Ernie Bucher: Head Coach
Ernie began his football career by playing at St. Paul High School in Santa Fe Springs for legendary coach Marijon Ancich. Ernie was a center on the offensive line where he learned the techniques, schemes and communicative techniques necessary to be a successful football player and coach. The tradition-rich football environment at St. Paul facilitated his love for the game and the life-lessons the game provides.
Ernie enters his 22nd year coaching high school football and his fifth year as head football coach. After high school, Ernie began his coaching career at La Quinta High School in Westminster where he coached the varsity offensive and defensive line. He then joined the staff at Capo Valley from 1999-2001. During his first stint at Capo, Ernie coached the varsity offensive line and linebackers. At the age of 23, Ernie was named offensive coordinator at Estancia High School in Costa Mesa where he began his teaching career. Three years later, Ernie was hired as an English teacher and was named the offensive coordinator at Aliso Niguel High School where he helped the Wolverines win a Seaview League title in 2005. Before being named head coach in April of 2013, Ernie spent three seasons here at Capo where he coached the offensive line and was the special teams coordinator for the 2012 Seaview League Champions. Coach Bucher and the Capo staff led the Cougars to the CIF Semi-Finals in 2014, a Seaview League Championship in 2016, and the Division 5 CIF Finals in 2016.
Ernie attended Cal State Fullerton and earned his Bachelors of Arts, English in 2001. He continued his education at National University where he earned his teaching Credential and Master’s Degree with a specialization in reading.
Ernie is a member of the English department at Capo.
Ernie, his wife, Leeann, and their son, Luke, live in Orange.
Dave Ricci: Defensive Coordinator/Asst. HC
Coach Ricci was born and raised in Southern California where he attended Brea-Olinda High School and was a three-year Varsity middle linebacker and team captain. He went on to play at Long Beach City College and the University of New Mexico where his career was cut short due to injuries. Coach Ricci transferred to Arizona State University where he received his Bachelor’s degree and later attended University of Southern California where he earned an MBA and his Master’s in Teaching. He is currently teaching Social Science at Capo.
He is going on his 5th year as the Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Line coach for Capo Valley High School where he led the team to the #1 Scoring Defense in Orange County, 59 sacks and 90 tackles for loss in 2016. DE Zach Ritner (Jr) was named 2nd Team All-State, 1st Team All-County, 1st Team All-CIF and 1st Team All-League; DE Nolan Reeve (Jr) was named 1st Team All-CIF and 1st Team All-League. DT Juan Manzo (Sr.) was named 2nd Team All-League.
Prior to that, he was the Assistant Defensive Line Coach and Defensive Quality Control for Eastern Michigan University in 2012.
Coach Ricci lives in Mission Viejo with Jenny, his wife of 24 years, and their two boys Jake (19) and Brock (18).
Sean White: Defensive Line
Sean was born and raised in Lake Forest where he attended El Toro High School and was a 3 year varsity player at defensive end. He went on and played middle linebacker and won the Jerry D award which was given to the most committed player to the program.
Sean went on to coach freshmen at El Toro, varsity linebackers at Aliso Niguel High school and the varsity line coach at Trabuco Hills. When Sean isn’t coaching he is watching the Dodgers, USC Trojans, the 49ers and the Anaheim Ducks. Sean is excited to enter his 3rd season at Capo as defensive line coach and is recognized by the California Coaches Association as the coach of the year.
Jake Van Every: Linebackers
Jacob Van Every is very excited to start his 3nd year coaching at Capo Valley. Coach Van Every graduated Capo in 2012 where he started at Outside Linebacker for the 2011-2012 Playoff team. Jacob is currently attending Saddleback, in pursuit of a business degree. When Jacob is not coaching nor at school, he is working or playing pickup basketball with friends.
Joe Soto: Linebackers
Coach Soto was born and raised in Southern California (East L.A.) where he attended Cantwell High School in Montebello, California and was a three-year football player middle linebacker offensive guard and baseball. After graduation Coach Soto joined the US Air force where he served 4 years and 2 years in the Viet-nam theater of operations (Okinawa, Guam, Philippines, Thailand as a crew chief on KC-135 Refuelers and B-52 Bombers), He continued to sever in the US Navy reserves at Pt Magu California where he working on P-3’s .
After the serves he went on to East Los Angeles College getting his AA degree and then went to California State University of Los Angeles were he received his BA degree in Business/Sociology and 1 year at Whittier college (MBA).
After his career in the serve he went on to work for Continental Airlines for 20 years (Peopelexpress Airlines briefly) and finished up working for US Government as a supervisor in Detroit, Michigan with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as an inspector on Airplanes.
Coach Soto has finally sold his house in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but is still in the process of moving back to Mission Viejo with Peggy, his wife of 49 years, and their three grown children 2 Girls Joelle and Kelly and 1 boy Jay and 9 grandchildren.
Brian Clark: Defensive Backs
Coach Clark was born and raised in San Diego where he attended Bonita Vista High School and played football, basketball, and baseball. After high school, he attended UC Santa Barbara where he played wide receiver for one year for their Division III football program and eventually earned his B.A. in Sociology. Prior to coming to Capo Valley, Coach Clark coached football at Tesoro High School for seven years. At Tesoro, he spent his first four years on the freshman staff and his last three years coaching the varsity wide receivers and coordinating the passing game. This is his eighth season coaching varsity football at Capo Valley. He was the offensive coordinator his first three seasons, and is currently in his fifth year coaching the defensive backs.
Coach Clark currently teaches history at Capo Valley. He and his wife, Juliana, live in Laguna Niguel with their two daughters Emma (16) and Hailey (14). In his free time he enjoys being with his family, all sports, reading, and golfing.
James Berry: Defensive Backs / Special Teams
Coach Berry was born and raised in Orange County where he attended rival Dana Hills High School and was a three-year Varsity two-way player and team captain. He went on to play at local Saddleback Community College where his career was cut short due to injuries. At Saddleback he found his love for Defense and Coaching. After being sidelined for the remainder of the season, he followed and watched his favorite coach (coach Crapo) and really learned another way to stay on the field and continue his passion for football.
Coach Berry started coaching Freshman 7 years ago at rival San Clemente as the Defensive Back Coach and Freshman Assistant Defensive Coordinator. He then moved on to coach at Capo Valley for the 2014-15 season. He is currently the Defensive Back Coach for Capo Valley High School.
Coach Berry lives in Mission Viejo and just recently married his beautiful wife, Meghan, this past August. They both are proud pit bull owners of their puppy Mack!
Josh Tribe: Offensive Coordinator & QB’s
Coach Tribe is entering his 22nd year coaching high school football and his 8th with Capistrano Valley. During that time, he has primarily coached the quarterbacks and receivers while spending a few seasons working with the defensive side of the ball. He has been fortunate enough to coach many of those teams into the playoffs including runs to the semifinals and championship game. In his time as the offensive coordinator at Capo he has worked with some outstanding athletes that have earned All-League, League MVP, and All-CIF honors. He is excited about this enthusiastic group of players at Capistrano Valley and is looking forward to seeing them develop as teammates, exceed their individual expectations for performance, and reaching their team goal.
He is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and a minor in mathematics. Since earning his teaching credential and masters in education, he has been a teacher for Capistrano Unified for the past 12 years. He is starting his fourth year teaching in the math department at Capistrano Valley.
Coach Tribe is married and has two children. His wife Danielle is a teacher at Chino Hills High School and runs the competitive dance program. His children Sophia (9) and Ben (6) can usually be found wrestling with each other or pulling on the ears of their favorite basset hound Walter.
Vince Mouleart: Wide Receiver’s Coach
Coach Mouleart begins his fourth season on the Cougar staff working with the Receivers and Special Teams. This will be his second year as the Offensive Coordinator for the JV team. He previously was at Aliso Niguel High School for six years where he coached Receivers, Special Teams and served as the JV Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator.
Prior to joining the high school coaching ranks, he was a mainstay in the youth sports programs in the area coaching football, baseball and soccer. He is a resident of Aliso Viejo where he lives with his lovely wife Gail. They are proud parents of two great young adults Joe and Danielle.
Coach Mouleart is excited to see the continued development of the players and is looking forward to another successful season.
Brian Pelichowski: Wide Receivers
Coach Pelichowski is coming into his second season at Capo Valley and will be coaching a dangerous group of Wide Receivers alongside Coach Mouleart. Brian is a graduate of Aliso Niguel High School, where he was First Team All-League, helping lead Aliso to its’ last Seaview League title in ’05. He began his coaching career at his alma mater in ’07.
Brian is excited to continue developing our deep group of receivers. Looking to build on the success from this past season, and taking our receiver corp to the next level.
Coach Chow is an Alumni of the University of California, Santa Barbara and works as a Sales Manager in Property Management. He currently lives in Tustin with his beautiful wife Aubry, and his two dogs, Luca and Sonny. In his spare time, Brian loves to golf, and spend time with friends and family.
Steve Paris: Running Backs
This is Coach Paris’ second year at Capo Valley after spending the previous six years coaching the linebackers at Aliso Niguel HS. He is a graduate of Granite Hills High School in San Diego County where he was a standout running back. From there, Coach Paris played at both Oregon State and San Jose State universities. He also participated in 2 bowl games while playing at SJSU. Steve later returned to Granite Hills to begin his coaching career and was the head coach of the Eagles for three seasons. He has been coaching for almost 30 years, during which time he has coached the WRs at West Hills High School, the QBs and WRs at San Jose State University, and the running backs at the University of San Diego. Coach Paris lives in Aliso Viejo with his lovely wife, Lisa, and their three children, Tyler, Kyle, and Katrina. Kyle, a former All-CIF player at Aliso Niguel, is currently a running back at South Dakota State University.
Stan Short: Offensive Line
Coach Short starts his second year at Capo Valley working with the Offensive Linemen. Early on, Coach Short went to Buena High school in Sierra Vista, Arizona where he played multiple sports. He went on to play his college football at Penn State University where he was a member of the Nittany Lions first National Championship Team. Coach Short was later drafted to the NFL by the Detroit Lions and he spent some time with the Denver Broncos; one year on IRL.
Coach Short graduated from Penn State with a degree in Business Logistics.
When his football playing days ended, Coach Short started a career in business. He currently works for a large consumer goods company.
Coach Short is married to Mindy and they have been blessed with three wonderful kids. In his spare time, Coach Short participates in events at his church, works out at the gym and supports the activities of his family.
Coach Short appreciates the opportunity to work with quality young men at Capo Valley.
Scott Schepens: Offensive Line
Coach Schepens starts his 4th season coaching at Capo Valley working with the offensive line. He also serves as junior varsity head coach. In addition, he works as a social science teacher at Capo. He also helps as an assistant coach for both wrestling and is the boys head track coach.
Prior to joining Capo, Coach Schepens spent five previous seasons coaching at Anaheim High School where he worked in various coaching positions. He also served as the head varsity wrestling coach for two seasons.
Coach Schepens is a graduate of Chapman University where he played college football and received his B.A. in Liberal Studies. He then went on to Claremont Graduate University where he received his M.A. in U.S. History. He finally finished his educational training by receiving a teaching credential from Cal State Long Beach.
Coach Schepens is a resident of Lake Forest where he lives with his lovely wife Abby. When he is not busy coaching or grading papers Coach Schepens enjoys being active with outdoor sports and weight lifting.
Coach Schepens is excited to be a part of the Capo family and he is looking forward to another successful and rewarding season.
Kathryn Cleek: Athletic Trainer
Kathryn Cleek was born and raised in Central California. Growing up Kathryn played club soccer and traveled up and down California pursing that passion. Kathryn family then relocated to Southern Indiana where she played varsity high school soccer for 4 years. During her time in sports, Kathryn spent a lot of her time in rehab with her athletic trainer and physical therapist due to several injuries. That is when she found her nitch for helping others in the sports medical field.
Kathryn pursed her education in Athletic Training from Indiana State University. Through her clinical rotation she worked closely with Indiana State University Division 1 Football, Indiana State University Division 1 Track and Field, Indiana State University Division 1 Cross Country, DePauw University Division 3 Soccer, large and small high schools, many Physical Therapy Clinics and free clinics for the underserved. Kathryn is a National Certified Athletic Trainer through the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and Board of Certification. Her diverse experience from emergency care, care and preventive of athletic related injuries, rehabilitate treatment and diverse population helps Kathryn with providing excellent care to the Capo Football Organization.
After graduating in 2016, Kathryn has worked with Cal South Soccer organization as their Athletic Trainer for tournaments. This is Kathryns’ first season with Capo Valley Football as she started in February 2017 and she is thrilled to work with the team. Outside of Capo, Kathryn is a Doctorate of Physical Therapy Student at the University of St. Augustine of Health and Science in San Marcos, CA. In her free time she enjoys going to the beach, refinishing furniture and visiting her siblings Jase (4), Cali (6) and Kylee (21), in Indiana.
Joshua Hill: Principal
As a young teacher at another high school, I had the opportunity at each home football game to monitor a gate that let football players onto the field and kept non-football players off of the field. I loved watching the games, cheering for the players, and feeling pride in my school which they were representing. What is most poignant though is the recollection of seeing the players suited up, cleats clicking on the pavement marching in a line through the gate. There were muffled words of encouragement passed back and forth between the boys through mouthpieces and an intense focus that I dared not disturb fearing that I would distract from whatever their coach had just told them. What I wanted to say to them, I will say here.
You boys are our army. You fight for a victory that transcends the brotherhood and camaraderie you and your coaches have worked to build. Your wins and losses are felt throughout the school and into the community. While we don’t want to put unnecessary pressure on you to perform, we want you to know that we will leave delighted if you are triumphant and disheartened if you are defeated. Your joys are our joys and your sorrows ours too. While your success on the field will mostly be a matter of your ability to execute your plan and to allow the hundreds of hours of conditioning and training you have undergone to permit you to outperform your opponent, there may come a time when you are bruised, beaten, and bleeding where you are struggling to keep your head up and when it seems that you cannot prevail despite your best efforts. When that time comes, know that we believe in you. You are our team and we are proud of you. Regardless of the contest’s outcome, to us, you are heroes. You have fought on our behalf, and we will proudly share in your sorrows, celebrations, and achievements because in the end together we always win.
We cannot lose when we have stood shoulder to shoulder whether on the field, on the sidelines, or in the stands whether catching, or cheering, or calling plays because we will know as we walk away from the stadium and the school that we came together again as a Cougar family and that is really what it was all about all along.
Our football players represent the cream of our crop. Their dedication is shown by their commitment to the program, their devoted performance at practices, and their willingness to do all this in addition to carrying rigorous class loads and preparing themselves for promising futures off of the field. They deserve our praise and our respect. It would be inappropriate though to not also recognize and thank those whose contribution of thousands of hours each season as coaches, boosters, and parent volunteers enable our boys to compete. I believe the year’s motto “Together We Win” is very accurate on several levels. I look forward to an wonderful football season.