It’s always important to give credit where credit is due.  I got this earlier this year from Coach Paul Lopez, the Head Football Coach at Beaumont High School here in Southern California.  He’s done a fine job there, taking the program from 2-8 the year before he arrived to 7-4 just a few years later.  I first met Coach Lopez in 1990, when his good friend was my first head football coach, when I was a little freshmen at Fallbrook High School.

I saw him speak at the Frank Glazier Mega Clinic in Orange County, and really liked his presentation.  This was one of my takeaways from that night.  He gave us this checklist as things to look for when hiring coaches.


Determination and resilience


Sense of humor


CJ Del Balso, my former Defensive Coordinator, is one of the best coaches I’ve had the priveleges of coaching with. We coached together for four year at Capo Valley Christian. He is now at Prince of Peace in Carrollton, Texas. Keep your eye on this guy; he is doing a fine job for USA Weightlifting. I’m sure he will be an Olympic coach in this sport one day if he wants to.  Here he is with Lance de Haas after our last game of the season in 2008.  Lance was a big dude, I think 6’5″, tallest kid I’ve coached.

Common sense and level headed-ness

Mature outlook and demeanor

Business-like approach to daily practice and game prep

Self confidence and leadership ability