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Mendoza named new head football coach

By Kristen Gowdy

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Kristen Gowdy and Emma Redick | Sports Editors | May 24, 2012

It was announced on Tuesday afternoon that Coach Nate Mendoza will be taking his talents from the baseball diamond to the football field. Mendoza, who led the baseball team to a Channel League Championship this year, will replace Jeff Uyesaka as the new head football coach.

Coach Jeff Uyesaka stepped down from his position as head football coach in order to spend more time with his family (Kristen Gowdy/photo)

Under Coach Uyesaka, last year’s football team won its’ first Channel League Championship in 31 years and this year was able to defend its’ title of City Champions despite a tough preseason. Except for last season, Mendoza has been assisting Uyesaka since 2008.

For defensive tackle Luke Anderson, Mendoza will bring a “strong-fisted” coaching mentality to the football program.

“That’s the mentality that we need in a head coach,” said Anderson. “I believe that is what will take us far into the playoffs.”

Junior Jared Starr agrees.

“I think that even though things will be a little different with Mendoza as coach, he will get our team going in the right direction and get us another league championship like the one he helped with two years ago” said Starr.

The fate of Mendoza’s Channel League Champion baseball team is yet to be determined, but Mendoza hopes to stay with them for at least one more season.

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