Local football coaches and media gathered at the Endless Summer Cafe on Tuesday for the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table’s annual Fall Football Preview.
The coaches took the chance to speak about the hopes and challenges in the upcoming season and gave a brief preview of what to expect once their student-athletes hit the playing field.
Santa Barbara head coach Jaime Melgoza: “What I’m trying to do is create a program from the ground up.”
San Marcos assistant Bob Archer: “It’s a primarily senior class so we hope we have a good showing this year. If we can stay away from injuries, we’re hoping for a great season.”
Dos Pueblos head coach Jeff Uyesaka: “Jaime (Melgoza) said it right. We’re all doing the same thing, coaching kids in the community so we all do have to stick together.”
Laguna Blanca head coach Ray Robataille: “We’re going to take it one game at a time. We’re young and we’re building but we’re going to have an enjoyable 8-man season.”
SBCC head coach Craig Moropoulos: “We’ve made a concerted effort to recruit the local area. We’ve got as big a (recruiting class) as ever, and it’s quality recruit. And the fact of the matter is we’re proud of that. This is Santa Barbara Community College.”
New Round Table President Catharine Manset-Morreale
Cate Athletic Director Wade Ransom: “We have our biggest program ever this year. We have 45 kids between varsity and JV so we continue to grow.”
Bishop Diego assistant coach Ralph Molina: “It’s kind of a rebuilding year – that’s what we said last year. We had a lot of freshman and sophomores and this year we’re in the same boat. We only have four seniors.”