The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians will become a major part of the AAA-level football in the desert.
The tribe’s logo will be worn on the team uniforms of the SoCal Coyotes, who make their season debut on Saturday at Xavier College Prep (7 p.m., tickets $10). The Coyotes host the South Bay Spartans out of San Diego to kick off the UFAL Eastern Division of the Southern California Football Association.
Here’s information obtained from the SoCal team:
“The Coyotes aren’t just building a winning football program, they are building leaders, with a sports organization that is making a difference in our community,” said Agua Caliente Tribal Chairman Jeff L. Grubbe in a release. “The Tribe supports the SoCal Coyotes because they personify the values we embrace – teamwork, dedication, service, and a commitment to hard work.”
Dana Prieto, a Palm Springs High grad and a key member of the Coyote defense is a Tribal member.
“The Coyotes work just as hard off the field,” Prieto said. “They teach us to be men — leaders at home, at work, and in the community. They require we volunteer and serve those less fortunate. They provide job mentoring and training programs. They surround us with accountability and responsibility.”
The team won the 2012 Pac West championship, played for a national championship, and this season will play in the Southern California Football Alliance this season under head coach and team president J. David Miller.
“We humbly accept the support of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and will proudly wear the Tribe’s logo on our uniforms, knowing the immense responsibility to uphold the Tribe’s pride, honor its history and respect its traditions,” said Miller. “The reward is in the lives of young men throughout our community, who are learning self-sufficiency through the development of their athletic skills and professional resources.”
Also, read two stories on minor league football in the desert in Saturday’s Desert Sun and online at mydesert.com. Two former local standout quarterbacks are featured.
Also check out our video on the SoCal Coyotes that will accompany the stories.