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Matt Collins

        

Matt Collins

Head Football Coach Matt Collins

Matt Collins is beginning his 7th season as the Head Football Coach at Hartnell College.

In the past two seasons, his Panthers have finished with back to back Co-Conference Champions after finishing with 7-3 (4-1) and 6-4 (4-1) season records.  The Panthers had an impressive streak during the first four conference games, allowing a combined total of 10 points between games 6 through 9.  The Hartnell defense finished the season ranked 3rd in California by allowing the least amount of points per game (17.7) and 1st with only (267.4) yards allowed per game respectively. Coach Collins has placed high emphasis on defense and special teams and he points out that the defensive staff has done a tremendous job with their unit and the expectation is for the Panthers defense to continue with the standard that has been set.
 
As a team, the foundation has been laid and the bar has been raised high, and now it’s in the hands of the 2013 team to take care of what he considers “unfinished business”.  Under Coach Collins, the Panthers have won a share of the Coast Conference Championship three out of the past four seasons. The 2009 and 2011 and 2012 teams have finished with a conference record of 4-1.  When you include a 3-2 conference mark in 2010, the Panthers four year combined conference record is an impressive 15-5. A goal of the 2013 Hartnell Panthers is to win the Conference Championship outright, something that they have come close to doing but have yet to accomplish.

The 2012 football team had five players named to the All-Region State of California Team.  DL Anthony Rice (University of Idaho), LB Robert Foy (Cal- Lutheran), DB Devante Thomas (Western Kentucky University), DB Carroll Washington (University of Arkansas), RB Deandre Mann (Hartnell Sophomore) have received this honor.  A total of 13 Awards were granted to the Panthers at the All-Conference selection meeting. In addition, for the second time in six seasons a Hartnell Panther was named to the Academic All-American Team.  LB Ivan Ramos (University of Southern Arkansas) finished his career with a 3.75 GPA.  In 2007, DL Tyler Hinkel was named to the Academic All-American Team.  Over the past four season, there have been 50 Hartnell Panthers receive scholarships to programs across America, at various levels of play.

The coaching staff is proud of the young men that have moved on and that are pursuing a degree of higher education while representing Hartnell College.  The 2012 squad had twelve players move on with some form of scholarship.  Most notable players that are actively playing college football and that you may see while flipping the channels are: Kiero Small (Arkansas Razorback) who will be the starting fullback and has been named to the Doak Walker Award watch list.  Carroll Washington (Arkansas Razorback) is the starting Nikel back and rotating corner.  Devante Thomas (Western Kentucky) corner, Anthony Rice (University of Idaho) Defensive End, Alvin Jelks (San Jose State University) slated to start at Running Back,  Mike Milovale (University of Hawaii) starting Offensive Tackle, and Nick Nunes (Middle Tennessee State) starting Center.

It is well known that Hartnell College has had many successful years of athletics, and in particular the football program is well known for its winning tradition.  “It is an honor to hold the position of Head Football coach at a school whose reputation of success is known throughout the country.  At this time, the football program has seen tremendous improvements in a variety of areas.  With the recent groundbreaking efforts on the field house project, we will be close to the completion of an overall facelift in our athletic department.  Our athletic programs have shown an improved attitude of work ethic and commitment and it is becoming infectious around campus.  With the support of our athletic director Danny Teresa, the fundraising efforts of our colleges’ foundation personnel, leadership from President Willard Lewallen and a solid group of coaches/support staff, we will continue to develop our student athletes into productive members of our community.

“It is our mission to mold our student athletes into responsible, accountable individuals and assist them to achieve a college education.  Life is full of obstacles and adversities, and the game of football is full of similar challenges.  As a coach, I have an opportunity to impress upon our players the importance of overcoming challenges they may be faced with while balancing their education, athletics, and other outside obstacles in everyday life”.

“We intend to prepare each week in efforts to beat our opponents.  Through hard work and discipline our players will be up for the challenge. Thank you for supporting Hartnell Football and we look forward to seeing you on Saturday”.

Panthers Coaches!
Justin Hansen
        

Justin Hansen

Justin Hansen –Defensive Coordinator/ Linebackers Coach

Coach Justin Hansen is entering his 2nd season as the Defensive Coordinator for the Hartnell Panthers.  Justin brings a tremendous amount of work ethic, a strong sense of football knowledge and a competitive enthusiasm that will lead our defense to victory.  The Panther Defense finished the season with some impressive numbers as they finished ranked 3rd in the State with the least amount of points allowed per game (17.7) and 1st in the State with the least amount of yards allowed per game (267.4).  We should see a similar type of performance out of the 2013 Panthers who have been working hard throughout the spring and summer.

Coach Hansen graduated from Santa Cruz High School in 1995, and immediately began his football career at Cabrillo College.  He was an All-Conference linebacker who transferred to Cal-Lutheran University.  He continued his success at linebacker and was named All-SCIAC during the 1999 season.  He graduated with a degree in Kinesiology from Cal-Lutheran the following year.  Immediately after he graduated, Justin was hired by Cal-Lutheran as a linebackers coach.  The job was only for 1 season as he continued on to play professionally for the Sioux Falls Storm of the NIFL (arena league). Coach Hansen hooked back on for 2 more seasons at Cal-Lutheran as a linebacker coach and then took a job at Chaminade College Prep HS as the defensive coordinator.  In 2005, Justin was hired as the defensive coordinator at Cabrillo College, where he worked as an adjunct faculty member for 6 seasons. Over that period of time, the Cabrillo defense was known for tough, disciplined football and they were able to hold opponents to below average yardage and point totals regularly. Coach Hansen joined Cal-Lutheran for one more stint as the Linebacker coach in 2011, but through the recruiting process, we were able to offer him a position as the defensive coordinator for us, here at Hartnell!

Panthers Coaches!
Max Matsuhara         

Max Matsuhara

Max Matshura Offensive Lineman Coach

Coach Matsuhara enters his 9th season as the offensive line coach.  “Coach Max” has done a terrific job teaching the offensive linemen various technique and schemes.  He is highly respected by his current and former students and many of these young men have moved on to universities to continue their careers.  The Panther offense has emerged as one of the best rushing offenses in the conference year in and year out, due in part to the leadership of Coach Matsuhara.  In addition to his service as a football coach at Hartnell, Coach Max was on staff with the track program for 6 years.  Prior to working at Hartnell, he worked at North Salinas H.S. for 32 years as a football coach.  During that time, he coached North Salinas track & field for 15 seasons as well.  Coach Matsuhara earned his Bachelor Degree from California State University - Hayward and he was a student athlete here at Hartnell College.  He participated in football at both schools.

Coach Max prepared Carl Nicks (Super Bowl member of the New Orleans Saints/ current Tampa Bay Buccaneer) and he has recently prepared Mike Milovale (U of Hawaii), and Nick Nunes (Middle Tennessee State U.), both players were members of the 2011 Hartnell Panthers Bowl Championship teams.  Coach Matsuhara has proven to be an authority in offensive line play and has started a tradition of producing quality offensive linemen coming out of Hartnell College.  Max has 6 siblings, 1 brother and 5 sisters.   He has been a well known coach in our community for many years and we are fortunate to have him as a member of our staff.

Panthers Coaches!
Andy Watt         

Andy Watt

Andy Watt – Slot Receivers Coach/ Kickers

Coach Watt has been a loyal, hardworking assistant football coach at Hartnell College since 1990.  Anyone that knows Andy will tell you that he is the kind of man that would give you the shirt off his back.  He truly cares about our student athletes and will go above the call of duty to ensure that they are receiving the proper assistance on campus.  Andy is a full time physical education instructor who teaches health classes, and he has been the Head Softball Coach since his hire.  As a member of the football coaching staff, Coach Watt has served as an offensive assistant in several areas.  He has been a receivers coach, quarterbacks coach and right now, he coaches the slot receivers.    In addition, Coach Watt has a strong background coaching the kicking specialists.  He will continue to work with our placekickers and punters which has been a strong area of our team under his guidance.  Prior to joining us at Hartnell, Coach Watt served as an Assistant Football/Baseball Coach at Gilroy High School for 1 season.   He coached 1 season as a wide receivers coach at San Jose State and 8 years as a receivers/defensive back coach at De Anza College under his father in law, the legendary Charlie Elder.  Coach Watt has his Masters Degree in Physical Education from St. Marys’ College, and a teaching credential from San Jose State.  His Bachelors’ Degree is in Physical Education from Long Beach State.  Andy is married to his wife Kathy who teaches at Toro Park Elementary. The Watt family includes daughter Casey (who is a scholarship softball player at San Jose State University after graduating from Salinas High school) and a son named Corey who is currently attending Salinas High school.

Panthers Coaches!
Gaspare Montante        

Gaspare Montante

Gaspare Montante – Running Backs Coach/ Special Teams Coordinator

This will be the 4th season on staff for our Running Backs coach, Gaspare Montante.  He has brought great football knowledge to our players and his serious, businesslike approach prompts his group to show up ready to work.  Coach Montante will oversee the special team units.  He has worked diligently at the installation of these teams and takes a tremendous amount of pride in being prepared in this specific area. Before joining our staff at Hartnell, he served as the defensive coordinator at Marina High School.  Prior to coaching at Marina, Gaspare was the Head Football Coach at Gonzales High School during the 2004 and 2005 seasons.  In addition to serving in these roles, Coach Montante served as the defensive coordinator at Monterey High School from 2001-2003.  From 1999 through the 2000 season, he was the defensive coordinator under Joe Bommarito and Cass Jackson at Monterey Peninsula College.  He began his coaching career at Monterey High School as an assistant coach during the season of 1997 and 1998.  Gaspare attended Monterey High School and graduated in 1994 where he received All- Monterey Bay League honors.  He played for Monterey Peninsula College in 1994-1995 and was an All-Conference linebacker.  Coach Montante went on to play football at Humboldt State University.  He now resides in Monterey and works as a tile contractor for the family business.  Gaspare and his wife Shayna are parents for the first time with last years’ birth of their daughter Caterina.

Panthers Coaches!
Gary George        

Gary George

Gary George - Defensive Backs Coach/ Video Coordinator

Coach George is entering his 3rd season as the defensive backs coach for the Hartnell Panthers.  He relocated from Ft. Lauterdale, Fla. and has become a member of our football family and athletic department.  He is an experienced coach that is eager to gather knowledge and share it with his group of student athletes. A graduate of Deerfield Beach High School, Gary went on to college as a student/athlete for Bethune-Cookman and then transferred to Weber International. He played two years (2000 – 2002) at Bethune-Cookman University and then to Webber International University (2005- 2007) where he played cornerback and strong safety, and was Captain of Defense his senior year.  He returned to Coconut Creek, Fla. and worked as a teacher/ football coach at Coconut Creek High School. He has brought a level of toughness and discipline to our defensive backs, which will contribute a more successful level of play from his group. During the 2011 season, his secondary showed tremendous improvement from the prior years, and they played a major role in the success of a bowl victory. Over the past 2 seasons Gary has had 4 defensive backs receive scholarships.  Carroll Washington (Arkansas), DeAndre Green (Lindenwood), Devante Thomas (Western Kentucky), and Mikey Benabides (Ft. Lewis College) are all representing Hartnell College throughout the Country.  Gary has received a Masters’ of Science Degree in Sports Management and is pursuing a career in the coaching/sports industry.  He is a part-time faculty member in the physical education department and you can find Gary usually in the fitness center.  Hartnell College is proud to have Garry George representing its athletic department.

Panthers Coaches!
Mike Philips   Mike Philips

Mike Phillps - Defensive Lineman Coach

Coach Phillips is entering his 2nd year at Hartnell College as an assistant coach/part time physical education instructor.  He is responsible for coaching the defensive line unit.  Mike is a graduate from both North Monterey County High School and Hartnell College. He was a very successful at his craft and he epitomizes just what we look for in a student athlete.  Mike was an All-Conference player and he was named Defensive Player of the Year for the Coast Conference while at Hartnell.  After attending Hartnell, Coach Phillips earned a football scholarship to Boise State University where he played defensive end during the 2000-2001 seasons.  He started at defensive end and was a member of the 2000 Humanitarian Bowl team, after winning the Big West Conference Championship.  Coach Phillips finished his college education with a Bachelors’ Degree in Social Science.  While teaching and coaching at Alisal and North Monterey County High Schools, Mike earned a Masters Degree in Education from National University. Coach Phillips will be assisting his Alma Mater for the 2nd time as our defensive line coach and he will continue to produce some of the more dominant defensive linemen in the Central Coast. Mike has been another great addition to our coaching staff.  Coach Phillips brings a great deal of knowledge, and his experience as a division I football player provides a great resource for our players.  He was a good leader as a player and he has a great mind for the game.  His passion and work ethic has made an immediate difference with the group of young men that he mentors. We are lucky to have him as an assistant football coach.   Mike is married to Sabrina and they have two children.  Their names are Michael (12) and Peyton (6).

 

Panthers Coaches!
Sunil Smith        

Sunil Smith

Sunil Smith - Wide Receivers Coach

Coach Sunil Smith is entering his 1st season on staff with the Hartnell Panthers as a wide receiver coach.  Hartnell College is thrilled to have Sunil join our coaching staff and physical education department.  He currently is in his 13th year of teaching as an Educational Specialist at Alisal High School.  In addition to teaching, he recently completed his 10th year as the Varsity Head Football Coach at Alisal High School and 12th year of overall coaching, after serving his 1st two years as an assistant.  Smith was able to lead Alisal to its 1st ever league championship and playoff-berth in his first season as the head coach. Smith was able to successful transform a dormant program into an annual contender each and every season under his direction. Coach Smith was also named as one of the top 10 high school coaches in Monterey County since 1979 by the Salinas Californian. Although he currently lives in Salinas, California, Coach Smith was born and raised in Covington, Georgia and graduated from Newton County High School in 1993. Smith attended and played football at Hartnell College for two years, earning All-State honors during both seasons. Smith was awarded a scholarship to Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications with a minor in Recreation Leadership. Additionally, Smith played Defensive Back and was a two-year Letterman in football at SWOSU.

Coach Smith also has a Masters of Education degree in Kinesiology from Fresno Pacific University. He has been happily married to Tamisha L. Smith (Allen) for 8 years wonderful years and have three beautiful girls named Jordan (7); Micah (4) and Brooklyn (2). Coach Smith met his wife, Tamisha, while attending Hartnell as she was a standout track star winning both State and qualifying for Nationals during her time at Hartnell.  Coach Smith spends all of his time away from teaching and coaching with his family; however, they are actively present at practices and games. Smith adamantly expresses that "we are a family of believers in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" and they are active participants in community service events.

Panthers Coaches!
art        

Art Berlanga - Safeties Coach

Coach Berlanga, in his 1st season on staff at Hartnell College, will be coaching the safeties in our defensive backfield.  Art graduated from Soledad High School in 2001 where he was a two year starter, who was honored as an All-League and All- County player as a wide receiver and a cornerback.  He began his college career at Hartnell College in 2001 as a cornerback during the 2001-2003 seasons.  At Hartnell, Art was an All-Coast Conference player on a Conference Championship Team in 2002.  Art received a scholarship to Colorado- Mesa University where he was an All-Conference, All-Region, All-Colorado player.

He was named Conference Defensive Back of the Year and was honored as a member of the Division II Team of the Year.  Art played in the Division II All-American game in 2006, called the Cactus Bowl.  Art signed a professional contract with the Colorado Crush of the AFL in 2006 and in his second season as a professional player he was with the Fort Wayne Fusion of the Arena 2 league.   After his playing career ended, Art returned to Colorado – Mesa and started his coaching career as a defensive back coach for the 2007-2008 seasons.  Art returned to Monterey County in 2009 and coached at Soledad High School and started working as a substitute teacher.  In 2010, he coached at Seaside High School and in 2011-2012 he returned to Soledad High School and was an assistant coach working with his brother Frankie Berlanga.  Art completed his Bachelors in English Literature from Colorado – Mesa University and he is currently pursuing his Masters’ Degree in Kinesiology from Fresno Pacific University.  Art and his wife, Jessica, were married this past January and reside locally in Salinas.