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High School Football: A new day for Laguna Beach

Breakers have new coach, Brown, and new starters for program that won 21 games the past two years.

August 08, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
(Don Leach / Coastline…)

The Laguna Beach High football program might have a new identity in 2013, but the Breakers have been working hard to continue to recent trajectory the program has experienced.

The new season ushers in the start of the head coaching era for Corey Brown, who takes over for Mike Churchill, who guided the program the past two years. Brown is no stranger to the varsity program as he served as an assistant to Churchill in the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

Brown also was the head coach for the past three years of Laguna's frosh/soph team. His final team went 7-3 overall and shared the Orange Coast League title last fall.

He steps into the role of varsity head coach and takes over a team that last year won the OCL title outright.

He also inherits a squad he is quite familiar with.

"My overall feelings for this year's team is excitement and motivation," said Brown, who also is the Breakers' offensive coordinator and will coach the defensive line. "I have coached this year's senior group for four years of football. Some of these young men have only had me as a head coach while playing football. I'm very focused and determined to improve each player in order to meet our overall team goal.

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"I love the opportunity to represent these young men as their head coach and also represent our beautiful school and community. I look forward to a competitive and successful season."

The last two football seasons have seen Laguna win 21 games, the best two-year win total in the 79-year history of Laguna football. The 2012 Breakers set the program standard for victories (11) in a single season.

Laguna has reached the CIF Southern Section Southern Division semifinals the past two years.

Gone from last year's record-setting team are several all-league and All-CIF players including 2011 and 2012 team MVP, Orange Coast League MPV, and the program's all-time career rusher and career scoring leader, Drake Martinez who has moved on to play at Nebraska.

Lost, too, to graduation are the Orange Coast League's 2012 Defensive Player of the Year Blake Hester, Lineman of the Year Spencer Anderson, Special Teams Player of the Year Robbie McInerny, and five all-league players: Robert Clemons, Larry Stewart, Adam Farsheed and Joe Casey.

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