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Benavidez takes over Canyon's boys soccer team

Posted: June 28, 2014 10:33 p.m.
Updated: June 28, 2014 10:33 p.m.

Canyon High has found its new boys soccer coach following the resignation of Lou Aguilera earlier this month.

And the Cowboys didn’t have to look far.

Robert Benavidez will take control of the boys program after being the freshman coach for the past two years.

“Experience was important for us and Robert has a lot of it,” said Canyon Athletic Director Scott Arnold. “He met all the requirements that we were looking for in a head coach and I think he’ll do a great job.”

Benavidez has plenty of experience in the Foothill League as he coached at both the varsity and junior varsity level at Hart High from 1984 to 2000.

He won two Foothill League titles in 1999 and 2000 with the Indians before stepping down.

“Previous experience running a program always goes in your favor,” said Benavidez. “I think another advantage I had was the familiarity I had with the returning players. I have a better understanding of where we are and now the biggest thing to overcome is meshing all those personalties and skill sets into one cohesive unit.”

According to Arnold, Benavidez was selected from a field of six candidates.

Canyon went 7-8-7 overall last year and 2-4-4 in Foothill League play, finishing last.

Aguilera was the head coach for two years

A senior-heavy team, the Cowboys will have to find replacements for All-SCV and All-Foothill League first team goalkeeper Niko Nuyda and All-SCV second team goal scorer Aram Kazarian.

“I think we have the pieces in place so we have to train hard and maximize our strengths and minimize our weaknesses,” said Benavidez.


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