Westlake has hired Jesse Craven as its new football coach, pending approval from the Conejo Valley Unified School District Board.
Craven recently finished his fourth season as the head coach at John Burroughs, having led the Bears to a 9-2 record. They won the Pacific League championship and he was named the league’s coach of the year.
Prior to that, he helped coach at Crespi, California Lutheran University, University of San Diego and Santa Monica College.
“As the leader of our football program, Mr. Craven will guide and inspire on the field with values that are rooted in being fundamentally sound, mentally tough and physically prepared,” Westlake said in a press release Friday.
“Mr. Craven will also develop our student-athletes to ensure emphasis is placed on their commitment to academic studies,” the statement continued, “and representing Westlake High School and our football program in the highest regard on campus and in the community.”
Westlake’s previous head coach, Mark Servé, was dismissed in mid-September during the high school football season, and most of the team’s offensive coaching staff left went with him. Ellis Green served as the interim head coach. The Warriors finished the season 3-8 overall and 2-4 in Marmonte League play.
Westlake had a tumultuous season that included the death of a player and the departure of starting quarterback Tagg Harrison.
Craven could offer a fresh start for the program.
“We look forward to seeing the immediate steps taken in the offseason and the positive results that will follow next fall,” the school said.