2015 Starbucks/Black Hat Football Coach of the Year: Central Catholic’s Roger Canepa

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COACH ROGER CANEPA, Central Catholic Raiders

Say what you’d like about Central Catholic Coach Roger Canepa possessing The 209’s Player of the Year and the most talented teamimages-9 in the Sac-J0aquin – he’s done all that has been asked of him.

His Raiders twice beat Oakdale – The 209’s most prominent public-school program – in the Valley Oak League and Sac-Joaquin Section Division 3 championship games. His Raiders are 15-0 and will be playing a 16-game schedule for the fourth consecutive season.

Canepa has won three straight state championships, and this year images-10his team was promoted to D3 and still won another section title – and they are still in pursuit of a fourth straight state crown. It sounds easy to say ‘He just gives the ball to Justin Rice’ and steps back.

That argument was used one way or another the previous three years – granted, Canepa has benefited from a rolling stable of running backs that is unprecedented in The 209 — but eventually ou need to step back and realize he gets the job done every week.

Yes, he’s got Justin Rice – but we’ve all seen talented teams that fail to reach their potential. Canepa has made sure that this team – images-11easily the greatest team in Central Catholic’s illustrious history — has stayed focus and stayed winning.

The first-string defense allowed just two TDs in four Section playoff games, stunning in this era of rapid-fire offensive attacks, and they drilled highly regarded Marin Catholic 49-14 in Saturday night’s NorCal Small School Open Bowl. The Raiders face 15-0 San Marino in this Saturday’s State Open Bowl at 4 p.m at Sacramento State.

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Canepa is in his eighth year at Central Catholic (he previously coached at Calaveras and Sonora) and is 95-18 (85%) with the Raiders. Canepa’s overall coaching record is 214-46-1.

Here’s Roger’s record since he took over the Raiders’ program, with the overall record (and the playoff record for that season, with their ultimate finish):

2015 – 15-0 (5-0, section, NorCal champ)

2014 – 12-3 (5-0, section, NorCal, state D-IV champ)

2013 – 15-1 (6-0, WAC, section, NorCal, state D-IV champ)

2012 – 14-2 (6-0, WAC, section, NorCal, state D-IV champ)

2011 – 10-3 (2-1, D-IV semifinal)

2010 – 7-5 (1-1, D-IV quarterfinal)

2009 – 11-2 (2-1, D-IV semifinal)

2008 – 11-2 (2-1, D-V runner-up)

About the Author ()

Richard T. Estrada has been covering high school football in The 209 area code for more than 30 years and is the voice of authority on the game in California's Central Valley. He oversaw The Modesto Bee's high school sports coverage for a couple of decades, and also was a national award-winning business and agriculture writer. Black Hat Football not only covers the game, but emphasizes education and the need for The 209's student-athletes to prepare for college.

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