Head Football Coach - Rich Fisher
Fisher comes to Santa Margarita Catholic High School from the University of Nebraska, where he has served as a wide receivers coach since 2011. Prior to the University of Nebraska, Fisher was the Head Football Coach at The Rivers School, an independent coeducational preparatory school in Weston Massachusetts from 2008-2011. At Rivers, Fisher led the Red Wings to their first undefeated season since 1915 and the first Independent School League Championship and Bowl appearance in school history.
While at Nebraska, Fisher's receivers set 11 school records and produced an All-Conference wide receiver three out of his four years coaching the group. Two of Fisher's standouts, Quincy Enunwa of the New York Jets and Kenny Bell of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, set numerous individual receiving records. Enunwa broke the school's single season touchdown receiving record held by former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers, while Bell was Nebraska's most prolific wide receiver, holding the school's all-time reception and yardage records. Bell was a three-time All-Big 10 selection while Enunwa was All-Big 10 in 2013.
Fisher served as a wide receivers coach at the University of Idaho from 1999-2001 before taking over as the linebackers coach for the Vandals from 2001-2003. His road to the Division 1 level began as a graduate assistant for Oklahoma State University from 1995-1997 before moving on to his alma mater, the University of Colorado, Boulder where he was a graduate assistant from 1997-1999.
As a student-athlete at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Fisher was a part of the 1990 National Championship team and three consecutive Big-8 Conference Championship teams (1989-1991) as a linebacker. Fisher is involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and Team Jack and Uplifting Athletes, and organization that brings awareness to pediatric brain cancer awareness.
Offensive Line - Joe Kreinsen
Joe Kreinsen came from the University of Massachusetts football program and head coach Mark Whipple's staff in July, 2017 and filled the role of Assistant Director of Operations. In his operations role, Kreinsen facilitated all manner of team administrative function at home and on the road and worked closesly with Director of Operations Paul Gorham and Director of Player Personnel Timothy Silvernail. In March, 2016, Kreinsen was promoted into the role of interim tight ends coach and interim offensive line coach. While working with the offensive line and tight ends in these roles, Kreinsen was responsible for the installation of two offensive schemes and coordinated with the team's academic advisors. In April, 2017, Kreinsen began working with the Sollentua Stars Youth 17 football program in Stockholm, Sweden. In his role, Kreinsen coached the offensive line and served as the team's run game coordinator.
Prior to joining the Minutemen in 2014, Kreinsen was a four-year starter on the Westfield State football team as a member of the offensive line. For his efforts on the field and in the classroom, Kreinsen was awarded New England Football Conference All-Academic Team (2011-13), Westfield State Lineman of the year (2013), New England Football All-Conference (2014), Western Massachusetts College Scholar-Athlete of the Year (2014) and National Football Foundation Honor Society recognition. Following his final season at Westfield State, Kreinsen was lauded with the DeOrmond Tuss McLaughry Award, presented annually to the outstanding college football scholar-athlete in Western Massachusetts. He was only the second Westfield State football player to receive the honor in the history of the Westfield State football program.
Kreinsen graduated from Westfield State University with a bachelor's degree in psychology in 2014. He earned his master's in labor studies at the University of Massachusetts in 2017.
Linebackers - Anthony Rouzier
Anthony Rouzier comes to Santa Margarita Catholic High School from the Hamburg Huskies of the German Football League, where he was the interim Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator in 2017. For the end of the season’s success, Rouzier was promoted and accepted the Head Coaching position. Rouzier was also the Defensive Coordinator for the U17 Hamburg State All-Star team, and worked with a recruiting service that helped European prospects earn Division 1 college scholarships.
Prior to Germany, Rouzier was a graduate assistant at his Alma Mater, the University of Massachusetts. He worked with the Defensive Backs in 2015 and the Linebackers in 2016. Rouzier coached the Outside Linebackers at Winston Salem State University in the spring of 2015. In 2014, Rouzier coached at Amherst Regional High School where he started as the Linebacker’s coach and was promoted to Defensive Coordinator mid-season.
Rouzier played at UConn in 2005, he was the first walk-on true freshman to start in the Division era of the school. He then transferred to UMass as a scholarship athlete, and was a part of two Conference Championships. He earned All-Academic All-Conference honors in 2007 & 2008.
Rouzier married his wife Elwira in 2018. He holds JD and MBA degrees from FIU, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from UMass. He is the co-creator of a children’s book and non-profit that promotes health and wellness.
Defensive Line - Max Onyegbule
Max Onyegbule spent two season on the Nebraska staff (2014 and 2015), where he served as a defensive graduate assistant. In 2015, Onyegbule assisted the husker defense that featured two All-Big Ten Honorees; second-team All-Big Ten selection Maliek Collins and All-Big Ten Honorable mention selection Vincent Valentine. In 2014, Onyegbule assisted a Nebraska defensive line that featured first-team All-Big Ten selection Randy Gregory and second-team all-conference pick Maliek Collins at defensive tackle. The play of the defensive line helped the Blackshirts rank among the national leaders in pass efficiency defense, opponent pass completion percentage and third-down defense. Onyegbule spent the 2013 season as a defensive graduate assistant at Kansas, his alma mater. Onyegbule earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Kansas in December of 2010. He is currently working on his master's in Education Administration. He and his Wife Charity were married in May 2015. While playing Defensive End for the Kansas, the Jayhawks enjoyed great success during Onyegbule’s career, including a 12-1 record in 2007, when the Jayhawks earned a BCS Orange Bowl victory over Virginia Tech finishing with a No. 7 final national ranking. After Onyegbule’s college career, he signed with the New Orleans Saints as a free Agent spending training camp with them. He also spent one season in the Canadian Football League with the Calgary Stampeeders. Combined years of college coaching – 3 years Bowls played/won – 2008 BCS Orange Bowl Champions and 2008 Insight Bowl Champion Years played in the NFL/CFL – 1 year NFL Draft picks coached – 4 (Randy Gregory, 2nd Round pick to the Dallas Cowboys, Ben Heeney, 5th Round Pick to the Radiers, Maliek Collins, 2016 Draft Prospect, Vincent Valentine, 2016 Draft Prospect)
Strength & Conditioning/Army Ranger - Mike Axe
Axe Grew up in the small farm town of Sequim, Washington State. Earned a Military Scholarship to attend The Citadel, in Charleston, South Carolina. Graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor's in Political Science and was commissioned an Officer in the U.S. Army. Attended the Officer Leadership Course. He was one of 8 officers of 33 in his Ranger Indoctrination Program (R.I.P.) to earn a slot to attend the elite U.S. Army Airborne Ranger School. He was one of 2 of the original 9 to graduate. As a U.S. Army Ranger he led as many as 120 elite soldiers. He was promotable to the rank of Captain after 4 years of service and earned the Army Achievement and Army Commendation Medals for his service.
Special Teams Coordinator - John Byszewski
John Byszewski begins his 17th year at Santa Margarita this season. Coach Byszewski is a member of Santa Margarita’s Charter Class of 1991. He played football for Saddleback College winning a National Championship and went on to earn a football scholarship to Western State College in Colorado where he played Center for their football team and finished with a business degree. After college, John returned to SM to coach, starting with freshman and eventually coaching all levels and defensive positions. Coach Byszewski also works in the Athletic Department at Santa Margarita which keeps him involved with all of SM’s student athletes. John and his wife, Becky, have three children, John (15), Jane (13) and Ben (9) and live in Mission Viejo
Cornerbacks - Corey Overton
Coach Overton is a graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. At St. Ambrose, Coach Overton played cornerback played a key role in the nation’s #2 pass defense where he was named First Team All- Conference and an NAIA All-American game participant. Furthermore, at St. Ambrose, Coach Overton was part of an undefeated regular season (2006) team later to be ranked #3 in the nation. Additionally, Corey holds the position of Assistant Principal, Students Services at St. Junipero Serra Catholic in Rancho Santa Margarita. A native of Davenport, Iowa, Overton received his undergraduate degrees in Kinesiology in 2008 and Physical Education Teaching in 2010 from St. Ambrose University. In addition, Overton recently received his graduate degree in education from Loyola Marymount in 2016.
Safties - Omar Brown
University of North Carolina 1993-1998; NFL Atlanta Falcons 1998-2000
XFL Orlando Rage 2001
Assistant varsity football Coach Aliso Niguel High School 2005-2007
Assistant football coach Freshman Defensive Coordinator Dana Hills HS 2009-2011
Running Backs - Markell Pete
Markell Pete is entering his first season with Santa Margarita Football program on the offensive side of the ball with the Running Backs. Coach Pete worked at Dickinson State University (Dickinson, ND) as the Running Backs Coach and transfer recruiter from 2012-2015 seasons. During his time at Dickinson State he coached two All-Conference performers (First and Second Team) combining over 2,000 yards with 19 Touchdowns and over 300 carries. His recruiting areas were: California, Florida, Texas, Junior Colleges, Utah and the Pacific Islands. Contributing to Dickinson State’s Back to Back conference titles 2015 & 2016 seasons, recruiting “North Star Defensive Player of The Year.” First Team All-American Noey Tauave from American River Junior College. Pete spent 2015 season at Georgia Prep Sports Academy as the Co-Offensive Coordinator Quarterbacks Coach, placing Taiyon Devers to the University of Minnesota as an Outside Linebacker. After his coaching tenure at Georgia Prep, Pete was brought on to be the Recruiting Assistant-Pro Liaison at the University Of North Dakota in 2016, during his time there he was able to work closely with Two All-American Running Backs and being a part of an historical season nearly 2,000 yards rushing combined. “2016 Big Sky Champions.” First round playoff bye and #7 overall seed. Daily assisting with Scouts/NFL personnel, Punt and Kick Returners. Coach Pete is an Inland Empire native.
|2017 Boys Varsity Football Schedule (7 - 4 | 3 - 2)|
|0||FRIDAY||AUGUST 25||DOWNEY||AWAY||7:00PM||W 56-0|
|1||FRIDAY||SEPTEMBER 1||LOYOLA||AWAY||7:00PM||W 35-0|
|2||THURSDAY||SEPTEMBER 7||BISHOP ALEMANY||LHHS||7:00PM||W 61-7|
|3||THURSDAY||SEPTEMBER 14||MAYFAIR** HC||LHHS||7:00PM||W 49-3|
|4||FRIDAY||SEPTEMBER 22||MISSION VIEJO||THHS||7:00PM||L 28-23|
|6||FRIDAY||OCTOBER 6||MATER DEI||LHHS||7:00PM||L 70-35|
|7||FRIDAY||OCTOBER 13||SERVITE||AWAY||7:00PM||W 51-28|
|8||FRIDAY||OCTOBER 20||BOSCO||AWAY||7:00PM||L 40-38|
|9||FRIDAY||OCTOBER 27||JSERRA||AWAY||7:00PM||W 36-35|
|NOVEMBER 3 |
CIF RD. 1 VS. MURRIETA VALLEY
|W 38-31 |
|2017 Boys Junior Varsity Football Schedule (7 - 3 | 3 - 2)|
|0||THURSDAY||AUGUST 24||DOWNEY||HOME||3:15PM||W 42-0|
|1||THURSDAY||AUGUST 31||LOYOLA||HOME||4:00PM||W 33-14|
|2||WEDNESDAY||SEPTEMBER 6||BISHOP ALEMANY||AWAY||3:15PM||L 8-0|
|3||FRIDAY||SEPTEMBER 15||MAYFAIR||AWAY||3:15PM||W 41-7|
|4||THURSDAY||SEPTEMBER 21||MISSION VIEJO||AWAY||3:15PM||W 23-17|
|6||THURSDAY||OCTOBER 5||MATER DEI||AWAY||3:15PM||L 38-0|
|7||THURSDAY||OCTOBER 12||SERVITE||HOME||3:15PM||W 38-0|
|8||THURSDAY||OCTOBER 19||BOSCO||HOME||3:15PM||W 28-10|
|9||THURSDAY||OCTOBER 26||JSERRA||HOME||3:15PM||W 62-21|
|10 ||THURSDAY||NOVEMBER 2||OLU||AWAY||3:15PM||L 42-28|
|2017 Boys Freshman Blue Football Schedule (5 - 4 - 1 | 2 - 2 - 1)|
|0||THURSDAY||AUGUST 24||DOWNEY||AWAY||3:15PM||W 28-7|
|1||THURSDAY||AUGUST 31||LOYOLA||AWAY||4:30PM||L 27-21|
|2||THURSDAY||SEPTEMBER 7||BISHOP ALEMANY||HOME||3:15PM||W 48-35|
|3||THURSDAY||SEPTEMBER 14||MAYFAIR||HOME||3:15PM||W 59-6|
|4||THURSDAY||SEPTEMBER 21||MISSION VIEJO||HOME||3:15PM||L 44-7|
|6||THURSDAY||OCTOBER 5||MATER DEI||HOME||3:15PM||T 35-35|
|7||THURSDAY||OCTOBER 12||SERVITE||AWAY||3:15PM||W 42-14|
|8||THURSDAY||OCTOBER 19||BOSCO||AWAY||3:15PM||L 42-7|
|9||THURSDAY||OCTOBER 26||JSERRA||AWAY||3:15PM||L 27-24|
|10||THURSDAY||NOVEMBER 2||OLU||HOME||3:15PM||W 21-17|
- 2012 | Max Tuerk | US Army All-American
- 2016 | KJ Costello & Dylan Crawford | US Army All-American
- 2017 | Brett Neilon | US Army All-American
- 2017 | Grant Calcaterra | US Under Armour All-American
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