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Welcome Letter to Incoming Freshmen

There is something special about Ventura Football...

I am beginning my 24th year as a football coach for the Cougars, and my 6th year as the head coach, and there is no where else I would rather be than right here as part of the Cougar family.

I felt it the very first time I walked into Ventura High School 3 decades ago as a student athlete and I still feel it today. I don't quite know how to explain the difference between what we have here at Ventura and the other schools I have visited over my lifetime. However, I can say the people that surround this program are great difference makers. We have many teachers and coaches who have spent their entire career at VHS working to make each student athlete better. Not only better in how they perform in school or a sport, but better as a person. I feel that the Ventura community is truly a family, and once you are part of the family you have a home where you are always welcome. This especially holds true for our football family, where we sweat and bleed Black and Gold together and create a bond that is truly special and lasts forever.

We have coaches on our staff who have been coaching together at VHS for 25+ years. We also have coaches who have been coaching with us for just a few years, and together we truly are one big family. For us veteran coaches we are privileged to be coaching the young men of some of the athletes we coached early on in our careers. The fact that our former student athletes would choose to have us coach their sons is an extreme honor.

As the head coach of the Cougars, I have witnessed many changes when it comes to the foundation of success and excellence that has been built over decades, even before my playing days here at Ventura. It is my honor to carry on this tradition with our home grown kids, as we work to take the program to new heights, and will continue to do so with a relentless passion. I am grateful to the coaches who are now here with me as well as those who have come before me and built Cougar Football into what it is today.

We have two goals for each of our athletes. The first goal is that we want to equip and teach each young man to not only have success in the classroom and on the football field, but to teach them valuable lessons about character that will help them to be successful in whatever path they take in life. The second goal is for each one of our athletes to know that we as coaches genuinely love and care for them, regardless of how long they decide to play football, and regardless if they are a top performer on the football field.

We want to make the experience of Ventura Football for our athletes something that they want to be part of regardless of playing time. We want our players to feel they are part of a family, an ever expanding family of young men working for a common goal.

There are always the athletes that the football team needs, young men who can do things athletically that an average athlete can't do, and we are confident that we can help these athletes get better both on and off the field as part of our program. We want to help them realize their football and academic goals here at VHS and in the future as well, if they want to continue to pursue playing football in college. We also want to focus on the young men who need football more than football needs them. In my experience these are the kids who we often see make life changing strides as part of our program, and in many cases they have gone on to be very successful in life beyond the football field. 

I would be wrong if I did not mention the families of our athletes that we have gotten to know over the years. The moms, dads, brothers, sisters and extended families. These families also become part of our football family, I always enjoy looking up in the stands before or after a game, and seeing the parents of the young men we coached in years prior and who have since gone on to college or other pursuits. These families continue to support Ventura Football, often for decades after their son is done playing, and these families have helped us become a better program with this continued support. We know that without them, we as a coaching staff would only be able to do a fraction of the things we are able to do each year. We appreciate the endless support of our football families, and you will always be part of the Cougar Football family.

In closing I want to say thank you. Thank you to my family for all the sacrifices you are making so that I am able to continue to do what I love. None of this would be possible without my wife, Allison, and my sons Jordan, Trevor and Derek.  Thank you to my fellow coaches for being like a family, and for all of your hard work and support in making Cougar Football something special. Thank you to our current and former football players for giving your heart, soul and body to your teammates and coaches. Thank you to the parents who are currently supporting our young men and our program for the 2018 season. This is truly a special place because of all of you.

I look forward to many successful years to come for the Ventura Cougars! 


Tim Garcia

Head Football Coach

Alumni 1986