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Pinole Valley names former star linebacker new coach

Pinole Valley names former star linebacker new coach

Pinole Valley High will have a new football coach this fall for only the fifth time in its 54-year history.

Troy McConico, a star linebacker for the Spartans and Contra Costa College in the early 2000s, will take over for Luke Bodwin, who is stepping down after 12 seasons.

McConico, 33, was a two-time all-league pick at Pinole Valley and again at CCC. He was on the honor roll all four years of high school. He went on to play college football at North Carolina Central, a Division I-AA/FCS university in Durham.

Coach Steve Alameda and I knew when Troy was 17 and starting at LB that someday he would lead the Spartan football program,” tweeted Mark DeLuca, a former Pinole Valley basketball coach who just recently announced he was stepping down after five seasons at Valley Christian.

Bodwin said he is leaving to spend more time with his elderly parents in Southern California. He will continue to teach up here and hopes to coach again in the future.

McConico is taking over what will likely be a young team. The Spartans were 2-3 this spring in a season abbreviated by the pandemic. They were a combined 16-6 in 2018-19.

A history teacher at Pinole Valley, McConico last season was the defensive coordinator for the junior varsity.

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