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Lathrop Jr. Titans football coach Jaime Hernandez.


POSTED February 4, 2012 12:14 a.m.

NAME: Jaime Hernandez

JOB: Correctional officer

PASSION: Lathrop Jr. Spartans (Titans) Founder and President


AGE: 48

HIGH SCHOOL: James Logan

HIGH SCHOOL ACTIVITIES: “I wrestled for four years. My parents thought that football was too dangerous, so instead I just broke ribs and fingers and toes.”

WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM YOUR PARENTS: “The importance of family. They were very family oriented.”

GREATEST THING TO EVER HAPPEN TO HIM: “I don’t think I can narrow it down to one thing. I’ve been married for 24 years this month, have five sons and two beautiful grandchildren. I’ve been blessed with a large family and everybody is doing well, so I can’t narrow that down.”

PET PEEVE: “Anything having to do with being disrespectful. I’m huge on respect.”

FAVORITE DINING HAUNT & MENU ITEM:  “I’d have to say Mikasa and their dragon rolls.”

“I think my grandkids for sure. They’re a gift from God.”

IDEA OF A GREAT DAY: “My big pleasure would be starting off the day with a hot cup of coffee in dead silence. And being in law enforcement, then going to the shooting range.”

The Book of John.

FAVORITE PLACE TO GO IN LATHROP: “Our practice field at Lathrop High School. That’s where I spend six months out of the year, and it’s a great place to socialize with both our staff and our parents that come out.”


FAVORITE ACTOR AND WHY? “Denzel Washington because no matter what the role he learns the character and gets into it. He’s very believable and very passionate.”

“What I do is train the coaches and give them three things – the first is to realize that they have the ability to give these kids self-esteem and confidence, and if they do it wrong they can very easily scar them. I want them to be able to respect their leaders, their community and their teammates. Lastly, I want them to be able to plant the seed that these kids are students before they’re athletes, and we reinforce that by going so far as to offer a tutoring program. I can’t think of another youth football program that for the last seven years has had mandatory tutoring.”

WHAT’S THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE AS A COACH: “Here in Lathrop, for this organization, we’ve been blessed with a great staff and the community has responded really well. All of our divisions run the same offense and our coaches have really bought into the philosophy. We haven’t faced too many challenges – it’s good to see so much parents support and how well the community has embraced us. When I started this I didn’t want it just to be another program – I wanted there to be involvement in all facets of the community, and I think we’ve achieved that today.”

BEST ADVICE YOU CAN GIVE SOMEONE: “Say what you mean. Be honest – keep it real. You’ll go a lot further because there’s no hidden agenda, and people will know who you are and what you’re about.”

FAVORITE GETAWAY: “I like to wait for the winter season and get up to the snow – go up to Strawberry or drive up to Reno and stop off at Squaw or Lake Tahoe.”

WHAT DO YOU DO FOR EXERCISE? “Walk a lot of tiers (works as a correctional officer) and a lot of practice fields.”

HARDEST THING YOU EVER HAD TO DO? “The hardest thing was when I had to take a temporary position at the Federal Correctional Center in Lompoc. I would stay in an RV all week and drive home on the weekends – I would be there for every home and away game and be there for my family, but the hardest part for me was leaving to go back.”

IF YOU WERE SOMEONE ELSE AND YOU HAD TO DESCRIBE WHAT KIND OF PERSON JAIME WAS WHAT WOULD YOU SAY? Loyal – sometimes to a fault. It’s one of those things where you can end up getting taken advantage of for, but I’ll always consider myself loyal.”

WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE 10 YEARS FROM NOW? “Working part-time and enjoying the community.”

WHAT WOULD YOU MISS THE MOST IF YOU COULD NO LONGER COACH? “It’s something that I think about often because I don’t have any kids playing anymore. This, for me, is a family affair – my wife is my right hand in all of this and my two oldest sons are my coordinators. If I had to walk away I’d be devastated, but all good things come to an end ,right? Time tells.”

WHAT MAKES YOU PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN? “All of the opportunities that we have access to. We can do whatever our heart desires. I think a lot of the time we underestimate the word freedom and overlook the cost and what it truly offers us.”

“I pray for the ability to be a good father and husband and to have a good, happy household.”

WHAT WOULD LIKE TO SEE HERE IN LATHROP IN TERMS OF FOOTBALL? “That’s something else I think about often, and when I think about teams down South or back East I’d like to see Lathrop be the kind of town where the entire community shuts down – to turn into a big football town. To be the kind of place where you can’t even go to a restaurant because the owners are in the stands. I’d like Lathrop become a football town. I love football.”

— Jason Campbell
staff reporter

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