Two of the remaining four head football coaching openings in San Diego County have been filled with Mar Vista naming David Moore as its head man while Fallbrook tapped Ross Johnson.
Moore, who is known as “Coach Mo,” is a veteran youth football coach who was the offensive coordinator at Mar Vista on last season’s 5-5 team.
Johnson has been the defensive coordinator at Escondido the last seven years.
Mar Vista has been a revolving door of coaches with Moore the fourth head coach in four years, following Syd Reed, Curtis Mays and Tyler Arciaga.
“The players, the parents went to the administration and said they wanted me as their coach,” said Moore, who played high school football in Houston before joining the Marines and playing semi-pro ball. “I was flattered they wanted me, so I’m in this for the long run.
“I’ve coached everyone from sixth-graders to high school kids. That has helped get me to this point. The game is starting to slow down for me, and I’m ready to run this program.”
The Mariners return quarterback Aleksander Wojcik, who threw for 2,866 yards last season.
“We’re miles ahead of where we’ve been in the past,” said Moore, 39. “We have 30 kids awake before sunup, waiting for me to open the weight room at 6 am and pump some iron. That’s exciting.”
At age 33, Johnson has a ton of experience.
He has been a defensive coordinator at the varsity level, an offensive line coach, a tight ends coach and a freshman offensive coordinator.
Johnson, 33, replaces Troy Everhart, who left after three seasons to take a job in Ohio.
The Warriors, who were 15-138-2 in 15 seasons before Everhart, were 8-20 under him, but 8-10 the last two seasons, including 5-7 last year.
“I’m very familiar with the Fallbrook program, and I’ve seen the improvement under Troy Everhart,” said Johnson, who will be an on-campus PE teacher. “This is a great opportunity because the Warriors are trending up, and the in-coming freshman class is said to be special.
“I’ve been preparing to be a head coach. Being a head coach has always been in my plans. To get an opportunity like this is special. It should be a great fit.”
City Conference re-leagues
The rumored football split of St. Augustine out of the Western League and away from archrival Cathedral Catholic didn’t happen.
But the City Conference’s four leagues will have a different look for 2022-23 school year.
Scripps Ranch moves into the Western League, joining the Saints, Dons, Madison and Lincoln.
La Jolla moves to the Eastern League, joining Christian, Mira Mesa, Henry and San Diego.
The City League features Canyon Hills, Mission Bay, Morse, Point Loma and University City.
The Central League is made up of Clairemont, Coronado, Crawford, Hoover and Kearny.
Smola Leaving Cathedral
Dave Smola, who has been involved for 33 years as a teacher and athletic director at Cathedral Catholic and the University of San Diego High before it changed its campus and name, will not be returning after this school year.
A graduate of Grossmont High and USD, Smola started teaching at USDHS and after two years, became the dean of students. In 1996 he became the school’s athletic director, guiding the program to numerous state, section and league championships.
Smola said he plans to be available to pursue other activities elsewhere after this school year.
Mira Mesa High is looking for a competitive cheer coach.
Current coach Dezarae Massey is stepping down to spend more time with family after guiding the team to San Diego Section and State championships.
Anyone interested should contact Ron Lardizabal at firstname.lastname@example.org
Freelance writer Steve Brand contributed to this report.