A few new, albeit familiar faces were on the fields Thursday when fall practice kicked off for the county's two community college football programs.
Entering his second year at the helm, Ventura College head coach Steve Mooshagian has added former Ventura head coach Terry Morris to his staff
The Pirates were 50-42 from 1997 to 2005 under Morris, the second-winningest coach in school history.
Morris goes directly to his area of on-field expertise, the secondary, to coach cornerbacks. Also the chair of the physical education department, Morris will also become the program's academic and placement coordinator
"He'll take that load off of me," said Mooshagian. "Although I'm going to still be involved, there are sometimes when I'm tied up. Now there's someone else to go to."
Morris' return gives the program three full-time coaches on campus with Mooshagian, Morris and assistant coach Gary Anglin.
"That's a plus," said Mooshagian.
Moorpark College has also welcomed back a long-time former football coach in Will Thurston, who served head coach Jim Bittner for 22 seasons from 1979 to 1999.
Former Raiders receiver and coach Curtis Marsh has also returned to the staff. His 250-yard performance against Ventura in 1991 still stands as the school record for receiving yards in a game.
"We have a good coaching staff," said Bittner. "They're working well. There's a lot of enthusiasm. We're excited about the season."