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A familiar face returns

Daniel Gardner becomes San Pasqual's head football coach for the 2nd time.

For the past 5 seasons, San Pasqual football has struggled to gain much traction on the gridiron during the Sal Pineda era.

The Warriors program is now turning to the last coach that led it to success; Daniel Gardner.

Gardner was the last coach to lead San Pasqual into the playoffs during the 2013-2014 school year, before he left due to budget cuts.

Since that time, Gardner spent time in Texas continuing to cultivate his experience in resurrecting football programs that were previously on life support.

Now, he has the chance to do it again.

The Warriors have struggled to spark an interest with kids trying out for the sport and connecting with the Winterhaven and Quechan communities, in an effort to spur support.

Garner plans on a 2-fold approach to bring life into the Warriors football program.

1st, to sell the student athletes on his philosophy of getting them ready for a potential run at being collegiate student athletes.

He already has 4 coaches on his staff that have experience playing at the college level that are ready to pass that wisdom down to the athletes.

2nd, the overall culture change will require a strong base of community support; as he plans on reaching out to parents and local organizations to help galvanize the program.

One of the bigger goals that Gardner has in mind for the next couple of years is the potential transition between 8-man to 11-man football.

"Both myself and my staff we believe great things are possible at the school, I believe they have the talent here and the athletes to be successful and it is our goal to jump to 11man football; which i believe is also gonna help with enthusiasm." 

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Rob Fram

Rob Fram rejoined the KYMA News Team in February 2010.

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