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IVFCA clinic covers football gambit

April 28, 2001|By TIM YANNI, Sports Writer

Football coaches from around the Imperial Valley met for a clinic in the gymnasium of Southwest High School in El Centro on Saturday to discuss everything from coaching quarterbacks to weight training.

The event was conducted by the Imperial Valley Football Coaches Association and coaches of all levels were present.

Familiar faces included Southwest coach Brian Hay, Brawley coach John Bishop, Calexico coach David Gonzales, and Vincent Memorial coach Jaime Santos.

The president of the IVFCA, Imperial coach Mike Swearingen, and the vice president, Holtville coach Jim Sturgeon, led the event.

Swearingen said the IVFCA plans to have a clinic every year and this year's was the kickoff.

He said coaches can learn a wide variety of techniques about many aspects of the game at such events.

"They're going to pick up everything from ideas on offense and defense to fundamentals and to anything that deals with football," Swearingen said. "Our purpose is to promote football in the Valley."

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He said the IVFCA has petitioned with the CIF San Diego Section to play a senior north-south Imperial Valley football all-star game in June. The IVFCA would like the game to become an annual event, Swearingen said.

According to Swearingen, the IVFCA wants to get more people involved in the sport and the clinic is just the beginning of that.

The association sponsors weight-lifting events and encourages football on levels lower than varsity. Two power- lifting meets have already been staged this year and two more are planned for the spring.

Among the benefits of having Valley teams in the IVFCA is the unity in representations to CIF officials. Teams also have deals in which they trade game films and share a more friendly attitude.

"The film trade will cut down on the need for scouting," Swearingen said. "It really eases that burden."

Speakers included high school coaches from around the Valley, Gary Kollenborn, former head coach of the football team at Imperial Valley College, and Mike Johnson, quarterbacks coach for the San Diego Chargers.

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