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Francis named Coach of the Year

Jacob Slater, Staff Writer

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The recent success of the Bullard girls soccer team led many to believe that coach Onesta Francis would be named Coach of the Year for his efforts, and as we recently found out, it became true.

It’s the second such honor for him. As you might guess, he gives all the credit to his girls. He led them to the Southern California Regional semifinal, taking home a valley championship as the sixth seed in the playoffs.

Though the season ended earlier than the team wanted it to, Francis and his Knights have been rewarded for their work. We talked about his thoughts and his plans for the seasons ahead.

Q. How high of an honor is this for you?

A. It’s definitely up there. Anytime something like this comes up, you feel pretty good.

Q. Bullard’s 2011 girls team went to the state finals. How does this year’s team compare to that one?

A. This team I think was a lot better as a team, you know? They had a lot more of that togetherness towards winning. The 2011 team was more talented, but yeah, the girls this year were more of a team.

Q. Sophomore Alyssa Renovato and freshman Jordyne Puentes will be back this fall. Do you think the girls on next year’s team will be able to reach what the 2011 team did?

A. They definitely can. We’re young. We have all the talent we need.

Q. Is there any team you’re worried could do something against you next year?

A. No, you can’t go in thinking anyone will beat you. That’s how we won it this season.

Q. Do you feel any pressure going forward?

A. No, man, it’s soccer, a new season, there’s no pressure, nobody’s going to die.

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