When Hector Valencia stepped down as Burbank High head football coach Feb. 28, he hoped the school would find a suitable replacement for a program that has enjoyed its share of success in recent years.
Valencia, a Burbank graduate, was hoping the new coach would continue growing the program he worked so hard to help cultivate for five seasons.
His first choice for the new coach was longtime coach Richard Broussard, who had served as Valencia's assistant head coach last season. Valencia was overjoyed when Burbank Principal Mike Bertram announced Tuesday afternoon that Broussard was named the program's new head coach.
"It just makes me so happy that he got the job," Valencia said. "As an alumni, I think it is a great decision for the program and a great decision for the school. I trust the guy."
Broussard, 33, had been a coach in the Burbank program for six seasons, beginning in 2008. Along with being the assistant head coach, he also served as the offensive coordinator for the Bulldogs.