Breaking News: Santa Fe hires alum Dave Pierson to succeed retiring Jack Mahlstede as the Chiefs new football coach

Dave Pierson is coming home.
The veteran football coach, a graduate of Santa Fe High School, was named Friday to take over the Chiefs football program from Jack Mahlstede, who retired after 34 seasons.
“Dave Pierson is a well-respected teacher and coach and we’re thrilled to have him come home to Santa Fe High School as our new head football coach,” Santa Fe principal Kevin Jamero said in a statement released by the Whittier Union High School District. “He has great experience, having worked alongside some of our best coaches in the district, and has strong ties not only to our school but also to the Whittier Union High School District and community.
“Under his guidance we are confident that we will continue our long-standing tradition of athletic excellence and sportsmanship in the football program here at Santa Fe.”
Pierson has been a football coach the past 17 seasons, including the previous seven as head coach at Jurupa Valley. He was 22-48-1 for the Jaguars, including 6-3-1 last season.
He also was an assistant under Mahlstede in 1995-96 and was Kevin La Vigne’s assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at La Serna from 1997-2004.
“Our work begins now,” Pierson said in a statement released by the district. “Obviously this is a great challenge and a great opportunity. It’s like coming full circle, having grown up playing football in the community and at Santa Fe High School.
“There are a lot of great people in the community who mentored me and supported me throughout my life and this is a wonderful opportunity to give back by teaching and coaching the students and athletes at Santa Fe High.”

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  • Steely Don

    Pierson is a much better hire for Santa Fe than is Willig for Pioneer. Here is an experienced, successful coach who is also an alum, being brought in as a teacher. I commend the Chiefs administrators who made this selection as much as I condemn Oviedo for her choice.

  • Pioneer Alumni

    Wow, what a noble idea;hire an alumni that is a successful coach and teacher… take a clue PiHi, just let Santa Fe continue to denomiate us for several more years. I hate SFHS, but they got it right!!

  • hs football fan

    Any news on where Santa Fe and Pioneer will play their home games this year while the old dump formerly known as Titan Stadium gets renovated?? Hiope they dont play at Calhi- there are already 3 schools that play their games at CAL= and we know how bad the field was this year- my suggestion- have SF play at Cerritos College and have Pioneer play at Whittier College.

  • Local Fan

    Pioneer Alumni:

    I hardly think that your new coach could do any worse that the last one. When was the last time Pioneer beat SF? Sounds like a change was badly needed.

  • Steely Don

    Chief fans everywhere should rejoice that Whittier Union reassigned Oviedo to Pioneer, leaving the Chiefs’ coaching selection in competent hands.

    With Monica at the controls, the Chiefs most likely would have been the ones saddled with the walk-on Willig, whose hire raises numerous questions regarding finances and ethics.

    The Willig brothers now enjoy the type of deal Dick Cheney had when, as Secretary of Defense and then Vice President, he funneled huge amounts of money in the direction of his business associates at Haliburton.

    Poetic justice would be for ALL Pioneer students to boycott the football program at once. Let these money grubbers understand that the community will not be manipulated so easily.

  • Jesus Christ

    HSFAN, wouldn’t Pioneer move their home games to El Rancho be more convenient as to Location? I wouldn’t mind. Watching 2 cellar dwelling teams is better than watching 1, I always say. I’m sure it’s some sort of district issue.

    Steely Don, I hear El Rancho is going to hire a Gym Teacher from one of the Middle Schools. Please respond.

  • Santa Fe FB

    Hey Pioneer trolls, get off this thread! This is about our hire. Time will tell if Pierson is the right guy. He sounds like a good fit. Who else was in the mix?
    P.S. Willig is a HUGE upgrade over Juarez. We might have to break a sweat this year.

  • Jesus Christ

    Santa Fe FB, anything would be better than Juarez. Mediocrity was his middle name.

  • Questionable

    Hey Santa Fe FB,
    I could say the same for this hire. HUGE upgrade from the vastly overrated Malhstead. Maybe SF won’t be know as Semi Fe anymore. Pierson is a very good coach and will do some big things there!

  • anonymous

    HEY, WHAT ABOUT THAT EL RANCHO BOYS SOCCER TEAM? SHALL WE TURN THIS FOOTBALL BLOG INTO A SOCCER ONE? LETS DO IT. SO NOW THAT THE FIRST ROUND OF PLAY IS DONE WITH, WHO WILL IMPROVE IN THE SECOND ROUND? LA SERNA, CAL HI, PIONEER, OR WHITTIER? SANTA FE IS 0-5, AND WILL BE 0-10 AT THE END. IT IS GOING TO BE TIGHT RACE TO THE FINISH.

  • redchief

    Really Santa Fe Fans? have you done your homework? Fourth in the Sunkist? Here is Pierson’s record at Jurupa Valley:

    2005 1-9
    2006 5-5
    2007 7-4
    2008 2-8
    2009 0-10
    2010 1-9
    2011 6-3-1

    Wow! you’re telling me there wasn’t any other viable candidates with better records? I know there were some really good coaches that applied for the job.

  • pioneer fan

    how the hell are the Wiligs a upgrade over Juarez you will still have the same kids, coaching not the problem,not enough quality kids.Numbers dont lie check the league enrolments,open enrollment hurting the school.He has proven he can win when he has had the kids!make sure you get the coaches with the right schools before you run your mouth.

  • Jesus Christ

    Take it easy, Red Chief. Santa Fe ain’t exactly Mater Dei. So get over yourself.

  • Santa Fe FB

    Pioneer Fan:
    I said get off of our thread. Anyone can win if they got the kids. Stop your crying about enrollment and do something about it. Juarez was horrible.

  • Steely Don

    What are the improvements planned for Titan Stadium? We know from Oviedo’s new hire that there will be artificial football, but will there be artificial turf?

  • hs football fan

    Here are the improvements planned for Titan Stadium- Field turf – new lights (finally getting rid of those crappy 1960 lights)- new bleachers- like the kind at CALHI – press box (I have my doubts about that becuase they would have to make them handicap accesible)- they will do Pioneers stadium first then they will do the same thing at CALHI – so the next time LS is in a title game – maybe in another 50 yrs they wont play on a terrible surface like they did this year- and maybe only allow 74 points this time!

  • Jesus Christ

    Field Turf in California is incredibly stupid. Why don’t you just get a F*cking Dome.

    I changed my mind. I love watching games on fields with a crap load of lines all over them. Awesome.

    Real question, wouldn’t it make sense to have La Serna, Santa Fe, and Whittier get their own stadium???

    Sincerely,

    The only School in the League with their OWN HOUSE! Tradition, beyatch.

  • Sports Fan

    Both Pioneer and Cal will be getting press boxes.

    Meanwhile, I know LS will never get a stadium because plans for that were rejected many times by the residents of friendly hills because of traffic and noise on Thursday and Friday nights.

  • Steely Don

    It is Blasphemous to alter the classic architectural lines and adornments of Cal High Stadium. The man who dares to improve upon this temple of sports by adding a press box should be placed into indefinite detention by Obama.

    As Ramirez has said, games just seem more real and exciting when viewed in these kind of simple, stark venues. I couldn’t agree more…and I’m circulating a petition to have Cal High stadium declared a national landmark, off bounds to any structural tampering.