Head Coach - Mike Papadopoulos
Coach Pop is a 1986 graduate of Armijo High. While at Armijo, Coach Pop
participated in football, wrestling, track and baseball. After high school he
attended UC Davis where he played football and rugby for the Aggies. Coach Pop
has been coaching at Vacaville High School since 1992. He became the Varsity
Head Coach in 2005.
During his tenure, the Bulldogs have won MEL Championships in 2005, 2006, 2009,
2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. He has also led the Bulldogs to two SJS Section Champion-
ships in 2006 and 2011. In 2011 he was named the ESPN Cal-Hi State Coach of the
Year after leading the Bulldogs to a 13-1 record and SJS Section Championship.
His overall coaching record stands at 101-31 in 11 years as head coach, 49-6 in the MEL.
He has also been the head track and field coach since 1993. During his tenure,
the track and field program has won 18 MEL Championships and 1 SJS Section
Coach Pop was also honored in 2011 by the Sac-Joaquin Section as a SJS Section
He is married to his wife Karen. They have two daughters, Jessica and Nicole.
Offensive Coordinator - Chris Santopadre
Coach Santopadre is a 1995 graduate of Vacaville High School. He was an all
league quarterback in football and an all league outfielder in baseball. Coach
Santopadre attended Consumnes River JC, Solano Community College and Napa
Valley Community College. He later attended Callifornia State University
Sacramento, majoring in history and earned his Masters degree in education
from Chapman University.
Coach Santopadre first coached football and baseball at Vacaville High School
from 1998-2002. He was the head football and baseball coach at Rodriguez High
School in 2005 and the head baseball coach at VHS in 2007-2008.
Coach Santopadre is married to his wife Heather. They are the proud parents of
twins - daughter Emmaline and son Caden, as well as another son Jackson.
Chris plans to strategically teach his children to defeat all MEL foes in any sport
his children choose to play. He currently teaches Economics and World History
at Vacaville High School.
Coach Santopadre is quoted as saying “We need to score at least one
more point than our opponent,” and “Offense sells tickets. defense wins games
and special teams win championships.”
Coach Smith (a.k.a.”Smitty”) is a 1995 graduate from Vacaville High School. While
at Vacaville High, Coach Smith participated in football and track & field. He then
attended Solano Community College and American River College. He later
attended California State University of Sacramento, where he received his
Bachelors, majoring in Social Science. He proceeded to obtain his Multiple
Subject Credential and Special Education Credential as well. He also received
his Masters degree in Cross Cultural Education from National University.
Coach Smith has coached continuously, both junior varsity and varsity football
since 1995. He is currently the co-defensive coordinator and coaches the
defensive backs. He also currently coaches track & field where he works with
sprinters and relay teams. During his coaching tenure, “Smitty” has assisted in
ten MEL Football Championships, two SJS Section Championships, ten MEL Boys
Track Championships, seven Girl Track Championships and one SJS Section Track
Coach Smith is married to his wife Kate. He has three children, Ty, Chase and
Defensive Coordinator - Ryan Smith
Defensive Coordinator - Mike Kassis
Coach Kassis is 1987 graduate from Shasta high school located in Redding,
California. While at Shasta, Coach Kassis was student body president, team
captain and all league linebacker in football. He also participated in baseball,
wrestling and track. While at UC Davis, Coach Kassis played defensive lineman.
Coach Kassis received his Masters in Physical Therapy from Samuel Merritt
Coach Kassis is a physical therapist. He also owns Solano Sports Physical
Therapy and Solano Sports Performance Training. He has also spent over the
last 15+ years volunteering his clinic training room for Vacaville High and Will
C. Wood athletes. Coach Kassis has coached the Central Little League for 10
years. Coach Kassis has assisted on with the freshman and junior varsity baseball
teams. He coached the Vacaville Youth Bengals/Bulldogs from 1998-2007 and has
also coached freshman, junior varsity and varsity football since 2004.
Currently Coach Kassis is the co-defensive coordinator and coaches the
linebackers. He coached his two oldest sons in both VHS Section Championship
wins, Jake a safety on the 2006 team and Jesse, also a safety on the 2011 team.
Coach Kassis has four children, Jake, Jesse, Carly, Joey. He is quoted as saying
that “he loves the Philadelphia Phillies and hates the designated hitter.” His life
time goal is to win the World Series of Poker.
Assistant Coach - Fred Jones
Coach Jones is a graduate of James Lick High School in San Jose, California. He
attended San Jose City College, San Jose State University and received his BA
in Physical Education from Chico State College in 1969. Jones received his
teaching Credential in 1970 and started his teaching and coaching career at
Dunsmuir High School, serving as head football coach.
Coach Jones arrived at Vacaville High School in 1973, taking a position as Head
JV Coach from 1973 to 1978. In 1979, he moved up to the Varsity and worked as
an assistant to Tom Zunino until 1998, when he took over as Head Football Coach
and Athletic Director.
Jones was head coach for 6 years, winning three MEL Championships and has a
47-17-1 overall record and a 35-7 MEL record. Upon stepping down, Coach Jones
stayed on as Athletic Director at VHS and returned to his duties as an assistant
coach. Jones is credited with bringing the Wing-T offensive system to Vacaville
Throughout his 45 year coaching career, Jones has coached a number of
sports including: Varsity Tennis, Wrestling, Softball and founded the school's
Rugby club in 1984. While coaching Rugby, Jones' teams won 7 Sac Valley
Championships and one Nor Cal State Championship in 1995 and was runner up in
Northern California once. He taught History, Math and Geography along with
Physical Education during his 37-year teaching career.
Fred has been married to his wife Linda for over 36 years. They have a daughter
Stephanie, who is head of the Art Department at Will C Wood High School. Fred
has a grandaughter Grace and son-in-law David who teaches at Vacaville High.
Assistant Coach - Bert Brown
Bert Brown is a 1991 graduate of Victorville High School. During high school, he
participated in football, where earned All League honors as a receiver, and also
played on the basketball team. After high school, he attended American River
College and competed in football for the Beavers as a defensive back.
Bert has coached in Vacaville since 1995 in numerous sports including Football,
Basketball (Head Girls Coach), Baseball, and Track (Head Coach), with the
majority of his tenure spent at Will C Wood High School.
Regarded as one of the best jump coaches in the section, he has helped
numerous athletes to the state meet and also coached former Wood athlete
Marvin Brown to the state long jump title in 1999. Coach Brown has also worked
in the offseason with numerous Division 1 football players, specializing in
receiver and defensive back play, by helping train them to further develop their
skills before they return to school.
Bert has worked for the Vacaville Unified School District as a campus
supervisor since 1995.
He is single. Coach Brown does have family in Vacaville which includes his
mother Dolly, sisters Latresa and Rotonda, nieces Daiza and Amara, and
Assistant Coach - Sean Carrington
Assistant Coach - Tony Ramos
Coach Ramos is a graduate of Vacaville High School. While at Vacaville High, he
was a member of the Cross Country team, Golf team and a state qualifier for the
He attended Chico State University where he was a member of the wrestling team.
Coach Ramos enters his fourth year as a coach on the football team at Vaca High.
He also has coached five years wrestling at Will C Wood and five years in Little
League. He is a former paramedic and fire inspector and the owner of Anthony
Real Estate and Investments.
Coach Ramos is married to his wife Teri and has two children, a son Scott and a
daughter Kayla. The Ramos family bleeds black and orange, as both his parents
and both of his children attended Vaca High.
Assistant Coach - John Perlstein, M.D.
Coach Perlstein is a graduate of Calabasas High School, where he was a member
of the football and basketball teams.
He attended the University of Nebraska where he played football, and played for
the US Military National Rugby team.
Coach Perlstein has coached youth baseball for eight years and youth basketball
for eight years.
Coach Perlstein is currently the Chief of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery at the
Sutter Roseville Medical Center. In 2005, he was the Chief Surgeon at the Air
Force Theater Hospital in Balad, Iraq.
He is married to his wife Jamie and has three children: daughter Ashley, and sons
Jake and Zack.
Assistant Coach - Scott Wingert
Coach Wingert is a 2001 Vacaville High graduate. While attending Vaca High,
Scott was a member of the Football team, the Baseball team, and the Rugby team.
He was named all MEL QB/K/P in 2000.
After graduating from Vacaville High, Scott attended Shasta Community College
where he played football from 2001 to 2003. He then attended Solano Community
College, where he was named the all Bay Valley second baseman, and then UC
Berkeley in 2006. At Berkeley, Scott was a member of the Pac-10 Champion Cal
Bears and also won the Holiday Bowl.
Coach Wingert started his coaching career at Vacaville High School in 2005. He
has been part of championship teams in High School, Junior College and Division I
Coach Wingert has a daughter, Kylie Anne.
Assistant Coach - Rudy Montalvo
Coach Montalvo’s Bio Coming Soon
varsity coaching staff
Assistant Coach - Jon Azurdia
Coach Azurdia is a Vacaville High School graduate, where he was a member of the
wresting team and football team all four years. He earned all MEL honors in football
his senior year.
He is currently attending Sacramento State University.