COS Football Assistant Coaches




Defensive Coordinator

A former all-state offensive lineman at COS, veteran coach Luis DaSilva returns for his third year on the Giants staff and his second as defensive coordinator.

Luis earned a BA degree in Liberal Studies from Fresno State and a Learning Handicap credential from Fresno Pacific.

DaSilva was a graduate assistant coach at FSU in 1988-89. His high school coaching career includes Hanford (two years), Monache (four), Tulare Union (seven) and most recently at Tulare Western, where he was head coach for seven seasons. His 2004 team reached the CIF section finals in Division II.

Luis has been married for 14 years to Dina, who is a physical education teacher and head softball coach at Mission Oak High School.

DaSilva is a resource teacher at Western and is also an adjunct instructor at COS.

Defensive Line

Returning to the COS staff is Jeff King, who will coach the defensive line.


was on the Giants’ staff in 2009. He is a Clovis native, graduate of Clovis High School, and played at Fresno City College and Western New Mexico University, where he earned a BA degree in Sports Administration.

King earned all-American honors at FCC and is in the Rams’ Wall (Hall) of Fame.

His prior coaching experience includes a year at FCC, and 14 years as a player/coach in the countries of Germany, Sweden, Spain and Austria.

Jeff also coached semi-pro football for five years, leading the Central California Crusaders to two national titles.

He is in his fourth season of coaching the Central California War Angels, a women’s tackle football team competing for the national title.

King, who lives in the Exeter area, is currently working on his master’s degree in Sports Administration.

Defensive Line

Veteran college coach Tom Phillips will return for his 13th year on the Giant staff and will be in charge of the special teams.

Phillips played on the 1963 Giant team for former coach Al Baldock. A graduate of Exeter High School, Tom went on to play two seasons for Wichita State and earned a bachelor's degree in Physical Education. He received a master's degree from McNeese State in Administration.

Phillips' experience includes coaching in Texas, one year at Dickinson High School and three at Tyler Junior College.

He was also assistant head coach for three years at West Los Angeles College, and coached at Taft College for three years (under Baldock), where the Cougars reached the Potato Bowl game all three years.

Tom was the head coach at Exeter High School in 1996-97, and led the Monarchs to the CIF Yosemite Division playoffs his second year. He joined the COS staff in 1998, took a year off, and returned in 2000.

Phillips recently retired from his long-time job as a teacher for the Tulare County Office of Education.​

Defensive Backs

Returning to the Giant staff for his second season is Fred Zepeda, who will again coach the defensive backs.

Zepeda has six years of prior coaching experience, all at the high school level.  In 2011 he coached at Central High School in Fresno, and prior to that worked at McLane High (four years) and Sunnyside (one season).

Zepeda is a native of Fresno, attending Roosevelt High School. He played two seasons at Bakersfield College and continued his career at Bethel College (Tennessee).

Fred, who lives in Fresno, is married with one son and one daughter.

Defensive Backs

Returning to the Giant staff as an assistant coach and defensive backs coach is Curtis Allen, who was the COS head coach from 2005-10.

Allen compiled a record of 35-28 and led the Giants to post-season bowl games in 2005, 2006 and 2010. He coached 48 all-conference players during his tenure, including all-Americans  Ofa Mohetau, Brent Schaeffer, Woodny Turenne and Roszell Gayden.

Prior to becoming head coach, Allen was a COS assistant for three seasons and was an assistant at Fresno City College for seven years.

Curtis, a Visalia native, attended Redwood High School, Bakersfield College and played two seasons at Fresno State, earning all-conference defensive back honors as a senior.

He also played professionally in the Canadian Football League. Allen has a BA degree from Fresno State and a masters in Sports Science from the US Sports Academy.

Curtis, a full-time physical education instructor at Sequoias, resides in Visalia with his wife  Charlotte. He is father to Ashley, Blake, Bria, Brittne, Travon and Danielle.

Allen has also been the COS head track coach for six seasons.

Program Assistant

Returning for his ninth year on the Giants staff is Lance Brooks, who will work with the football program in several years as an assistant.

In the past Brooks has coached the wide receivers, including A.J. Jackson, Jamar Howard, Michael Benson, Robert Darby, McIntosh Nicholas, Livington Senatus, and Billy Foster, all whom have gone on to excel at the four-year level. The first four were also pre-season or post-season all-Americans. 

Brooks has coaching experience at Golden ​West High School for a year and at Ventura College for a year in both football and track.

Lance attended Oxnard High School and played two seasons at VC, earning all-conference honors as a wide receiver. He went on to play two seasons at Illinois State University and earned a BA degree in economics.

Brooks was a free agent with the St. Louis Cardinals football team in 1985-86.

Brooks spent 12 years with the Ventura County Sheriff's Department, and for the past 16 years has been an officer with the Visalia Police Department.

Offensive Coordinator

Jason Tejada returns to the Giant staff for his seventh year and has been promoted to Offensive Coordinator. He will also work with the quarterbacks.

Jason has been a mainstay on the offensive staff the past several seasons and has previously coached the Giants’ running backs and tight ends.

Tejada  is a graduate of Mt. Whitney High School, where he played football. He earned an AA degree from COS and earned a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Fresno Pacific University.​​

Jason's prior co​aching experience includes the freshman team at Mt. Whitney.

Tejada's father Ralph played on the 1980 COS team.

New to the Giant staff  is veteran coach Joe D’Agostino, who will coach the running backs.

Running Backs

D’Agostino has coached at community colleges the past 10 seasons. He was the offensive coordinator at Reedley College from 2003-09, served as the OC at Merced College in 2010 and held the same position at West Hills College the past two seasons.

While at Reedley he coached the national Player of the Year (Darius Reynolds) in 2008.

Joe, a native of San Diego, played defensive back for Fresno State in 1993-94. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management from the University of Massachusetts and a master’s in kinesiology from Fresno Pacific.

D’Agostino’s coaching career began as a student assistant at Massachusetts in 1996.

Joe and his wife Nadia have a daughter, Sofia.

Offensive Line

Assisting Irv Pankey in coaching the Giant offensive linemen will be Ismael Ruvalcaba, returning to the staff after coaching at COS in 2006.

Ruvalcaba attended Bell High School in Downey, and played two years of football at Santa Monica College on the offensive and defensive lines. He earned an AA degree at SMC and also played one season at Cal State Long Beach.

Ismael also attended Whittier College and Cal State Dominguez Hills.

Ruvalcaba works in the campus maintenance department. He and his wife Annette have three children, Samantha, Juliette and Jacob, who was a linebacker on the 2012 COS team.

Wide Receivers

A long-time counselor at College of the Sequoias, Marvin Turk joins the football staff for his first season and will coach the wide receivers.

Turk is a Sacramento native and graduated from Kennedy High School, where he played football and basketball. He played wide receiver at American River College for two seasons, and played against COS in the 1988 Sequoia Bowl game here.

Marvin went on to the University of Montana to play for two seasons, and earned his BA degree in Psychology in the spring of 1992.

Turk coached at ARC for six seasons, and also played one year of professional football in Sweden, before being hired as a counselor at COS in the fall of 1999.

Marvin has coached varsity football at Golden West High School the last two seasons and also coached basketball at GW.

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Last Updated: 12/10/2013 11:21 AM