| He has assembled an excellent
staff, taken measures that will improve team academics and attitude, and
hit the recruiting trail harder than ever.
In 2000, the Brahmas went 3-7 but Banuellos says they were a few plays away from being 6-4. It's hard to tell what that means exactly, except that it's possible to do much better than 0-10. Given his past association with winning teams, one would think Banuelos wouldn't make it through many losing seasons. As an assistant coach at Moorpark between 1993 and 1998 he experienced four division titles, which are very fond memories indeed.. So Banuelos knows that winning feels pretty good.
This might be as tough a year as any to take over a program in the WSC, but Banuelos comes across as extremely excited and eager for the challenge. He made some astute observations about teams in the conference:
Banuelos is going about his own business, however, as the Brahmas get ready to scrimmage San Diego Mesa and open the regular season against what should be a tough Victor Valley squad (1:00pm). To help with the task of rebuilding a downtrodden Pierce program, Banuellos has assembled what he thinks is a great coaching staff. Ten have degrees, including 4 with Masters degrees and one PhD.
John Burton (Assistant Head Coach/Running Backs)
Damien Delfino (Offensive Coordinator)
Doug Bledsoe (Defensive Coordinator)
Louis Jones (Tight Ends)
Mark Serve (Wide Receivers/Recruiting Coordinator)
Akili Calhoun (Defensive Line)
Rene Anderson (Cornerbacks)
Cesar Jimenez (Safeties)
Straun Joseph (OLB)
Justin Berenson (Offensive Line)
Shane Goodwin (Offensive Line assistant)
Dave Buchanan (Strength and Conditioning)
Although cautious in discussing his personnel, you get the feeling from the excitement in his voice that Banuelos can't wait to get the season going. It would be good for the conference is LA Pierce could get back on track and it sounds like there's a good bunch of people leading the charge.
New Coach Banuelos Has LA Pierce on Right Track
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