LA QUINTA, Calif. - Patrick "Bubba" Rivenes has officially been named the head coach of La Quinta's football team, returning to his alma mater and replacing Dan Armstrong.
LQHS Principal Rudy Wilson, Ed.D made the announcement Tuesday. Rivenes is taking over for Dan Armstrong, who spent 23 seasons as head coach of LQ.
"What convinced the committee that Coach Rivenes was the right choice were his love of football and the respect he has earned from the students he taught and the athletes he coached," Wilson said.
Rivenes graduated from LQHS and played quarterback for the school under Coach Armstrong. He is currently a chemistry, biology, and geoscience teacher at Palm Desert High School, where he also served as an assistant football coach.
Both his mother and father were local teachers. His father, Dave Rivenes, won two CIF championships at Indio High School.
"I am very excited and proud to be a part of the La Quinta Football program once again. I had a very positive experience during my time as a Blackhawk," Rivenes said. "I plan on continuing the traditions founded by Coach Armstrong that have been a part of the football program since its beginning. Those traditions have produced student-athletes with discipline, grit, and mental toughness. I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to continue to build upon the legacy that is La Quinta Football."
The La Quinta Blackhawks finished 6-5 in 2017, with a 4-2 record in the DVL.