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DAVE HOOVER
- Head Coach

Email: david.hoover@vvc.edu

Mobile: (760) 559-5552

Office: (760) 245-4271, ext. 2663

When Dave Hoover was announced as the new Head Football Coach at Victor Valley College in 2000, the football program entered an era of unprecendented success. Coach Hoover has become the all-time wins leader, and virtually every school record holder has come in his tenure. He has guided the Rams to the first two bowl games in school history, and possesses the best single season record (9-1) of all-time Rams football teams. Four athletes have reached All-American status under coach, and twelve have made the All-State team.

With all that said, coach believes he is just getting started.

Coach Hoover has had many individual athletes achieve state and national recognition, as well as both offensive and defensive units ranking amongst the top in the state. His 2006 defense, led by defensive coordinator Dale Bunn, was the top defense in the state. It was that 2006 season that Serrano High School standout Justin Halas was both the conference player of the year and the state player of the year. In that same 2006 season, Lucerne Valley's own Michael Woods was the offensive player of the year, leading the Foothill Conference's top offense here at Victor Valley. The Rams have been an offensive power throughout Hoover's tenure, including the 2008 season in which VVC has the 4th ranked offense in all of the the SCFA.

Individually, Coach Hoover has had the top rusher in the state in Kenny Thomas, as well as all-state running backs in Ryan Gilbert and Isaac Newton. Jamel Richardson has led the state in both receptions and total yards. Jahan Jones led the state in yards per catch. Both Justin Halas and John McCoy were players of the year defensively from the linebacker position. Virtually every position on the football field has had an all-state athlete represented by Rams Football.

Highlights from Coach Hoover's career include two Metro League Championships while at Pasadena City College, a PCAA and California Bowl Championship while at the University of Nevada - Las Vegas, and a National Championship while at the University of Massachusetts. Hoover has coached three Division One All Americans, and currently has two linemen starting in the NFL. L.J. Shelton, whom Hoover coached at Eastern Michigan University, was a 1st round draft pick of the Arizona Cardinals. Ickey Woods of UNLV and Marcell Shipp of UMass both were among the leading rushers in the nation behind Hoover-coached lines.

It has taken some time, but Coach Hoover believes that Rams Football is ready to step into state and national prominence. They have been knocking at the door, and the 2009 season is when they'll break through.

 

Darnell Crowder - Wide Receivers Coach - Football

DARNELL CROWDER - Defensive Backs

Office: (760) 245-4271, ext. 2662

Coach Crowder is entering his 5th season here at Victor Valley College. His first year he was a secondary coach helping mold Travis Dunn, Jon Carraway, Keith Stanley, DeShawn Richards, and Ahmad Harris. Since then he's been in charge of the wide receivers. Since Crowder took over receivers, the passing game has solidified its position as consistently one of the tops in state. He's had state leaders in Michael Woods (QB), Jahan Jones, and Anthony Berry.

Coach Crowder is a local product that led Victor Valley High School to 3 league championships at QB and WR before playing for Coach Hoover at VVC. There he was a 2x all-conference WR that shattered all the receiving records while also teaming up with Jamel Richardson as the best 1-2 punch in the state. He then earned a scholarship to New Mexico Highlands University where he led the team in all receiving categories. After 3 years in the arena leagues of playing WR/LB, Crowder decided to shift his focus to his scholastic and professional future.


 Coach Mike Esposito - Defensive Coordinator - Linebackers

Office: (760) 245-4271, ext. 2462

Esposito enters his second year as Defensive Coordinator with the Rams. The Rams defense was extremely aggressive in 2013 finishing 13th in JC football statistics.  Five members off the defense signed scholarship following 2013.  Esposito also acted as the General Manager and Head Coach in the Arena Football League as well as the American Indoor Football League from 2003-2006.  Esposito was named 2004 and 2005 AFL Coach of the year as well as Administrator of the Year.  His record as a Head Coach is 56-7 and has guided 34 players in the NFL & CFL. From 2007-2009 Esposito was the Assistant Head Coach at Dakota State University. Esposito has acted as a coordinator and segment coach in all levels of football, and has implemented successful Academic Success Programs as well as Strength and Conditioning Programs at many institutions. 

Esposito was an All-American in football and wrestling at William Penn University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Health, Physical Education, and Biology.  He received his double Master’s degree in Physical & Health Education and Secondary School Administration at Chadron State College.  Esposito is completed his PhD degree in Human Nutrition at South Dakota State University 2011.  From 1992 until 2003, when not patrolling the sidelines, he walked his beat around the “squared circle” as the National Wrestling Alliance’s “Repo Man.” He retired in 2003 as the NWA Television Champion, a title in which he held for three years. 

In addition to his coaching duties, Esposito teaches at the University of Phoenix, Barstow High School and serves as an adjunct faculty member for a couple of junior colleges, teaching Health, Nutrition and numerous Sports Marketing classes.  He is the Founder of the War at the Shore, which acts as the biggest amateur wrestling event in the country and has since 2002. He is also one of the founders of the National Fourth and One Football Clinics and an active member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and well as the National Association of Athletic Directors and periodically writes for many publications in the fields of athletics.  Caoach Espo is married to the former Amy Jensen and has four children Kagen 14, Kinsley 9, Kristen 6, and Kane 4.  His family are avid collectors of Lionel trains and antiques.


 Coach Charles Welde - Quarterbacks - Academic Success Coordinator

Office: (760) 245-4271, ext. 2494

CHARLES WELDE

Coach Herman Smith - Defensive Line

Office: (760) 245-4271, ext. 2462

Coach Smith is entering his first year as the Defensive Line Coach with the Rams Coaching Staff, Coming from Agassi Preparatory (2012-2013)& Desert Oasis High School (2011-2012) in Las Vegas.

 Smith has an extensive background in football. He began his journey at Merced Junior College in 1990-1991 and then signed a scholarship to Portland State University (92-93’) where he became an All-American for two consecutive years.

In 1994 Smith signed a Free Agent contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, after suffering an injury which then led him to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the CFL. Herman then signed with The Tampa Bay Buccaneers & was sent to NFL Europe to play with the London Monarchs, Returning back to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the 1995-1996 seasons. After signing with the Dallas Cowboys for a short period of time in 1997,  He finished his NFL Career suffering injury with the San Francisco 49ers in 98’. Later that year Smith signed a CFL contract with the BC Lions where he played from 1998-2003, The highlight of his CFL career was in 2000, Winning the Grey Cup & being named Defensive Player of the Year., As well as being selected for The Western Conference All Star Team three years in a row (2000-2003).

Smith went to Dillard High School in Ft. Lauderdale Florida where he was a three sport athlete excelling in Football, Basketball, and Track and field. His senior year he was selected a Blue Chip Player in the State of Florida & had the opportunity to play in the Florida/Georgia Shrine Game.  In is spare time Coach Smith enjoys rock climbing and bungee cord jumping.


Coach Mike Hoover - Offensive Line

Office: (760) 245-4271, ext. 2494

Coach Hoover will enter his second season as an assistant coach with the Rams.  His focus will be with the running backs.  Hoover is a 2009 Apple Valley graduate and was one of the most feared high school players in all the high desert earning Defensive Player of the Year in the Mojave River League in 2008.  Mike is no stranger to the gridiron for he is the son of the Rams head coach Dave Hoover.  Hoover played VVC until a career ending injury sidelined him in 2010.  Two of Mike's RB's from 2013 signed scholarships at the conclusion of the season.  Mike is working on his degree and in his spare time like to fish, bowl and donates time to the Community Theatre.  In the summer of 2014 Coach Hoover worked with the production "California Tempest" in the Cornerstone Theater in Los Angeles..  

 

Office: (760) 245-4271, ext. 2494


Coach Cesar Cervantes - Special Teams Coordinator

Office: (760) 245-4271, ext. 2494

CESAR CERVANTES


 

Coach Bobby Godinez - Defensive Backs

Office: (760) 245-4271, ext. 2494

Bobby Godinez spent the last three years at FCS and Big South member Gardner-Webb University.  He spent time coaching in many different roles. From Defensive Line to Defensive Backs to Tight Ends.  He also spent the longevity of his stay as the programs recruiting coordinator.

He has also excelled in his three years as recruiting coordinator, bringing kids from California, America Samoa, North Carolina, Georgia and even Australia.  Godinez efforts on the recruiting trails have helped Gardner-Webb land two outstanding classes in a row, particulary the 2012 group.

Godinez coached the Gardner-Webb safeties in 2011, helping tutor Gianni Olivas to a team-high interception total for the second year in a row. Godinez coached the defensive line for Gardner-Webb during his first season with the program in 2010, molding Preston Pemasa into the 2010 Big South Freshman of the Year and first-team All-Big South selection. Godinez also helped pour the foundation for what is now one of the team’s strongest position groups.

Godinez joined the Runnin’ Bulldogs from Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif., where he was named co-defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach in January 2010.

Godinez served as the defensive backs coach during the 2009 season at Pasadena City College, helping the squad to a No. 2 ranking defensively within the Northern Conference against the pass. He also served as head coach at La Varne Lutheran (Calif.) High in 2008, leading the school to a league title and a No. 8 ranking among California small schools – and directed a squad that led the league in offense, defense and special teams. Godinez was named Majestic league Coach of the Year in 2008 and Max Preps coaching honoree for his program turnaround.

As a player, Godinez played safety at San Jose State under Hall of Famer Dick Tomey, earning All-WAC honors twice and serving as a captain for the Spartans for two seasons. He signed a free agent contract with the NFL’s Washington Redskins in 2006. He then founded and operated Optimal Sports Training in March, 2007 – training players from the NFL and Major League Baseball – including All-Star hurler Jason Vargas (Angels).

Godinez graduated from San Jose State with a B.A. in Sociology and a M.A. in Kinesiology and Sports Management. He and his wife, Jennifer, welcomed their first daughter, Payton, in January, 2011 and first son, Avery, in November, 2012. In his spare time Coach Godinez enjoys working out, Hand Gliding, Base Jumping.  Coach Godinez is also a very avid pianist and plays the organ for his local church.


 

Coach Eric Wilkinson - Offensive Line

Office: (760) 245-4271, ext. 2494

ERIC WILKINSON


 

Coach Buck Blasco - Quarterbacks

Office: (760) 245-4271, ext. 2494

BUCK BLASCO

 

 

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