Despite five coaches in seven years, the Condors have not suffered a losing season.
However, four of those seasons have ended with 5-5 records, meaning North County has missed the playoffs by one win or a point, including last fall.
For a program that has made 17 postseason appearances in the last 33 years -- second only to Palma -- that's not acceptable.
North County is changing coaches again as athletic director Hector Villalobos has taken the reins on an interim basis, stressing character and self confidence.
While it's not ideal to keep changing coaches, the players are familiar with Villalobos, a 1997 North Salinas graduate, and the system should remain intact.
Two of the Condors' five losses last fall came from league champions. Another setback came from a school that set a record for wins.
And three of their league losses came from opponents no longer in their league.
Carlos Anaya and his 500-plus rushing yards and seven touchdowns are back, along with 275-pound offensive lineman Jonathan Servin.
Gone after 34 years are the sparkling Raider silver helmets, replaced by a flat black look.
What remains is pride on the Castroville campus.
Watch an interview with athletic director and interim coach Hector Villalobos.