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Coach of the Week: Dean Harrington

November 7, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
The cornerstone to the foundation that Bishop Alemany High School football coach Dean Harrington has built his program on is discipline. It's as prevalent as chin straps and helmets."Every year I've been here we've had half as many penalties as our opponents," Harrington says. "That comes back to the discipline part of it. I don't have any jerks on this team. We've tried to weed out the jerks."

Harrington, who has coach at College of the Canyons, Occidental and Hart High School, is enjoying a high: in his fifth year, he's 9-0 for the first time since he arrived.

The success to Harrington's cerebral approach to offense can be seen every Sunday in the NFL.

He coached Raiders quarterback Kyle Bowler and Carolina's Matt Moore.

He taught them what he's now preaching to his young players, that team success takes precedence over individual success.

"A lot of us have been together for four years, so we're really close, we're like a family," said senior wide receiver Shane Drozdowski. "We just all bonded."

What is Harrington most proud of?

"The number of kids, we have 50 more kids in the program playing football here at Alemany," he said. "And the way they conduct themselves on the field."


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