CARPINTERIA, Calif. - Rick Candaele has been coaching football since 1968 so he laughs when people say that Carpinteria High School has a 'new' head coach this season.
Candaele has taken the reigns from Ben Hallock who retired in June.
Candaele is no stranger to the current players as he was an assistant under Hallock and Candaele is certainly no stranger to being the one calling the shots.
From 1995-2010 he was the head coach of NCAA Division III Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. He was also the head coach at UCSB when the school played football.
As for this year's Warriors, Vance Keiser is back and will play quarterback. He split time at quarterback as a sophomore.
Keiser should have good protection up front as the Warriors return 5-6 players on the offensive line including Justise Whittenton and Jose Alvarado.
Carpinteria opens the year at home on Friday, September 1 against a Santa Ynez Pirates team that has gone 15-5 over the last two seasons.