Football coaches upbeat after trying first year

Matthew Self was named Calipatria High School’s head football coach in August 2020. His first game won’t come until a year later. PHOTO TOM BODUS

For David Shaw of Imperial High and Matt Self of Calipatria High being named head high school football coach in 2020 was a blessing as both had wanted to be in those positions since their youth.

However, attaining those positions amid the more than yearlong slog of the COVID-19 pandemic kept the true reality of “coaching,” as they knew it, difficult to grasp.

Football coaches upbeat after trying first year

Imperial’s David Shaw his title as head football coach didn’t feel real until his team took the field for the first time in March. PHOTO TOM BODUS 

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