Fri, Aug 30 2013 11:33 AM Posted By: Phillip Brents
There was once a time when Bonita Vista High School was the team to beat in the South Bay, but with the emergence of Eastlake, Otay Ranch and Olympian high schools in recent years the Barons have fallen upon hard times.
New head coach Chris Thompson hopes to bring back the glory years at BVHS and guide the program to new heights. His goal is to one day bring the Barons their first CIF football title.
Thompson has an impressive pedigree having coached with recent San Diego Section champions Vista and Poway after 18 years as the assistant head coach Mira Mesa, his alma mater.
The former high school and junior college tight end has coached in the Arena League and was the vice-president of Digital Sports Video. It was a job that took him all over the country.
“We had clients such as Stanford, Boise State and Arizona State, so I had the opportunity to be around and talk to some of the best football minds in the game,” Thompson said. “What I am trying to do is to bring some of the knowledge that I have gained to these guys.”
Thompson understands the importance of teaching when it comes to football and he varies his approach in order to tailor his message to the individual needs of his players. He is upbeat and positive, intense, confident and demanding. Most importantly, he is all about the team concept.
“I am excited to work with these kids and this coaching staff,” Thompson said. “Bonita has had a great tradition under (former coaches) Carl Parrick and Greg Raby. They did a great job here for many years.”
Thompson said he sees no reason why that winning tradition cannot be restored.
Despite the fact that the Barons won just two games a year ago while losing nine, Thompson believes that the Barons have more than enough talent to turn things around.
Since his arrival he has preached a sermon of positive thinking. He is hoping to convince his players that they are not going to win unless they believe that they can.
“I tell them that we are going to win by being consistent, by doing things right, by studying, critiquing and by being honest with each other,” the new BVHS coach said. “We want to bring people back to our games by giving them something to cheer about.”
The Barons open their 2013 season against Montgomery on Friday, Aug 30 with a game at Olympian High School. With their home field at Southwestern College still under renovation, other scheduled “home” contests will be at Olympian and Otay Ranch high schools or on opponents’ fields.
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