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Peñaloza: Meyer leads the way

High Schools

December 13, 2013|By David Carrillo Peñaloza
  • Corona del Mar High Coach Scott Meyer, left, standing next to Principal Kathy Scott, has led the Sea Kings to a 38-4 overall record and 14-1 in league, claiming two league titles and three CIF section titles in his three years.
Corona del Mar High Coach Scott Meyer, left, standing… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

The first coaches meeting for Scott Meyer at Corona del Mar High is one he will never forget.

The meeting came 2 1/2 years ago, right after the school hired Meyer as the head football coach. He had seen all the CIF Southern Section championship banners covering the walls in the gym. The time had come to meet many of those coaches responsible for the banners.

"I looked around and I think every single coach in that room had won at least one CIF title, a lot of them more, some state championships," Meyer says. "I knew the expectations were high, which was great [because] you want to be at a school that wants to be successful. It wasn't so much intimidating, but I knew I was at a school that had a lot of success.

"I kind of looked around the room again, and said, 'I hope we do well.'"

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Meyer has done pretty well during his three years at the helm of the Sea Kings. He has led the program to an unprecedented three straight CIF Southern Section football titles, all in the Southern Division.

The Sea Kings can add a couple more CIF championship banners under Meyer this month.

The Sea Kings make their debut in the CIF State Southern California Regional Division III Bowl Game on Saturday at Orange Coast College at 7:30 p.m. If the Sea Kings (14-0) defeat Nordhoff (13-1), they're the Southern California Regional champions and earn a shot to play in the CIF State Division III Bowl Game at the StubHub Center in Carson on Dec. 21.

The success has come fast for Meyer, 49, who in his first stint as a head coach never led Long Beach Jordan to a playoff win during his six years.

Meyer arrived at CdM at an ideal time, taking over a program that was on the cusp of winning a section crown. The Sea Kings reached the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Southern Division playoffs twice during Jason Hitchens' three years in charge.

In Meyer's debut season with CdM, the Sea Kings broke through. After Meyer led the program to its first section title since 1989, he thanked the man he replaced.

"[He] really changed the culture and kind of got the ball rolling here," Meyer says of Hitchens, who brought a serious brand of football to CdM.

A couple members of Hitchens' staff joined Meyer in his first year. One remained with Meyer.

Dennis Wilbanks, an offensive line coach, is the one. He helped an outsider like Meyer, who's from Long Beach, transition into the job.

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