Coaching Staff

Mike Dovenberg
Head Football Coach
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Head Coach Mike Dovenberg is entering his third season as Head Football Coach, his third overall at Gavilan. In 2015, his debut season, Dovenberg was recognized by the American Football Coaches Association and NCAA and named to the AFCA/NCAA Inaugural "30 Under 30" class, recognizing the top 30 coaches under 30 years old in the country. He also oversaw a program that had the highest team Fall GPA in Gavilan's recorded history and saw 10 players move on to play at the 4-year level with scholarship opportunities.

Dovenberg spent 2014 as the Offensive Coordinator, QB & WR Coach, and Recruiting Coordinator for the Rams. Under Dovenberg, the Rams averaged 34.7 points and 380 yards of offense per game. He also had seven offensive players earn scholarship offers, including All-Conference WR Deniko Carter, who has committed to the University of Utah, and QB Drew Fryhoff, a mid-year transfer to 2014 DII National Champions CSU-Pueblo.

"Coach Dovey" came to Gavilan after two years at Kansas Wesleyan University, where he served as Wide Receivers Coach. At KWU, Dovenberg helped orchestrate an offense that lead the conference in total yardage per game. His wide receivers earned 5 All-KCAC conference honors in two years, and boasted one BSN All-American and one Academic All-American.

Prior to KWU, Dovenberg coached at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, Iowa, where he served as Tight Ends coach, Video Coordinator, and Assistant Recruiting Director. Prior to Ellsworth CC, Dovenberg coached at Patrick Henry High School from 2009-2010 serving as both Offensive and Special Teams Coordinator in 2010. He also coached one season at Decorah (Iowa) High School as Wide Receivers and Defensive Backs Coach. He holds a Master of Business Degree from Kansas Wesleyan and Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management from the University of Minnesota. A native of Decorah, Iowa, Dovenberg is the son of Richard and Marian Dovenberg and has a brother, Matt, and two sisters, Kate and Liz.


Rowen Tupuivao
Assistant Head Coach/Linebacker

Coach Tupuivao

Coach Rowen Tupuivao is entering his fifth season with the Rams, and his second as Assistant Head Coach.

Coach Tupuivao has over 15 years of experience as a Defensive Coordinator and a Linebacker Coach. He has coached at the high school level, community college, and the Division I level since 1979.

Coaching highlights: 1988 California State Champions and Los Angeles City Champions - Carson High School (13-1), 1987 National Champions - El Camino College (11-0), 1992 Western State Conference Champions - Santa Monica College (9-2), 2002 Beach Bowl Champions - Los Angeles Harbor College (8-3).

Personal athletic highlights: 1971 Los Angeles City Champions - Carson High School (12-0), 1972 Los Angeles City Champions - Carson High School (12-0), 1973 North/South Shrine All-Star - Pasadena Rose Bowl, 1973 Coaches Prep-All America Team, 1977 Pacific Coast Athletic Association Conference Champions - Fresno State University (9-2) aka "the stadium builders."

Polynesian "pride" highlights: 1976 to present Samoan Athletes in Action (SAIA) - a group of professional and college athletes based in Carson, Ca who put on educational and motivational football clinics in Hawaii and Samoa; One of only 3 full-time Polynesian football coaches at Division I (1987); The first Samoan to ever play at Fresno State University (1977-78); Head Football Coach Southern California Polynesian All-Star Game (2011).

Rowen was born in Hawaii and raised in Southern California by parents Manua Pemita and Billie JoAnn Tupuivao. Rowen married the former Nancy Nyland from Hollister. Rowen and Nancy have 2 children: Todd Pemita (wife Kristen, son Aiden), daughter Leah Nohealani.


Bart Nielsen
Defensive Line

Coach Nielsen

Bart Nielsen began his second stint at Gavilan College in the summer of 2016 as the Defensive Line Coach. He held the same position at Gavilan in 2010.

Prior to his current role, Coach Nielsen was the varsity offensive and defensive line coach as well as the strength coach at Gunderson High School in San Jose, CA from 2012 – 2013. He was also at Gilroy High School in 2011, working with the varsity defensive line.

Coach Nielsen began his coaching career at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, CA. From 2004 to 2009 he worked with the varsity offensive and defensive lines, was the Special Teams Coordinator, and served as the Strength Coach. He also created, implemented and monitored a year-round comprehensive goal-oriented strength program, Acorn Iron, while serving as the strength coach at Live Oak. From 2001 to 2003 Coach Nielsen worked on the junior varsity staff at Live Oak, holding various positions including Head Coach in 2003.

Coach Nielsen played football at San Jose State University from 1978 to 1981. He ‘walked on’ in 1978 as a freshman defensive tackle, later switching to offensive guard and earning a scholarship. He lives in Morgan Hill, CA and is married to his college sweetheart, Nancy. They have three grown children and two dogs. Coach Nielsen also played rugby for 16 years and is a certified coach (Level 3) and referee (Level 2) by USA Rugby. He is currently an assistant rugby coach for the high school team of the United Bay Area Youth Rugby Club. He is also an Eagle Scout, earning Scouting’s highest award in 1974.


Tim Powers
Offensive Line

Coach Powers

After spending 2016 as the Offensive Coordinator and Offensive and Defensive Line Coach at Watsonville High, Coach Powers is returning for his second stint with Gavilan College. In his first two years with Gavilan (2014-2015), Coach Powers was the Running Backs Coach and Special Teams Coordinator with a focus on working with kickers and punters.

Before coming to Gavilan he was the O-Line Coach and Special Teams Coordinator for Watsonville High School from 2012-2014 and was the Running Backs Coach the previous 2 years. While there he had 5 linemen named All-league. During the 2012 season his offensive line helped set the record for the most rushing yards in a game in Santa Cruz County. Over the last 4 year Coach Powers had a major role in developing three 1000-yard rushers.

Before coaching at Watsonville High, Coach Powers was a 4-year Offensive Linemen at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois where he also competed for 2 years in Swimming. In 2006 he was part of an offense that was in the top 10 in Division III in rushing. He graduated from Knox with a Bachelor Degree in Environmental Studies in 2007 before later attending CSU Monterey Bay and gaining his teaching credential.

In his spare time Coach Powers works in the community of Aromas with multiple organizations. Currently Coach Powers is a teacher in Watsonville with a focus on technology use in the classroom. He spends the rest of his time with his wife, Casey, and his daughter Lily.


Adrian Gallegos
Wide Recievers

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Coach Adrian Gallegos is entering his first season as the Wide Receivers Coach at Gavilan.

Coach Gallegos spent the 2016 season at Alisal high as the Pass Coordinator and Offensive Coordinator from weeks 4-10. He served as a student assistant at Sacramento State University for 3 semesters from 2015-16. He also served as the assistant Wide Receivers coach and assistant Pass Coordinator for Alisal in 2015. He began his coaching career at Alisal as the Wide Receivers Coach in 2014.

Coach Gallegos served as the Interim Offensive Coordinator for the Pacific Coast Football League's, Salinas Valley Spartans in the spring of 2015. He took over in week 8 and helped lead the Spartans to the playoffs. He will serve as the Offensive Coordinator for the Spartans this spring.

He holds a Bachelors Degree from California State University Sacramento. He also currently serves as a teacher in the community.


Trevor Patton
Asst. Offensive Line

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Coach Trevor Patton begins his first season coaching at Gavilan College, and will assist Coach Powers with the offensive line and recruiting.

Coach Patton graduated from Westmont High School in 2013 and is currently pursuing his degree in English. He resides in Campbell, CA.


Stephen Amoako
Cornerbacks Coach

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Coach Stephen Amoako is in his first year at Gavilan College as well as his first year as a football coach. Rated a 3 Star prospect coming out of James W Martin High School in Arlington, Texas, Coach Amoako signed to the University of Oregon.

During Stephens tenure at Oregon the Ducks made multiple Bowl Game appearances including a birth into the first ever College Football Playoff where they were National Runner-Ups to Ohio State University. Bowls and championships include the Rose Bowl, Alamo Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, and PAC 12 Championship. A graduate of Illinois State University, Coach Amoako earned another conference title his RS-JR year winning the 2015 Missouri Valley Conference Title. For Coach Amoako's senior year and final year of eligibility Stephen graduate transferred to ULM where he was a team Captain and also began his masters in Public Administration.

Coaching has been a passion of Stephen’s since his youth. Coaching college football has always been a goal of his and Coach Amoako is fired up to coach the Cornerbacks this year for Gavilan College.


Eric Amoako
Safeties Coach

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Eric Amoako is a first year coach from Arlington, Texas. Eric has 5 years of Division 1 experience having played at the University of Oregon where he participated in the Rose Bowl, Alamo Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, PAC 12 Championship, and finished College Football Playoff Runner-Ups.Houston Baptist University, and The University of Minnesota, where he was a part of the 2017 Holiday Bowl Championship team. Very hands on coach who will both show and tell how to become a great DB.


Randy Dennis
Defensive Quality Control

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Randy Dennis begins his first season at Gavilan College, where he will serve as a Defensive Quality Control coach.

Coach Randy is a 2017 graduate of San Jose State University and will assist with defensive film breakdowns and football operations.