FAIRIFELD — Another year, another varsity football coach at Rodriguez.
For the fifth time in five seasons, the Mustangs will take the practice field Monday with a new leader, bringing up Berwyn Hutcherson from the JV program to lead the varsity this season, at least for now.
He is also the school’s eight coach since the school opened in 2002.
Hutcherson replaces Sarj Singh, who won’t return for unspecified reasons.
“Right now he’s serving as interim coach, he took over this week,” assistant principal John Pizzo said. “With Sarj right now, I can’t comment on Sarj. It’s a personal matter we can’t comment on. Right now were concerned for the safety of the students and look forward to having a good year.”
Hutcherson, who was the Mustangs’ JV head coach last season and an assistant in 2011, he’s excited to get the opportunity.
“I was like, ‘Wow. OK, let me get a handful on the loose ends first, put a system in place,’ ” Hutcherson said. “I have a philosophy about what I want to install at Rodriguez and we will implement that. I want the players to understand what I want. I’m in management mode. Then it came down reality. Now it’s time to get to work.”
Rodriguez went 3-7 overall in 2012, Singh, only season, and was 1-4 in its first year back in the Monticello Empire League.
Will all the coaching changes at the school, Hutcherson, even though he is currently just the interim coach, says he wants that to change.
“I definitely want longevity and consistency with the program,” said Hutcherson, who played his high school football at Vallejo under legendary coach Jack Renfro, ”I have a rapport with the kids. I ran a disciplined program last year. I’m a double degree holder, and I’m an educator as well. I come from a football stable, as people would say.
“I understand the importance of continuity at Rodriguez and the last few years I’ve been there. I’m not leaving the community. I going to make sure the kids have a solid season. It’s just interim (for now). Right now it’s about keeping the balance, keeping the kids getting prepared. I worked closely (with Singh). I know the interceding that needs to get done.”
Hutcherson has recently been a substitute teach in the Fairfield-Suisun School District, and said he wants to work toward a credential to become a high school counselor.
He’s taking a step toward that with his players starting at Monday’s practice.
“We’re teaching our kids to have a positive outlook,” he said. “They worked hard this past summer. We have very strong freshman class coming in, and the JV team is 60 (players) strong. We have strong athletes coming back (for varsity). Our JV was 7-3 last season. They are excited they made it through the black-out period (no formal practices). The want to win and I want to make sure that happens.”
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