East County Sports

Football coaches racing to 100 wins

Mount Miguel head coach Troy Starr.



By Nick Pellegrino
ECS staff writer

EL CAJON — Following the Week 4 losses by Mount Miguel and El Capitan high schools, the inevitable milestone to achieve 100 career coaching victories has been pushed back just a touch for Matadors head coach Troy Starr and Vaqueros head coach Ron Burner.

Both mentors are on the precipice of reaching 100 career victories in CIF-San Diego Section ballgames, both on the doorstep of this major accomplishment.

Although Starr owns a career total of well over 200 wins (238) following his work at Woodland Hills-Taft, his total locally stands at 99 following his initial 83 wins at Helix, plus 16 more at his current post.

Burner, who started his career at El Cap in 2005 and is now in his 18th season at the Helm of the Vaqueros, stands at 98.

They just hope neither or both need to wait for Week 8 when the ballclubs face off at Matador Stadium.

The most recent East County coach to reach the 100 milestones is Tom Karlo, who finished at 103 following stops at Mount Miguel and Grossmont.

There is also Joel Allen, the former Christian High quarterback, who captured 100 wins in 10 seasons at The Bishop’s before moving on to Point Loma to coach his son.

Jim Arnaiz

Among active coaches, Monte Vista’s Ron Hamamoto comes out of his club’s bye week at 233 wins, but only 55 have come with the Monarchs.

There is also Damon Baldwin at Ramona with 116,

The all-time Grossmont Conference leader is Jim Arnaiz of Helix at 292, followed by Matt Oliver of Christian with 172 despite skipping one season to allow former Oakland Raiders quarterback Jay Schroeder to coach his son, Brian Schroeder, who is the director of athletics at San Diego Christian College.

Jack Mashin

Of course, the first coach over the century mark came prior to the creation of the San Diego Section. Grossmont’s Jack Mashin captured 124 contests from  1923-47.



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