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Former Nordhoff kicker Cooper Garcia signs with UMass

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown
Cooper Garcia boots an extra point in Nordhoff’s 2013 CIF Southern Section title victory over El Segundo.
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
When Cooper Garcia played for the Nordhoff High School (NHS) football program, he was known for his powerful right leg and clutch kicks. Those abilities recently earned the 2015 NHS graduate a full-ride scholarship to the University of Massachusetts (UMass) where he will kick for the Minutemen.
After his playing days at Nordhoff, Garcia enrolled at Ventura College and played for the Pirates for two seasons, using his redshirt year.
“It was a big step up in competition because it is a top-five program in the state, so it was a great experience for me,” said Garcia.
The journey to UMass wasn’t smooth for the former Ranger. Early in his college career he lost his kicking form and struggled to make the kicks he was accustomed to knocking through the uprights.

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