Fall Sports


  • Boys Golf

    Coach: Joe Vigil

    joev23.jv@gmail.com 

    7th year as Head Boy's Golf Coach
    Joe Vigil has played golf since 12 years old, and played 2 years in High School. Coach Vigil plays competitively in tournaments and leagues over the last 25 years.
    His vision for the golf program is to have fun, learn the basic fundamentals and rules of the game and then ultimately compete at the highest level. We have qualified 9 golfers in my 7th years as coach.
    Coach Vigil graduated from CSU-Pueblo, has 2 kids (Chazz 19 and Camryn 16), one wife and 2 dogs.
    In the summer, athletes can play in the PPJG or JGAC golf leagues to get ready for the fall season.
    Coach Vigil's philosophy is that golf is like life being a honor system game and will teach one adversity in situations. We will build on those skills.

     

  • Cheer & Dance

    (all seasons)

    Cheer Coach: Katie Wilkerson

    katelin.wilkerson@pueblocityschools.us

    Katie is in her first year of coaching here at Centennial High School, and her 5th year of coaching varsity cheer. Wilkerson’s vision for the cheer program is to support all Bulldog sports. As well as encourage and build school spirit. In the program she wants her student athletes  to build character as well as support their community. Important days that are upcoming will be a parent meeting in late February, possible pre tryout clinic, as well as tryouts the week before spring break. Follow our social media for more information. 

     

    Dance Coach: Desiree Trujillo

    destrujillo9@gmail.com

  • Cross Country

    Coach: Ron Garcia

    rongarcia34@yahoo.com

    Years of service at Centennial: 25 Years
    Coaching background:
    1994 - 1996 Freed Middle School Head Football Coach
    1997 – 2014 Centennial High School Asst. Track & Field Coach
    1997 - 2000 Centennial High School Freshman Football Coach
    2001 – 2011 Centennial High School Head JV Football Coach
    2012 – 2015 Centennial High School Asst. Cross Country Coach
    2016 – 2022 Centennial High School Head Cross Country Coach
    2015 – 2022 Centennial High School Head Track & Field Coach
    Playing Experience:
    Centennial High School Football (4 Years)
    Centennial High School Basketball (4 Years)
    Track & Field (4 Years)
    Education: Minor in Coaching (1993-1996)
    My Coaching Philosophy: Sports prepares student athletes for life,
    teaching them about working as a team or as a team player, not as a
    individual.
    Off-Season: The Centennial XC team starts its off-season workouts at
    the end of June. Centennial T&F begin off-season training during the
    month of January. (Schedules will be provided at the 8th grade night
    meeting)
    Ron Garcia (719-248-0424)
    Head XC &; T&F Coach

  • Gymnastics

    Central High School

  • Boys Soccer

    Coach: Jeff Sterling

    jeff.sterling@pueblocityschools.us


    I have just finished my 25th year as head boys soccer coach and I am entering my 26th year as head girls soccer coach.  I am also in my 21st year being a Social Studies teacher.  All of these years have been at Centennial.  I am married to my wife of 22 years, Michelle; and I have two wonderful daughters that I have had the privilege of coaching at Centennial.  Throughout these years my philosophy has not changed.  I believe in giving everyone an opportunity to play as I have a "no cut" policy.  I am proud to say we have been the only program in the Pueblo area to offer a JV team every season in both boys and girls.  I believe in life-lessons and preparing student-athletes to succeed after high school.  I pride myself on being an educator and have seen the success of being in the school with my athletes.  I check with many of my athletes daily and constantly keep track of their grades which is a huge advantage for our program.
    As far as soccer I focus on fundamentals and consider myself a great teacher of the technical side of the game.  I earned my NSCAA National High School Diploma and have years of coaching experience at the club level.  The success of our boys and girls soccer program is well documented but I do not gauge my success by wins and losses.  I know I give my all to the athletes both in the classroom and on the field and that helps prepare them for life after high school.
    We will be offering our traditional summer workouts beginning in July.  Please email me for exact days and times.  I look forward to your son or daughter to attend one of the best soccer programs in Colorado and a fantastic academically focused school.
     
  • Boys Tennis

    Coach: Brad Gerler

    bradley.gerler@pueblocityschools.us

    I just completed my eighth season as the boys’ tennis coach at Centennial.  Before I came to Centennial, I served as the women’s tennis coach at CSU-Pueblo and the boys’ coach at East High School.  I have also spent time as an assistant coach at South and Poudre High Schools. I am also currently entering my second season as the girls’ tennis coach at East High School.

    My ultimate goal as a coach is to teach life skills through athletics.  In preparing my student-athletes to win on the court, I believe they are learning lessons that they can apply throughout the rest of their lives.  I value team-work, communication, accountability, and hard-work.  The thing that I consistently preach to my team is that we need to focus on the things that we can control; our attitude, our concentration, and our effort.  The unique aspect about tennis is that there are no officials or referees on the court.  Players are required to call their own lines and basically serve as their own umpire during the match.  In doing this, players need to have the confidence to call their opponent’s shots out, but also the honesty and integrity to do that in a fair manner.  It is my belief, regardless of a player’s success on the court, if they can learn the skills and lessons that tennis teaches, then they will be prepared to be high-functioning and contributing members of the community.

    I am very proud of the 42 individual state qualifiers that I have coached in my tenure at Centennial.  Our second place finish at regionals in 2019 and our league and regional championships in 2015 are definitely the highlights of my coaching career.  But, the thing that I am most proud of is the fact that every player that I have coached at Centennial has graduated and I am so excited to see the people that my former players are becoming.  

  • Volleyball

    Coach: Paul Arriaga

    parriaga1969@gmail.com

     

    Centennial Girls' Volleyball Program Coaches

    2006-present

    Varsity Paul A. Arriaga;

    JV Mike Medina and C-Team Frank Romero

     

    Coaching background for Paul Arriaga:

    2021 Selected to Coach 4A All-State Team

    South Central League Coach of the year 2013

    South Central League Coach of the year 2016

    South Central League Runner-up Champions & Regional Qualifiers 2013 & 2016

    Team USA High Performance Coaching Cadre 2010-Present

    Court coach USA Boy’s National 18’s Elite team

    Court coach USA Girl’s National Holiday camp

    Court coach High Performance Regional Tryouts

    Coach Southern Colorado Precision Volleyball Club 12’s, 13’s, 14’s; 2014-2017

    Coach Pueblo Steelers AAU 'Centennial Volleyball Club' 14’s, 15’s 16’s 17's ; 2012-Present

    Assistant Coach Metro State Volleyball Club 2015

    Assistant Coach CU-Denver Volleyball Club 2014

    Coach Southern Colorado Volleyball Club 15’s, 17’s & 18’s 2000-2011

    Head Coach Pueblo DHPH girls’ volleyball 2008-2010

    Head Coach Pueblo Central girls’ volleyball 1996-2001

    Colorado Volleyball Officials Association (CVOA) Area 4 member 35 years, Area Director 2 years and inducted into CVOA Hall of Fame 2006.  Officiated D-II and Junior College volleyball 6 years

    Certifications

    Level 1 Certified Volleyball Coach (USA Coaching Accreditation Program-CAP)

    Volleyball Conditioning Specialist (USA CAP)

    American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Member. Including mentor in the AVCA Coaches Mentoring Program

    American Amateur Union (AAU) Volleyball Coach

    USA Volleyball Increased Mastery and Professional Application of Coaching Theory (IMPACT) Coach (USAV-Rocky Mountain Region)

    USA Positive Coaching Alliance Double Goal Coach

    National Federation of High Schools Fundamentals of Coaching

    USAFA Coaching Training

    National Federation Interscholastic Coaches Education Program

    Kaepa National Volleyball Coaching Training

    Team USA SafeSport Training

    Concussions in Sports

    1st Aid. AED and CPR Training

    Art Of Coaching Clinic CSU Ft. Collins

    Art Of Coaching Certification 

     

    Coach's Playing Experience: 

    Coach Arriaga was the founder and captain of the Pueblo Steelers VBC. During the 70’s and 80’s the Pueblo Steelers’ men’s and women’s teams dominated local volleyball and advanced to the Rocky Mountain Region where they reached the pinnacle and were in the top 10 in the Colorado/Wyoming region.  There highest finish was fourth palace in the highest level at that time- AA division.  And this was accomplished with an average height of 5’8”!  The team was noted for their tenacious defense. Most recent the men's team won four consecutive Colorado State Games titles at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. 

     

    Education

    Masters of Arts in Organization Management University of Phoenix

    BS Business University of Colorado

     

    Coaching Philosophy/Vision

    Coaches are Double Goal certified thru the Positive Coaching Alliance #1 coaching for winning (don’t practice to lose);  #2  And more importantly, coaching to use sports to teach life lessons. Our program is a safe haven both mentally and physically for students.  We believe in teamwork, trust and respect amongst players, coaches and parents.   We believe students participating in competitive sports in high school demonstrate more confidence, leadership and self-respect, while improving health and fitness.

    Summer Program

    Open gym Mondays and Wednesdays May-August.  

    June-team scrimmages at Centennial for Var/JV/Freshman

    July-Var/JV/Freshman team potential camp opportunities: Adam State; Fowler ; CSU-Pueblo; Colorado State Games; Manitou, Otero Community College

    August Centennial team tryouts begin with morning & afternoon practice

     

    We plan a parent/team meeting in May/June to review additional program details.  Any questions regarding the open gym or summer schedule should be directed to the coaches: 

    Coach Paul A. Arriaga- Varsity     - Mobile Phone 250-6557