Robert “Beto” Mejia is currently an employee of the Mendota Unified School District in Mendota, California where he plays an integral role in the high school athletic football program. He received his bachelor’s of science degree in pre-physical therapy from California State University, Fresno in May 2005 and is currently pursuing a master’s degree and teacher’s credential in special education from Grand Canyon University.
Mejia’s parents immigrated from Mexico and worked tirelessly in the fields to support their family. They also supported him and required that he pursue his education so that he could have the opportunities that they didn’t have. He uses this testimony with the players of the MHS football team. With these players, I he emphasizes the importance of education, grades, sports and college. Perseverance, patience, respect, fairness, integrity, hard work and dedication are attributes each student athlete are taught.
Mejia has been coaching for seven years at Mendota High School; four years at the JV level, one as the assistant and three as the head JV coach. Record as a head coach was 29-1, with a 29 game win streak. He is currently in his third year as the varsity head coach, were he has won two consecutive Valley Championships, was awarded Coach of the Year for the West Sequoia League in 2011, won the 2012 City County All-Star Game and Coach of the Year from The Fresno Bee in 2012. Currently, ESPN and ABC News are producing a documentary that will air nation- wide at the conclusion of his team’s season.
Favorite Movie: “Gladiator”
Favorite Music Artist/Band: Jason Aldean
Last Book Read: “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren