Those who are close to Coach Jeff Brinkley know he isn't much of a party guy.
Yet, he is having a big bash on Sept. 17, the day after his Newport Harbor High football team plays its second game of the year.
The Sailors are going to celebrate the man behind the program for the past 25 years. Brinkley calls the event at the Balboa Pavilion more of a fundraising one for his program.
"Hopefully, there [are] some heavy hitters [coming]," Brinkley said with a laugh.
Every player who has played for Brinkley or coached under him is invited. In Brinkley's eyes, his players and assistants are why he is still around.
This year marks his 26th at Newport Harbor. On this level, he has accomplished almost everything a coach can.
He's won 208 games at Newport Harbor. Only seven other coaches in Orange County are in the 200-win club.