Allan Hancock College Selects New Coach

(Santa Maria, CA) The Allan Hancock College Board of Trustees yesterday (Feb. 26) approved the selection of Kris Dutra as head football coach for the Bulldogs, effective March 1. Dutra had been serving as interim head football coach and physical education faculty member since July 1, 2001.

            In his first season as the Bulldogs' head football coach, Dutra directed the Bulldogs to a 7-3 regular-season record and a berth in the Cerritos Strawberry Bowl game, Hancock's eighth consecutive post-season appearance. Dutra previously had served three years as offensive coordinator for Barney Eames, the winningest football coach in school history. 


            "I am very pleased Kris Dutra has been selected as our head football coach," said Avie Bridges, Allan Hancock College's director of health, physical education and athletics.  "Kris has already demonstrated that he is a quality head coach, as well as a quality instructor who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the playing field and to the classroom.


"The search for our new football coach was extensive, and we had many well qualified and very experienced applicants for this vital position," Bridges added.  "I'm confident that Kris will help the program continue its longtime record of success under his leadership."


The board of trustees approved Dutra's position at Allan Hancock College as a full-time, tenure-track physical education instructor/coach in the health and physical education department.  After the appointment, Dutra said he was "very honored and appreciative of the confidence that the college has in me and to be continuing as the Bulldogs' head football coach.


            "This is a dream job for me," Dutra added.  "To serve as interim head coach last year was a great experience, and I'm already working toward the upcoming season and focusing on leading a program that is one of the best at the community college level."


            Dutra played quarterback at Santa Maria High School in 1987 and 1988. He went on to play at Moorpark College and Culver-Stockton College in Missouri.  After his playing career, Dutra remained at Culver-Stockton as an assistant, coaching the team's receivers and quarterbacks for four seasons.  In 1997, Dutra returned to Santa Maria and joined the Bulldog staff as quarterbacks coach before assuming the position as offensive coordinator.   Dutra and his wife, Amber, reside in Santa Maria.


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