SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – Knengi Martin is the first female head coach of a varsity football team in San Diego history, but her title – and place in history – is not what she lives for.
"I do understand the first woman head coach and it's a big deal, but I'm just happy to be coaching and really excited to be the varsity head coach," she said.
As a disciplinarian, she would rather coach football, but she's willing to dole out the punishment when needed.
"I love to be able to do football the whole time, and when working hard we are conditioning. But if they want to goof around and not get anything out of the football aspect, we'll be the best conditioned football team in San Diego," Martin said.
"Yes, she's fair, if we're late she'll discipline you. If it's a good practice, there's no conditioning," student athlete Raylon said.
"She's a very good football player herself. Her playing football and coaching is really going to do us good," student athlete David said.
Coach Martin has played six years of professional women's football, and has two championship rings to show for it. They have been playing football at San Diego High since 1898.
"I'm very excited. It's a new start. We're gonna do the best we can for her, and she's gonna do the best she can for us," David said.
In this new era, the coach looks to give the program a woman's touch.
"I love these guys, this is a great group of young men, football players. I'm excited to get to keep working with them, that we get to continue building what we started. That's being a competitive football team in San Diego.