You can feel that we're already closer and more together this year than last year. —Senior Kayden Gomez
Note: Mountain View finished with a 1-9 overall record in 2013 and was sixth in Region 7 with a 1-6 record. It did not qualify for the 4A playoffs.
OREM — For Mountain View football players, the hiring of long-time Timpview coach Louis Wong was very welcome news.
The Bruin program had been in decline for years. It last qualified for the playoffs in 2010, and last year, it won only a single game over Murray, 17-14.
"We needed some things to change I think, so when we heard Coach Wong was coming in it was real exciting for me," said senior Kayden Gomez. "He's obviously a coach who has won a lot of state championships, so that's exciting to be able to play for a coach like that."
"It's nice having a coach here that has done so many great things," added linebacker Jake Holland. "I feel that under Coach Wong we'll improve and it's a real exciting thing for all of us."
Since being hired, Gomez and other players feel Wong has delivered on his reputation coming in — instilling a new positive attitude among the players.
"You can feel that we're already closer and more together this year than last year," Gomez said. "Coach Wong is big on doing activities and service projects off the field and that's brought us close together."
It's the same model Wong used at Timpview that brought so much success, according to assistant coach Gary Clark.
"It's all about building men of character and getting them interested in just playing football for the love of the game," Clark said. "He does it as well as any coach I've been around and you can already see the kids responding."
Mountain View must make marked improvement this season if it hopes to contend in Region 7 and become playoff eligible. For a program that hasn't sniffed the playoffs in recent years, such a prospect would seem unlikely. But players remain hopeful.
"I want to experience winning some games and making it to the playoffs for my last year and I think we can do it," Gomez said. "Things are looking up and we definitely have the right coaches here to make it happen."
Mountain View Bruins at a glance
Coach: Louis Wong coached Timpview to four straight state championships from 2006-09. He compiled a 77-10 overall record with the Thunderbirds. He graduated from Castle, Hawaii, and played offensive line for BYU.
Coaches are starting anew at Mountain and few, if any, returning starters can be identified as a result. Overall, coaches feel confident in the skill positions, however.
At quarterback coaches will likely rely on Jaren Flaker.
"He started last year and should do a good job for us," Clark said.
"We should be a solid defense with good guys with experience coming back," Holland said.
Coaches' preseason Region 7 straw poll: Fifth
Deseret News Region 7 prediction: Sixth
Bottom line: Mountain View will certainly improve under Wong, but don't look for that improvement to come immediately. The Bruins should be better than last season, but will still be hard-pressed to make the playoffs out of a tough Region 7.
Mountain View coaching history
2014 — Louis Wong (0-0)
2010-2013 — Jon Snyder (13-28)
2007-2009 — Teko Johnson (14-17)
2003-2006 — Doug Meeks (11-30)
1995-2002 — Randy Rehrer (44-40)
1991-1994 — Bryce Monsen (21-19)
1987-1990 — Steve Park (20-17)
1982-1986 — Austin McNaughton (24-24)
1980-1981 — Dave Allphin (10-10)
Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years
2011 — Bennett Maxwell, LB
2007 — Greg May, DB
2004 — Jordan Bateman, DL
To view second team and honorable mention all-staters through the years, check out the Deseret News All-State Archives.