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Mike Dovenberg

Head Football Coach

Coach Dovenberg

Mike Dovenberg joined the Gavilan College football staff in 2014, and will serve as the Head Football Coach for the Rams.

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 third season with the Rams, and his first 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.


Alvin Medina

Defensive Line/Special Teams Coordinator


Coach Medina is entering his first season with Gavilan College, and will serve as Special Teams Coordinator and Defensive Line Coach.

Prior to joining the Rams staff in Spring 2015, Medina served as the OL/DL Coach and Special Teams Coordinator at St. Francis Central Coast High School in Watsonville, CA. Coach Medina spent the 2013 season on staff at Langston University in Langston, Oklahoma, where he served as a Defensive and Special Teams assistant. Langston won the 2013 CSFL Conference title.

The son of Terry and Myrna Medina, Coach Medina played college football at Aurora University in Chicago, Illinois from 2009 - 2013, when he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications.

John Montante

Offensive Line/Co-Offensive Coordinator

John Montante

Coach Montante will be entering his second season coaching the Rams Offensive Line, and will also add Co-Offensive Coordinator to his title for the 2015 season.

Coach Montante served as the Offensive Line Coach in 2014, where he helped the Ram offense average 34.7 points per game. He coached tackle Tyler DeCarlo (Christopher HS) to a scholarship to DII West Virginia State University.

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.

Prior to Watsonville, Coach Montante was an assistant coach at Foster High School in Tukwila (south Seattle), Washington. At Foster, he was on a staff that rebuilt a football program that made the state playoffs by winning its first district playoff game in 13 years. He was the offensive coordinator when Foster completed a come from behind, last second victory, against Renton High School. 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.


Tim Powers

Running Backs

Tim Powers

Tim Powers is entering his second season as the Running Backs Coach with the Rams.

Before coming to Gavilan, Coach Powers was the O-line coach and Special Teams Coordinator for Watsonville High School the past 2 years 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. In 2006 he was part of an offense that was in the top 10 in Division III in rushing. While attending Knox, Coach Powers was also a member of the Knox College Swim Team from 2006-2007. He graduated form 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 coaches Special Olympics Basketball in Santa Cruz. Coach Powers resides in Aptos with his wife, Casey, and their daughter, Lily.


Kevin Woodson, Jr.

Defensive Backs

Kevin Woodson

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

In 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.

DaShaun Ross

Wide Receiverspicture

Coach Ross joined the Gavilan staff in the spring of 2015 and will coach the Wide Receivers.

Coach Ross has an extensive background in athletic development and has experience coaching on both sides of the ball. He has coached at Yerba Buena, Gunderson, and San Jose High.

Coach Ross brings creativity and commitment to the student-athete and has helped eight former players sign with various universities at all levels.

Ryan Dikes

Student Assistant


Coach Dikes is returning to the Gavilan staff after several years away from coaching. He will work with the defense and assist in coordinating video and equipment.

While away from coaching, Dikes successfully ran his own website and consulting business with EA Sports' Madden franchise.

Born and raised in Hollister, CA, Dikes attended San Benito High School and assisted the Rams program while in high school from 2009-2011.

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: October 4, 2015
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