VISALIA – A familiar face in Visalia is taking over the head job of a rival school. Golden West graduate Adam Valencia was named the new head football coach for the Mt. Whitney Pioneers on Thursday of last week. The decision comes after former skipper Marty Martin stepped down earlier this year.
Valencia is not a stranger to having success on the field as either a player or a coach. A four year player for Golden West, he started at running back and as defensive back. He earned a All –American honors and was named Blazer of the Year.
After Valencia’s last game in the brown and yellow he went on to flourish at the collegiate level. First was a two year stop at his home town College of the Sequoias. His performance at running back and on special teams caught the eye of Wayne State College in Nebraska. The Division-II school offered Valencia a full ride football scholarship for the remainder of his eligibility. Over those last two years he continued to rumble down the field.
After hanging up his cleats for the last time Valencia decided to pick up a whistle and remain a figure in the sport he loved. For the past 20 years he has coached. Beginning in 2015 he has worn the maroon and white of Mt. Whitney. As a freshman coach he led his team to an undefeated (10-0) season, city, and West Yosemite League titles. For the past three seasons he has assisted on the varsity team as an offensive coordinator, running backs, and special teams coach.
With Valencia leading the way the Pioneers will be looking to improve on their last season’s record of 4-7.