Adam Guerra was introduced as the new football coach at Ventura St. Bonaventure on Friday afternoon and wasted no time in getting to meet the players.
"There were lots of good, firm handshakes and eye contact," he said of his first impressions.
Guerra, 28, has been the head coach at St. Monica since 2011. He's married, has a one-year-old child and will be moving from Westchester to Ventura County. He teaches history.
Some St. Bonaventure boosters are already grumbling, because he doesn't have the resume of a Jon Mack or Todd Therrien, but he's a young, promising coach who in 2009 at the age of 24 served as the interim coach at Loyola, his alma mater.
He'll try to retain many of the assistants who worked for Therrien and interim Coach John Muller. He knows there are high expectations at St. Bonaventure.
"The best approach is work hard and put the boys in the best situation possible," he said.
He met with quarterback Ricky Town, a USC commit, and told him that he's a USC grad. There will be lots of Trojan talk in the coming weeks.