Coaches

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ED CROSON - HEAD COACH
Ed CrosonEd Croson is in his second stint as the head coach at Chaminade College Prep. Croson previously served as Athletic Director (`93-`98) and Head Football Coach (`98 & `99), returning to Chaminade after spending nine years at Birmingham High School. His career at Chaminade started in 1989 after coaching at Southern Utah State University, L.A. Pierce College, Notre Dame High School and St. Genevieve High School. In 2009 Croson took over a Chaminade program that had only won two games the previous year. In the eight years since his return, the Eagles played in the C.I.F quarterfinals in`09 (7-5-0), the semifinals in `10 (11-3-0), and the semifinals in `11 (10-3-0). Chaminade won the Mission League title and reached the C.I.F. Finals in 2012 (12-2-0). They won the C.I.F & California State Titles (14-2-0) in 2013. Recently the Eagles have progressed to the C.I.F. Div 1 playoffs in `15 and the (Div 1) quarterfinals in 2016 after beating Long Beach Poly in round 1. The Eagles have been ranked in the top 10 by the Daily News every week since September of `09. Their final ranking in the poll was #1 in 2012, #1 in 2013, and #2 in 2016. The program has won 74 games in the past eight years. Croson was named 2013 California State High School Coach of the Year by Cal-Hi Sports.

In 2000, Croson took over a Birmingham program that was a combined 3-17 from 1998-99 and had not captured a league title since 1969. The Patriots won their league in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006, and 2007. They won the Los Angeles CIF City title in `02, '04, '06 and '07, finishing the 2007 season in the USA Today Top 20 national rankings and ranked #1 in Southern California by the L.A. Times and Daily News. In the back to back City Championship years of '06 & '07 Birmingham outscored their playoff opponents by a combined score of 336 - 39. Croson was inducted into the Birmingham High School Hall of Fame in 2012. Croson and his staff have been selected High School Coach of the Year by the L.A. Times (2000), Daily News (`02,`04,`13), L.A. City Section (`01, `04, `06, `07) and the Valley Youth Conference (`03). In 2007 they won the Schutt Sports U.S.A High School Coach of the Year for the western region. Croson has been Head Coach for the East vs West High School All-Stars (`96, `01, `08) and assistant coach for the California vs Florida All Stars (`04). He spent the summer of `09 in Canton, Ohio, and the winter of 2014 in Dallas, Texas coaching team U.S.A. to the gold medal in the I.F.A.F. (19 & under) Jr World Championships. Coach Croson lives with his wife Michele in Woodland Hills. They have 2 adult children, Morey and Kelsey.
 
ARON GIDEON - ASSISTANT HEAD COACH
Aron GideonAron Gideon is currently the Assistant Head Varsity Football Coach, Special Teams Coordinator, and a Defensive Line Coach. He began coaching for Ed Croson in 2009 and was Special Teams Coordinator and Tight Ends coach for Chaminade during the 2013 season, when they beat Serra for the school's first CIF Championship and went on to win the first State Championship in school history. Coach Gideon has also served as Chaminade's Varsity Running Backs Coach and Offensive Line Coach. Eleven of his high school players have been offered Division I scholarships over the years and two have gone on to play in the NFL.
 
While attending Bishop Amat High School in La Puente, Gideon won the CIF Heavyweight Wrestling Championship. He also played football and baseball for the Amat Lancers. In 1988, he was named Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was inducted into Bishop Amat's Athletics Hall of Fame. Gideon was a walk-on football player at UCLA, who later earned a scholarship playing offensive line. His story was referenced in Chaminade graduate Tim Lavin's book "Walk On U". Gideon was named the Bruins Team Captain and Most Valuable Senior Offensive Player in 1992 after starting for three seasons.

He began his coaching career with the Bruins in 1994 and served as a Graduate Assistant Coach of Defense and Special Teams through 1995. In 1996, he joined St. Mary's College in Moraga as Offensive Line Coach and Special Teams Coach. He also coached Offensive Line at CSUN in 1997 and 1998. Coach Gideon became a high school teacher in 1999. Since then, he has taught Business, Economics, Government, Math, Sociology, and World Geography while spending one season as Defensive Line Coach and Specials Teams Coordinator for Notre Dame High School. Coach Gideon lives in West Hills with his wife Laura and children Christian (`19) and Faith (`22) who both attend Chaminade College Prep.
 
DAVID PADILLA - VARSITY DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR
DAVID PADILLACoach Padilla is in his second year at Chaminade, having coached Defensive MVP Kyle Bilchik and Rookie of the Year Blake Antzoulatos at linebacker in 2016. From 2011 to 2015, Coach Padilla was Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Defensive Line Coach, and Linebackers Coach at Bishop Alemany High School. He had several players go on to careers in the PAC-12. From 2007 to 2010 Padilla served at Valencia High School as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach as well as Defensive Line Coach. During that time, the Vikings won six consecutive Foothill League Titles and he coached multiple players that signed Division I scholarships

Coach attended Saint Genevieve High School where he was Team Captain and played for Coach Croson in 1978 and 1979. Padilla resides in Santa Clarita with wife Roberta. His son David III is Head Strength Coach for Kaiser University in West Palm Beach Florida. His son Dylan coaches offensive line at Chaminade.
 
JEROME RILEY - VARSITY RECEIVERS
JEROME RILEYCoach Riley coached for Coach Croson at Birmingham High School and came with him to Chaminade in 2009. Riley has tutored some of the best of the receivers in Chaminade history, including current player Michael Wilson (Stanford), Dymond Lee (UCLA), Brayden Lenius (Washington), Jordan Chin (Washington), and Donovan Lee (Colorado). He attended Birmingham High in Van Nuys where he played football, played baseball and competed in track. As a senior, Riley was named an All-Conference wide receiver and MVP of the team`s receiving corps.

After spending time in community college, Coach Riley went on to play for the Washington State Cougars as a wide receiver in 2002, earning several team awards and catching passes in 10 of 12 games. His best games included six receptions for 158 yards and two scores at Arizona State, six for 65 yards against Purdue in the Sun Bowl, and five receptions for 45 yards at Washington. Riley helped make Cougar history when he caught three passes and a TD for 124 yards against California - the first time three WSU receivers each had over 100 receiving yards in the same game.  
 
ROB HARDING - QUARTERBACKS 
Rob HardingCoach Harding graduated from James Monroe High School in 1986 and attended the University of Washington as quarterback and punter. He has coached in the 2009 East-West All Star game and the Eric Kramer-Curtis Conway football camp. Harding coaches the quarterbacks for all levels and is in his sixth year on the staff. Some of the best quarterbacks in Chaminade history have worked with Coach Harding, including Brad Kaaya (Detroit Lions, All-Time leading passer in University of Miami history) and Dymond Lee (UCLA).  
 
DAVE MACHUCA - VARSITY TIGHT ENDS
Dave MachucaCoach Machuca returns to Chaminade after 5 seasons serving as Head Coach or Offensive Coordinator during his time away. Last season he was the Offensive Coordinator at Village Christian. From 2013-15 he served as Asst. Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator at Glendale Community College, where he helped lead Glendale to the Patriotic Bowl - their first bowl appearance in nearly 10 years. Coach Machuca and Chaminade alumni Isaiah Bernard (U of Hawaii), Cory Watkins, and Tru Jarvis helped rewrite many of Glendale College`s offensive records, including passing yards in a game (496). In 2014 Glendale either lead or finished 3rd in all rushing statics in the State of California.

In 2012 he served as the Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at Bellarmine-Jefferson High School, leading the Guards to the CIF Playoffs for the first time in four years. He is a graduate of California State Northridge with a degree in Kinesiology and has earned his Masters of Science from Emporia State. Coach Machuca lives with his wife Kristin and son Shane.
 
 
BEN LOTH - VARSITY OFFENSIVE LINE
Ben LothCoach Loth is in his third year coaching for the Eagles, having played for Iowa State University. He was a three-year letter winner at Crespi and Serra League All-Conference recipient as a junior and senior. The Los Angeles Daily News named him Second-Team All-Area Offensive Line as well as Second-Team All-Conference as a sophomore  
 
ISAIAH DONLEY - DEFENSIVE LINE
ISAIAH DONLEY This is Coach Donley`s third year at Chaminade serving as a Social Studies and Religion teacher as well as football coach. He coached Michigan State commit Parks Gissinger in 2016. Donley graduated with the Class of 2009 from Evergreen Park High School in Chicago, Illinois where he played defensive line and was named team captain during both his junior and senior seasons. He went on to attend Upper Iowa University, earning a BA in Psychology and playing football, serving as captain of the Peacocks. 
 
BENO BRYANT - VARSITY RUNNING BACKS
BENO BRYANTCoach Bryant is entering his second year on the Chaminade staff. Previously he served at his alma mater Dorsey High School (Running Backs, Tight Ends, and Special Teams Coach), Inglewood High School (Offensive Coordinator), and L.A. High School (Head Coach). During his time as a high school coach, he has mentored more than 10 players who moved on to Division I after graduation, including Christopher Moore, Jonathan Franklin, and Stefon Johnson.

Bryant earned his BA at the University of Washington, while playing running back for the Huskies and becoming the leading punt returner in school history. During that time, the Huskies were twice Rose Bowl Champs and 1991 National Champs and Bryant was also a track All-American. Having an MBA and MS in Education, Bryant is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Business Administration/Entrepreneurship. At Dorsey, he was the 400 Meter (California) State Champ and Former Los Angeles City 400 Meter Record holder (46.63).
 
WILL CHANDLER - VARSITY DEFENSIVE BACKS
WILL CHANDLER This is Coach Chandler`s third season at Chaminade. A 2006 graduate of Birmingham High School, Coach Chandler was a Prep Star All-Region honoree, having lettered three years for the Patriots under Coach Ed Croson. Chandler was named Co-MVP of the West Valley League and third team All-State as a senior. He also competed in track, running the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and relay events.

At UNLV, Chandler earned honorable mention All-MWC out of the defensive secondary in 2011 after tying for the league lead in interceptions. In 2010, he played in every game and started 10, tying for the MW lead in interceptions with five. He stood among the national FBS leaders with seven total takeaways and had all four of his team's takeaways in the first 12 quarters of the season, grabbing interceptions vs. Wisconsin and Idaho and picking up fumbles vs. the Badgers and at Utah.
 
LORENZO MCKINNEY - VARSITY OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS
This is Coach McKinney`s first season with Chaminade after serving as a varsity defensive assistant coach at Saint Bonaventure from 2014 to 2016. During his time as a linebacker coach and defensive line coach for the Seraphs, he had two All-County players and five First-Team Marmonte League players. McKinney started his coaching career at L.A. Lutheran High School as an assistant in 2009, making it to the playoffs two years in a row.

During his time at Paraclete High School (2013-2014) as varsity defensive line coach, the defense allowed an average 14 points per game and had five shut outs and McKinney had three linemen named All-League. He also mentored two First Team All-League wide receivers - Branden Smith (Cal) and Morrell Osling (UCLA), while the team was the C.I.F. Runners-Up.

McKinney attended Highland High School starting as an offensive and defensive lineman. In 2004 at Pierce College, Coach McKinney started eight games as an outside linebacker, was recognized as a Western State Conference Player of the Week, and earned second team All-League honors.
 
KENNY DAVIS - JV HEAD COACH, RECEIVERS
KENNY DAVISThis is the 4th year for Coach Davis on the Chaminade staff. The Junior Varsity Team has won one league championship under his supervision. In 2012, Davis was on the staff of Granada Hills Charter High when they won a league championship. Davis played for Ed Croson at Birmingham and went on to play wide receiver at Portland State. Previously, he played receiver and won two championships for Pierce College.
 
SOONER SKINNER - JV DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR
Sooner SkinnerThis will be Coach Skinner`s 5th season at Chaminade, having been part of the 2013 Championship staff. Skinner graduated from Grace Brethren High School in 2008 where he played running back and linebacker. He received All-League (twice) and All-Area honors and was nominated to the Daily News All-Star game. After high school, he accepted an athletic scholarship to Upper Iowa University where he was a four-year letter winner as a middle linebacker. Coach Skinner graduated in 2013 with a major in criminology and minor in sociology.
 
DYLAN PADILLA - JV OFFENSIVE LINE
This is Coach Padilla`s second year on Chaminade`s coaching staff. Padilla played at Valencia High School (class of 2011) winning back to back league championships. He went on to LA Valley College (2011-2013), earning first team All-Pacific Conference and a full scholarship to Murray State University. Coach graduated from Murray State in May 2016 with a BA in Sociology and minor in Physical Education. Padilla later signed with the Chambery Aigles in Chambery, France playing in Spring 2017.
 
NATHAN EINSIEDLER - FRESHMAN HEAD COACH
NATHAN EINSIEDLERCoach Einsiedler is entering his 6th season at Chaminade. Einsiedler was an assistant during the memorable 2013 State Championship season, the first ever in Chaminade history. Coach Nate started his high school coaching career at Santa Barbara High from 2008 to 2009 while attending UC Santa Barbara. In 2009, Einsiedler graduated with a B.A. in Mathematics and a minor in Athletic Coaching. He also coached one year at Calabasas High in 2011 as the Varsity Defensive Line Coach. He played high school football at Grover Cleveland High School in Reseda from 2002 to 2005. He played offensive line and defensive tackle for the Cavaliers.
 
AYINDE BOMANI - FRESHMEN RUNNING BACKS
AYINDE BOMANICoach Bomani joined the staff in 2011 and has coached running backs at all levels. He also coached at Oaks Christian High School in 2008, after attending the University of West Virginia. Bomani graduated from Wilkinsburgh High School in 1986. His son Zyan Taylor-Bomani was born in 2015.
 
TONY PREE - FRESHMEN OFFENSIVE LINE
TONY PREEThis is Pree`s 3rd year as the freshman offensive line coach. He attended John H. Francis Polytechnic High School from 1999 to 2003 and was named Most Valuable Offensive Lineman in his senior year. Pree played in the 2003 All-Star Game at Birmingham High School. After graduating, he played at Pierce College (2004-2006) and semi-pro for the California Dolphins. He has two children, Trinity and Tianna.
 
ED WEAN - FRESHMEN
Ed WeanEd Wean played football at Chaminade under Coach John Vukelich and graduated in 1963 from the West Hills Campus where he was a member of the Basketball and Track & Field teams. Participating in football and rugby at San Fernando Valley State College (CSUN), Ed, already coaching sprints and hurdles at Chaminade, returned as history teacher and Head Track & Field coach in 1968.

Wean spent the ensuing years in law enforcement and coaching football at local schools such as Compton, Bell Jeff and Mary Star. Since his retirement from the L.A. County District Attorney`s office as a Senior Criminal Investigator, Wean has served as head football coach at Vasquez, Warner Springs, and St. Joseph Academy and Varsity Defensive Coordinator in larger schools including Murphy, Duarte and Palisades High. During these years Ed was also active in Track & Field including positions as Head Coach at Savannah and a recently completed 5-year stint as head at Modesto Central Catholic.

Ed with his wife Stephanie of fifty years have three daughters, Chaminade alum and student-athletes, Chrissy `96, Rachel `94 and Shy `91. Shy`s oldest son Tyler, will compete this year on the freshman football team, a third-generation student-athlete.
 
BRAD RICE - EQUIPMENT MANAGER
BRAD RICEMr. Rice joined Chaminade in 2014 as equipment manager after serving several years at Chatsworth High School. He lives with his wife, Jodene, and daughter, Victoria.

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