Brandon Deckard will be the next head varsity football coach at Foothill High School.

Deckard has over 17 years of coaching experience. He was head coach at Kern Valley the past three years. He also has experience as an offensive coordinator, and as an offensive and defensive line coach during his career.

“The main thing I’m taking with me is we want to be enthusiastic, we want our coaching staff to be enthusiastic. We want the school to be enthusiastic,” Deckard said. “That’s my No. 1 goal right now.”

Deckard said he needs to assemble his coaching staff, and will likely bring some former colleagues at Kern Valley into the fold and retain some other coaches who remain at Foothill.

Thr 43-year-old Deckard is from Hughson, located just outside of Modesto. He played college football at Reedley Junior College before transferring to University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D.

The Trojans are coming off a 1-8 season under first-year head coach and Foothill alum Dan Ingle. In a surprise move, however, Ingle resigned from his position in December to spend more time with his family.

Foothill holds a 6-42 record over the past five seasons.

“Just get the excitement about the game back in the kids, get them ready to go and get some enthusiasm back in the program,” Deckard said.

Deckard held a 15-16 record at Kern Valley. His best season came in 2015, when the Broncs went 8-3 and advanced to the Central Section playoffs.

There will be a meet and greet with coach Deckard at Foothill, scheduled for Friday at noon.