MISSION VIEJO, Calif., March 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of South County Trojans Elite Youth Football announced today that Coach Terry Anderson has accepted the head coach and defensive coordinator positions for the chapter's 10-and-under (10U) team.
"Coach Terry is beloved by players and their families for his transformative coaching approach that focuses on building a winning team culture and the development of confident young men," said Chad Johnson, chairman of the Trojans' board and head coach of Mission Viejo High School Football. "Above all, his coaching style develops young players into athletes who love the game, who thrive in a competitive atmosphere and who achieve the highest level of their capabilities."
Coach Anderson has played and coached football for decades. Collegiately, he played running back at East Carolina University and Bowie State University prior to his service in the United States Marine Corps, where he also competed at the running back position in the Corps' intramural eight-man league. Anderson has more than a decade of experience coaching youth football, including more than 300 athletes in Mission Viejo and surrounding areas. He served as head coach of the legendary Mission Viejo Cowboys 13U and 14U teams, which won back-to-back Orange County Junior All-American Football Conference division championships under his watch, as well as advancing to the 2016 Super Bowl league championship game.
"My pledge to our 10U families is that my coaching staff will have your sons playing the game of football the right way at a very young age, and we will have them playing at a 12U level by the end of the season," said Coach Terry. "We are excited to demonstrate that with the right coaching, commitment and competitive atmosphere, it is possible to have 10U teams running a high school-level spread offense and advanced defensive schemes. I'm looking forward to a tremendous season!"
Joshua Walker serves as Coach Anderson's offensive coordinator. Coach Walker is currently assistant defensive coordinator at Saddleback Valley Christian High School, a position he has held since 2016. He also has five years of experience coaching club-level football with OCJAAF's South County Patriots as their offensive coordinator and Pop Warner San Clemente, where he served as Coach Anderson's offensive coordinator.
Sean Tunavasa serves as the 10U team's offensive and defensive line coach. Coach Tunavasa played collegiate football for the University of Utah as an offensive lineman. He also has 15 years of elite youth coaching experience, including a number of years coaching the Mission Viejo Cowboys offensive and defensive lines, the OC Buckeyes 8U offensive and defensive lines, as well as Pop Warner experience. Coach Tunavasa's oldest son currently plays college football for Dixie State University as a defensive lineman, his younger son is currently a Mission Viejo High School defensive tackle with eight division one college offers, and his daughter plays division one soccer at the University of Virginia.
The South County Trojans employ a farm-system training approach similar to that utilized by Football University (FBU), with shared coaching in practice formats. As a result, 10U players will also have regular exposure and coaching input from the staff in the higher divisions as they move through practice rotations on the field. As a result, in addition to Coach Anderson and his staff, the 10U and other divisions will also receive coaching from the 14U staff announced earlier this month:
Ryan Koh – 14U Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator
Orange Lutheran High School, freshman offensive and defensive coordinator and head varsity corners coach (six years), J Serra Catholic High School, varsity and freshman wide receiver coach, El Dorado High School, defensive coordinator, Football University (FBU), 12U offensive and defensive coordinator, 2017 Southwest Champions and among the top eight teams in the nation; Saddleback Valley Bears Pop Warner, D1 junior varsity offensive coordinator, 2018 Division 3 Orange Bowl Champions and Division 3 Wescon Champions, 13 – 1 season; Tustin Cobras Pop Warner, offensive coordinator, 2015 Division 2 Orange Bowl Champions, Division 2 Wescon Champions, and among the top eight teams in the nation; currently at Laguna Beach High School as their varsity and freshman head corners coach.
DJ Brandel, 14U Offensive and Defensive Line
Orange Lutheran High School, current varsity assistant offensive line coach (two years); DJ has extensive coaching as well as playing experience; he played for the Los Angeles Kiss Semi-Pro Team, offensive tackle (four years); Cleveland Gladiators Semi-Pro team, offensive tackle (two years); had tryouts and spring camps with the Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, and Cleveland Browns; he also played for Chapman University, offensive tackle; and Orange Lutheran High School, offensive tackle, won a state championship in 2006; in addition to his current Orange Lutheran coaching position, Brandel has also coached at El Dorado High School as varsity assistant offensive line coach.
Blake Hyepock: 14U Quarterbacks Coach
Orange Lutheran High School, previous head varsity and freshman quarterback coach (four years), and current Orange Lutheran assistant athletic director; El Dorado High School, varsity quarterback coach (two years); Saddleback Valley Bears Pop Warner, D1 junior varsity quarterback coach for Ryan Hanson, 2018 Division 3 Orange Bowl Champions and Division 3 Wescon Champions, 13 – 1 season; coached FBU, 4Vert, and OC Elite teams 2019 post-season; coach Hyepock began his football career at Orange Lutheran, starting quarterback, in 2008 earned 2nd Team All-Trinity League designation; Colorado State University as quarterback 2008 – 2009 before a serious auto accident ended his football career too early. Masters' degree in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University.
Sonny Pa-u: 14U Offensive Line
South County Trojans Youth Football, currently serves on the board in the role of fields director; Golden West College, previous offensive line coach (7 years); Mission Viejo High School, previous freshman offensive line coach under Chad Johnson; OC Buckeyes and Irvine Chargers (under OCJAFF), previous offensive line coach for both; Coach Pa-u began his love for the game playing for Westminster High School, defensive and offensive tackle; Golden West College and California State Long Beach, as defensive tackle for both.
George Katrib – 14U Receiver coach
Coach Katrib accepted a preferred walk-on spot with the USC Trojans, earned a full scholarship as a wide receiver and competed all four years (2012 – 2016). Coach Katrib started his football career at Diamond Bar High School, receiver and defensive back as a three-year starter and was named 1st Team All-CIF wide receiver and safety, two-time team MVP, and broke all of the high school's receiving records. Coach Katrib is excited to work with the SC Trojans' receivers to pass along all he can to the next generation of elite athletes! He currently serves as a team leader in full-time youth ministry with YoungLife Saddleback Valley, working with La Paz middle schoolers and Mission Viejo High schoolers in the areas of faith and character and leadership development.
Coach Dustin Nichols – 14U Assistant Coach
California Wolves Semi-Professional Football, defensive end (two years); Saddleback Valley Bears Pop Warner, assistant coach (six years), and Bears D1 junior varsity, 2018 Division 3 Orange Bowl Champions and Division 3 Wescon Champions, 13 – 1 season; coach Nichols began his football career playing for Oliver Ames High School, defensive end and tight end and went on to California State University Northridge, strongside defensive end (Sam Backer), achieved co-champion status in the Western Football Conference in 1990.
South County Trojans Youth Football features seven unlimited weight class divisions: 14U, 13U, 12U, 11U, 10U, 8U, and 6U, as well as cheerleading squads. Interested players for these divisions will be evaluated by professional coaches during our second "evaluation & training camp," which will be announced in the coming days. The first evaluation camp was hosted on March 17 and was attended by hundreds of advanced athletes from throughout the region. Those interested in attending the next evaluation camp and/or receiving more information about the South County Trojans may visit http://www.BecomeATrojan.com.
Further details will follow in the coming days and weeks. Visit us on Facebook @sctrojansyouthfootball and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/sctrojansfootball.
About South County Trojans Youth Football
South County Trojans Youth Football is an elite, high school-preparatory tackle football program for the most advanced players in Orange County and surrounding communities. Backed by Chad Johnson, Mission Viejo High School head football coach, the Trojans are one of the newest members of the SYFL, a competitive club-level league with more than 20 chapters throughout California. We feature seven unlimited weight class divisions: 14U, 13U, 12U, 11U, 10U, 8U and 6U, led by the finest professional coaching squads in youth football, including current and previous Trinity League and Football University (FBU), as well as previous Mission Viejo High School, OC Buckeyes and Mission Viejo Cowboys coaching greats. The program has significant backing from some of the best brands in professional sports, including, VICIS, Shock Doctor, and McDavid. For more information, please visit www.BecomeATrojan.com.
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