CORONA DEL MAR — Taped on the wall outside of the Little Theater at Corona del Mar High on Thursday was a poster with the words "Mr. Sea King" and the date "April 6th."
Seven days before the event, CdM welcomed its Mr. Sea King in football.
Dressed in a suit, Scott Meyer introduced himself as the Sea Kings' next head football coach in front of his future players. None knew who he was, only the administrators in the building.
During lunch, players filled the first five rows in the theater; almost 80 in all made it in. They listened to Meyer give some background — where he has coached in high school, mostly in Long Beach, and where he played college football, Arizona.
Meyer then praised the CdM program, the old coaching staff, the players, and he brought up the school's Back Bay rival. His roots are in Long Beach, but Meyer appears to understand how intense the Battle of the Bay is with Newport Harbor.