Coach Lopez is a 1986 Vacaville High School graduate. While at Vacaville High
School, he participated in football and track and field for four years. He played
tight end, defensive end, and was the place kicker. He earned special teams'
player of the year award and was honorable mention All League as a lineman
his senior year. He was a 50 foot shot putter and competed at the sectional
meet his junior and senior year. He currently hold's the record for points (points
gained throughout the game, using a grading system) at over 4,000. He was a
member of the 1985 section runner-up team that went 11-3.
After attending Vacaville High School, Coach Lopez attended American River
College playing defensive end. He was voted "Tenacious Player" his second year
there. He then went on to play at Whitworth University in Spokane Washington.
He was a two year captain and honorable selection as a defensive end. He also
participated in track and field while at Whitworth.
Coach Lopez started his coaching career at American River College in 1993 as a
defensive line coach. He came to VHS in 1996 and coached the shot put and discus
from 1996-2000. His 2012 JV team ended the season perfect at 10-0.
Coach Lopez has three children, daughters Parker and Phoebe and a son Beau. His
wife is Julie and her daughter is Chloe. Coach Lopez's parents graduated from
Vacaville High School and have worked in the Vacaville Unified School District.
Coach Lopez's grandfather, Bert Hughes, designed the first face masks for Vacaville
High. He also made braces for wrists and shoulders for Vacaville High athletes.
Coach Lopez attended his first Vacaville High game in 1970 when he was two years
old. He has two brothers Perry, Shay and a sister Tracy He is currently an high
school PE teacher.
Head Coach - Scott Lopez
Eric Core - Assistant Coach
Bryan McGrath - Assistant Coach
Coach Cooney is a 1993 graduate from Vacaville High School. While at Vacaville
High, Coach Cooney played all four years (freshman year at Jepson). He also
played Rugby for two years and was on the California Cup Championship team
his junior year.
After graduating from Vacaville High, Coach Cooney attended Cal Poly, San Luis
Obispo where he majored in Social Science with a minor in Anthropology and
Geography. He received his Masters/credentials in Education from UOP.
Coach Cooney is currently a World/US History teacher at Willis Jepson
Middle School. He has been teaching as well as coaching for over ten years.
Coach Cooney’s philosophy is to live life, enjoy life and keep striving to be the
best you can be. He also stated that "I teach and coach for the satisfaction of
seeing my student athletes succeed".
Coach Cooney is engaged to Melissa Covell. They have a daughter, Haven.
Joe Cooney - Assistant Coach
Coach Fortunato is a 1980 Vacaville High School graduate. While at Vacaville High
School, he participated in football, basketball, and tennis. He was a quarterback
and earned All-League as a punter. He was a forward on the basketball team and
the number one ranked tennis player at Vaca High throughout his high school
After attending Vacaville High School, Coach Fortunato attended Cal Berkeley in
on a football scholarship as a punter, where he played against future NFL players
John Elway, Marcus Allen and Ronnie Lott in 1980-82.
He has 29 years of coaching experience, which began in 1983. Mike has coached
numerous sports including football, baseball, basketball, and tennis. Coach
Fortunato is the owner of the Varsity Grill restaurant in town after 23 years in the
Mike is married to wife Michelle and have four children: Michaela, Frankie,
Beth, and Vinny.
Mike Fortunato - Assistant Coach
Anthony Zenobi - Assistant Coach
Coach Core is a 2009 graduate of Vacaville High School. He wore number 51 for
the Bulldogs during his varsity career, playing inside linebacker. He was on the
wrestling team, track and field team and baseball team.
Coach Core attended Solano Community College and currently works at Fenton’s
Junior Varsity coaching staff
Armando Perez - Assistant Coach
Coach McGrath is a 1996 graduate of Sonoma Valley High School. While at
Sonoma Valley, he was a 4 year letter winner in football. He was a 3 time All
Redwood Empire League running back and linebacker. He was voted defensive
MVP for the Redwood Empire League. He was also a four year letter winner in
track and a two year letter winner in basketball.
After high school, he attended University of Utah before transferring to Wayne
State College in Nebraska.
Coach McGrath has coached at Wayne State as a grad assistant, Sacramento
City College as the running backs coach, Shasta College as a defensive line
coach and co-defensive coordinator, Vintage High School JV defensive coordinator
and defensive line, Hogan High School linebacker and defensive coordinator,
Flat Head High School offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.
Currently Coach McGrath is working at Rexam aluminum as a product line
mechanic. He is married to his wife Shannah. They have a son Ty and a son Colt
who is due in December.
Coach Perez attended Liberty Union High School and is a 1966 graduate of
Pittsburg Senior High. While in high school, he participated in football, wrestling
and track. He was a Division Champion in the 2 mile.
After high school, Coach Perez attended Respiratory Therapy School. He also has
attended Solano Community College where received a degree in business
management and administration.
Coach Perez has coached grammer school track and flag football in 1976. He has
coached Pop Warner Football starting in 1978. Coach Perez has been coaching
football at Vacaville High School since 2000.
Coach Perez was one of the founding members to build Vaca Valley Hospital. He
has also spearheaded building the youth football field at Alan Patch Park. He was
also the first instructor trainer for CPR in Vacaville.
Coach Perez is engaged to his fiancé Theresa. He has two kid's; daughter Yolanda
and son Armondo Jr. He also has three grandchildren, Alex, Elias and Juliann.
Coach Post attended Kubasaki High School, Japan from 1976-1977. In 1979 he
graduated from Fairfield High School. Coach Post was a member of the football
team while at Kubasaki and Fairfield. He was honored as the most improved
player at defensive tackle.
Coach Post attended Solano Community College for one year. Coach Post's
coaching career consists of coaching the senior powder puff team to a 28-0 win
over the juniors in 1979. He has coached Little League baseball 4 years, Vacaville
roller hockey 2 years, youth football 5 years, freshman football 4 years, 1 season
Fairfield blue knights PAL football.
Coach Post has worked at Albertsons/Savemart as a receiving supervisor for over
He is married to his wife Tami. He has three sons who graduated from Vacaville
High, Zane (2003), Zev (2006), Zachary (2007). Coach post is also a season ticket
holder for the Oakland Raiders, an avid Matt Kenseth-NASCAR fan. He has also
played recreation softball the past 20 years.
Jim Post - Assistant Coach
Coach Zenobi is a 2008 graduate of Vacaville High School. While at Vacaville,
Anthony played football and was on the track and field team. Coach Zenobi is
currently attending University of Phoenix.
He is currently studying Criminal Justice with the goal of becoming a Police
Coach Zenobi coached the freshman team for four years prior to joining the
Junior Varsity staff in 2016.
Dave Davis - Assistant Coach