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Copper Hills Announces Hiring Of New Football Coach

Apr 17, 2015 06:17PM ● By Greg James

New Copper Hills head football coach Tavita Sagapolu addresses the team’s players and parents for the first time.

The parents, players and fans of Copper Hills High School’s football team have been waiting patiently for the announcement of their new football coach. His name is Tavita Sagapolu.

“I am so excited to be here and thank the administration for allowing me to share my love for football. I think the sky is the limit and I can see the urgency in the eyes of these kids. Ultimately our expectation is to win, but it is all about integrity and hard work,” Sagapolu said.

The Copper Hills administration introduced the new coach to a group of parents and players on March 30, where Sagapolu addressed his team for the first time and expressed his love for football and the importance of developing student athletes.

“They will be champions in the classroom, at home and in the community. Football allows these players to be on the highest stage on Friday night. Football is parallel to the game of life. It is my expectation that we will score and win in the game and life.” Sagapolu said.

Sagapolu was an offensive lineman at The University of Hawaii from 1987-1990. 

He has been an assistant coach at Highland and West; this is his first opportunity as a head coach.  

“I wanted a coach that could manage the team and the classroom. We need to go forward. I will not be satisfied with the status qou. I think we found the right guy,” Copper Hills Principal, Todd Quarnberg said.

Sagapolu replaces former Grizzly head coach John Tuescher. He stepped down from his position in January.

The offensive coordinator is Charlie Sedillo, and Dave Blaisdell will lead the defense. 

The Grizzlies are scheduled to begin their season Aug. 21 at home against the Granger Lancers.