Weston Ranch football coach Ron Wayman is reaching into the past to shape the Cougars’ future, assembling a staff that features several familiar names.
Wayman recently announced his varsity and junior varsity coaches, rolling out a lineup with more than 150 years of coaching experience. Marcelo Zamarripa (11 years) and Damian McMiller (38) are among the most experienced coaches on staff and will serve as Wayman’s assistant head coaches. Zamarripa will also oversee the junior varsity program, while McMiller will be in charge of player personnel.
Offensive and defensive line coach Sam Sears brings more than 40 years on the sidelines. He was a player at Fresno State and later coached Brookside Christian in Stockton.
“One of the goals this year was bringing in the best staff of coaches that would be able to take the Cougar program to success,” said Wayman, who played for Division III Linfield College in Oregon, a former NAIA national champion, and has coached football, softball and baseball during his tenure at Weston Ranch.
“Collectively, there is more than 150 years of coaching experience with still a few positions left to be hired. More importantly, the coaches are also coming with extensive playing experience at multiple competitive levels. The added benefit to this staff is that several are prior Cougars.”
Among the notable alumni are varsity defensive coordinator Torijean Saffold, who helped guide the Cougars to a share of their only Valley Oak League championship in 2005, and varsity offensive coordinator Clayton Buttram, a 2015 graduate.
Joe Trout, a Manteca High graduate, joins the staff after a short stint at East Union. Trout will coach the varsity special teams and assist Saffold with the defense. George Evans will also assist the varsity.
Wayman has surrounded Zamarripa with Ismael Harris, who will direct the junior varsity offense, and Luis Ruiz, who will coach the junior varsity defense. Crispin Gonzales will coordinate the special teams.
Former varsity coach Mike Hale will spearhead the program’s conditioning program. Hale brings more than 20 years of coaching experience, including a stint as the program’s leader from 2008 to 2012.
With a majority of his staff in place, Wayman said the program’s immediate goal is to gain the buy-in of the campus and Weston Ranch communities. Since being named the school’s eighth football coach, Wayman and his coaching staff have met daily with the players and been visible at school functions, including Monday’s Back To School and Eighth Grade Parent Visit event.
“The immediate goal is to build a '1 Team 1 Mission' mentality among all the players, coaches, staff and the community,” Wayman said. “It is important that everyone is involved in the success of the football program. The goal is for all of us to be owners of the program.
“It is no longer the football program. It is ‘our’ football program —1' Team 1 Mission.' All of us working as a team with the mission being success.”