SUHI Football Coach Named CIF Honors 2023-24 Model Coach of the Year

Coach Named CIF Honors 2023-24 Model Coach of the Year

Ervin Hernandez, the head football coach at Sweetwater High School, has been honored as the San Diego County Model Coach of the Year. With four seasons under his belt as the head coach and a remarkable fifteen-year tenure in high school football coaching, Hernandez has consistently demonstrated his leadership and dedication. Additionally, he is currently serving his third year as the Athletic Director at Sweetwater High School.

“Coach Hernandez’s leadership as the football coach and athletic director at Sweetwater High School is truly exemplary,” said Alex Estrada, SUHSD Coordinator of Athletics and Metro Conference President. “His coaching philosophy, centered around trustworthiness, respect, and genuine care for everyone, has created a positive and inclusive team culture. By instilling values of mutual respect, sportsmanship, and character in his players, he not only develops them as athletes but also as well-rounded individuals.”

We recently sat down with Coach Hernandez after the announcement. With a history of coaching, and a reputation for developing talent, Coach Hernandez’s perspective is inspiring to all.

How does it feel to receive this honor?

It is a great honor to be recognized as a CIF Model Coach. Coaching has always been a ministry to me seeing student-athletes grow in character and integrity. I’ve always looked at my profession as not only teaching a subject and coaching a sport, but it’s about teaching life and coaching people.

How was this season for you and the team?

I couldn’t have written a better story in winning CIFSD, CIFSS and being a CIF State Finalist, but it was the relationships with the players and coaches that I will remember forever.

Hernandez will be recognized at the upcoming SD-CIF recognition luncheon held in May.