Meyer now 'Mr. Sea King' of football

Corona del Mar introduces former Long Beach Jordan head man Scott Meyer as its new football coach.

March 31, 2011|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza,
  • Scott Meyer, right, the new football coach at Corona del Mar High School, greets player Max Priestley after a news conference at the school on Thursday.
Scott Meyer, right, the new football coach at Corona del… (KENT TREPTOW, Daily…)

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.


"On my way over here, I had a little extra time," Meyer said to the players. "I drove across the bay, and I cruised in my little car right by Newport Harbor High. I looked out my window and nodded to myself and said, '[In] 174 days, they're going to get 48 minutes of flurry and the stingiest defense. That gap [between CdM and Newport Harbor] has narrowed.'

"I watched the [CdM] game against [the Sailors last season online] on iBN [Sports], the announcers talking about how historically Newport Harbor has dominated [the rivalry]. That is over. Put that in your mind. That stuff is over. We're going to get after those guys."

On his first day as coach, the 46-year-old Meyer fired up some hungry teenagers. And they were hungry all right, and Meyer said he did not want to take away too much of their lunchtime.

He took some questions from the players before leading the team break.

"Loud and proud now. Loud and proud," Meyer said as the players gathered. "Champions on three. Champions on three."

The coach and the players erupted together with, "One! Two! Three! Champions!"

The Sea Kings have come close in two of the last three years of playing for a CIF Southern Section Southern Division title, most recently this past December.

Under its former coach, Jason Hitchens, who stepped down in January to spend more time with his family, CdM reached the semifinals twice. Hitchens, who posted a 24-11-1 overall record and two 10-win seasons in three years, fell short of getting CdM to the title game each time.

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