Randy Blankenship easily recalls the moment he was offered the head coaching job for Nevada Union football.

"I went running around the house screaming and hollering," Blankenship said.

It was his first head coaching opportunity, and an opportunity he wouldn't squander as he took Nevada Union to the next level of success.

Blankenship ran the Miners football program from 1984-1990, winning six league titles in seven years, notching the school's first playoff victories and reaching the Sac-Joaquin Section title game twice.

"Nevada Union was my first coaching job, and the first love you always remember," he said. "Nothing but fond memories of the teams, the fans and the players. My coaching staff there was second to none. I've had some good staffs, but that one was by far the best I've ever been on."

Blankenship, who brought the Wing-T offense to Nevada Union, tallied a 62-19-2 record with the Miners and was 9-6 in the playoffs. Nevada Union was 0-2 in the playoffs before his arrival.

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For his efforts, Blankenship will be inducted into the Nevada Union Athletics Hall of Fame.

He'll go in with three of his players in Dennis Houlihan, Steve Gordon and Patrick Birdsong.

For Blankenship, who has been coaching football for 43 years, Nevada Union was just the first stop on a long and highly successful coaching career in California. Of his 43 years of coaching, Blankenship has spent 31 as a head coach. In that time he has amassed an overall record of 270-105-5, has won eight section titles, reached 13 section title games, made the playoffs 25 times and has been named Coach of the Year in four different sections (Sac-Joaquin, Central, San Diego and Central Coast).

"It's been a love affair," Blankenship said of his passion for coaching football. "That's why I'm still doing what I'm doing after 43 years. It's an honor to coach all the young men that I've coached and to watch them grow up and be great characters and men in their communities. Its been a privilege."

Blankenship can still be found on the sidelines running the football program at Aptos High School, where he has led the Mariners to six straight league titles and three Central Coast Section Championships (2013, 2014, 2015). He's still running the Wing-T.

"I don't really understand football," Blankenship said with a chuckle. "I'm still learning it. I'm a slow learner. But, as along as I can have an impact and help these kids to grow into good leaders. I'm going to keep coaching."

Blankenship credits his success to his early days as an assistant coach at Mira Loma High School, where he learned under the guidance of Don Brown, Gerry Kundert and Rick Blankenship. He also said his career wouldn't have been possible without the support of his wife Rhoda and three children.

"Without my family, I just couldn't do it," he said. "My wife is my motivation."

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