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Mike Mayoral is getting ready for his first season as head coach of El Toro's football team. He was hired in July to replace Robert Frith, who resigned to become the school's athletic director.

Mayoral expects easy transition at El Toro

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

El Toro High named Mike Mayoral as its new head football coach, the program announced on its website July 16.

Mayoral replaces Athletic Director Robert Frith, who resigned as coach to take his current position earlier this month.

“He was the best qualified person for the job is what it came down to,” Frith said of Mayoral. “It was the best fit for the school and the best fit for our athletes.”

Mayoral has been the defensive coordinator for the Chargers since 2009, when he and Frith led El Toro to its first winning season since 1999. Mayoral will continue to handle the defense.

“The biggest thing is that we keep the continuity together with the coaching staff,” Mayoral said. “We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel, just keep it turning.”

With Frith as coach and Mayoral as coordinator, El Toro went 40-18 in six seasons, including a trip to the 2011 CIF-SS Southwest Division championship game.

Frith’s six seasons were characterized by a fast-paced offense. That won’t change under Mayoral, as the Chargers' entire coaching staff from last season - with the exception of Frith - will return.

“It’s a comforting feeling for us,” Frith said. “Even when I moved on to the athletic director position, I talked to every coach if they wanted to stay. Every coach wanted to stay.

“It’s business as usual at El Toro High School.”

Mayoral had taken on the head coaching responsibilities during the interim after Frith’s hiring as athletic director.

This is Mayoral’s second head coaching position. He was the coach at Schurr of Montebello for 10 seasons from 1994 to 2004. Prior to Schurr, Mayoral was an assistant coach at San Gabriel and Bell Gardens and the defensive coordinator at Schurr and Rio Hondo College. Mayoral was also an assistant coach at Saddleback College from 2005 to 2008.

“We’re thrilled to death that he’s rekindled his desire to be a head coach,” Frith said. “He’s done special things wherever he’s been.”

Despite the late timing of a head coaching hire and taking on more responsibility, Mayoral doesn’t see any let up for El Toro.

“I think its no different,” Mayoral said. “The expectation is to be successful. We’re excited about playing. We are a winning program and we want to keep that standard where it is right now.”

El Toro opens its season at home against La Habra Aug. 28.


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