In just four years, as M-A’s head coach, Ravipati led the Bears to three PAL championships, two CCS and NorCal championships, and a State championship in 2018. At the end of the 2018 season, Ravipati hung up his whistle to focus on his career at Dropbox.
Ravipati didn’t think he was going to coach again after stepping down from head coach of the Bears in 2018, however, the COVID-19 pandemic intervened. He said, “I found myself with a lot more time on my hands when working remotely. I was able to come back to M-A as a receivers’ coach in the spring. After that experience, and working with some M-A players at Kelley Park, I fell in love with coaching again.”
After finishing his playing career at the University of San Diego, Ravipati was originally drawn to coaching because of “the opportunity to impact kids’ lives in the same way my coaches impacted me.” He explained, “football is the ultimate team game, where everyone has to do their part in order to be successful, and there are a lot of valuable lessons to be learned from that. I love using football as an opportunity to teach kids about life, and to be able to impact them in a positive way and make them better people on and off the field. Also to make their football experience enjoyable, and give them some great memories to cherish down the line.”
Ravipati accepted the job at CSM “because it was an opportunity to not only grow myself, but also grow as a coach in a new environment and to continue to help grow former M-A players.” Those players attested to the adrenaline in the air, sparked by the prospect of, once again, learning from “the best.”