Skip main navigation
Gavilan Athletics

Mike Dovenberg

Head Football Coach

Coach Dovenberg

Head Coach Mike Dovenberg is entering his second 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


Defensive Coordinator/ Linebackers

Rowen Tupuivao

Coach Rowen Tupuivao is entering his fourth season with the Rams, and his second as Defensive Coordinator.

During the 2013 and 2014 seasons, "Coach T" taught and mentored ILB Dillon Babb to All-Coast Conference and All-Region honors. Both Babb and ILB Cody Hendricks earned scholarships after the 2014 season.

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.


John Montante

Offensive Line/Co-Offensive Coordinator

John Montante

Coach Montante will be entering his third season coaching the Rams Offensive Line and second as Co-Offensive Coordinator. In his first two years at Gavilan, he has mentored 2 all conference linemen (Tyler De Carlo in 2014 and First Team Selection Victor Cortez in 2015), and 4 of his linemen have gone on to play ball at four year schools (Gianfranco Fortino,- San Jose State, Tyler De Carlo - West Virginia State, Victor Cortez - Nebraska-Concordia, and Chris Borba – Lindenwood). Coach Montante’s Offensive line also helped the Rams offense score 34.7 points per game, and have over 90% conversion rate in the red zone and averaged over 5 yards per carry.

Prior to arriving at Gavilan, Coach Montante was the Head Coach at Watsonville High School where he emphasized academics and fundamentals. At Watsonville, his teams had an offense that averaged nearly 500 yards and 30 points per game, had a player break Santa Cruz County’s single game rushing record, and won the Monterey Bay League – Pacific Division’s Sportsmanship award.

Previous coaching stops for Coach Montante include Foster High School in Tukwila, Washington where he helped Foster rebuild a football program that made the state playoffs by winning its first district playoff game in 13 years and coached two players to the Washington State All-Star Game as well as break numerous offensive school records. In 2009, Coach Montante was the Head Coach at Marina High School in Marina, CA. The Mariners set a school record with 52 points per game and had the best record in school history with a 5-1-2 mark. From 2000 – 2007, Coach Montante served in many capacities at his alma mater, Monterey High School, in Monterey, CA. Coach Montante has a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from CSU Monterey Bay and is completing his Master’s in Education from the University of Missouri.



Maurice Mann

Wide Recievers/Passing Game Coordinator


Maurice Mann is entering his 1st season with the Rams, and will be serving as the WR Coach, Pass Game Coordinator and will assist with special teams.

Prior to joining the Gavilan coaching staff, Coach Mann spent his last season at his alma mater Monterey Peninsula college coaching the defensive backs. Maurice brings a wealth of knowledge from the CFL and NFL where he played 10 years of professional seasons with his last being for the Toronto Argos. Mann won the CFL championship, the Grey Cup, with the Argos in 2012, and went onto retire after the season to begin his coaching career for IDFFL, a 7 vs 7 league and travel team. Mann co-founded the company and has helped over 75 kids reach the next level in CIS and NCAA football.

In 2013-2014 Mann coached a minor league club team, the Oakville Titans, serving as Offensive Coordinator and Special teams Coach and worked as a sports performance speed and conditioning Coach in Oakville, Canada.

Born and raised in Seaside, CA Mann played for the Monterey Toredores at WR and DB, winning a CCS division 3 championship. He went onto to Monterey Peninsula College under the tutelage of Cass Jackson. He then went onto the University of Nevada for 2 years, and was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 5 th round of the NFL draft.

Mann had stints 9 professional football clubs and finishing his career in the Canadian Football league in 2014.

“I help people reach their dreams and goals – whether that objective is to get into the best possible shape, or to play on an NFL team. My approach is simple and straightforward. Put in the work, and you will get results. Commit to the common goal, and you will succeed."


Kevin Woodson, Jr.

Safeties/Video Coordinator

Kevin Woodson

Kevin Woodson begins his third year with Gavilan College, his first as Defensive Backs coach.

In the 2015 season, Coach Woodson coached the defensive backs, guiding sophomores Josh Burris, Jerome Brooks, Trevor Ross, and Shawn Jackson all to four-year football opportunities. Coach Woodson also served as Video and Equipment Coordinator.

In 2014, Coach Woodson's first year, he assisted with offensive skill players and served as video coordinator and equipment coordinator.

Prior to joining the Gavilan staff Kevin served four years on active duty as a United States Marine. Woodson still serves as a Marine reservist.

Woodson is originally from south Alabama where he played high school football at Andalusia High School, Georgiana High School, and Fort Dale Academy. He is a member of the Fort Dale 2002 track state championship team. He also served one semester as an athletic training student in 2013 at Gavilan.  Kevin's wife, Lucia, is a Spanish teacher at Gilroy High School.

David Moseley


Cornerbacks/Special Teams Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator

Coach Moseley

David Moseley is entering his 1st season with Gavilan College and will be serving as Special Teams Coordinator, Recruiting Coordinator and Cornerbacks Coach.

Prior to joining the Gavilan coaching staff, Coach Moseley served as the Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers Coach and Runningbacks Coach at Fremont Highschool in Sunnyvale, CA. During his time at Fremont High School, Coach Moseley was selected to Coach Runningbacks and Linebackers for the 41st Annual Charlie Wedemeyer All-Star Football Game at Levi’s Stadium, working with some of the Bay Area’s most talented coaches and football players.  Coach Moseley also spent one season coaching at Woodside High School in Redwood City, CA.

Born and raised in Amarillo, Texas, Coach Moseley played Linebacker and Fullback Randall High School winning back to back District 3-4A Titles and earning 1st team All-District 3-4A Honors. He then went on to play linebacker for the Division II New Mexico Highlands University Cowboys.

After his time at New Mexico Highlands, Coach Moseley spent an enlistment in the United States Marine Corps where he served on the 24th MEU(Marine Expeditionary Unit) for the HMLA-269 Gunrunners Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron, Stationed at New River Air Station in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

Coach Moseley is currently using his GI Bill to pursue his degree in Kinesiology.

Bart Nielsen

Defensive Line




Administrative and Support Staff
Ron Hannon
Dean of Kinesiology & Athletics
(408) 848-4895
Diane Stone
Division Assistant
(408) 848-4876
Darlene Del Carmen
Athletic Academic Counselor

(408) 848-4880

Rebecca Dayton
Head Athletic Trainer

(408) 848-4877

Last modified: July 15, 2016
Gavilan College Red Diamond 5055 Santa Teresa Boulevard Red Diamond Gilroy, CA 95020 Red Diamond (408) 848-4800