East County Sports

Helix history starts with coaching elite

SAN DIEGO – The readers of East County Sports often
ask how we obtain our historical information. Much is
from our own records, including archives on our own
website, but there are other sources.
The main source of both sports data and interesting
stories from the past are courtesy of Rick Smith, a
former high school sports writer for the old Evening
Tribune newspaper. Smith currently operates the San
Diego Prep Sports History website, found at:
Smith’s current lead story lists the top football coaches
in county history (since 1898; the CIF-San Diego Section
was not formed until 1960) by winning percentage.
Among the top 15 coaches, an unbelievable four have
spent most or all of their head coaching careers at
Helix High School.
Included is the all-time leader (by percentage) in
Gordon Wood, who captured 85.6percent of his ballgames
(46-6-0 record) over his four seasons guiding the
Highlanders.
Other Scotties mentors on the list include: current
coach Robbie Ownes at No. 5 (42-11-2, .782); No. 9 Troy
Starr(91-31-1, .744), who now leads the program at Mount
Miguel; and No. 14 Jim Arnaiz (213-77-11, .726 over 26
campaigns).
The other East County coach on the Top 20 list is Joel
Allen, who just resigned following 11 years at The
Bishop’s School. The former Christian high quarterback
posted a .739 win percentage (100-35-1) in 11 seasons
with the Knights.
Others close are No. 22 Matt Oliver, Christian (
172-73-3, .700); and No. 25 Paul Wargo, Granite Hills
(72-31-2, .692).
Please check out Smith’s website for further information,
featuring football, baseball and track (a section on
basketball is in development).
— San Diego County all-time football coach leaders by 
winning percentage:
NAME            SCHOOL      YEARS    W- L-T   PCT
Gordon Wood     Helix           4   46- 6     884

Chet Devore     Chula Vista     5   44- 7-1  .856

Duane Maley     San Diego      12   97-19-3  .828

Hobbs Adams     San Diego       6   42-11-2  .782

Robbie Owens    Helix           4   42-12    .778

John Carroll    Oceanside      26  248-75-6  .763

Birt Slater     Kearny         18  134-41-9  .753

George Ohnosorgen Chula Vista  12  103-33-7  .7447

Troy Starr      Helix,MtMiguel 10   91-31-1  .7439

Dick Huddleston La Jolla        8   70-24-1  .742

Rick Jackson    Madison        16  141-49-1  .741

Joel Allen      The Bishop’s   11  100-35-1  .739

Jeff Hutzler    LJ Country Day 12  101-37    .732

Jim Arnaiz      Helix          26  213-77-11 .726

Glenn Forsythe  Ramona          8   50-19    .725
— San Diego County all-time football coach leaders by 
total victories:
NAME            YEARS             W-  L-T  PCT

Rob Gilster     1989-2019 (31)  230-129-5 .639

Ron Hamamoto    1985-2019 (34)  228-159-4 .588

Sean Doyle      1996-2019 (24)  204-94    .685

*Matt Oliver    1999-2019 (20)  172-73-3  .700

Chris Hauser    2000-2019 (20)  168-74-2  .693

Mike Hastings   1998-2019 (22)  148-105   .584

Rick Jackson    2004-2019 (16)  141-49-1  .741

Tom Karlo       2 schools (15)  108-65-2  .623

Joel Allen      2009-2019 (11)  100-35-1  .739

Damon Baldwin   2005-2019 (15)  100-69-1  .591
*Coaches 20 seasons over a 21-year period.

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