Troy Thomas resigned as football coach at Servite on Tuesday to become coach at his alma mater, Crespi of Encino.
Thomas coached Servite for eight seasons. The Friars were league champions or co-champions in seven of those seasons, and he won CIF-Southern Section championships in 2009 and ’10. Servite also won a CIF State title in ’09.
Servite was 75-25 during his tenure. The Friars had their only non-playoff, non-league championship season under Thomas last year when they were 3-7 overall and 1-4 in the Trinity League.
Thomas coached at Crespi from 2001 to ’04. The Celts won the CIF-SS Division 10 championship under Thomas in ’04.
Jon Mack resigned as Crespi coach Friday, although that was not publicized until Monday. Thomas was contacted Saturday and quickly accepted the Celts’ offer. His mother lives in the San Fernando Valley.
“I’m going home to my alma mater,” he said Tuesday. “I’m excited about that and about being closer to my mom.”
In 2004, the season before Thomas arrived at Servite, the Friars were 2-8 overall and 0-5 in the Serra League. In ’05, Servite was 10-3 overall and Serra League co-champion with a 4-1 record. Thomas was the Register’s Orange County coach of the year in ’05.
Among Servite’s other accomplishments during Thomas’ tenure were victories over rival Mater Dei in 2009, ’10 and ’11. Servite had not defeated Mater Dei in football since 1988.
Thomas said what he will most miss about Servite is the associations with the athletes.
“The Servite men, that to me is the most special thing about Servite,” Thomas said. “A very close second is the parents. The parents of Servite are unbelievable and they are why the young men of Servite are unbelievable.”
Servite athletic director Alan Clinton said the school as of Tuesday had not set a timeline for hiring a football coach.
Mack reportedly resigned to accept an administrative position at Santa Clara of Oxnard. Crespi was 8-2 overall and 2-2 in the Serra League in 2012, when the Celts did not qualify for the playoffs.
Speculation on the next Servite coach is going to center around these coaches: Ed Drzanek, longtime Servite assistant and an alum there, now the head coach at El Modena; Centennial of Corona coach Matt Logan (a candidate back in 2005, when Thomas got the job); Brian Barnes, recently deposed as Tesoro coach; Frank Mazzotta of La Habra (I spoke with him today; he loves La Habra but would be flattered by interest from Servite); Dusan Ancich, Villa Park head coach. Or maybe it will be a college football assistant, much like Orange Lutheran football and Santa Margarita basketball recently brought in veteran college assistant coaches.
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