Now in his fifth decade as a high school football head coach, Jeff Brinkley embraces loyalty as enthusiastically as he relishes achievement on the field.
The assertion that the former has increased the latter, particularly during 25-plus seasons at the helm of the Newport Harbor High Sailors, is beyond doubt.
Loyalty will be a prominent theme Saturday night, when friends, former players, and supporters of the program gather to celebrate Brinkley's first 25 seasons as the Sailors' coach.
The bottom line, in this case proceeds generated from tickets priced at $100 per person and $150 per couple, will benefit the Newport Harbor football program. (A Facebook page has been created)
But it is Brinkley's contributions, as the poster advertising the event says "on and off the NHHS gridiron," that have provided the well of memories that will be tapped deep into the evening at the Balboa Pavilion.