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  • 50 CIF Player of the Year Award Winners
  • 64 CIF championships, 200 league championships and 5 state championships
  • 92 Individual and Relay CIF Championships
  • 24 CIF teams, plus club sports including roller hockey, ice hockey, equestrian and surfing
  • 8 time recipient of the CIF Commissioner's Cup which honors the top boys and girls athletic programs in the CIF Southern Section. The boy’s athletic program was won the CIF Southern Section Commissioners Cup three times (1995-1996, 1996-1997, 1997-1998) and the girls have won it six times (1998-1999, 1999-2000, 2002-2003, 2013-2014, 2015-2016, 2016-2017). Winners of the Commissioner’s Cup are determined by a point system that provides 5 points for a CIF Divisional Championship, 3 points for a runner-up finish, 2 points for advancing to the semifinal round or a third place team finish and one point for a fourth place finish.
  • 2014 recipient of the Orange County Athletic Directors Association, Female Athlete of the Year: Haley Wan
  • 2016 recipient of the Orange County Athletic Directors Association, Male Athlete of the Year: Grant Shoults
  • 2013 and 2015 California State Champion in the Pole Vault, Kaitlyn Merritt
  • 2017 California State Champion 200-Freestyle Relay: Mackenzie Degn, Isabelle Odgers, Marriott Hoffmann, Anicka Delgado
  • Home of the Eagles, Santa Margarita’s athletic program includes 14 sports with 24 CIF-sanctioned teams. SMCHS also offers club sports including ice hockey, roller hockey, equestrian and surfing.
  • 27 current Santa Margarita coaches have earned the title of  Orange County, CIF, or State Coach of the Year 
  • 3 Olympic Gold Medals belonging to Amy Rodriguez '05 (Women's Soccer, Beijing '08, London '12) and Klay Thompson '08 (Men's Basketball, Rio, '16)


Distinguished Alumni Athletes

  • Matt Reis '93: Reis had a storied MLS career for 16 years and reached the MLS Cup six times during that span. Reis played professionally for several clubs, including the LA Galaxy from 1998-2002 where he helped the club win their first MLS Cup in 2002 and currently serves as their goalkeepers coach. Reis was an NCAA Champion ('97) as the goalie for UCLA and was named the 1997 NCAA College Cup defensive MVP after recording 20 saves. Reis was drafted in the 3rd round of the 1998 MLS College Draft and  got his first cap for the US in 2006 where he pitched a shutout against Canada. In January of 2017, Reis was named to the USMNT coaching staff prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
  • Brian Finneran '94: A  recipient of the Walter Payton award as a senior at Villanova University, which is given to the nation's topDivision 1-AA offensive player. Finneran was signed by the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 1998. Finneran also saw time as a member of the Barcelona Dragons, Philadelphia Eagles, and the Atlanta Falcons. He is now a host for a morning radio sports talk show, 680the fan in Atlanta.
  • Kris Farris '95:  While playing for UCLA won the Outland Trophy, awarded to the best United States college football interior lineman. Farris was drafted in the 3rd round of the NFL Draft (74th Pick overall) by the Pittsburgh Steelers and would go on to play for the Buffalo Bills.
  • Carson Palmer '98: Palmer won the Heisman trophy, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm, Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year and was a Consensus All-American in 2002. Palmer was the first quarterback out of USC to win the Heisman Trophy and led the Trojans to an Orange Bowl victory in 2002 where he was named the games MVP. He is a two-time NFL Pro-Bowler ('05 and '06) and has played for the Cincinnati Bengals, Oakland Raiders and Arizona Cardinals. 
  • Jared Hughes '03: Hughes is an MLB pitcher who was originally selected in the 16th round of the 2003 draft by Tampa Bay. Hughes pitched one year (2004) at Santa Clara University, before transferring and going 16-7 in his two seasons (2005-06) at Long Beach State University. At Long Beach, he was an honorable mention All-Big West player and Second-Team All-Big West selection in 2005. Hughes was named a second-team summer All-American by Baseball America following a perfect 7-0 record and a 1.62 ERA in the Cape Cod League in 2005 before being signed by the Pirates. With the Pirates, Hughes has made his postseason debut in 2014 and his Pirates made the playoffs again this year (2015). After his tenure with the Pirates, Hughes went on to sign a one-year deal with the Milwaukee Brewers.
  • Erika Figge '03: She was named an alternate for the 2008 water polo US Olympic team member and was the debutant of the US Women' Water Polo team that won a silver medal at the 2005 World Aquatics Championships in Montreal, Canada. In 2009, Figge was named to the USA Water Polo Women's Senior National Team for the 2009 FINA World Championships.
  • Amy Rodriguez '05: A member of the U.S. Women's Soccer Team, an NCAA Champion at USC ('07), two-time Olympic gold medalist (Beijing '08, London '12) and World Cup Champion ('15). Rodriguez was also named the MVP of the 2015 National Women's Soccer League Championship game.
  • James Keefe '06: Keefe was a starting basketball player and three time letterman for UCLA. As a senior at SMCHS, Keefe earned McDonalds All-American honors and earned 2nd team Parade Magazine All-American honors.
  • Ryan Martin '07: Ryan was a three-time All-American 800m runner while at UCSB and current school record holder at SMCHS and UCSB. Martin competed in the 2012 Olympic Trials in the 800 meters where he finished 4th place and runs professionally for ASICS America. Martin was selected to represent Team USA at the 2015 Pan Am Games in the 800 and won the gold medal at the 2015 North American, Central American and Caribbean Championships in Costa Rica where he set the meet record in the process. Ryan qualified for the 2016 Olympic Trials in the 800 meters where he looks for redemption from his fourth place finish in 2012.
  • Klay Thompson '08: An NBA player for the Golden State Warriors out of Washington State University where he was selected with the 11th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft. In 2014, Thompson was a member of the US National Team that won a gold medal in the FIBA Basketball World Cup. Thompson is a three-time NBA All-Star and a two-time All-NBA thirds team honoree.  In 2015, Thompson helped lead the Warriors to their first NBA title since 1975. Thompson helped lead the Warriors to the NBA Finals the next year where they lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the seventh game. In 2017, Klay would go on to win his second NBA title after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games. Klay was selected to represent the United States as a member of the US Men's Basketball team at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games where he helped lead Team USA to an 8-0 record and winning the gold medal, starting six of the eight games and averaged 9.9 points per game.
  • Gavin Escobar '09: 2013 NFL 2nd Round Draft pick (47th overall) out of San Diego State by the Dallas Cowboys. While at SDSU, Escobar was a 1st-team All-Mountain West Conference selection and entered the NFL Draft after his junior season. In 2017, Escobar was picked up by the Kansas City Chiefs.
  • Trayce Thompson '09: Trayce was selected  in the second round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft and called up to play for the Chicago White Sox as an outfielder. He was named an All-Star in 2015 for the Chicago White Sox Triple-A affiliate, the Charlotte Knights. Trayce currently plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers as an outfielder.
  • AJ Cruz '09: Cruz was an All-Ivy league selection at Brown University before playing arena football for the Arizona Rattlers and Los Angeles Kiss and was signed by the Chicago Bears 90-man roster in 2015. After sustaining an injury in the final day of camp, Cruz was released by the Bears and then signed with the Miami Dolphins. While at Brown, he earned 1st Team All-American honors and is one of only 41 players in Ivy league history to earn 1st Team All-Ivy league, three times.
  • Logan Sweet ’11: Sweet was a dual sport athlete for the Eagles (Football/Track), Sweet earned All-Trinity League, All-CIF and All-State honors for the Eagle football program as a wide receiver/special teams player. Sweet went on to UCLA where he played four seasons for the Bruin football program. In 2016, Sweet signed with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent.

  • Max Tuerk '12: Santa Margarita’s first US Army All-American selection and is now the starting center at USC. Tuerk is the first true freshman in USC history to start at left tackle and is the 14th multiple-time captain in USC history. At USC, Max had 33 career starts (14 at left guard, 13 at center, 5 at left tackle, 1 at right tackle) and was a 3-year starter. Turek was drafted in the third round of the 2016 NFL draft by by the San Diego Chargers.

  • Beau Hossler '13: Beau plays golf for the University of Texas and three-time US Open competitor. In 2015, Hossler was named the Big 12 Player of the Year, PING All-American, and was selected to represent Team USA at the Pan American Games, the golf debut for the Pan Am games where he would earn a silver medal in mixed competition. Hossler had five tournaments wins in the 2015-2016 season, finished in the top-five in seven events, posted 11 top-10 finishes in 12 events, earned medalist honors in five events (second most single season wins in UT history) and posted 26 of 33 rounds under par. Hossler won the 2016 Haskins Award, given to the most outstanding collegiate golfer in the United States. In July of 2016, Beau officially sign as a professional golfer, signing with TaylorMade Golf Company, a subsidiary of Adidas which is based out of Carlsbad, California.
  • Jeremy McNichols '14: Jeremy played football for the Eagles where he played as a running back and wide receiver, where he rushed for 877 yards with nine touchdowns and had 72 receptions for 934 yards and 10 touchdowns. After Santa Margarita, McNichols went on to play as a true freshman at Boise State, where he played running back. McNichos was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2017 NFL Draft in the 5th round, 162nd overall.
  • Griffin Canning '14: After leading the Eagle baseball team to their only CIF Championship in 2014, Canning went on to have an illustrious career at UCLA. As a Bruin, Canning was ranked in several categories on NCAA's active career list including second in shutouts (4), fifth in complete games (8), eighth in strikeouts (301), 28th in innings pitched (292.0), and 49th in wins (19). After posting a 7-4 record with a 2.34 ERA in 17 starts for the 2017 season, Canning was selected in the second round with the 47th pick of the 2017 MLB draft by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.  
  • Katie McLaughlin '15: Katie earned a gold medal at the 2015 FINA World Championships as a member of the 800-meter freestyle relay team. Also on that team were Olympic gold medalists Katie Ledecky and Missy Franklin. Katie qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympic Trials in four events (100m Free, 200m Fly, 200IM, and the 100 fly.
  • Grant Shoults '16: Grant earned two gold medals at the 2015 FINA World Junior Championships in Singapore. Shoults claimed gold in the 400 meter freestyle with his time of 3:48.91 and was a part of the junior world record setting 800 meter freestyle relay team that claimed gold. Shoults split 1:48.10 as a part of the 7:13.76 junior world record team. Shoults qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympic Trials in six events (200m Free, 400m Free, 200m Fly, 200IM, and 100m Fly). Shoults would go on to finish 7th place in the 400m Freestyle Final in a time of 3:51.25.