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 Frank Espy


  Head Coach /  Offensive Coordinator

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 Coach Espy is entering his third season on staff with Mendocino College. First as the Head Coach. Coach Espy comes to Mendocino College from Ouachita Baptist University where he served as a Defensive Assistant for three seasons. 

  An Alum of the Mendocino College Football program, Coach Espy was apart of the 2005 Bay-Valley Conference Championship team.  Coach Espy was awarded All-Conference as well as MVP for Defense in 2005 at Mendocino College.  Coach Espy then went on to play two seasons at Ouachita Baptist University, where he continued to be a stand-out player.

   Coach Espy is a member of the American Football Coaches Association. 

Roy Thompson Jr.


 Assistant Head Football Coach / Defensive Coordinator

707-468-3098 |


     Roy Thompson is entering his first year as the Assistant Head Coach/ Defensive Coordinator at Mendocino College. Roy came to Mendocino after serving as the Co- Defensive Coordinator& Special Teams Coordinator at Belhaven University, Jackson, MS.

     He spent 2009-2012 as the Defensive Front Game Coordinator, Linebacker /Defensive Line Coach at NCAA DII Ouachita Baptist University where he helped lead the program to the 2011 Great American Conference Championship. In his time as defensive line coach his unit lead the conference in Sacks, Rushing defense finishing 9th in the nation in that category. During his time at OBU they recorded 4 consecutive winning seasons and were ranked in the top 25 in each season reach as high as #9 during the 2012 season. 

     Thompson was a Team Captain, and 4 year letterman at Belhaven University from 2002-2006. He also served as the Defensive Line coach from 2007-2009 where his unit lead the Mid-South Conference in sacks and finished in the top 10 in the nation in sacks also.

     Thompson began his coaching career at Highland Community College, KS in 2006 serving as the Recruiting Coordinator and Defensive Line coach, His defensive line unit lead the Jayhawk conference in sacks and he coached the conference leader in sacks.

Thompson holds a Masters of Education from Belhaven University as well as a B.S. in Sports Administration. He is married to Julia Rodriguez Thompson of Zapata, TX; the couple has  three daughters Jadyn (4), London (1) Cameron (1 Month)

Mike Padilla

 Offensive Line

 Coach Padilla is an alum of the 2007 Mendocino College Bay Valley Conference Championship Team.  Coach Padilla started 11 games in 2007 on one of the highest ranked offenses in the State of California.  Following the 2007 season he was selected to the All-Conference team.  Coach Padilla was also selected as an Academic All-American and Mendocino College Student-Athlete of the Year.  Coach Padilla decided to transfer to UCLA where he earned his degree in Applied Mathematics. 

Coach Padilla currently is a Math instructor for Mendocino College. 

Tyrell Espy

Defensive Line


707-468-3098 |


 Coach Espy is in his second season on the Mendocino Football staff.  An Alum of the program, Tyrell played two seasons (1995-97) as a linebacker before transferring to the University of Redlands.  Coach Espy was an Academic All-American in 1997.  Prior to joining the Mendocino Staff, Coach Espy was an assistant football coach in San Francisco.


 Nick Veenstra 


Coach Veenstra returns to coach at Mendocino College after coaching at Kelseyville High School (CA) for two years as the defensive coordinator.  Pior to Kelseyville, Veenstra coached linebackers at Mendocino College. 


John perez

Recruting area:



Played football wide receiver and corner for Willits High School and outside linebacker for Mendocino College for the 2011-2012 season. Coached wide receivers and defensive back for Willits High 2009-2011.


Charles Gomez,

Wide Receivers

             Coach Gomez is originally from Orlando FL, he played for Mendocino College from 2008-2010, Playing strong safety and outside linebacker for Mendocino. Coach Gomez was a part of the Mid-Empire Conference championship in 2009 for Mendocino. He  was captain of the team 2010 and finished 2nd in tackles in the defensive statistics.  Gomez coached in 2011 for Coach Mari at Mendocino as an assistant coach for the linebackers and defensive back. After receiving his AA degree He received a scholarship to play at California Lutheran University. In 2012 we won the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championship and advanced to the Division 3 national playoffs. He received the dirty shirt player of the year award in 2012. He finished my football career in 2013 at Cal Lutheran Univ. playing special teams and defense for the Kingsmen both years.  Coach Gomez is  pursuing his Bachelors of Science at Sonoma State University. This will be his second year coaching in 2014 for Mendocino College coaching the wide receivers. “We are looking to get back to our winning ways when the Eagles ran the Bay-Valley Conference. We have a great group of guys that are focused and know and understand the goal at hand”. WAR (Win A Ring).   


Athletic Trainer

707-468-3037 | 

Naoto Horiguchi (athletic trainer certified) has been working for Mendocino College since Fall semester 2002. He graduated from Osaka Industrial University with a B.A. in Economics, and later graduated from CSU Chico with M.A. in Physical Education. He resides in Ukiah with his wife, Jaclyn, who is an assistant coach for Mendocino College Women's Basketball, and their daughter, Lucy and son Keiji.






































































































































































































Support Staff




Matt Gordon, Interim Athletic Director (707)468-3165 
Fax (707) 468-3132 | 





Anna Daugherty, Administrative Assistant | Office (707) 468-3255 | 
Fax (707) 468-3132 |




Naoto Horiiguchi, Athletic Trainer | (707) 468-3037 |

































































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