The Pioneer Valley football team is heading into the 2019 season with a new head coach. John Beck has taken over for former veteran PV coach John Ruiz, who stepped down at the end of the 2018 season. The Panthers went 6-5 in 2018. Nipomo edged Pioneer Valley 14-13 for the inaugural Ocean League title that year after both schools moved from the CIF Southern Section to the Central Section. The Panthers went out in the first round of the playoffs. Pioneer Valley's new coach coached for several years in the Inland Empire before he came to Arroyo Grande. In 2010, he was an assistant at Corona Centennial, which has won 18 league titles and 10 CIF Southern Section championships.