Coach Opsal is entering his first year with the Warriors after coaching at Thousand High School the last five years where he was honored with the 2006 Ventura County JV Staff of the Year. He prepped at Buffalo HS in Minnesota where he earned All Conference and All-State recognition as a quarterback. He went on to play defensive back at Div II Gustavus Adolphus College (MN) and graduated in 2004 with a B.A. in Health and Physical Education. Coach Opsal spent three years coaching college football at Gustavus Adolphus College (2003), California Lutheran University (2004) and Pacific Lutheran University (2005). He is single and lives in Thousand Oaks.
Coach English begins his first year with the Warriors after coaching at Thousand Oaks and Oak Park HS the last few years. He was head coach in 2005 when his freshman staff was selected Ventura County Staff of the Year. He prepped at Chatsworth HS where he was selected to the All-Valley Team. After high school, Coach English played football at College of the Canyons and served our country in the U.S. Air Force. His career path has been Real Estate for the last 26 years. He resides in Thousand Oaks with his wife, Tammy and they have two children, Trenton (21) and Madison (18).
Coach Goslin begins his first year with the Warriors after serving as the Simi Valley HS freshman team head coach the last three years. Coach Goslin prepped at Royal HS where he was honored as the MVP and All-Ventura County. He then played at Moorpark College where he earned a scholarship to Fresno State, University and was named All-American, MVP and California Player of the Year. While at Fresno State, he received his BA in Sociology and was honored as an All-Conference defensive end. He signed as a free agent with the Denver Broncos. He is an 18 year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department and the Detective of the Year Recipient in 2009. Coach Goslin is a strong advocate for cancer awareness as he has battled the disease since 2008. He resides in Simi Valley with his wife, Stacey and sons Austin and Tyger.
PASS GAME COORDINATOR
Coach Levine begins his fifth year with the Warriors, the last four as a varsity assistant. His first year, he was an assistant coach on the sophomore level and worked primarily with the offense. Coach Levine has coached at Hueneme High School and Calabasas High School. He holds a B.S. degree from Cal State University, Northridge and prepped at Calabasas High School.
ASSISTANT OFFENSIVE LINE
Coach Brewer begins his fifth year with the Warriors after coaching the offensive line for Buena and Hueneme High Schools for four years. He played high school football at Hueneme High School where he was an All-Area offensive lineman selection. He has continued his playing career participating in the Ventura County Police and Sheriff Pride Bowl each year. He is employed by the Ventura County Probation Department and lives in Oxnard with his wife, Griselda and sons Kayden & Kody.
Coach Flores enters his eighth year with the Warriors having served as freshman line coach for three years and then elevating to the varsity. He prepped at Garfield High School where he was a three year starter and two time All-City selection on the offensive line. He was selected captain of the 605 All-Star Game and went on to start at Mt. SAC college for two years. He holds the bench press record at Mt. SAC of 420# and was selected to the All JC Strength Team. He lives in Westlake with his wife Marlene and son, Jonathan who played football with the Warriors.
Coach Green enters his fifth year with the Warriors as the running backs coach after coaching the defensive secondary for two years. Prior to coming to Westlake, Coach Green worked as Assistant Head Coach and Varsity Defensive Coordinator at Hueneme High School. He has also worked as the Linebacker Coach at Camarillo High School and Secondary/ Running Backs Coach at Pacifica High School. He played high school football at Moorpark High School where he was an outstanding two-sport athlete earning All Tri-Valley League honors as a senior. He has also served as the sprint coach for the Warrior track team the last three years. He is employed by the State of California and lives in Moorpark.
RUN GAME COORDINATOR
Coach Hagy begins his eighth year with the Warriors, three as Sophomore head coach and the last four as the Varsity Run Game Coordinator. He played high school football at Agoura High School where he received All-Area recognition as a running back. He graduated from U.S.C. where he played on the baseball team. His son, Steve plays football at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point after a stellar career with the Warriors. Son, John will be a senior football player at Westlake. Daughter, Jessica graduated from USC. He lives in Thousand Oaks with his wife Aileen.
TIGHT ENDS COACH
Coach Rescigno begins his 13th year with the Warriors. A former New York high school head coach in the 60’s, Coach Rescigno brings experience and enthusiasm to the staff. Coach Rescigno has worked with the running backs, offensive line and tight ends during his years with the Warriors. He came to Westlake after three years coaching the offensive line at Mater Dei High School. He retired as the Superintendent of the Hueneme Elementary School District a few years ago and now is enjoying semi-retirement with his wife Val. They live in Westlake Village and have two sons, Ian and Eric and three grandchildren.
Coach Rothschiller returned to Westlake last year and begins his 14th year in the program after serving as Varsity Defensive Backs Coach from 1989-2001. He prepped at Chaminade High School where he received All-Valley recognition and was inducted into their athletic Hall of Fame this year. He participated in the San Fernando Valley All-Star Classic in 1976. He and his wife Debbie have three children, Jake and Kyle are junior football players at Westlake and Brooke is an 8th grader who serves as water girl.
Coach Papotta begins his fifth year with the Warriors after coaching inside linebackers and special teams coordinator at Thousand Oaks High School from 2003-06. He has served as the head football coach at Calabasas High School, Defensive Coordinator at Simi Valley High School and Varsity Assistant in 1997 at CIF Champion, Moorpark High School. He continues coaching the inside linebackers with high expectations and proven results. He prepped at Simi Valley High School and lives in Thousand Oaks with his wife, Lilanya and children Candice, Karson and Kolton. He teaches English and Financial Management at Calabasas High School and works as a Realtor with White House Properties in Westlake.
SPECIAL TEAMS COORDINATOR
Coach Culpepper begins his 14th year of coaching at Westlake. He served as the head sophomore coach in ’89 and ’90 before being elevated to the Varsity Defensive Coordinator position in 1991. He prepped at Jenks High School in El Paso, Texas where he was an All-Area Selection at linebacker. He became an All-Conference player at Mesa College in Arizona and went on to play linebacker at California Lutheran University. He has been the head football coach at Viewpoint High School, Clint High School in El Paso Texas, and Chaminade High School in West Hills. Coach Culpepper returned to Westlake in 2003 and teaches Social Science. He lives in Thousand Oaks with his wife Terri and daughters Faith and Bailey.
WIDE RECEIVERS, OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR
Coach Shackelford begins his tenth year as the Warrior wide receivers coach and third as Offensive Coordinator. He prepped at Culver City High School where he played quarterback and defensive back. He was a four year letterman at the University of Akron where he played defensive back. Coach Shackelford came to Westlake from Notre Dame High School where he coached varsity and JV football. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from San Diego State University and is a teacher in the WHS Math department. He lives in Thousand Oaks with his wife Monica, son Cory (who is a sophomore football player at Westlake) and daughter Nia.
Coach Fong begins his ninth year with the Warriors. After previously serving as Varsity Defensive Coordinator for the Warriors in 1990, he returned in 2004 and was promoted back to Defensive Coordinator in 2007. He prepped at Hollywood High School where he was a two-way varsity starter. He began his coaching career in 1980 at Chaminade High School and moved to Crespi High School in 1983 where he was on the same staff as Coach Benkert for six years. He joined the Westlake staff in 1990 and served as Varsity Defensive Coordinator. He left the Warriors in 1991 to become the head football coach and Athletic Director at St. Genevieve High School where he received the L.A. Times “Coach of the Year” Award in 1993. Coach Fong returned to Crespi from 1997-01 as Athletic Director and Varsity Football Defensive Coordinator. He then took the head job at L.A. Baptist High School in 2002. In 2003, he led L.A.B. to the CIF Title game. He returned to Westlake as a full time member of the Physical Education staff in 2004 and lives in Woodland Hills with his wife, Carolyn. He has a reputation as an outstanding coach and coordinator.
VARSITY HEAD COACH
Entering his 23rd year as the head coach of Westlake High School’s Football Program, Coach Benkert continues the Warriors tradition as one of the elite programs in California. Since taking over Westlake’s helm in 1989, Coach Benkert has compiled an overall 190-74-5 record. Advancing to the CIF Playoffs 18 times. Four teams have advanced to the CIF-SS semi-finals in ’95, ’96, ’01, & ’06. The Warriors advanced to the title game in 1999, 2002, 2003, 2009 and 2010; winning Championships in 1999, 2003 and 2009. The ’99 season ended with a 13-1 overall record (6-0 Marmonte League, 1st), the CIF Southern Section and State Division II Championship and overall #9 state ranking. His 2003 team, finished #3 in the overall state rankings, won the CIF Section Championship, finished first in the powerful Marmonte League (7-0), captured their second State Division II Championship and went undefeated (14-0) for the first time in school history. In 2009, Westlake knocked off the #1 team in the CIF Northern Division (Moorpark) enroute to an undefeated Marmonte League Championship (7-0) and a repeat victory over 12-1 Moorpark in the CIF title game and finished #7 in the overall state rankings. The Warriors have won the Marmonte League Championship eight times in the last twelve years. Coach Benkert has established a reputation as one of the states top offensive coaches. The Warriors are constantly ranked among the top five San Fernando Valley/Ventura County teams, and are usually in the top 25 rankings for the state. Last year, Westlake finished #9 in the state rankings.
The Westlake football program, and Coach Benkert, take great pride in the development of players for major collegiate programs. Under coach Benkert’s tutelage, several Warriors have received top awards and accolades such as; 2009 & 2010 Cif-Ss, Ventura County and Marmonte League Most Valuable Player, Nick Isham; 2010 Marmonte League and Ventura County Defensive Back of the Year, Nelson Spruce; 2010 Marmonte League And Ventura County Defensive Lineman of the Year, Justin Solis; 2009 Ventura County & Marmonte League Wide Receiver of the Year, Nelson Spruce, 2009 Marmonte League Linebacker of the Year, Adrian Muguerza, 2008 Ventura County Defensive Back of the Year, Justin Lilley; 2007 Ventura County Wide Receiver of the Year, Curtis Peterson; 2003 Marmonte League, Ventura County & Cif Co-Most Valuable Players, Michael Stuart and Jimmy Miller; 2003 Ventura County and Marmonte League Defensive Player of the Year, Greg Newman; 2002 Marmonte League Most Valuable Player and Ventura County Defensive Lineman of the Year, Michael Stuart; 2000 Ventura County and Cif-Ss Defensive Player of the Year, Ryan Foltz; 1999 Cif-Ss Player of the Year, Chris Catalano; 1999 Ventura County Defensive Player of the Year, Jordan Lampos; 1999 Ventura County Lineman of the Year, Keith Holt; 1998 Ventura County Lineman of the Year, Mike Seidman; 1994 Cif Player of the Year, Billy Miller; 1994 Ventura County Defensive Player of the Year, Eric Guenther; 1993 Ventura County Defensive Player of the Year, Mike Tetzlaff; and 1990 Ventura County Offensive Player of the Year, Todd Preston. Ten Warriors, Todd Preston (1991), Billy Miller (1995), Joey Cuppari (1998), Mike Seidman (1999), Zac Wasserman (2000), Jordan Lampos (2000), Ryan Foltz (2001), Michael Stuart (2004), Jose Martinez (2005), Brandon Hoffman (2005), and Kevin O’Flaherty (2006) have been selected to play in the prestigious Shrine Game, honoring top senior players from the state of California.
University football rosters across the nation have former Warriors listed. College programs such as U.S. Military Academy, West Point (’09 Steve Hagy), University of San Diego (’09 Zach Dunaj), Chadron State University (’09 James DeLaCerna), University of Houston (’08 Jordan Mannisto); Montana State University (’07 Tyrone Duncan); Humboldt State University (’07 Michael Streck-Woodard); University of Texas, El Paso (‘09 David Grubaugh); Utah State University (‘09 Brad Cotner) are listed on their roster. ’94 grad Billy Miller (USC) scored the first touchdown in the NFL Houston Texans history six years ago, after playing for the Denver Broncos for three years. He is currently a member of the New Orleans Saints. Fullback, Craig Walendy ’94 (UCLA) was a member of the 2000 NFC Champion New York Giants and participated in the 2001 Super Bowl. Tight End, Mike Seidman ’99 (UCLA) was a member of the NFL Indianapolis Colts and participated in the 2004 Super Bowl with the Carolina Panthers, Quarterback Rudy Carpenter ’04 (Arizona State) is a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after a short stint with the Dallas Cowboys.
Coach Benkert received the Prestigious Cal-Hi Sports “State Coach of the Year” Award in 2009, the Ventura County Football Coaches Association’s “Coaching Staff of the Year” award in 90, ’94, ’99, ‘02, ’06, ‘09 and again in ’10; the Marmonte League “Coaching Staff of the Year in ’94, ’99, ‘00, ’02,’03,’06 & ‘09. He was honored as the L.A. Times Coach of the Year and CIF-SS Coach of the Year in 1999, 2003 & 2009. He was selected the California Coaches Association “State Coach of the Year” in 2004 and was a finalist for the 2005 “National Football Coach of the Year Award”. Coach Benkert was honored with the “Gerald R. Ford All American Coach Award” in December of 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada and was named the L.A. Daily News “Coach of the Year” in 2009. Eleven former Warrior assistant coaches have gone on to become head coaches at area high schools or assistant coaches in college programs. Coach Benkert and his staff have coached the Daily News All-Star football game four times (’88, ‘89’, ‘90 and ’11), the CIF vs. City All-Star Game in 1997, and the Ventura County All-Star games in 1992 and 2001. He was the head coach for the California team during a dramatic 29-27 come from behind victory over the state of Texas in the 2000 Shrine All-Star Football Classic and was the head coach for the Public School in the ’05 (won 42-21) & ‘06 (won 17-14) Shrine Game victory’s over the Private School teams. He also coached the California team in 2003 to a 29-15 victory over the state of Florida and was selected to coach the West All-Stars in the Army All-American Bowl in January of ’06 and ‘09. Coach Benkert was elected into the Ventura County Hall of Fame in 2007 and is currently ranked #1 in All-Time victories (190) in Ventura County history.
Coach Benkert, a native Southern Californian, prepped at El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills. An outstanding athlete in football and track, he graduated in 1976, played football at Pierce College and attended California State University, Northridge. Graduating from CSUN with a degree in Physical Education, he went on to begin his coaching career at Crespi High School winning the CIF-BIG 5 championship in 1986, as the varsity offensive coordinator. He earned his Masters Degree in Education from Grand Canyon University and he and his wife, Joi live in Westlake Village and have four children, Jessi, Chrystal, Katie and Aaron. Katie and Aaron both attended Westlake High School.