LE GRAND — Le Grand High School has named Raul Alvarez and Jeff Slaughter as co-head football coaches to replace Rick Martinez.
Alvarez and Slaughter take over a Bulldogs program that has won four straight Sac-Joaquin Section championships.
Alvarez says don’t expect any major changes.
“We’re going to stay the same and do things the same,” said Alvarez, who was the offensive coordinator for all four section title teams. “In terms of offense and defense, we’ll keep doing what we’ve been doing. Our kids expect things done a certain way. That’s what has made us a great program.”
Martinez resigned in May after coaching 12 years at Le Grand. He stepped down to become an assistant for Dennis Stubbs at Golden Valley. Le Grand was 81-37 under Martinez, including an impressive 45-5 record the last five seasons.
Slaughter, who lives in Merced, is a social science teacher at Le Grand. He’s had assistant coaching stints at Merced High and coached junior varsity at Le Grand and Delhi.
Slaughter comes from a football family. His father Clare Slaughter, who passed away in November, coached Fresno City from 1959 to 1979. In his 20 years, he led the Rams to seven conference titles and four state championships.
Slaughter couldn’t be reached for comment.
Alvarez works as a facilities scheduling coordinator at Merced College. He graduated from Le Grand in 1991. He began coaching for Stubbs at Le Grand in 1994. The past 20 years he’s split time at Le Grand and Golden Valley. He’s spent the last six years as the Bulldogs’ offensive coordinator.
Taking on more responsibilities with the football program means Alvarez won’t be able to continue as the Le Grand boys basketball coach.
“I don’t think I’ll be able to be that guy,” Alvarez said. “I’d still like to help out in some capacity.”
The Le Grand football team should contend for a section title again with players returning like receiver Christian Williams, quarterback Frank Contreras, safety/receiver Victor Martinez, linebacker/fullback Cristian Nava and defensive lineman Mauricio Contreras.
As for dividing up the head coaching duties, Alvarez expects that to be a work in progress. Slaughter will help out defensive coordinator Eric Estrada with the defense. Alvarez will oversee the offense.
“To be honest, it’s something that we’ll be working on the whole year,” Alvarez said. “There’s not really a model for it out there that we can refer to. It’s something we’ll have to work out.”
Sun-Star staff writer Shawn Jansen can be reached at (209) 385-2462 or firstname.lastname@example.org.