Hector Valencia to return as the Head Coach of the Burbank High School Football Program

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Burbank High School has made its decision on who will be leading its football team for next season and chose to go with a familiar face. Hector Valencia will return for a second stint as the head coach of the Burbank High School football program as he will take over for Adam Colman. Colman stepped down to spend more time with his family and to focus on his health after 7 seasons as the head coach of the program. Valencia will be tasked with turning around the program after a losing season a year ago.

Valencia previously served as the program’s head coach from 2009-2013 before stepping away to spend time with family. In two of those seasons, he led the Bulldogs to a Pacific League title, including 2009 during his first stint with the program. In his final season in 2013, Valencia guided Burbank to a 2nd place finish in the Pacific League with a 10-3 overall record and a 5-2 record in Pacific League play behind league champion Muir, which resulted in a CIF Southern Section Southeast Division Playoff semifinal appearance and loss 28-21 to La Serna. Valencia’s two children are standout athletes. Son Kalem (10th) is currently a two-sport athlete playing football and baseball. At the same time, daughter Kara was a varsity softball player for the Bulldogs and will continue her playing career at Chico State University. Kalem Valencia helped guide the frosh team to a 9-1 record this past season and is expected to be the quarterback of the future for the varsity squad under his father.

Last season, Valencia served as the team’s running backs coach under head coach Adam Colman, where he helped build an effective rushing attack with Joseph Callabero, Max Kelley, and Jacob Mendieta. Callabero is an all-first-team Pacific League running back who will be a piece to look out for in next year’s varsity team. Other players on the lookout for next season will be quarterback Daniel Zackriaz, running back and wide receiver Max Kelly, wide receiver Ezekiel Alvarez, and offensive lineman Sebastian Mirzakanian, who will headline next year’s senior class with Callabero.

“It was evident that he was the right choice,” said Burbank High Athletic Director Allison McKain. “We know what kind of program he runs, he holds kids accountable for their work ethic, and his character both on and off the field is outstanding.”

The coaching staff under Valencia will feature frosh/soph head coach Mark Meredith, Varsity Offensive Coordinator Oharjee Brown, and Varsity Defensive Coordinator Tony Toledo. Meredith is currently the longest-serving assistant on the program, having served under Valencia during his first stint as head coach along with working under Richard Broussard and Adam Coleman.

“I’m excited to be back as the head football coach at Burbank High School, I like a lot of the traditions that the program runs, and I’m here to make it the most memorable experience for the kids that play bulldog football here,” said Valencia. When asked who will be the varsity quarterback, and if there will be any competition for the position, Valencia said that Daniel Zackariaz will be the varsity’s starting quarterback. Kalem Valencia will back up Zackariaz, the more experienced player in the position.

Burbank Football will begin its summer training on Wednesday, May 31st followed by a 14-day dead period from July 1st-July 14th. Following the dead period, the Bulldogs will begin training camp for the 2024 season on Wednesday, July 17th which will lead to their week 0 showdown with San Dimas on Friday, August 23rd which will take place at Memorial Field at John Burroughs High School with kick-off scheduled for 7 p.m.

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