It’s UH’s final-exam week, but Rafael Aguilar already has earned high marks for his football work this spring.
Aguilar was hired as a graduate assistant to replace Numi Lolohea, who joined Tennessee as a GA.
“We were worried about the timing of losing Numi, but we were really blessed to get Rafael,” defensive coordinator Corey Batoon said.
Aguilar coached on both sides of the line at American River College. In 2018, he was ARC’s assistant offensive line coach/offensive and special teams quality control, and video coordinator. He was an assistant linebackers coach the previous year.
Aguilar now assists UH defensive line coach Ricky Logo.
“I like that he’s been a position coach already,” Batoon said. “He’s had his own room. He’s already done a nice job … balancing knowing what a coach will need and being proactive. He’s a real attention-to-detail guy, a really hard worker. In a short period of time, he’s really been able to earn the trust and respect of the kids on the defensive side of the ball.”
With his background on offense — he was an offensive lineman as a player — Aguilar is helpful in defensive meetings. “It always helps having offensive coaches in your room so they can give you different perspective on things,” Batoon said.
Batoon said Aguilar blends well with the staff.
“He’s under a great guy in Rick,” Batoon said. “Rick will be able to teach him a lot. He’s always asking questions and absorbing what’s going on. I think he’s picked up some things pretty quickly.”