Bobby Godinez
Bobby Godinez
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 323.780.6722
Email: godinerj@elac.edu

Bobby Godinez, possesses an impressive resume as a coach, successful businessman and player. Besides football, he has also coached basketball, a head coach in men's and women's track and field.

In what is rarely seen in college athletics these days, Godinez was as an assistant football coach at Victor Valley College for two seasons (2013-2014), serving as co-defensive coordinator, and was Victor Valley's men's basketball head coach after each football season.

The Victor Valley football team was 1-9 the season before Godinez arrived. Things turned around quickly with Godinez's assistance as the Rams improved to 6-4 his first season. Victor Valley was 10-0 his second.

In basketball, Godinez stepped into the gym, taking over a program that had gone 0-24 the season before he was hired. And just like football, Victor Valley was transformed into a winner on the court, going from winless to 16-12. Godinez led Victor Valley to an 18-12 in his second and final season as coach plus a birth into the state playoffs.

Godinez's football coaching resume also includes a brief stint as interim head coach of the football team at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C. He was the team's recruiting coordinator, and coached tight ends and defensive backs. Godinez also handled lead duties through the coaching change in his final year at Gardner-Webb.

Prior to that, Godinez was an assistant coach at Mt. San Antonio and Pasadena City colleges. His coaching career began at La Verne Lutheran High School in 2008. In his only season as head coach, he guided the team to the league title.

Godinez had a distinguished playing career that started with the Hacienda Heights Cougars youth football program to San Jose State University and ended with the Washington Redskins.

Following in the footsteps of his father, Rick Godinez, Godinez was a highly decorated player at Los Altos High School in Hacienda Heights. He was an All-CIF and All-State defensive back on the school's 2000 CIF championship team. His father was an assistant coach when he played there during what would be a 35-year run working on the Los Altos coaching staff.

A multi-talented athlete, Godinez was also an All-CIF basketball and All-CIF baseball player.

He earned an appointment to the Air Force Academy, but left after one season and enrolled at Mt. San Antonio College. He was an All-American in his two seasons at Mt. SAC before transferring to San Jose State. He played safety for San Jose State under Hall of Fame Coach Dick Tomey, earning All Western Athletic Conference honors twice and serving as a captain for the Spartans for two seasons.

Not only did he star on the field, Godinez exceled in the classroom as well. He was named academic All-American and to the All-WAC academic team. 

The Washington Redskins signed the undrafted Godinez to a free agent contract after he left college. He spent one season withe the Redskins.

Afterward, he founded and operated Optimal Sports Strength & Conditioning in 2007 and trained numerous professional athletes in the NBA, MLB and NFL.

Godinez holds his Masters degree in Kinesiology and is now a full time instructor here at East Los Angeles College in the Kinesiology department.  He is married to his wife Jennifer and has three kids Payton, Avery and Grayson.

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