Fryer: Jimmy Nolan Takes On Costa Mesa Football Challenge, But For How Long?

Jimmy Nolan resigned as head coach of Fountain Valley’s football team in December to spend more time with his family and on his business.

Alas, Nolan changes his mind like a housefly changes directions.

This week Nolan accepted the head coaching position at Costa Mesa.

Nolan, 45 and a married father of four, said he likes challenges.

He is getting a super-sized one at Costa Mesa.

In the 2018 season Costa Mesa finished 0-10. The Mustangs’ average margin of defeat was 46 points.

“Any time I’m not coaching,” Nolan said, “I’m looking for that perfect ‘impossible-to-win’ scenario because that fires me up.”

The toughest high school athletes in Orange County are not always the stars of championship teams. The toughest ones are the kids who on the final week of the season, when the team long has been eliminated from playoff contention, go to practice and deliver 100 percent effort. Those are the highest-character athletes around.

Nolan, whose “Speed Kills” agility and speed training program continues to grow, usually succeeds with those types of kids. He can relate to them, having been a skinny and overachieving safety and special teams standout on Mater Dei’s 1991 CIF-SS championship team.

Costa Mesa isn’t like Santa Margarita where the new football coach, Brent Vieselmeyer, won state championships in Colorado and has college and NFL coaching experience. Nolan just might be the right fit at Costa Mesa.

Nolan has been an outstanding motivator and conditioning guru wherever he’s been. And he’s been at a lot of places … which raises a flag. Maybe not a red one, but at least a yellow caution flag at half mast.

He coached at Fountain Valley for three seasons, 2016-18. Before that Nolan was the head coach at Lakewood, 2014-15. When he was hired at Carson he described it as “definitely a dream job” but was there for only the 2012 season.

Nolan’s sudden lane changes go back further. He was the head coach at Centennial of Compton for the 2010 and ’11 seasons. And he was the head coach at Laguna Beach for three years, 2004-06, after spending the 2002 and ’03 seasons as head coach at Montebello’s Cantwell Sacred Heart.

“Maybe we won’t win every game,” Nolan said. “But win or lose, when the kids are selling out and giving everything they’ve got, that’s what floats my boat.”

One must wonder how long Nolan will stay on board the Costa Mesa boat.

Taking a look around Orange County high school sports:

• Private schools won eight of the 10 CIF-SS boys basketball championships and six of the 10 CIF-SS girls basketball championships. The makeup of the CIF-SS is 67 percent public schools, 33 percent private schools.

• Of the 24 boys and girls basketball teams that made it to the CIF Southern California Regional finals, 16 were public schools and eight were private schools.

• All of the CIF State basketball championship games Friday and Saturday at Sacramento will be televised live by Spectram SportsNet or Spectrum News 1. Check your local listings, as they say, for specific channel information, but keep in mind that you must be a Spectrum customer to get those channels.

• Rosary, the only Orange County basketball team that advanced to the state finals, plays Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland in the Division 1 girls game Friday at 6 p.m.

• The recent frequent and heavy rains have played havoc with all outdoor sports, especially with the more precipitation-sensitive ones like baseball and softball.

“Whenever we get a break in the weather,” said Cypress baseball coach John Weber, whose team is ranked No. 1 in Orange County, “we get outside and play catch. Our batting cages are covered, but there’s been so much rain that it gets in there so we’ve rented Xcel (indoor batting and practice facility in Los Alamitos) twice for 90 minutes or two hours.”

• JSerra’s baseball field is an entirely artificial turf surface, so many non-JSerra games have been played there. County coaches have praised JSerra coach Brett Kay’s generosity.

“We played Huntington Beach there in our last fall ball game before the season started,” Weber said, “and Brett’s there at 6 a.m. getting the place ready for us.”

• We will see fewer games called because of darkness after daylight savings time takes effect Sunday morning.

• CIF-SS assistant commissioner Glenn Martinez died Friday of cancer at age 63. He was in charge of the section’s management of several sports including football. Martinez, a CIF championship-winning baseball coach at Bishop Amat before going to the CIF-SS office, was a kind man whose love for his job was most evident from his big smile at a big game.

• Corona del Mar quarterback Ethan Garbers (6-2, 195) committed this week to Washington. He was Sunset League offensive player of the year in 2018.

His brother Chase Garbers was Cal’s leader in passing yardage and passing touchdowns this past fall as a redshirt freshman.

• The Orange County Athletic Directors Association last week had its “Athletes of Character” awards dinner at Anaheim Convention Center. The event recognized student-athletes who exhibit  leadership and community involvement. The list of honorees can be found on OCVarsity pages of ocregister.com.

• Gum Majak was not a Crean Lutheran honoree at the aforementioned event, but the senior basketball player certainly was considered. Majak was unable to play for most of the season because his athletic eligibility expired in December (he is not the only foreign-born player to experience that).

After his playing days ended, Majak still was on the bench cheering on his teammates every game for the rest of the season.

• The National Football Foundation’s Orange County Chapter has its Scholar-Athlete Dinner on Monday at Great Wolf Lodge in Garden Grove. Honorees must be all-league first team while maintaining a minimum grade-point average of 3.5.

• CIF State executive director Roger Blake will step down from the position at the end of the school year. Blake, 65, has been the CIF’s top administrator since 2012. CIF-Southern Section commissioner Rob Wigod stated he will not apply to become Blake’s replacement.

Source : https://www.ocregister.com/2019/03/06/fryer-jimmy-nolan-takes-on-costa-mesa-football-challenge-but-for-how-long/

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