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Meyer finds comfort zone at CdM

New coach settles in with Sea Kings trying to build off recent success.

September 01, 2011|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza, david.carrillo@latimes.com
(Daily Pilot File…)

Scott Meyer can see himself making a move into the Corona del Mar area. He spends most of his time here already, more so than in Long Beach, where he lives.

He is a social studies teacher at CdM High and the head football coach at the school.

"Here early, before the sun's up," Meyer said when asked what time he arrives on campus during the work week. "Leave when the sun's long gone."

The long days started five months ago, when Meyer took over the Sea Kings' football program and began teaching. What he has learned in less than half a year is that he really likes it here.

What is there not to like? The weather is ideal. The public school is one of the best in the country. The football team is coming off its first outright league title won since 1988.

There is a lot of success at CdM.

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At 46, Meyer never envisioned his second stint as a head coach would be at CdM. He stepped away from the head coaching ranks after six years at Long Beach Jordan in 2009 to spend more time with his three kids.

The following school year, the oldest kid, Nick, entered his freshman year at Long Beach Wilson.

Meyer took a position as an assistant coach at the school, his alma mater, to be there for Nick, who came out for football. The two enjoyed two varsity games together after Nick moved up late in the season.

Three months after the Bruins' season ended, a job opened 21 miles away in Orange County. Meyer had been down this road before. The previous year he applied for the head coaching position at Trabuco Hills, only to come up short.

"I was disappointed," Meyer said. "I hear people say things work out for a reason and it [did]. I'm pretty happy that it worked out this way."

Before Meyer landed in CdM, he pulled Nick aside. Telling your son that you won't coach him again in high school is no easy job.

"I had a good talk with him," Meyer said. "He understands what a great opportunity it was for me as far as a long-term career."

Meyer plans to be in charge of the Sea Kings longer than the coach he replaced.

The new coach knows the old coach, Jason Hitchens, who resigned after three seasons. Both teach in the same department.

They ran into each other often in the spring and talked.

"He was really helpful," Meyer said. "He's been great."

Under Hitchens, the Sea Kings played great in two of his three years at the helm.

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