Breiten era begins for Pleasanton men’s football

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Brandon Breiten (right) will succeed Alejandro Hernandez (left) who retired after the 2021 season as the boys’ head football coach at Pleasanton. PHOTO SUBMITTED | BRANDON BREITEN

With a second-place finish in the district and a playoff victory in both districts last season, the Pleasanton men’s soccer program is aiming for another triumphant season. With some key playmakers returning, the Eagles are looking to pressure under a new leader.

Head coach Brandon Breiten was chosen to take over the program after former head coach Alejandro Hernandez took on a new role with the district. With some wisdom brought in, Breiten is looking to capitalize on the momentum created over the past few seasons.

“[I want] to keep the same base but build on it and bring new ideas and different mindsets to bring to the team,” Breiten said. “[Hernandez] always wanted the teams to be united. He was open to player ideas and that’s something I want to keep in mind. I want players to feel comfortable talking about how they feel, their opinions on strategy and things like that.

The 2021-22 season has brought some memorable moments for the Eagles. Pleasanton knocked out Gonzales in the bi-district round of the playoffs. The victory ended a nine-game losing streak against the Apaches and sent Pleasanton to the second round against eventual state champion Boerne.

Pleasanton are firing some key contributors from a year ago, including all-district first-team players Stefan Torres, Jairo Ortiz and Timothy Klein. Breiten seeks to have a positive impact on his players, both on and off the pitch.

“I want to focus on making kids great citizens, not just in high school, but after high school. I can’t guarantee a certain number of wins or losses, but I feel like if I apply my philosophy, which is to be disciplined, to be prepared, to be relentless in what you want do, they can take those things not just on the pitch but also in life,” Breiten said.

In addition to his new duties as head coach, Breiten will also be the special teams coordinator and running backs coach during the football season. The San Antonio native enters his tenth year at Pleasanton with a well-built bond with the community.

“It’s a place close to where I grew up,” Breiten said. “After [being here] a year or two ago I fell in love with this place. Since then I have just been here and I like it here.

The first day of football training is scheduled for November 28, followed by scrums and matches on December 9 and 29 respectively.

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