Only one coach in California history has won three state bowl games at three different schools.
After an illustrious career which featured the aforementioned three state bowl championships and nine CIF Southern Section titles, Welch decided to hang up the whistle following the 2013 season. No. 7 on our list of "15 Reasons to Get Excited for the 2014 CIF-SS High School Football Season," Santa Margarita is replacing a legend.
There’s an unwritten rule that goes like this — be the guy after the guy who follows the legend. New Santa Margarita head coach Rick Curtis is aware of this, but the opportunity to lead the Eagles was too good to pass up.
Curtis comes over from Northwood High School in Irvine, where he spent the last 13 years as head coach.
The good news is Santa Margarita returns one of the state’s best quarterback-wide receiver duos in stud signal caller K.J. Costello and Kyle Sweet.
The bad news is, in addition to replacing Welch, the Eagles must try to bounce back from a last place finish in the Trinity League in 2013 which, in the short term, could be even tougher than replacing the legend.