Chris Myers was already active with the Wolf Pack football team before Wednesday, May 15, his first official day as head coach of the varsity program.
The Tracy Unified School District Board of Trustees confirmed Myers as coach during its meeting Tuesday, May 14.
Myers, 39, a physical education teacher at West since 2005, coached the freshman program from 2006 to 2008 and was an assistant coach for the team in 2012.
He had already started holding spring workouts for West’s players and is concentrating on rebuilding the team.
Former West football coach Matt Loggins moved to Kimball High in March and took most of the coaching staff with him.
For two weeks, Myers and assistant coach Tom O’Hara have run players through drills and practices.
“We’re doing a lot of conditioning right now because we have limited coaches,” Myers said.
Assistant coaching jobs, plus the sophomore and freshman head coach jobs, are still open, but Myers said he expects coaches familiar with West football to join the team soon.
“Matt (Loggins) built a good program and left a void when he left, but there are a lot of good people stepping up and really wanting to see us succeed,” Myers said.
He’s also encouraged by the number of players who have come out in the first two weeks. They will take a week off at the end of May for finals, but after that, Myers will be eager to see who commits to four days a week of weight training in the mornings and practices in the evening during the summer.
“We’re averaging 65 to 70 guys, and numbers are growing every day,” Myers said.
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