In 2013, the West Chester East High School football team had its best season since 2006, posting a 6-5 mark. But in February, the architect of that record, Dan Ellis, left and is now at Great Valley.
Monday night, the West Chester School Board approved the hiring of Dave Gueriera as new coach to keep the revival going.
Gueriera has been the offensive coordinator at Episcopal Academy for the last two seasons where he helped dual-threat quarterback Adam Strouss tie a Delaware County record with 35 touchdowns as the Churchmen went 10-0 in 2012. He was also the offensive coordinator at Harriton, where he oversaw a high-powered offense.
The new boss is really looking forward to the challenge of keeping the Vikings relevant in the tough Ches-Mont League National Division, where they have won four games in the last three years.
"I have always wanted to be a head coach, but I was not actively looking for a head job,' Gueriera said. "But, when this opportunity came up it was too good to pass up. I am from the community and I know a lot of the kids and I am very excited to move West Chester East forward. I just felt it was the right opportunity.'
Gueriera received a ringing endorsement from his last boss, Episcopal coach Todd Fair.
"Dave was my offensive coordinator for two years and in that span he was a big part of our 18-3 record,' Fairlie said. "In 2012 we went 10-0 and outscored our opponents 365-35. Dave has a great offensive mind, he has the unique capability to adapt his offense to his personnel. He brings a ton of energy with him every day.
"He has a positive attitude and it is contagious to those around him. Dave also works as hard as anyone in the game and will give everything he has to be successful at West Chester East.'
East athletic director Sue Cornelius also feels he is the right man at the right time.
"We are very excited to have Dave come aboard,' Cornelius said. "We feel he is the man to move our program forward and the kids and the administration are very excited to have him.'
Gueriera follows an offense which played at a very fast pace under Ellis, and he said the tempo will be similar with returning quarterback Jon Jon Roberts.
"We are going to go some no huddle and things like that,' Gueriera said. "We are going to have a couple different huddles and we want to play with a lot of class. We want to respect each other and our opponents. And I want the kids to finish every day. I want them to finish in the class room, on the practice field and during games. I am very excited to get this opportunity and I can't wait to get started.'