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El Toro hires Mayoral to replace Frith

OCVARSITY.COM

El Toro has hired assistant Mike Mayoral as its replacement for football coach Robert Frith, assistant principal Ed Begany said Thursday.

Mayoral served as the defensive coordinator under Frith, who recently resigned after six highly-successful seasons to become the school’s athletic director. Frith replaced Jimmy Martin, who left for a job in the Newport-Mesa district.

Mayoral is Frith’s step-father and once had Frith on his staff at Schurr of Montebello. After Frith became El Toro’s coach before the 2009 season, be brought Mayoral to El Toro.

In their first season, Frith and Mayoral helped guide the Chargers to their first winning season since 1999.

"He's a great fit," Begany said of Mayoral. "I was very pleased he was interested in the job. It keeps everything intact."

Frith posted a 40-18 record in his tenure, highlighted by a trip to the CIF-SS Southwest Division championship game in 2011. The Chargers fell in the finals to Tustin, 35-28, at Angel Stadium.

El Toro featured a hurry-up, spread offense under Frith and produced record-setting quarterback Conner Manning, now at Utah.

The Chargers finished 8-4 last season, taking third in the South Coast League and advancing to the second round of the West Valley Division playoffs. Frith went on to lead the inaugural county team in the Orange County vs. Inland Empire All-Star Classic in January.

Begany said he was initially surprised that Frith was interested in the athletic director position.

Mayoral, a teacher at El Toro, also has coached at Rio Hondo College and Saddleback College, Begany said.

The veteran coach, who Begany described as a "throw-back", was cheered by the players at his introduction. Begany said Mayoral later summoned the players to resume their training as they've grown accustomed to.


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