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 and JV Staff is led by Guy Gardner and assisted by Jim Hudnall, Pat Fresch, Kevin Neal, Andrew Bucklin, David Davis, Dominic Morris, Lou Persichina, Jeff Lulejian Jr, Geoff Lowe, Francesco Vaccaro, and Mike Alexander. Our Freshmen Staff is led by Tommy Draffen and assisted by Larry Olson and Tommy Webster.
Spring Football: Spring Football will begin Monday May 11th and end Friday June 5th. Practice will run from 3:30-5:30pm Monday through Friday. We encourage all parents and incoming Freshmen to attend our Red and Black Showcase on Friday June 5th.
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 Monday June 15th. It will run through Saturday July 11th. All Sea King Football Players enroll in the Sea King Summer Football Camp through The Hill Athletic Alliance (THAA). Please go to the school’s website for registration information. Varsity/JV players will meet from 3:00-6:00pm Monday through Friday. Incoming Freshmen will meet from 4:00-7:00pm 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 a Passing Tournament. Players will be Off- with no official responsibilities- from July 12th through August 2nd. We expect the players to keep up their lifting and running during the Off period.
Fall Season: The season officially begins Monday August 3rd. There will be approximately two weeks of practices (TBA) until the first scrimmage. We WILL Practice on Labor Day, September 7th. Times for practices are still being determined, yet plan on two practices on many of those days prior to our first scrimmage- on Friday August 14th. The first Varsity Game will be on Friday August 21st at Mission Hills High School of San Diego at 7:00pm. The JV and Freshmen are TBA.
Clearances: All players need to be cleared in order to participate on August 3rd. This will include an updated physical, proof of insurance, and other forms to be completed. Please look for future information on this 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 Line
David Davis - Defensive Line
Dominic Morris - Running Backs
Geoff Lowe - QBs and Receivers
Francesco Vaccaro - Offensive Line, TE’s
Lou Persichina - Quality Control
Jeff Lulejian Jr - Linebackers
Mike Alexander - Offensive Line
Tommy Draffen - Head Coach
Larry Olson - Assistant
Tommy Webster - Assistant
Dr. Bradley Thomas