Fryer: Top jobs should draw big names
Taking a look around Orange County high school sports:
•It has been wild week on the coaching front, with two of the county's higher-profile jobs having opened – football at Servite, girls basketball at Brea Olinda.
•Ed Drzanek is the first man many people familiar with Servite football thought would be a leading candidate to replace Troy Thomas, who is leaving to be the coach at his alma mater, Crespi of Encino. Drzanek is the coach at El Modena, and intends to stay.
•"I have so much unfinished business at El Modena," Drzanek said. "I'm very, very happy at El Modena. The kids are fantastic, and I love them to death."
•Former Servite offensive coordinator Rick Garretson, an assistant coach at Chandler High in Arizona, won't apply for the job at Servite, his alma mater. His son Darell is graduating from Chandler, where Darell was an all-state quarterback, and Rick Garretson wants to have the flexibility to watch Darell play at Utah State.
•UCLA football defensive graduate assistant Chris Reinert, who was an All-County player at Servite and played at Vanderbilt, will apply. "Servite is home to me, and that would be a dream job for me," said Reinert, who is 27. "I know the mission of Servite, and that's more important than anything."
•Mission Viejo coach Bob Johnson made a bid for the Santa Margarita coaching position that went to Harry Welch a couple of years ago. Johnson, though, said he likely would not pursue the Servite job. He has sons Bret and Rob on the Mission coaching staff, a grandson in the program and likes that Mission Viejo is so close to his home.
•Frank Mazzotta has built one of county football's more-consistent winners of the past several years at La Habra. So he would be thought of as a candidate for any attractive coaching job. "I love La Habra, I've got a lot invested here and we're still building," Mazzotta said, "but naturally I would be flattered by any interest from Servite and, you know, Servite is Servite."
•Servite has set April 4 as its deadline for applications for football coach. The school will interview candidates April 12-23, with an announcement of the next coach April 26.
•The Brea girls basketball job might not be as huge as it was a few years ago when the Ladycats were regularly winning section and state championships, but it remains one of the top three or four girls hoops positions in the county. The school will get a "name" coach, no doubt.
•JSerra announced that Dave Lawn resigned as athletic director to pursue baseball coaching opportunities, although Lawn indicated this was not his choice but would not go into details. JSerra football coach Jim Hartigan is interim athletic director; he was the school's AD before Lawn. Lawn has been baseball head coach at Servite and was an assistant coach at USC.
•Laguna Hills pitchers Garret Barker and Shane Beiber combined on a no-hitter in the first game of a doubleheader against Irvine earlier this week. Barker is a junior left-hander, Beiber a senior right-hander who committed to UC Santa Barbara.
•Long Beach Poly boys basketball coach Sharrief Metoyer inserted ineligible Kameron Chatman into its loss to Mater Dei on Tuesday with 1:12 left in the game. The CIF-Southern Section can suspend the section membership of a school that knowingly allows an ineligible player participate in a CIF-sanctioned competition. The section office, which will have representatives meet with Long Beach Poly administration Tuesday, will take less-drastic action, something on the order of making Poly boys basketball ineligible for next season's CIF-SS playoffs.
•So, Metoyer, allowing Chatman, his godson, to play the final 72 seconds of a 20-point loss could ruin the entire 2013-14 season for every player on the Poly team. That would include Chatman, a junior who transferred from Oregon. Chatman was ruled ineligible for one year for the "following a club coach" rule; Metoyer, who strongly disagreed with the CIF-SS ruling, was Chatman's club coach before becoming Poly coach.
•A sports concussion awareness workshop for parents, coaches and athletic administrators will take place at the REI store at Tustin Market Place on Monday, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Admission is free and dinner and dessert will be provided, but RSVP is required and can be made to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling SCAR (Sports Conditioning and Rehabilitation) at 714-633-7227. Among the presenters are SCAR physical therapist and trainer Jim Herkimer and OSI Sports Medicine physician Dr. David Kruse.
•Time Warner Cable channels 101 and 411 will carry live coverage of the Mater Dei boys and girls basketball games in the CIF Southern California Regionals finals Saturday. The girls game, Mater Dei vs. Windward of Los Angeles, is on at 6 p.m. They boys game, Mater Dei vs. Etiwanda, is on at 8 p.m.
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