Glencoe tabs Reynoso as new football coach
Ian Reynoso is the new head coach of the Glencoe High School football team.
Reynoso, a football assistant and current head track coach for the Crimson Tide, succeeds Mike Fanger who left following four seasons after compiling an 11-25 record.
"I'm really excited," Reynoso said. "Pretty much all of my experiences have been leading to this point. I've been coaching for 12 years and have seen a lot of things that have and haven't worked, and now I'm looking forward to bringing my flavor to a program and seeing what I can do."
The former University of Oregon offensive lineman who graduated in 2005, spent three seasons as an assistant at North Marion High School and five more at Tualatin before catching-on at Glencoe four years ago. Reynoso graduated high school from Los Alamitos High in California, and in addition to playing football, wrestled and competed in track and field. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts with minors in Multimedia Design and Business, and has a Master's Degree and earned his teaching credential from George Fox University in Newberg.
Following his career on the field at Oregon, he had a short stint chasing a professional career before realizing his desire to work with kids.
"I wanted to see if I could help motivate them like my high school coaches motivated me," said Reynoso.
Reynoso is inheriting a program that spent the last two season playing an independent schedule and finished last season with a record of 7-2. This year the Tide will be joining the new Pacific Conference and will be competing against fellow Hillsboro schools, Liberty and Century, in addition to Forest Grove, McMinnville, Newberg and Sherwood.
The first year head coach is excited about the prospects of joining the new league, and believes the two seasons as an independent allowed the once struggling program to build the numbers and necessary confidence to compete week-in and week-out.
"We understood as a staff and as a community how important that independent schedule was," Reynoso said. "Now that we've got our feet back beneath us, it's really exciting."
The Tide lost a large chunk of their talent to graduation, but return seven seniors, five of which their new coach believes to be some of their more dynamic athletes.
"We're going to be extremely young," said the new coach. "We'll have some valuable experience, just not a lot of it. It's going to be really interesting to see how we do, and much of our success will depend on how the younger kids pick things up between now and then."
Despite being his first stint as a head coach, Reynoso believes his pedigree both at a successful high school program, as well as the University of Oregon has prepared him for this opportunity.
"I came from a program in Southern California that was very successful, so that set a really good standard," said Reynoso. "Then when I was at Oregon I had a phenomenal coaching staff that I worked with and learned a lot from."
Reynoso is married and has four children with his wife Elisa, a former Glencoe alum and athlete, who also coaches track at the school. It's those roots, in addition to Reynoso's reputation at the school that has Athletic Director Matt York and the rest of the Crimson Tide family excited about their new football coach.
"We are excited to have Ian as our football coach," said York. "He is a kid connector, goes out of his way to go above and beyond the call of duty, and brings excitement, enthusiasm, and relentless perseverance. The Glencoe Student body highly respects him as both a coach and a teacher."
And how does Reynoso feel about his chances?
"I was at Tualatin when they went to a state championship game, and then I was at Glencoe when we were winless, with not a lot of participation," he said. "So I've had a wide variety of situations from which I've been taking a lot of notes. Now we'll see how if pays off."