Knowing it was an important conference match-up, the Cowboys prepared heavily leading up to the game against San Benito (Hollister) High School. The Cowboys started the game off strong holding the only points on the board in the first half of the game. With a young defense coming alive, the Salinas Cowboys were able to beat their rival the Hollister Haybalers on Friday night, to a score of 21-17.
Although he has been coaching for a total of 22 years, the Cowboys victory over Hollister marked Coach Zenk's 27th win since taking on the head coach position only three years ago at Salinas High School. Coach Zenk has done amazing things in his three seasons with the Cowboys, taking home at least a share of the league title every year.
"My favorite part about this job are these kids," says Zenk. "Not only do I get to help them, but I get to act like a 17-year old by for three hours every day." Outside of football, Coach Zenk teaches mathematics at Salinas High School. In his free time, Zenk says his wife and himself "do whatever their 11-year old son wants to do."
When asked what being named the Charlie Wedemeyer Memorial Coach of the Week means to him, Coach Zenk said, "Charlie exemplified what you want as a coach and was a reflection on the kids he coached himself." Coach Zenk expects the team to persevere through upcoming games with hopes to make it to a state championship game.
As our 49ers PREP Charlie Wedemeyer Memorial Coach of the Week presented by U.S. Bank, Zenk will receive a $1,000 grant for the Salinas football program from the 49ers Foundation. As part of this award, he will also receive two tickets to a 49ers home game where he will be recognized on the field. Zenk will also be invited to visit the SAP Performance Facility to watch a closed practice where 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan will officially present him with his award. Zenk will be featured on the 49ers Cal-Hi Sports Report presented by U.S. Bank on Sunday's at 6 & 10 p.m. on NBC Sports California, which will continue to air throughout the week.
Congratulations, Coach Zenk!