David Coronado was recently hired as the new athletic director at Monterey Trail High School. He officially took over the post Aug. 1.
Coronado spent the past eleven years teaching sixth grade at Samuel Kennedy Elementary School, but has been a part of the Mustang’s football program since 2005.
He is currently in his sixth season as the head junior varsity football coach.
“I feel it’s an administrative role I wanted,” Coronado said about his new post.
The school’s longtime A.D., Rick Arcuri, resigned in the spring but is still at the school in the role of assistant A.D. and assistant football coach with the varsity squad.
“I am very grateful and humble to have had the opportunity to be a part of building the foundation of Monterey Trail High School,” Arcuri wrote in an email to the Citizen. “While I will continue to teach, coach and work toward the success of MTHS, I feel as though it is time for a new leader to take Monterey Trail Athletics to the next level of success. David Coronado is that leader.”
Coronado grew up in Tulelake, a small town near the Oregon border, where he played football, basketball, baseball and threw the shot and discus for the track team. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Chico State and a Masters of Education at Sacramento State.
“My goal is to continue with what coach Arcuri has put in place and grow from there,” Coronado said. “We want to hold the kids to the commitment level we have at Monterey Trail.”
The school, in its ten-year history, has won the Division I Girls’ Track and Field Championship in the Sac-Joaquin Section in 2012. The football team was Section runner-ups in 2009 and 2010.
“(Monterey Trail) is truly a family atmosphere, a melting pot where all walks of life come together on ONE trail, the Monterey Trail,” Arcuri wrote.