Burkett, College of Sequoias finalize 2021 coaching staff

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Travis Burkett, who just completed his first full year and an abbreviated season atop the College of the Sequoias football program, has finalized his staff moving forward in 2021.

Burkett is keeping intact the majority of the Giants' staff while also infusing some new coaches into the mix after Colby Hunter's departure to coach quarterbacks at Lenoir-Rhyne and Ivan Espiritu's move to coach football and teach at Reedley (California) High School.

On the defensive side of the ball, Burkett is deploying Raven Keene Sr. as COS' defensive coordinator, chief of staff and inside linebackers coach. He's joined on that side of the ball by defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator Mason Ruiz, who also handles the role of student success coordinator for COS athletics.

Aaron Jones is the program's outside linebackers coach and fills Burkett's staff role of chief technology officer.

Offensively, Jeremy Gomez is the run game coordinator as well as the Giants' director of strength and conditioning for football.

Darian Warford is the team's offensive line coach, with dual capacity as well as the program's director of player relations.

The offensive pass game coordinator as well as special teams coordinator is Kenny Jackson Jr. He also serves as the wide receivers coach and the director of player development.

Donovan McJunkin might have the coolest acronym for any of the Giants' coaches in his role as the offensive big skill coach in charge of tight ends, fullbacks and H-backs aka Burkett's F-Y-H-E-R coach.

Joseph Castillo is a coaching assistant and the program's director of football equipment operations while Adriana Soleno serves as the Giants' director of football operations.

After a six-win 2019 that marked the program's best season in a decade, COS was one of only five out of a possible 66 California junior colleges to compete this spring. The Giants dropped a pair of March games to Antelope Valley.