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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.


canyon4ever: Posted: July 1, 2014 10:54 a.m.

Seriously! Canyon's soccer program will never be the same. Great job Canyon for another wasted season.

longdebbie12: Posted: July 1, 2014 11:51 p.m.

I am so sorry canyon4ever you did not get hired..... You don't need to post mean things about other coaches. Maybe you can apply at another school??????

canyon4ever: Posted: July 2, 2014 12:31 p.m.

Nah! Don't be sorry; just be sorry for the athletes wasting their time to an Athletic Department who does not care about the program. Can't blame the coach, they are just doing the best they can within their limited level. But hiring an experience coach at this level is a must and not just a random coach. Anyone can be a coach, just take a course, get certified and you are done. Coaching at this level should have experience in competitive sports not recreational sports and there is a huge difference. All the coaches in Foothill League are experienced from College Athletics, Premier Clubs and so on... This season, Canyon had the best talents on paper and there was no reason why they ended up in last place AGAIN!! I am not posting mean things on the coach but stressing the importance of hiring a qualified, experience, high level coach for the program so it does not waste athlete’s time and their experience in their high school years. Remember one of the responsibilities of any varsity coach is to prepare athletes for collegiate level if they pursue it and this takes knowledge and intelligence of the sport. Canyon has always the best athletes in the league but without a good coach it will never be the same. Just miss the glory days Canyon Soccer had.

longdebbie12: Posted: July 2, 2014 5:45 p.m.

I think if someone wants to play in college they need to be on a club team. I usually never see college coaches hanging out at high school games LOL. Its just really rude that you would put a coach down and he has not even started coaching yet! Geez..........

canyon4ever: Posted: July 2, 2014 6:51 p.m.

I am not putting a coach down at all. Obviously you are clueless about high school athletics, club or collegiate level. So do me a favor before you comment, understand athletics in general. If someone wants to play at a college level, It would be a huge advantage to be in a premier club team and also would help to play at a varsity level. And yes, college coaches rarely attends high school games only if they are interested but they are not allowed to inform anyone or talk to anyone at games. Most of the college coaches attends club games for recruitment purposes or conducts college camps. On the other hand if a varsity coach knows what he’s doing, it helps promote that athlete to go to the next level. Rude? How rude is it to waste good talents of kids to be coached by someone who is not ready at this level and waste their time. The coach has to be honest with himself if he is ready to lead a team at this level and if not then don’t take the job. Acting or trying to be a coach is rude. I’m not saying that the upcoming coach does not fit the job and I truly hope he does and be honest about it. What I do know is that the Athletic Department did not do their job hiring the previous coach. Clearly this coach did not know anything, did not know how to coach which is really sad to those players who takes the game seriously. So to make things clear, I am not bashing on any coach, I’m more disappointed at the AD.

BlueGoldgirl: Posted: July 5, 2014 9:47 a.m.

I don't have a horse in this Canyon soccer race, but Canyon4ever - you are putting down the new coach. You got your point across that you believe he does not have the experience to take the varsity squad to the next level of high school soccer. And then you go on and on to describe the qualities of a better hire, implying the new hire has none of those qualities.

I am very familiar with club soccer and high school soccer. To my player, it is a fun break from the rigors of her club season. It's easier, and she views it more as a social thing to do and likes being able to represent her high school. High school soccer merely supplements club season. It is at showcases that your player is seen by college coaches. Not a high school tourney. How can a high school coach help a player to the next level? By the time they are in high school, they have pretty much acquired the skills they will need to be noticed. This high school coach is merely being handed a set of players for a very short high school season. Their job is not to muck things up. Get the team to gel, figure out a formation that works with their abilities/talents, and try to keep them injury free so they can go back to club and showcase their talent for the college coaches.

Zero college coaches come to high school games. And what exactly is a "premier club team?" Are you talking about teams that play in Coast League Premier division? Or LA Premier:) Times have changed and "Premier" in Coast League is not the best anymore on the boys side. Try Academy. Try SCDSL. FWRL. NPL. The club coach and DOC will get your player on the radar for colleges, not a high school coach. And as for playing at the varsity level being a plus to college coaches as you the boys side the "Academy" teams are not even allowed to play high school soccer - that says a lot right there. The best girls players do it for the social aspect and know their club team is where it's at.

Moral of my story - high school varsity coach is not going to make or break any player's dream of playing collegiate soccer. Your argument would be better served by saying that you want Canyon HIGH SCHOOL soccer to do well, and feel they need a qualified coach to take them to the next level. Don't even bring college soccer into it, because the best soccer players are already on autopilot by the time they have entered high school.

longdebbie12: Posted: July 6, 2014 8:26 p.m.

Thank you Blueandgold girl! You explained exactly what I was trying to say!

BlueGoldgirl: Posted: July 7, 2014 9:37 p.m.

You are most welcome. I kind of jumbled a bunch of thoughts together, but was hoping it made sense. Something funny I forgot to Hart I know of several boys that are not even going to their high school summer soccer camp. They instead are attending college ID summer soccer camps - for schools that they hope to apply to.

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