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New Knight in charge: Pepe Villaseñor

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Pepe Villaseñor has been named head football coach at St. Joseph High School, athletic director Tom Mott announced Thursday at a press conference. He's the 15th head coach in program history.

Villaseñor replaces interim head coach Jim Chvala, who led the Knights to a 7-5 overall record, and second place Los Padres League finish in 2017. St. Joseph advanced to the CIF Southern Section Division 5 quarterfinals where they lost to Paraclete, 55-30.

A 1997 St. Bonaventure High School graduate, Villaseñor returned to his alma mater in 2003 where he helped lead the Seraphs to five league titles, four CIF Southern Section championships, and two State titles in five seasons.

After moving to Spain for three years, Villaseñor returned to California in 2010 where he became an assistant coach at Crespi High School in Encino, CA. He spent three years with Crespi before becoming a trainer and mentor for NFL and college athletes that he coached during high school.

When the coaching job came open at St. Joseph, Villaseñor knew it was a great opportunity for him and his family to move to the Central Coast.

"This place exactly like home, like my alma mater," Villaseñor said. "It's a small community, small-knit community with great values and loyalty. The alumni is fantastic. The fervor and excitement for athletics and spiritual growth here is incredible. My wife and I feel at home already."

As a former record-setting wide receiver at Ohio Wesleyan University, Villaseñor's forte is on the offensive side of the ball, but to him, football is much more than just X's and O's.

"First and foremost, it's about discipline," Villaseñor demanded. "Discipline, hard work, doing your job, having the young men hold each other accountable, accountability is definitely at the forefront of any program that I'm going to be involved in."

Villaseñor will get started with the program as soon as possible in order to get the Knights ready for the upcoming 2018 season.

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