This week, Gonzales athletic director Mike Waldie announced the hiring of four new coaches to the Apache athletic program including two head coaches on the girls’ side.
Taking over the volleyball program is Brittney Orunonyehu.
“I grew up in Austin, Texas,” Orunonyehu said. “I am married to Victor Oruonyehu, and we have two boys named Xavier (6) and Zion (1). I have been coaching for 11 years and in education for five years. I graduated from Texas State University with a bachelors in Exercise Sports Science. I am so grateful to be a part of Gonzales Apaches.”
Taking over softball is Jerry Cummins out of Ingleside High School.
“I’m very excited about being here,” Cummins told the Inquirer. “I am the head softball coach and I’m looking forward to coaching the girls. I’ve seen them play this year, so I’m real excited about that. My son is coming here, he’s a sophomore, I think he’s going to really like it here”
Cummins will also contribute in the fall on the football team.
Another addition to the football team is Charlie Bunch coming from Sonora High School. Bunch has been named defensive coordinator and head powerlifting coach.
“My family and I are excited to move back this way,” Bunch said. “I was at New Braunfels High School. For a couple years, so we know that area. I got some friend that are from Gonzales, I heard lots of good stuff, so we’re excited to be here and ready to get it rolling and win some football games.”
The Gonzales Apaches also hired and named Todd Polvaldo the run game coordinator and offensive line coach. Coming from Lexington High, Polvaldo is going to work hand-in-hand with offensive coordinator Billie Coplin, according to Waldie.
“I’m extremely excited to be here to be a part of the school district, the community and starting the program up here with Coach Waldie and making a difference in the kids’ lives,” Polvaldo said.
Waldie touted the new coaches as “key cogs” to the Gonzales Apaches machine, with each coach playing an important role for the program.
Editor’s note: A full profile of all the new coaches will be published in future editions of the Inquirer.