In advance of the upcoming wrestling season, The Leader sent a questionnaire to head coach Steve Strange, seeking some thoughts on the campaign. Following are the questions and coach Strange’s answers.
How long have you been coaching this sport/team?
Fifth year, second as Head Coach.
What would you say are the team’s strengths?
We have a strong group of seniors and underclassmen who should all contribute. The addition of Vic Moreno and Trevor Machado Ching to the coaching staff along with veteran coaches Brian Stevens and Abel Colunga gives the team a great opportunity.
League outlook – who will be the toughest?
Strong group of teams coming back from last year including Kimball, Sierra, Weston Ranch, Manteca, East Union and Lathrop. New school Central Catholic should also field a strong team.
What do you hope for in the preseason matches you schedule?
We should be tested early as December 7, we compete against Bakersfield, Temecula Valley and De La Salle. In addition the 39th James Riddle Classic on Dec 14, is slated to be the toughest Riddle in several years.
What kind of offseason work did the kids do to prepare for this year’s competition?
This group has been very dedicated during the off season, competing against many of the best from California and beyond. The team traveled to Virginia Beach, Reno, Las Vegas, and competed against top ranked schools such as Poway, Clovis and Calvary Chapel.
Is there a word or phrase that describes your coaching philosophy?
We try to give the kids every opportunity to succeed; the person who deserves success usually gets it, both on and off the mat.
What do you enjoy most about coaching?
Seeing the wrestlers accomplish their goals.