that his relatively small group of varsity coaches will reflect the work ethic he wants to see from players.
"That’s all we need. I want guys that will do work," Myers said. "Too many people, toes get stepped on. It’s nice to have a small tight group."
In addition to his head coaching duties, Myers will focus on quarterbacks, running backs and defensive ends. O’Hara, a 17-year coaching veteran at West, will coach the offensive and defensive lines. Myer’s added that O’Hara also provides a foundation of experience.
"He’s like the dad of the program. He’s a great teacher and the kids love him," Myers said.
Myers figures his experience as a teacher gives him confidence to pass along football knowledge to a new generation of West High players.
"They know I’m not faking it. They know I’ve been there," Myers said. "The kids reflect their coach. I try to give off the quiet confidence. They don’t have to be boisterous to be successful."
Myers earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education at Sacramento State University and a master’s degree in education from National University.
His coaching experience includes two years as an assistant varsity coach at Branham High in San Jose, where the Branham team went 6-3-1 in 2002 and 9-2, including a first-round playoff game, in 2003.
He started working full-time as a physical education teacher at West High in 2005 and became freshman head coach in 2006 and held the job for three years. Myers continued teaching at West, coached the freshman team.
Former Kimball varsity coach Steve Anastasio is back as coach for the sophomore team, the job he held before spending three years at Kimball.
The Wolf Pack’s new freshman coach is David Luera, whose experience includes founding The Football University, a conditioning program for youth and high school athletes.
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