Mountain View coach Jon Snyder conducted a major overhaul of his coaching staff in preparation for the 2013 season after the Bruins finished 4-7 last season.
"We needed a change," Snyder said. "I’m a firm believer in adapt or die."
Mountain View Bruins
ASSIGMENT » Region 7
LAST YEAR » 4-7 overall, 3-4 Region 8
KEY RETURNER » Kaaihue Kaaihue, sr., DT. Kaaihue will provide a big, physical presence on the defensive line again this season.
PLAYER TO WATCH » Ashton Domingo, sr., RB. While Domingo started last year, Snyder still thinks that he was under the radar and that he will make a big impact in the new offense.
BIGGEST HOLE » Snyder was quick to point to his team’s lack of depth as his biggest concern.
NEED TO KNOW » The defense will have to carry the team through the first few weeks until the offense gets more comfortable with the spread-option.
Snyder replaced himself as offensive coordinator with Doug Meek and brought in new defensive coordinator Brad Molen, who has been an assistant at Lone Peak.
Snyder hopes that his players can adapt quickly to both the new offense and defense.
"It will take a little bit of time," Snyder said. "But our key players have been out here working hard learning it, and we’ve been out here working with them every day. We went to more seven-on-seven camps this year than we’ve ever done before, so we’re doing the work to make it happen."
One of the biggest systematic changes Mountain View will undergo is switching from the run-option to the spread-option on offense. Junior quarterback Jaren Flaker and returning senior running back Ashton Domingo both will be key in making the transition a successful one.
"There’s enthusiasm back," Snyder said about the changes. "We feel like we’re going to be very successful. The new coaching staff is what’s exciting, and it has put some life back into the program, which we sorely needed."
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