They finally were able to put on the pads Monday.
Having spent several weeks during the summer in non-contact combat, the Breakers were ready to do some hitting. Two-a-day practices got underway earlier this week for the Laguna Beach High football team, sessions that will eventual tail off to one-a-days leading up to a Sept. 9 season opener. The Breakers will sport a new look in a few facets of their game in 2011, and it starts at the top.
Mike Churchill is at the reigns of the program for the first time, taking over for Jonathan Todd, who stepped down in December.
Churchill has been a head coach at 11 schools, "most notably," he said, at Riverside Poly, Redlands and Clovis West. His Poly teams won back-to-back CIF championship in 1983-84. In 20 years as a head football coach, his teams won eight league championships, made the playoffs 13 times and both his CIF-champion Poly teams were named "mythical" State champion. Churchill was named CIF Eastern Conference ('83) and CIF Big-5 Conference ('84) Coach of the Year.