With the announcement that Bruce Rollinson might be retiring as soccer coach at Santa Ana Mater Dei Excessive on the conclusion of the 2022 season, the main focus quickly might be on discovering a alternative.
Rollinson has been teaching for 34 years. He’s a Mater Dei graduate. The varsity doesn’t like bringing in outsiders, however its new president, Michael Brennan, got here from Anaheim Servite Excessive and gained’t be restricted to solely searching for coaches with Mater Dei ties.
Listed below are some names that can possible come up within the strategy of discovering a successor:
Lenny Vandermade: The previous All-American Mater Dei lineman and USC graduate has coached on the faculty stage. He was lately an offensive high quality management analyst for the Trojans and nonetheless has shut ties to Mater Dei and Rollinson. He’d be a well-liked alternative.
Taylor Kelly: He’s Mater Dei’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He has been a key determine within the growth of junior quarterback Elijah Brown. Kelly is simply 31, which might be a generational change in this system if he had been employed.
Matt Logan: Prying him away from Corona Centennial has been on the want listing for years of some Mater Dei supporters, particularly when Rollinson went 17 consecutive seasons with out profitable a title. Now it’s unlikely to occur as a result of Logan is closely invested within the public colleges retirement program and must take a monetary hit to depart Centennial.
Jason Negro: Sure, he’s the pinnacle coach at rival Bellflower St. John Bosco, however his identify has been on the rumor listing. It’s uncertain he’d depart his alma mater for Mater Dei.
Troy Thomas: He has twice labored with Brennan at Servite, so if he needed to place his stamp on the Monarchs’ program, Thomas can be the best transitional candidate. It was introduced on Monday that he’s leaving Servite.
Chris Ward: The favored, well-respected former Mater Dei and UCLA participant was the offensive line coach for Mater Dei throughout its unbeaten 2017 season. Now he’s the road coach at Orange Lutheran. He has no head teaching expertise, but when the Indianapolis Colts can rent Jeff Saturday (no teaching expertise), Ward definitely qualifies as a candidate.
Jason Miller, Bellflower: He took over a 2-7 workforce and has Bellflower within the Division 11 semifinals in his first season. He beforehand had success at Compton Dominguez and Gunn Excessive in Northern California and can be the primary Black head coach within the Trinity League.