Coach Kirksey begins his second stint on the Warrior staff after serving as a sophomore assistant from 1993-1995. He was a member of the Marmonte League and Ventura County coaching staff of the year in 1993. He was a three-sport letterman in football, basketball and baseball at Canoga Park HS. He went on to star on the baseball fi eld at Anderson College, Indiana where he was the MVP of the league. He lives in Arizona during the off season with his wife, Sandy. Sons, Tim and Kris both coach on the Freshmen staff.
This is Coach Newman’s first year coaching. He played for Westlake and won CIF SS Championship in 2003. Coach Newman was All CIF, All Marmonte and All Ventura County in 2002 and 2003. He received a scholarship to University of Colorado and transferred to University of Utah, where he started on the defensive line and went on to win the 2008 National Championship during his senior year. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications.
Coach Hill has been coaching at Westlake for 2 years and comes from Rio Mesa High School where he played as a Defensive Back. He was All Pacific League as a senior. He currently resides with his wife, Denise and their two children, Austin & Ashley in Camarillo. He works for Union Pacific Railroad.
FRESHMAN LINEBACKER COACH
Coach Ray joins the Warrior staff after six years of coaching youth sports. Coach Ray prepped at Chatsworth High School where he was an All-League and All-City Linebacker. He continued his football career, playing at Long Beach State University and Weber State University. Coach Ray looks forward to building the Lacrosse program at Westlake High School as the school’s first Head Lacrosse Coach. Coach Ray lives in Thousand Oaks with his beautiful wife, Michelle, and four sons, Dylan, Devin, Brennan, and Bryson. Sons Dylan, Devine, & Brennan currently play on the Varsity and JV teams.
FRESHMAN DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR
Ryan Dyer graduated from Westlake High School in 1995 where he was an All-Marmonte League Defensive Lineman and recipient of the Braves Scholarship. Coach Dyer started coaching at Westlake in 2001. Coach Dyer lives in Westlake with his beautiful wife Katie and his two children, Jackson and Jordyn.
FRESHMAN OFFENSIVE LINE COACH
Coach Darin Erickson returns to the Warrior staff after a ten year break. Coach Erickson coached at Westlake from 1993 through 1999. He is a graduate of Lake Havasu High School where he was a leader on the varsity football, wrestling, and track teams as well as an All-Conference Offensive Lineman. Coach Erickson teaches in the Science Department at Westlake and is the club medeator for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes on campus. He lives in Thousand Oaks with his beautiful wife, Cheri, and his sons, Kyle and Jordan. Kyle is a member of the JV team.
Coach Miller graduated from Westlake HS in 2004 after a stellar career with the Warriors. His 2003 team won the CIF, State and National title after a 14-0 campaign that included wins over Notre Dame (CIF Div III champion), Hart (CIF Div II champion) and St. Bonaventure in the CIF Championship game. He accepted a full athletic scholarship to USC and graduated in 2009. He is a member of the Warrior Football Hall of Fame.
Coach Kirksey played WHS 1991 season with MVP, Outstanding Back, and Gibbons Award honors. Has coached all 3 levels at WHS over the last 8 years. Lives in Westlake with wife Amy and his beautiful daughters Ema, Lily, and Halle. Coach Kirksey was honored this year after being selected into the WHS Football Hall of Fame.
FRESHMAN HEAD COACH
Coach Hames is entering his 12th year with the Warriors, serving as both freshman and sophomore head coach during his tenure. He was a three year letterman at Chula Vista High School where he played defensive back. Before coming to the Warriors, Coach Hames coached and served as President of the Westlake Braves Youth Organization. He and his wife Kim live in Westlake Village and have five children, David, Kevin, Mallory, Justin and Brandon. Kevin and Justin both played for the Warriors.