Winningest coach in Ventura County history lands at Simi Valley

FOOTBALL /// The Jim Benkert saga


Jim Benkert

Arguably the most well-known high school coach in the Conejo Valley walked into the Simi Valley High front office unrecognized.

The name Jim Benkert didn’t ring a bell with the woman at the front desk.

Michael Maxson, a student assistant, said he had no clue the man in the tan jacket, who has led his football teams to 257 victories and five CIF-Southern Section championships in 29 years of coaching, is the winningest coach in Ventura County history.

“I just thought he was...

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