I got all fired up today to address a usual staple of 30 Questions, that being how new coaches are going to do.
Then, I realized we really don’t have very many new coaches at all. Nevertheless, I forge on.
What can we expect from this year’s new head coaches?
The best place to start is in the Diablo Valley Athletic League, which welcomes in new head men at Clayton Valley, Mt. Diablo and Ygnacio Valley. Clayton snagged a familiar face in these parts, with former YV coach Tim Murphy taking over the program after a few years in the Central Valley. Bryan Shaw is the new head honcho at Mt. Diablo, and Phillip Fuentes takes over at Ygnacio.
Obviously, I think the coach in the best position to succeed is Murphy. He’s got a proven track record (nine league, three section titles) and he’s got a bit of talent coming back. I’d take Joe Protheroe and Jesse Medrano as my starting running backs any day of the week. I think the main challenge will just be the shift in culture. Murphy ran the double-wing at YV, and while I’m fairly confident things are going to be a bit more diverse this time around, he’s still going to run the ball a ton. I do know, however, that opposing DVAL coaches are not taking Clayton lightly and I would expect the Uglies to contend for the league title in year one.
Mt. Diablo and Ygnacio Valley are bigger mysteries, with Shaw and Fuentes taking over. Numbers are going to play a huge part in how either of these teams can rebound. If guys come out to play, then I think there’s always going to be a fair amount of talent in either place. I have heard good things about Fuentes, who comes north from Clovis with Murphy. Hopefully both YV and Mount can rebuild quickly.
The only other new coaches I can think of are in the MVAL. Mission San Jose welcomes in Samuel Baugh, while last I heard, Kennedy-Fremont had given the interim tag to longtime assistant Dave Damewood. Both have turnaround jobs to work on, with Kennedy still trying to find its way after the retirement of Pete Michaletos in 2010.