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5 good questions with new head of NU football

Walter Ford
Sports Editor
Nevada Union head football coach Dennis Houlihan gives instruction during a practice Wednesday at Hooper Stadium.
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Dennis Houlihan at a glance

High school: Nevada Union

College: University of La Verne

Playing career: High school, college

Coaching career: 5 years assistant varsity (Fallbrook), 5 years head coach varsity (Fallbrook), 2 years JV head coach (Nevada Union)

Personal interest: Tennis, Weight Lifting, Golf

Favorite team besides the Miners: San Francisco 49ers

Family: Wife Stacey, sons Tyler and Justin

Courtesy of http://numinersfootball.com

With the changing of the guard at the top of the Nevada Union football program, The Union decided to catch up with new head coach Dennis Houlihan to get to know him a little better with a Q-and-A session.

The Union: Toughest part of the job so far?

Houlihan: The toughest part of the job so far is getting the kids to look beyond the areas of football. Everything they think is football, but it’s not. There is a whole package that needs to be there, and it has been hard to change that mentality.

The Union: Best memory as a player?

Houlihan: Best memory as a player was five touchdowns against Woodland after the 49er fire. We played them, and we were down 21-0 at one point, and all of a sudden our offense clicked, and our team played very well, and the defense was very good, and we came back to win, and Woodland ended up making it to the CIF finals that year. That was pretty exciting.

The Union: Team you most look forward to playing this season?

Houlihan: Grant. Because they’re so talented this year. Their JVs were phenomenal, physical, fast and just a very, very good football team. It will be interesting in game two how we handle that.

The Union: Expectations for this season?

Houlihan: To compete and strive to win the league. I don’t care who’s in it, and I know it’s probably the toughest or top three in California, but if you don’t set your expectations that high, then we are doing something wrong.”

The Union: Coaches that have influenced you as a coach and how?

Houlihan: Randy Blankenship. I was with him for a long time after college, and he prepared me to be a head coach and to handle those things on the field. He had that impact when I was a player too. I got lucky to get with him right after college, and he took a lot of time and effort to teach me some pretty good things, and I was able to absorb a lot.”

To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, call 530-477-4232 or email wford@theunion.com.


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