NEWPORT BEACH — The thick blue binders on a shelve inside Coach Jeff Brinkley's office at Newport Harbor High are of last season's schedule. Eleven games in all.
Each game is broken down to an exact football science.
Producing material for 14 games is the objective. The number means the Sailors will have reached the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division championship game.
Brinkley and his staff are back at it again. They are preparing for the upcoming season, to put the Sailors in position to be successful.
This year marks a quarter of a century Brinkley will have coached at Newport Harbor. Only two current head coaches (Los Alamitos' John Barnes and Valencia's Mike Marrujo) in Orange County have been at their respective schools longer.
At age 57, Brinkley said he is not slowing down. Retirement, he has not even thought about it.
"As long as I'm excited about going to practice and getting them ready, I'll be here," said Brinkley, who is looking forward to improving on last season's success: 6-5, 3-2 in the Sunset League and a first-round playoff appearance. "I still enjoy being around the players and coaches.