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ONTARIO SCORES BIG WITH NEW HEAD COACH, JOHN KUSLEIKA
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ONTARIO, CA; (02/04/2014): The Chaffey Joint Union High School District Board of Trustees confirmed long-time coach John Kusleika as the Ontario High School's newest football head coach. Kusleika, 45, succeeds OHS Athletic Director Ryan Alvarez who took over mid-season last year when the position was vacated by Ron Stocking, Jr. "Coach K," as he is called, is currently an educator at Los Osos and comes with a wealth of experience and enthusiasm, having coached at both the collegiate and high school levels over his 23 years of coaching. "I want to do this. I'm so excited. I can't wait to start. I think it's a perfect match. [Ontario] is a school that's had a football team and really needs a football program. I know that it's been rough for Ontario over the last ten seasons. I think I can help and I think they can help me, too. I considered this position when it was open three years ago, but the timing wasn't right," Kusleika told WeRtheO.com.

Kusleika has coached inside the Chaffey District as the head coach at Alta Loma and Montclair and as an assistant at Rancho Cucamonga, and taught at Los Osos and Etiwanda since entering the District in 1999. His history is solid. After playing for the University of LaVerne, he returned in 1990 as an assistant coach. He went on to coach at the University of Redlands, Fresno State and other schools. His last outing was as the Offensive Coordinator for Redlands East Valley (REV) last season.
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Some of Coach K's players have gone on to be very successful. He speaks very highly of Eric Weddle, free safety for the San Diego Chargers, whom he coached at Alta Loma. "I'm pretty proud of [him] because I had the opportunity to coach him in high school and help him through that last little bit of the recruiting process." During the course of his interview, Kusleika repeatedly made the point that a goal of his is to get his players to college. "I don't care if it takes hours or days, if I can get even five-hundred dollars to help one of these guys, it's worth it.

Ontario Principal Cary Willborn told WeRtheO.com, "I am so pleased that John is coming to Ontario. He brings a proven track record of success and I truly believe we are fortunate to have him. I have no doubt in his abilities and know that he will build a program here that we can and will all be proud of."

"[I want my players to know] we're going to be sound fundamentally. We're going to play together. We're going to be tough. Those are the maxims that I learned very early in my coaching career." Along with those maxims, Kusleika is clear about the togetherness and interdependence needed amongst his players. "Because football is the consummate team sport, we can't have individuals out there with their own agenda, because all that's going to do is tear us apart. We're going to have to learn how to give 100%. I don't believe in 101%. I don't believe in 110%, but I also don't believe in 99%. High school players need to be taught what that is; what giving that much of your time, effort and energy means, because it's a lot. They may not like what it takes to get there, but they're going to be satisfied when they do."

Coach Kusleika will meet with his returning players on Thursday night at OHS. This is an intriguing time to be a part of the Jaguars football program. With a stadium on the horizon, a new head coach, new staff and a revamped Mt. Baldy League for next season without Chino or Garey High Schools, this is a time of great expectation.