Derrick Goblirsch has been promoted to head coach of Central Valley’s football program.
Goblirsch replaces Scott Edwards, who resigned to spend more time with his family.
The Hawks amassed a 32-30 overall record, won one league title and participated in the playoffs twice during Edwards’ six-year stint.
CV also won five of six games versus crosstown-rival Ceres High.
“I’ve been a part of the program for the last eight years and have watched it grow,” said Goblirsch, 33. “I’m definitely excited for this opportunity. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.”
“Every challenge thrown at him has been met with an eager attitude,” Edwards said.
Goblirsch served as head coach of Central Valley’s junior-varsity football team for five seasons (2012-15, 2019).
He worked with quarterbacks and running backs at the varsity level in 2019. Goblirsch was defensive coordinator from 2016-18.
“It’s nice having someone from the program take over,” Edwards said. “He knows where it’s been and going. I’m excited for him. I knew he was going to be my successor if I moved on. I tried to give him as many opportunities as a football coach. That’s what other coaches did for me when I was younger. I had some great mentors.”
Goblirsch does have experience being a varsity head coach. He’s been leader of Central Valley’s baseball team for the past seven seasons.
“That helps,” Edwards said. “With football, there are a lot more moving parts. You got to get the guys to believe in their roles and carry out your plan. He’s good with kids. His temperament and intellect are his strengths.”
If Goblirsch needs advice about football, Edwards’ experience will come in handy.
Edwards teaches five periods of weight training at Central Valley. He also coaches the boys golf team.
"I’m looking forward to developing my own system and finding out what works best for me. We have a good staff in place.”Derrick Goblirsch
“I’m grateful to have that resource available to me moving forward,” Goblirsch said. “He’s been a huge help already. There’s so much that goes into football. I’m looking forward to developing my own system and finding out what works best for me. We have a good staff in place.”
“I’m going to be his biggest fan and supporter,” Edwards said. “Whatever he needs, it’s an open door. But I’m not going to push anything on him. He needs to find his own way.”
Edwards, Central Valley’s most winningest coach, led the Hawks to their first-ever league title in 2016. CV claimed the Western Athletic Conference title with a perfect 5-0 mark and posted a program-best 9-2 record. The Hawks also participated in the playoffs for the second year in a row.
“He (Edwards) left some big shoes to fill,” Goblirsch said. “He did a great job with the program. Hopefully, we can keep it trending in the right direction. We have a good staff in place. It’s going to be challenging and fun at the same time.”
Central Valley amassed a 4-6 overall record and finished in fifth place in the Central California Conference standings (2-4) last fall.
The Hawks closed out the season with a 49-17 win at El Capitan.
Central Valley’s non-conference schedule for the 2020 campaign will include games against Pitman, Pacheco, Ceres High and Enochs.
“Our preseason schedule is tough,” Goblirsch said. “We’ll learn how to compete before we get to the CCC.”
“The program is in better shape than when I took over,” Edwards said. “I’m not talking about just wins and losses. I’m talking about all facets. Hopefully, he can build it and make it far superior than it is now. I can’t predict how he is going to do. I know he’ll have a plan and work hard.”
Goblirsch graduated from Ceres High School in 2005.
He was voted the Bulldogs’ Male Athlete of the Year his senior and junior years.
Goblirsch excelled in football, baseball and basketball.
Goblirsch and his wife Vanessa have two children: daughter Ella (4) and son Zeke (2).
Derrick and Vanessa teach math and physical education, respectively, at Central Valley.
Vanessa, a 2005 Ceres High grad, also coaches track and field and cross country.
“It’s a big time commitment,” Derrick said. “It’s going to be similar to what I have been doing coaching baseball. I want my family to be a part of the football program as much as they can be.”