Tesoro girls swimming coach Todd Conrad departing for Pennsylvania after stellar eight-year run

Tesoro High girls swimming coach Todd Conrad called it a “bittersweet” decision.

The former Orange County high school coach of the year and veteran club coach said Monday, Sept. 14 that he will be resigning and moving with his family to Pennsylvania.

“It was a hard decision,” he said, “but it’s the right move for the family.”

Married with two young sons, Conrad will relocate to Downingtown, a suburb of Philadelphia, and become the head age-group coach with Upper Main Line YMCA. The club has a silver medal-standing with USA Swimming and about 300 year-round swimmers.

“We’re excited to have a new adventure,” Conrad said.

He will take considerable experience on the trek. He guided Tesoro for eight seasons, leading the Titans to the past six consecutive South Coast League titles.

The Titans also have finished second to Santa Margarita at the past three CIF-SS Division 1 championships.

Conrad, the Register’s coach of the year in 2018, also was known for building tight-knit teams and his enthusiasm on the pool deck.

He has been serving as director of operations at FAST the past eight months. His signature post in O.C. club swimming was leading the Coto Coyotes for 14 years. He also was recently the general manager of the Mission Viejo Nadadores.

Conrad swam at UC Irvine and also coached with the Irvine Aquazot and Santa Margarita.

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Beau Green, Turlock quarterback with Auburn offer, enrolls at Mater Dei

The quarterback competition at Mater Dei High has an intriguing new entry.

Beau Green, who missed last season at Turlock in the Central Valley due to an injury but holds an offer from Auburn, has enrolled at Mater Dei, the junior said Friday, Sept. 11.

Green (6-2, 210) didn’t play his sophomore campaign because of labrum surgery on his right, throwing shoulder but recovered to train well over the summer.

“The highlight (of the summer) was getting an extended period of time to really work on my mechanics and clean up my stroke,” Green said. “Another thing that has been nice is finally getting in contact with a lot of college coaches since Sept. 1.”

Green also has been offered by William & Mary, a FCS school.

He played his freshman season at Thomas Downey in Modesto.

Green said he starts distance learning with Mater Dei on Monday. The Trinity League school plans to return to in-person instruction in its hybrid plan on Sept. 22, the first day Orange County high schools can reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The confirmation of Green’s transfer arrives as news of Miller Moss’ departure surfaced this week. The USC-committed quarterback transferred to Mater Dei in June but has returned to Alemany with a plan to graduate early.

Mater Dei is seeking to replace two-year starting quarterback Bryce Young, now a freshman and the No. 2 quarterback at Alabama. Other top contenders for the spot are junior Emmett Brown and sophomore Parker Awad.

Brown transferred to Mater Dei from San Marcos in the offseason while Awad was the freshman quarterback at Mater Dei last season.

Mater Dei quarterback Tobey Schmidt transferred to Maranatha earlier in the offseason.

Please send football news to Dan Albano at dalbano@scng.com or @ocvarsityguy on Twitter

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Magnolia football coach Desmond Hernandez resigns after three seasons

Magnolia High football coach Desmond Hernandez, who turned around the Sentinels the past three seasons, has resigned, he confirmed Thursday night.

In an Instagram post, Hernandez said he accepted a physical education teaching position at another high school, which he didn’t mention by name.

When contacted, Hernandez said he couldn’t yet discuss his destination.

Last season, Hernandez led Magnolia to seven victories on the field (one victory was forfeited for an ineligible player) after the school won three games combined his first two seasons.

Magnolia (6-4) placed third in the Orange League and notched its first winning season since 2008.

But Hernandez also helped the team overcoming a fire last summer that destroyed an on-campus equipment shed with football gear.

Magnolia returns a pair of 1,000-yard rushers in seniors Lloyd Marshbanks and Joseph Lariz. But the Orange League looks tougher with arrival of Western, a CIF-SS champion in 2018. Katella has dominated the league the last several seasons.

Hernandez is the third Orange League coach to resign since last season, joining the retired Fred DiPalma (Katella) and Larry Mohr (Santa Ana Valley).

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Legendary Mater Dei football coach Dick Coury dies at age 91

Legendary former Mater Dei football coach Dick Coury, who helped build the Monarchs into a powerhouse before embarking on a long and successful career at the collegiate and professional levels, died Saturday, Aug. 15, announced Lake Oswego High in Oregon, where Coury’s son Steve is the football coach.

The announcement, from the official twitter account of the Lake Oswego football program, said Coury was 91.

“He treated everyone he came in contact with like they were the most important person in the world,” Lake Oswego tweeted. “Even with all of his accomplishments in coaching, he will be remembered more for the type of person he was.”

Rest In Peace coach Dick Coury. #Family #LakerNation pic.twitter.com/wY9rfOkD7n

— LO Lakers Football (@LOLakersFB) August 16, 2020

Coury coached Mater Dei for nine seasons in the late 1950s to the mid-1960s, leading the Monarchs to three CIF-SS titles and seven league titles. His combined record was 85-9-5 from 1957 to 1965.

Coury went on to serve as defensive coordinator for USC and became Cal State Fullerton’s first football coach in 1970.

He was part of the Trojans’ coaching staff for their 1967 national championship. In his two seasons at Cal State Fullerton, he compiled a 13-8-1 record.

Coury was an assistant coach for several NFL teams, including the L.A. and St. Louis Rams.

He served as an assistant with the Eagles in 1981 when they lost to the Raiders in the Super Bowl.

Coury also coached in the World Football League and United States Football League. He was the USFL’s coach of the year in 1983.

The family has informed us that Dick Coury has passed away at the age of 90. Coury coached all three seasons with the #USFL Breakers in Boston, New Orleans and Portland. He also coached with the @steelers, @Broncos, @Chargers, @Eagles, @RamsNFL, @Patriots, @Vikings and Oilers. pic.twitter.com/s8uL2q9SNw

— The USFL Project (@theusflproject) August 16, 2020

While he helped with the Lake Oswego team, Coury also could be spotted at Mater Dei in retirement. He attended the Monarchs’ pre-game ceremony for the 1950 and 1960 team in 2015.

Mater Dei coach Bruce Rollinson, who hoisted Coury’s arm before the 2015 game, played for Coury at Mater Dei.

“I’ve known Coach Coury since around the seventh grade and have always admired him as both a great coach and a great person,” said Phil Anton, a longtime observer of Orange County football and former chairman of the county all-star game.

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Irvine Unified School District aiming to hold modified athletic activities after school starts Aug. 20

Irvine Unified School District is working quickly to hold athletic activities in a modified way when the school year begins later this month.

Just two days after the California Department of Public Heath updated its guidelines for youth and school-based sports during the coronavirus pandemic, district athletic director Mark Cunningham on Thursday confirmed plans that will allow all Irvine high schools to start holding athletic camps after the first day of school on Aug. 20.

The state recommendations prohibit games but allow for physical conditioning and skill training conducted outdoors with 6 feet of physical distancing between participants.

The guidelines are similar to what many schools were following in mid-June and early July before the sessions were postponed.

Cunningham said the Irvine district received clearance Thursday from Orange County health officials to hold the modified workouts.

“Scheduling facilities is going to be the challenge,” he said. “(We) need to give athletic directors the opportunity to meet with coaches and work together to facilitate the start of camps.”

The Irvine district consists of five high schools: Irvine, Northwood, Portola, University and Woodbridge.

Camps held after the start of school will operate under the CIF Southern Section’s summertime rules, or under the authority of school principals, until the official start of the fall season in mid-December. The CIF-SS extended the summertime rules in its July 20 announcement about the new sports calendar for the 202-21 school year.

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