Blankenship Is Back

One of the most successful football coaches in California history is back. Randy Blankenship, who had success at Nevada Union (Grass Valley, Calif.), Clovis West and Fallbrook before coaching in Texas last year, has accepted the position of head coach at Capistrano Valley High of Mission Viejo.

Blankenship resigned Monday from Granbury High after leading the Pirates to a 4-6 record his first year. The year before, Granbury had been 1-9, so the 2001 season was a distinct improvement for a coach who's built a reputation for turning programs around.

But Blankenship's short tenure with Granbury was anything but smooth sailing. In December, the Granbury School Board decided to discipline Blankenship after parents accused him of using profane and crude language around his players and verbally assaulting them. The Board held a public meeting in December where concerns about Blankenship were aired. Blankenship admitted at the meeting to using profanity, but promised to control himself in the future.

Still, the coach with a 169-39-3 record in California, felt like his job was not secure and indicated a desire in December to return to the Golden State.

"I've never left a job undone, but I want to be somewhere that really wants me," Blankenship told the Hood County News on Wednesday. "I am glad to be going to such a great place. The students support all the athletics there."

Blankenship replaces Jeff Veeder, who resigned after registering an 8-21 mark in three seasons with the Cougars. Capo Valley plays in the South Coast League, the same league that produced CIF-Southern Section Div. II champ Mission Viejo.

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