SELMA — Former Selma High star Ruben Zamora is now the Bears soccer coach and has high hopes.

Zamora once played on a Selma team that made it to the section title game, only to fall short. The Selma standout tore his knee up in that game, but found his calling in coaching. Prior to this year, he coached junior varsity for the Bears for four years. He replaces David Norman, who resigned after last season.

Selma went 8-11-1 overall last season and took third place in the Central Sequoia League with a 6-3-1 record.

“I am really optimistic about this season,” Zamora said. “I have a great group of kids and a great coaching staff that can help us get to where we want to be (which is to) make a good run in playoffs.”

Selma has a talented group of returnees in center attacking midfielder Jonathan Torres, goalkeeper Christian Lamas and right fullback Joel Ramirez. All are team captains.

Top newcomers are junior Daniel Escobar, junior Alan Salazar, sophomore Daniel Garcia and sophomore Jean Santos. Escobar plays any position in the field, Salazar is a center midfielder, Garcia is a defensive player and Santos is a left winger.

Selma flashed its potential Nov. 21 by defeating visiting Kennedy 4-0 in the Bears’ non-league opener. Torres had two goals and Marquez and Lamas scored one each. The Bears then tied Madera 1-1 on Nov. 24. Fabian Colin had the Bears’ goal.