In this episode of the Life and Football Podcast our speical guest is Cesar Rivas. Cesar Rivas is the Head Football Coach for Southeastern University. Cesar Rivas-Sandoval tabbed to lead the Southeastern University Football program as Head Football Coach in January of 2020 after serving on the staff at Azusa Pacific University as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator since 2014. This will be his 21st season of coaching. Throughout his career, Rivas has served in virtually every capacity, from head coach to offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator, special teams coordinator, as well as coaching positions of quarterbacks, defensive backs, linebackers, defensive line. In 2016 and 2018 APU made its first of two NCAA Division II playoff appearances in just its third and fifth seasons of active NCAA membership. Doing so behind one of the nation’s top-ranked defenses. The Cougars finished the year among the nation’s top scoring defenses, surrendering just 16.0 points per game. In his first season at APU, the Cougars repeated as GNAC champions, posting a 10-1 record and ranked 3rd nationally in sacks and 6th in turnover margin. In 2015, the Cougars had the nation’s No. 2 pass defense. Prior to joining Azusa Pacific, Rivas-Sandoval spent the 2013 season coaching linebackers and serving as special teams coordinator at the University of Sioux Falls. He served as the head coach at Fort Lewis College (CO) for three years (2010-12). His 18-year coaching career includes experience every level of football from high school to the NCAA Division I. In 2012 he participated in the NFL’s Bill Walsh Fellowship Program as an offensive assistant with the Miami Dolphins and on defense with the Green Bay Packers in 2013. Additionally, he was selected to the NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy in Tampa Bay, FL in 2018. He most recently spent the CFL’s 2018 training camp season as a guest defensive coach with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Rivas is a San Diego native (Hilltop HS) who played college football from 1995-99 at UC Davis. Three of his first four years of coaching were in his hometown of San Diego, first at Hilltop High School and for two years at the junior college level with Southwestern College. The Life and Football Podcast is available on the following platforms Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Anchor, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, Pocketcasts, Radio Public, Stitcher, Player FM, & YouTube.