First-year Georgia Southern defensive assistant/defensive line coach Victor Cabral has been a jack of all trades since graduating from the Eagles’ defensive line in 2004.
He’s been a professional football player with the Montreal Alouettes, a camera operator, a substitute teacher and a coach.
It seems like the only job he hasn’t had was the one he dreamed of while he was playing defensive line for the Eagles – professional wrestler.
He’s reluctant to talk about it until he is reminded what his stage name was going to be.
“Vic Venom,” he laughed. “That’s funny. Those days are behind me. I actually watched Wrestlemania a couple weeks ago, and I asked my wife, ‘What would happen if I became a professional wrestler?’ It didn’t work out that way, but I’m pretty happy where I’m at right now.”
It’s been a long road getting here.
After Cabral’s stint in the Canadian Football League, he came back to Statesboro to finish up his degree in 2005. He asked then GSU coach Mike Sewak if he could help out the coaching staff and was given a position manning the camera and helping out wherever he was needed.
“(Sewak) said, ‘If you want to do something, this is it.’ I didn’t know any better, so I did it,” said Cabral. “It was kind of funny, because the year before I was playing defense for Georgia Southern, and the next year I was helping get water for some guys. However I could help.”
In 2006, Cabral moved to the Atlanta area where he started selling insurance until Chad Lunsford, who coached at GSU from 2003-05, helped Cabral to defensive assistant job at Griffin High School, and later at Georgia Military College.
“I was a substitute teacher driving an hour and a half every day to Griffin from Smyrna, and when Lunsford got the call to go to GMC I went with him,” said Cabral. “He kind of got my foot in the door. I still keep in contact with him all the time.”
He was enjoying himself coaching the defensive line at GMC and hadn’t thought about the next step - that is until Jeff Monken was hired as the new GSU head coach during the offseason.
“I was happy at Georgia Military, had a great opportunity there and wasn’t looking to leave,” said Cabral, “but with Monken and hearing that (offensive coordinator Brent) Davis was here, if there was any way I could get up here, I knew it would be a great opportunity for me and my wife. Coaching my favorite school in the country – awesome. So when I got the call I was gung ho. It’s great to be back coaching with guys I actually played for.”
Cabral may not be known as “Vic Venom” by wrestling fans as he had once hoped, but coaching on the banks of Beautiful Eagle Creek where he helped lead the Eagles to a 39-12 record and two semifinal appearances during his playing career may just be even better.
Matt Yogus can be reached at (912) 489-9408.