Palos Verdes SEA KING FOOTBALL
Go Sea Kings!
Palos Verdes Football
I believe your son will benefit in many ways from playing in our program. High school football is a very unique experience. These young men will create memories that will last a lifetime. They will understand what it means to be part of a team, learning responsibility, accountability, and dependability, which will help them be successful throughout their lives. They will also learn discipline, loyalty, leadership, toughness, compassion, and self-worth. I believe each student plays a crucial role in the team’s success. Your son will understand that their approach in the classroom is key to any success we have on the field. Their work will be challenging, yet with the appropriate amount of fun. We will demand the athlete’s best effort, just as he would expect from his coach. I believe each player should strive to become better on and off the field. I am a believer that we need to be the best at what we can control- which is all related to effort. Your players will be treated with class and coached in a manner that is safe.
We will play hard, physical football. Yet we will play with class, by the rules, and respect our opponents. We will play as a TEAM, with the TEAM placed before individuals. We have high expectations, a growing tradition, and are proud to wear the Black, Red and White. GO SEA KINGS!
Staff: Our Varsity Staff is led by Guy Gardner and assisted by Jim Hudnall, Kevin Neal, Pat Fresch, J.T. Johnson, Dan Wilken. Our JV Staff is led by Jeff Lulejian, Sr., and assisted by Jeff Lulejian, Jr., Lou Persichina, Rob Oka. Our Freshmen Team is led by Tommy Draffen and assisted by Larry Olson, Kevin Cox.
Spring Football: Spring Football will begin on Thursday, May 10th and end on Friday, June 1st. Practice will run from 3:30-5:30 pm, Monday through Friday. We encourage all parents and incoming Freshmen to attend our Red and Black Game on Friday, June 1st.
All players need to be in good academic standing to participate in Spring Football (above a 2.0 GPA).
Summer Program: Summer Football for all levels begins on Monday, June 1st. It will run through Friday, July 13th. All Sea King Football players must enroll in the Summer Sea King Football Camp through The Hill Athletic Alliance. Please go to the school’s website for registration information. Varsity/JV players will meet from 3:00-5:30 pm Monday through Friday. Freshmen will meet from 4:30-7:00 pm Monday through Friday. Weight training, agility drills, and Sea King Football will be emphasized in the summer. Varsity will also compete in Passing Leagues, along with participating in 2 tournaments. Players will be Off- with no official responsibilities-from July 14th through August 5th. We expect the players to keep up with their lifting and running during the Off period, and the weight room will be open for those who want to use it.
Fall Season: The season officially begins on Monday, August 6th. There will be approximately two weeks of practices (times and schedule TBA). We will practice on Labor Day. Times for practices are still being determined, yet there is usually one practice in the morning, followed by one later in the afternoon. The first Varsity Game will be on Friday, August 24th at Corona del Mar High School at 7:00 pm. The JV and Freshmen will play Thursday, August 23rd (TBA).
Clearances: All players need to be cleared in order to participate on August 6th. This will include an updated physical, proof of insurance, and other forms to be completed. Please look for future information on our website or call the school for more information at (310) 378-8174.
Academics: A constant in our program is the importance of academics. I feel it is the student-athlete’s responsibility to himself and his teammates to obtain the best GPA possible. Football requires a lot of time, and managing time is one of many great lessons learned playing sports. Research still suggests that those who participate in extra-curricular activities do better in school on average than those that do not.
I do not think it is appropriate for players to miss practice because of school work, especially if that work was to be done at an earlier date. It is their responsibility to manage their time appropriately. I understand that some individual circumstances would excuse this (illness, emergency, etc.) But, if a student has a “heavy” workload this week, and decides that he can’t go to practice because of it, that is his choice. But 49 other players are competing for spots to play, and they turned in their work on time. Absences of this nature will result in decreased playing time for that individual.
Player/Coach/Parent Communication: If you have a concern regarding finances, dates, schedules, academics, your child’s health and well being, behavior, or ways to help your child improve, you may contact me or other coaches by calling the following numbers. If no one is in the office, we will get back to you as soon as possible. We can also arrange for a meeting if needed, just leave the available times and we will set one up.
Football Coaches Office: 310-378-8174 Ext. 290
Coach Gardner’s email: email@example.com
Playing time, team strategy, and play calling are topics to be left to the discretion of the coaches and are not up for discussion. In high school athletics, playing time is no longer a guarantee, and this is sometimes difficult for players or parents to accept. Our program comes from a TEAM-based philosophy in which decisions are based on what is best for the TEAM. Attendance, work ethic, character, and ability are key ingredients to increased chances of “playing time”. However, we feel all players have a valuable role in making this TEAM the best it can be. ( see Philosophy)
PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CONFRONT A COACH RIGHT BEFORE, DURING, OR AFTER A PRACTICE OR GAME. This atmosphere is not conducive for promoting resolutions. Please schedule an appointment through the given phone numbers.
Guy Gardner Head Coach
Jim Hudnall Defensive Coordinator and Special Teams Coordinator
Kevin Neal Linebackers and FB’s
Pat Fresch Offensive Line and Assistant Offensive Coordinator
Andrew Bucklin Defensive and Offensive Line
David Davis Defensive Line
Dominic Morris Running Backs
Geoff Lowe QB’s and Receivers
Josh Nelson QB’s and Receivers
Lou Persichina Quality Control
Jeff Lulejian, Jr Head Coach
Lou Persichina Defensive Coordinator
Andrew Bucklin Offensive and Defensive Lines
Tommy Draffen Head Coach
Larry Olson Assistant Coach
Mike Alexander Assistant Coach
Tommy Webster Assistant Coach
Traco Rachal Assistant Coach
Dr. Bradley Thomas