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Spencer Gilford

Spencer Gilford
Head Football Coach

 Coach Gilford is entering his fourth year as the Head Coach of Gavilan College. The 2013 Rams saw improvements in following categories: Wins (the most since 2006), Points per Game (almost 20 points more than 2012), and the Offense finished ranked #16 in the state to name a few. William Lee earning the Coast Conference Defensive MVP Award, and 8 Rams took 9 spots on the All-Conference list and 6 of them made the All-Region Team.

In 2012, he guided the Rams to their first win at home in 5 years. The 2012 season also saw the Rams players earn 7 All- Coast Conference spots and 2 All-Region spots.  The Ram Defense ended the year ranked #2 in the state in passing yards allowed as well.

In 2011, Coach Gilford coached LB Ali Aryanpour to All Conference honors.  In all, 6 Rams made the All-Coast Conference team and Jakari Johnson received All Region honors as well.

He had spent the previous two years as the Defensive Coordinator at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, CA. In 2010, his defense improved by adding 9 more Sacks to 33, 7 more turnovers to 25, allowing 25 less rushing yards per game, and by decreasing opponents 3rd Down efficiency by 10%.  By the end of the 2009 season, his defense improved their rank 20 positions in the state, reduced opponents yards per game by 55.8 yards, reduced opponents points per game by 15.8 points and doubled the sacks to 24.

Prior to 2009, Coach Gilford was the Outside Linebacker coach at College of San Mateo.  In 2008, he was part of a defense which was ranked #1 in Rushing Yards per Carry and #2 in Rushing Yards per Game in the State of California.  In 2007, Coach Gilford was a defensive assistant and recruiting assistant at Stanford University.  While down at “The Farm”, he was part of arguably the biggest upset in college football history when Stanford beat USC. 

Coach Gilford spent three years with LMC as the Linebacker coach and the Kick Game Coordinator.  During this time he helped the defense to a #4 ranking in the state in 2004.  Also, his Punt Team was ranked #1 in the state for Punt Return Average in 2006.

In 2003, Coach Gilford spent a year at St. Mary’s College in Moraga.  While at St. Mary’s, he coached Outside Linebackers Ray Mike and Anthony Woodard to All-Americans.

From 1999 to 2002, Coach Gilford spent four seasons with Diablo Valley College as a Linebacker Coach, Defensive Back Coach, and his final year as the Defensive Coordinator.  Coach Gilford started his coaching career in 1997 at Fremont High School where he won the OAL JV Championship as the Head Coach in 1998.

Mike Dovenberg:
Offensive Coordinator

Mike Dovenberg Image

Mike Dovenberg joined the Gavilan College football staff in 2014, and will serve as the Offensive Coordinator for the Rams.

"Coach Dovey" comes to Gavilan after two years at Kansas Wesleyan University, where he served as Wide Receivers Coach. At KWU, Dovenberg helped orchestrate an offense that lead the conference in total yardage per game. His wide receivers earned 5 All-KCAC conference honors in two years, and boasted one BSN All-American and one Academic All-American.

Prior to KWU, Dovenberg coached at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, Iowa, where he served as Tight Ends coach, video coordinator, and assistant recruiting director. Prior to Ellsworth CC, Dovenberg coached at Patrick Henry High School from 2009-2010  serving as both offensive and special teams coordinator in 2010. He also coached one season at Decorah (Iowa) High School as wide receivers and defensive backs coach.

He holds a Master of Business Degree from Kansas Wesleyan and Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management from the University of Minnesota.

A native of Decorah, Iowa, Dovenberg is the son of Richard and Marian Dovenberg and has a brother Matt and two sisters Kate and Liz.

Kevin Booth:

Outside Linebackers/Special Teams Coordinator

Kevin Booth

Kevin Booth is entering his third year at Gavilan College. In 2011, Coach Booth was the Rams Running Backs Coach where he coached RB Jakari Johnson to All Conference and All Region honors.

Kevin started his college career at the College of San Mateo and played from 2003 - 2004. He started as a freshmen for the bulldogs, featured on a defense that had 23 interceptions and finished top 5 in the state.  That year, the bulldogs ended the year with a 10 - 1 record, while going on to win the Golden Gate Conference championship and finishing the year up as Silicon Valley Bowl champions. He started 21 games for the Bulldogs and was awarded the "Most Improved Bulldog" award. After having a solid sophomore season, Kevin then earned a full scholarship to Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee where he played  from 2005 - 2006. He started 7 games his junior season for the Dragons ending the year ranking 4th in tackles on the team. In 2006, Kevin started his senior season off on a high note, however due to injury his season ended abruptly.

Chris Boyles:

Defensive Line/Power & Speed Coordinator

Chris Boyles

Coach Boyles is entering his third season as the Rams defensive-line coach.  In 2012, he coached DL William Lee to All-Region and All-Coast Conference honors.

Prior to joining  the Rams staff coach Boyles spent the past four seasons as the  defensive-line coach at Hartnell College, where he had seven All-Conference defensive-linemen, and helped them to a share of the 2009 Coast Conference Championship. 

During the 05-06 seasons Boyles coached linebackers at Alisal High School in Salinas.  Coach Boyles helped Alisal to back-to-back CCS playoff appearances; Boyles coached three All-Conference linebackers, and one All –Monterey County linebacker.

Coach Boyles started his coaching career at Hastings College in Hastings, NE.  Boyles was on the Bronco staff from 1999-2004, where he coached defensive-line, linebackers, and defensive-backs.  The 1999 squad advanced to the second round of the NAIA playoffs after finishing the season 10-0. While Boyles was at Hastings the Bronco defense had a top ten finish in the country in at least two categories every season.  Boyles has coached four All-Conference players and one All-American while at Hastings.  Coach Boyles earned a Masters degree in Physical Education while on staff as a Graduate Assistant, during the 2001-2003 seasons.

Coach Boyles earned a double major in Psychology and Leisure Studies with a Coaching Minor as a defensive-tackle at Hastings College.  His 1998 team sat atop the NAIA poll for six consecutive weeks, while making the NAIA playoffs and finishing the regular season 10-0. He was also a first team All-NIAC selection as a defensive-lineman his senior season.

Arpedge Rolle:

Offensive Line

Arpedge Rolle

Arpedge Rolle joined the Gavilan College football staff in 2014 and will serve as the offensive line coach.

Coach Rolle previously coached at Valley Christian High School. As the defensive coordinator in 2012, Valley Christian won a CCS Division Championship his first year as DC. He has coached over 12 WCAL ALL-league defensive linemen in just three years. His coached D-Linemen have received honors in All-NorCal, All-WCAL and California Div I All-State teams. In 2013, his entire starting defensive line was honored on the WCAL All-League team while his DE was named WCAL D-Linemen of the year. In 12 years, many of his athletes have gone on the play collegiate football and a few are currently playing in the NFL.

Arpedge Rolle played in the AFL and the NIFL league. In the NIFL, Coach Rolle was a captain for the Miami Morays. He led the NIFL in sacks, ranked top in TFLs and made the NIFL All Star team.
Arpedge played four years of college football at the University of Florida. During his years of play, he was part of an SEC Championship team and competed in the Orange and Sugar Bowl. He was awarded 'Most Improved' and 'True Gator' award.

Roy Moody:

Wide Receivers/Special Teams Coordinator

Roy Moody

Coach Roy Moody is in his second year coaching the receivers at Gavilan.  In 2012, he coached both WR Bobby Guyton and WR Marcus Harrell to All-Region and All-Coast Conference honors.

Previously, He coached 2 season  as the Wide Receivers Coach for the Phoenix College Bears. In his short time at Phoenix College, he produced  3 all conference receivers, as well as sending several receivers to four year schools. Previous to Coaching at Phoenix College, Coach Moody spent 5 years as the wide receivers coach at Millennium HS in Goodyear, AZ , which was ranked near the top of the state in most passing and receiving categories. Coach Moody also served as the offensive coordinator for the JV team at Millennium.

Coach Moody is a graduate of Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix, AZ. where he was a 3 year Varsity Football player. After graduating from Carl Hayden, Coach Moody went to Glendale CC (AZ) and then transferred to ASU, where he earned a degree in administrative justice. Coach  Moody will be receiving his Master’s Degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University in the spring of 2012.

John Johnson, Sr.:

Defensive Backs


Coach Johnson is entering his 3rd year on the Rams' coaching staff, but is in his 41st year as a coach. He has coached at the Division I level at both Cal and San Jose State, becoming the 1st African-American coach in Spartan history. He also coached community college at Diablo Valley, Solano, Contra Costa, and Laney.

From 1960-1963, he played at San Jose State on both sides of the ball. Coach Johnson scored a school record 4 touchdowns against Stanford in the 1960 meeting, and is now enshrined in their Hall of Fame. He was drafted in 1963 by the NFL’s Green Bay Packers, and played in and won the 1965 Championship Game versus the Cleveland Browns. Two seasons later, he played in the 1967 Championship Game against the Dallas Cowboys, forever known as “The Ice Bowl”. The Packers then went on to defeat the AFL’s Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl II. He was later traded to Los Angeles, finishing out his career as a running back for the Rams.

Players flourishing under Coach Johnson include 40 JC Grid-Wire All-Americans, as well as 26 whom have played football in the professional ranks.

Tim Pierce:

Running Backs

Tim Pierce

Coach Pierce is entering his first season as Running Backs Coach at Gavilan College, but not his first go around in football. In the early 2000s Coach Pierce was the running backs coach at Sanger High School in Sanger, California, where he a won sectional championship. After that, Coach Pierce moved to Edison High School where he coached: Clifton Smith (RB) who spent the 2008 and 2009 NFL seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was selected to the Pro bowl, Bernard Hicks (S) who went on to play with the CFL's Winnipeg Blue Bombers, and Brandon Breazell (WR/DB) who spent the 2009 Indoor Football League season with the Amarillo Venom. After his tutelage, Smith played at Fresno State, Hicks at Cal Berkley, and Breazell at UCLA. Another of those Edison High players, Lorenzo Sims Jr. (CB), went on to play for the Colorado Buffalos. Coach Pierce also won a sectional championship at Edison.

After leaving Edison High, Coach Pierce moved to Las Vegas, where he started Camp Touchdown which is run through STG Pierce Entertainment in partnership with The Ickey Woods Youth Foundation. The Camp Touchdown Shuffle to Success Program aims to develop successful youth. The stated mission reads, "To create and administer programs that will insure that all active participants are accepted into society at their highest potential." Pierce was also the General Manager for the Reno Barons Professional Arena Football Team.

Rowen Tupuivao:

Inside Linebackers

Rowen Tupuivao

We are happy to announce the addition of Coach Rowen Tupuivao to our staff as our Linebacker Coach. Coach Tupuivao has over 15 years of experience as a Defensive Coordinator and a Linebacker Coach and he has coached at the high school level, community college, and the Division I level since 1979.

Coaching highlights:  1988 California State Champions and Los Angeles City Champions - Carson High School (13-1), 1987 National Champions - El Camino College (11-0), 1992 Western State Conference Champions - Santa Monica College (9-2), 2002 Beach Bowl Champions - Los Angeles Harbor College (8-3).

Personal athletic highlights:  1971 Los Angeles City Champions - Carson High School (12-0), 1972 Los Angeles City Champions - Carson High School (12-0), 1973 North/South Shrine All-Star - Pasadena Rose Bowl, 1973 Coaches Prep-All America Team, 1977 Pacific Coast Athletic Association Conference Champions - Fresno State University (9-2) aka "the stadium builders."

Polynesian "pride" highlights:  1976 to present Samoan Athletes in Action (SAIA) - a group of professional and college athletes based in Carson, Ca who put on educational and motivational football clinics in Hawaii and Samoa;  One of only 3 full-time Polynesian football coaches at Division I (1987);  The first Samoan to ever play at Fresno State University (1977-78);  Head Football Coach Southern California Polynesian All-Star Game (2011).

Personal:  Rowen was born in Hawaii and raised in Southern California by parents Manua Pemita and Billie JoAnn Tupuivao.  Rowen married the former Nancy Nyland from Hollister.  Rowen and Nancy have 2 children: Todd Pemita (wife Kristen, son Aiden), daughter Leah Nohealani.

K.C. Adams:
Assistant Coach

Lovelle Adams

Coach K.C. Adams is entering his second year as one of the Rams' Assistant Coaches. KC Adams has long been a fixture in Gilroy youth sports programs. When he arrived at Anchorpoint Christian HS in 2003, the school had no competitive athletic program. In the fall of 2004, KC formed boys and girl’s basketball teams, and added baseball and softball teams that spring. In 2007, KC spearheaded the formation of an 8-man football league within the CCS leading his team to 5 straight undefeated seasons and a top 10 ranking in 3 out of 5 years. The program that Coach Adams has created continues to flourish among small member schools. KC believes in the character building, power of team sports and many a troubled youth have turned their lives around under his mentoring. His peers have voted him Coach of the Year on several occasions. More significantly, KC is known among his fellow coaches as a person who will go out of his way to help them be successful in their own programs. In 2010, Coach
Adams was honored with the "Model Coach Award", one of 13 in the State of California.

Kevin Woodson, Jr.:
Assistant Coach

Kevin Woodson begins his first year as a student assistant coach at Gavilan College, and will be assisting the Offense.  He is originally from south Alabama where he played high school football at Andalusia High School, Georgiana High School, and Fort Dale Academy. He is a member of the Fort Dale 2002 track state championship team.  Kevin served four years on active duty as a United States Marine and serves currently as a Marine reservist.  He also served one semester as an athletic training student in 2013 at Gavilan.  Kevin's wife Lucia is a Spanish teacher at Gilroy High School.

Administrative and Support Staff
Ron Hannon
Director of Athletics
(408) 848-4895
Diane Stone
Division Assistant
(408) 848-4876
Darlene Del Carmen
Athletic Academic Counselor

(408) 848-4880

Rebecca Dayton
Head Athletic Trainer

(408) 848-4877

Last modified: March 26, 2014
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