A.G. Longoria's curiosity was piqued on his morning commute more than a decade ago.
Driving on the 73 toll road to his job as professional tennis coach at Mission Viejo Country Club, Longoria couldn't help but notice the mounds of dirt off to the side in Newport Coast. Then he received a phone call from Ken Stuart, who owns the Palisades Tennis Club and was on the athletic committee for this new campus.
"I read this article in the Daily Pilot about this incredible school they were going to build," Longoria said. "I didn't even know the name of it. But [Stuart] calls me one night right after I'd finished teaching and he says, 'Do you know anybody who would be interested in being the tennis coach at this private school?' "
Longoria asked the name of the school and was told it was Sage Hill School, on Newport Coast Drive. He instantly made the connection to the construction site he passed every day, and he had just the person in mind for the position.