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CdM Position-by-Position: Collins' return helps Sea Kings

High School Football

Offensive line coach is back with Sea Kings after working in Kuwait as U.S. Army medic.

August 28, 2013|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
(KEVIN CHANG / Daily…)

The Corona del Mar High football coaching staff has been through a lot, a lot of success in its first two years together.

In such a short period of time, the staff has led the Sea Kings to consecutive CIF Southern Section Southern Division titles and 12-2 seasons, and one 5-0 season in the Pacific Coast League, the first undefeated league championship campaign in the program's history.

The staff, which lost only one assistant from last year, enters its third season at CdM and it isn't breaking up any time soon. The man in charge, Scott Meyer, knows there's going to be a time when he loses his top two assistants.

As of now, Kevin Hettig and Dan O'Shea tell Meyer that they're happy with their roles as offensive and defensive coordinators and they don't want to be head coaches. The two men make the afternoon commute from their teaching jobs at Trabuco Hills High in Mission Viejo to CdM on a daily basis to help lead the Sea Kings.

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"They spend a lot of time here," said Meyer, who considers Hettig and O'Shea to be two of the top coordinators in Orange County.

One former assistant, Kyle Collins, rejoined CdM this year.

Meyer said Collins served nine months in Kuwait as a medic with the United States Army. While away last season, Collins followed the Sea Kings, even their section title game against Garden Grove at Angel Stadium.

"I think it was 3 in the morning when the game was on there, and he was sitting in the bunker with some buddies over there and he watched it on the Internet," Meyer said. "He stayed up all night. He was logged on to our software program, so he watched all of our games on our software and tried to stay involved that way. I think it probably just gave him a little bit of a break from the work over in Kuwait.

"We got up on [Garden Grove] early. I think he did [watch the whole game], though."

Collins will get to follow the action in person. He's helping the offensive line this year.

The line will be tested during the Sea Kings' tough nonleague schedule. Each of their five opponents finished .500 or better, with El Toro, Newport Harbor and Capistrano Valley making the playoffs in their respective divisions.

The Sea Kings' setbacks last year came in consecutive weeks at Newport Harbor and at Capistrano Valley. One of the team's goals, besides repeating as league and section champions, is beating Newport Harbor in the annual Battle of the Bay rivalry game.

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