Today I’m going to tackle a question we’ve answered the last couple of years.
What first-year head coach will enjoy the most success?
Ben was very proud of himself when he selected Fremont’s Isamu Falevai two years ago and the Tigers went on to win the Silver Bowl. Last year, Ben went with Berkeley’s Fred Sims. The Yellowjackets finished second in the ACCAL and won their first round NCS Division I playoff game over James Logan. I picked Arroyo’s James Barnes and the Dons finished tied for second in the HAAL, earning a big win over San Leandro, and finished 6-5 after losing in the first round of the NCS Div. II playoffs. Overall, not bad choices for either of us.
Among this year’s new head coaches are Hayward’s Justin Redemer, Alameda’s Kemp Moyer, Piedmont’s Kevin Anderson, Albany’s John Trotman Jr., Dublin’s John Wade, Miramonte’s Jack Schram, Kennedy-Fremont’s Damian Mackey and American’s Bret Casey.
Among those, Redemer takes over a program that has had solid levels of success over the years, Moyer is established at Alameda and the Hornets have been to the playoffs two straight years and Wade is a long-time solid coach. Trotman was a successful assistant at San Leandro and should bring energy to Albany as well. None of those are my pick though.
I have to go with Miramonte’s Jack Schram. The former Encinal head coach was an assistant for awhile at Miramonte and will bring the same schemes to this year’s squad. The Matadors had a very solid season last year, going 11-2 with a loss to eventual champion Cardinal Newman in the semifinals. Plus, Miramonte welcomes back versatile star QB Ross Anderson. He gives any first year coach a HUGE advantage and make Schram my pick for the first-year coach to enjoy the most success.
Good choice for Jimmy there. Inheriting a quarterback like Anderson is a leg up for any coach.
Well, I think the expectation might be that I would take Wade here, and truthfully, I do think he’s going to take the Gaels to serious improvement this year. Maybe not a DFAL title, but improvement.
Actually, I’m going to stay in the same league I went to on this question last year. I’m picking Kemp Moyer at Alameda. Does the school on the other side of the Island have a good amount of talent? Yes. Is beating Pinole and Berkeley and maybe even El Cerrito a tough task to get back to the top of the ACCAL? Yes. I realize all that.
But where is one of the toughest places to go get a win in the East Bay? That’s right, Thompson Field. Two of the Hornets’ biggest games of the year, Pinole Valley and El Cerrito, are on the Island this year. Also, they get Northgate and San Lorenzo at home. Not games you would necessarily rule out as potential wins. And, if Alameda wins the games you would expect and maybe pulls an upset or two in a home game, well then the Hornets are back in the playoffs. Then, it’s all bets off because once you’re in the dance, anything can happen.
I dunno, maybe it’s because I had success with Berkeley last year on this question, but I think Moyer’s been around for a while and I think he’s in a position to do some good things.