SHASTA LAKE – The one word that can’t be used to describe the past decade of the Central Valley High football program is consistency.
Kyle Anderson is hoping to change that for his alma mater.
Central Valley High School principal Kyle Turner named Anderson the next varsity football coach for the Falcons Friday, replacing Aaron Richards who left earlier this month to take the head coaching position at Shasta High following two seasons as the Falcons head coach.
Anderson, who graduated from CV in 2005, is the fifth head coach to take over the program since the legendary Matt Hunsaker stepped down following the 2013 season after winning a Northern Section title in 2005 and finishing as the third on the Northern Section’s all-time win list.
“They’ve had a crazy amount of people come through in such a short time and that reminds me of when I was there,” Anderson said. “I went through three head coaches in my four years so I understand what the kids are going through.”
Turner said Anderson stood out among a “solid pool of candidates,” noting his familiarity with the community and his experience with rising football programs in the North State that will translate to him taking CV to the next level.
“He understands the culture here and knows how to try and build a program,” Turner said. “He’s coached with a lot of people I respect a lot, came highly recommended and he talked a lot about building a consistent football team.”
Anderson served as an assistant coach at CV for three years before moving on to U-Prep where he spent two of this three years in the Panthers’ program as the head coach, compiling a 10-11 record while snapping an eight-year playoff drought – the program’s first playoff appearance since its inaugural year in 2008. Anderson has spent the past three years as the offensive line coach at Shasta College, helping the Knights to a bowl game in 2019 and a NorCal Conference championship this past spring.
CV is in better shape than it was when past coaches have taken over following Hunsaker. The Falcons went 3-2 this spring for their first winning season since 2013. Anderson credits Richards for creating the foundation for him to build on.
“He’s done a lot of things to get momentum in the right direction and I’m grateful for the condition he left he program in,” Anderson said. “He wants it to succeed and I’m pushing to do that, get back to our old roots in what we had success in under Hunsaker and be competitive.”
Anderson plans to bring back the Wing-T philosophy but will possess a variety of concepts from the collegiate level that Shasta College coach Byron Hamilton implemented. His base defense will be the 4-3.
Assistant coaches can’t be named until the positions with the school are closed, Turner said.
For Anderson, it’s coming back full circle under the lights at Ron Hale Memorial Stadium – the field he first played on when he was eight years old.
And he feels right at home.
“This is just a blue collar, hard-working, tight-knit, small-town community that you’d find in the middle of nowhere,” he said. “But it’s north of 90,000 (population) Redding. There’s that small town comfort and family atmosphere here.”