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Moring returns to alma mater
Brandon Moring always envisioned becoming a P.E. teacher and football coach at Ceres High. The 1998 graduate was hired by his alma mater on July 25. He spent the past two years at Manteca's East Union High School.

"This is a blessing," said Moring, 28. "This is where I'm supposed to be. I'm going to do my best to help Ceres High in any way that I can."

Brandon applied for the position after visiting, a California online job search site.

He was interviewed on July 22 by principal Bob Palous, associate principal Linda Stubbs, athletic director Glenn Driskell and department chair Sue Garcia.

"They made my dream come true," said Moring, who was hired to teach several periods of physical education and weight training.

Manteca Unified School District released Brandon from his contract on Aug. 1.

"I thought long and hard before I made the decision to come back," he said. "East Union was really good to me. They had great administrators, teachers and kids."

"I feel bad for them because they lost a quality guy," Ceres High varsity football coach Brett Johnson said. "But this is where he belongs."

Working in Ceres will enable Moring to spend more time with his fiancee Annie and son Bo.

They live right down the street from the high school. Brandon no longer commutes.

"My family's the most important thing in my life," said Moring, who will exchange wedding vows with Annie on June 20, 2009.

"The extra time he gets to spend with his family is an extra bonus," Johnson said. "Especially Bo. He's a little cutie."

Moring served as head coach of Ceres High's freshman football team in 2005. He was an assistant from 2001-2004.

This year, Brandon will direct the Bulldogs' JV squad. Ryan Souza, Moring's brother, and close friend Anthony Dean will provide assistance.

He will also be the varsity team's receivers coach.

Moring earned first-team, all-league honors twice in football at Ceres High. He tied for eighth in the state with 66 receptions as a junior.

Brandon played at Modesto Junior College for two seasons.

"I'm extremely happy that he's here," Johnson said. "He's a great person. That in itself brings more to a program than anything else."

Added Moring: "I just feel like I'm at home now."

Seniors Martino Bertolotti, Rajdeep Singh, Johnny Clark, Brandon Avila, Rudy Martinez, Marcus Hilgen, Brendon Verdugo, Michael Bower, Justin Hidahl, Danny Martinez, Eric Gutierrez, Michael Flores, Justin Grider, Adrian Rambaran and Daniel Watts all played for Moring when they were in the ninth grade.

"It's really exciting to have my coach back from freshman year," said Bertolotti, receiver and defensive back. "He basically taught me how to play football. He's a great coach. He makes everything clear. He never puts you down when you do something wrong. He's always positive."