RIO LINDA - The Rio Linda Knights will enter the 2014-15 season with a new face at the helm after long time head coach Mike Morris stepped down at the end of last season.
Justin Reber takes over after leading Saddleback Valley Christian in San Juan Capistrano to three conference championships in the past three season.
"I came to Rio Linda because I believe that it can be a big time town like Del oro, Folsom and Elk Grove when talked about at the state and national level," Reber told News10.
Reber is no stranger to the area. He played at Capitol Christian And Sacramento City College, and served as interim head coach at his alma mater in 2010.
He takes over a program full of tradition and pride that finished 11-2 last season and undefeated (5-0) in league play.
Reber will have plenty of help at Rio Linda. Even though Morris stepped down after 23 seasons, he remains a fixture on campus as the Athletic Director.
"Having mike around as the AD has been great with connecting to the community as well as the kids and coaches," said Coach Reber. "It has been nice to have been mentored for this short amount of time by one of the area greats."
Reber will also have star talent on his roster. Running back Marcel Brooks-Brown returns for his senior season after racking up more than 2,000 yards as a junior and 26 touchdowns.
"Marcel is one of those guys that does not come around very often," Reber said. "He is special and he will be a big part of what we do as a team and as a program this year.
Some other players expected to make an impact on the Knights this season: Quarterback Zak Burden, Defensive Lineman Fila Hingano, Offensive Tackle Hunter Clark, and Pieter Koopman who Reber calls the team's swiss army knife and best all around football player.