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Valhalla High School has woman football coach

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EL CAJON (CBS 8) - Valhalla High School has something you don't see very often, a woman football coach.

I went out to do a story on a football coach who's a woman, and what I found was a football coach who's a marine.

From 2007 to 2009, Renethia Hall was the head coach of the Marines Football team at MCRD. They made the playoffs each year she was there.

"This is gonna sound interesting but coach hall brings the most toughness than any other coach on staff," said Coach Charles Bussey the Valhalla Varsity head coach. "You think a woman might be softer on the kids. Not Coach Hall."

With Coach Hall, there is no question who's in charge.

"What's my philosophy? Work hard. And keep it simple stupid," said Coach Hall.

She spent four years in the Marines, and what she learned there, she implements on the field. The goal is developing leadership through discipline.

"That's what I'm trying to teach is to be a leader not a follower. Now what we want is leadership. That's what I'm trying to teach these young men," explained Coach Hall.

And, the young men are listening.

"She works us hard. We make a mistake, we make up for it because of her," said Domenic, one player on the team.

Coach Hall has six boys of her own. The youngest is a defensive back on varsity. Nehemiah Brown is one of the fastest kids in the county - his mother taught him well.

I asked him if he liked having her on the sidelines during the games. Nehemiah had this to say:

"When I do good. When I don't, I hear it here and at home."

"At first she might rub the kids the wrong way," continued Coach Bussey. "After a while, for the kids, she becomes their favorite coach."

Coach Hall says the payoff of this job comes years down the road:

"You don't have to pay me, just come to me and say, 'coach, you made a difference in my life.' That's the best thing."

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