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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.
DAVID MACHUCADavid Machuca is now the Varsity Assistant Head Coach. Coach Machuca began coaching for Coach Croson in 2009 through the 2011 season as the Varsity Receiver coach. During that time Coach Machuca helped lead the Eagles to 2 consecutive semifinals in '10 and '11.

During his time away, Coach Machuca has served as a Head Coach, Asst. Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator. Most recently, he was the Offensive Coordinator at Village Christian. From 2013-15 he served as the Asst. Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator at Glendale Community College, where he helped led Glendale to 9 -2 record an a 2014 Patriotic Bowl appearance . Coach Machuca and Chaminade alumni Isaiah Bernard (U of Hawaii), Tru Jarvis, and Cory Watkins helped rewrite many of Glendale College 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 their first playoff appearance in 4 years. Coach Machuca has also had the honor of being a keynote speaker at the Glacier Football Clinic '15, USA Football '11 and an Assistant coach for the Daily News Football All-Star Game in '08. His coaching career began in 2007 at Monroe High School. He has earned his bachelors in Kinesiology from CSUN and Masters in Health and Physical Education from Emporia State University. He is currently working on the West Hills campus as an Admissions Assistant. Coach Machuca has a son, Shane, with his wife, Kristin.
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.  

Manuel Lemus comes to Chaminade by the way of Burbank High, where he coached for the past 9 seasons.  During his nine seasons at Burbank, Manuel served as the defensive backs coach for the varsity and JV teams as well  as  the JV defensive coordinator during his first 4 seasons.  After being promoted to Varsity Defensive Coordinator he led the Bulldogs defense to multiple playoff appearances , League championship in 2017, two trips to the CIF-SS semi finals and a trip to the CIF Finals in 2016, the first in the schools history. That same year Coach Lemus was awarded the Defensive Coordinator of the year by MIDVALLEYSPORTS.  Manuel coached numerous All-League players from the Pacific League while at Burbank as well as All-CIF players during his tenure at the school.  Coach Lemus passion and intensity for the sport has helped him form relationships that will last with coaches, and players through the years.

Manuel graduated from Cathedral High School in 2001 where he played under Kevin Pearson for four years and also lettered in volleyball and was a All-League player.  Manuel redshirted in 2004 at Glendale College in 2004, where he learned the intricacies of the game under Coach Cicuto.  Coach Lemus biggest influence in coaching have been Richard Broussard and Martin Bacon, both who gave him the opportunity and tools to take his love for the game to the next level.
WILL CHANDLERThis is Coach Chandler`s fourth 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.  

Coach Vandiver enters his 1st season as the Offensive Line Coach at Chaminade Prep. After spending the 2017 season as offense coordinator at Los Angeles Valley College he has successfully lead one of the highest scoring offenses in the CCCAA. Prior to his appointment as Offensive Coordinator at LAVC Vandiver  served as the Head Football Coach at Sna Bernardino Valley College. He has also spent the first 8 years of his coaching career as the Run Game Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach at Fullerton College where he assisted in the development and scholarship attainment of over 60 offensive linemen to Division 1 Universities.

Vandiver is a Southern California Native who began his college playing career at Fullerton College from 2003-2005 where he was a 2 time All Conference, 2 time All State, and All American selection at Tight End . After spending two years at Fullerton College Vandiver transferred to Oregon State University on full athletic scholarship where he went on to graduate with a Bachelors degree in sociology. In 2006 the 10-2 Beavers finished 3rd in the PAC 12 and Beat University of Missouri in the Brut Sun Bowl. Vandiver was selected to participate in the Conerstone Bancard Hula Bowl All Star Game in 2007. While coaching at Fullerton College Vandiver completed his Masters Degree in Physical Education. He currently teaches classes at Los Angeles Valley College and Pierce College as an adjunct professor.


Mike Ballestero in an offensive and defensive line coach who began coaching in 2012 at Sylmar High School.  His football coaching path has had him in the playoffs every year he has coached varsity including a trip to the southern section division 7 championship game in 2017 with Golden Valley High School.  While coaching in high school Mike also spent one year as part of a youth football staff who went on to win their league Super Bowl.  



As a player, Mike earned All-CITY honors on the 1992 LA City Section 4-A Champion Sylmar Spartans.  In College, Mike was an offensive line starter on the 1993 and 1994 LA Valley College Monarchs football team who ended their seasons ranked 19th and 14th in the nation in junior colleges.  


Mike is also the Producer and Director of the feature length documentary film A Seat at The Table: The process of building football dynasties  where he was able to interview 11 of the Southwest's greatest football coaches like Bob Ladouceur of De La Salle H.S., Kris Richardson of Folsom H.S., Manuel Douglas of Narbonne H.S. and Ken Sanchez of Bishop Gorman H.S. to name a few.




ISAIAH DONLEYThis 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. 
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.
Ernie GutierrezCoach Gutierrez was on staff 2013 California State Football Champs at asst. Varsity Oline coach. Coach Gutierrez started his career in Football while attending Burbank High School. He was a two year Varsity football player and graduated in 1999. He continued playing while attending Glendale Community College and soon realized his passion for the sport. In 2000, he began his coaching career on familiar territory, the Burbank High School Football Field. Coach Gutierrez started by coaching the frosh team and moved up to the JV after just one year. His determination quickly got him promoted to JV Offensive Coordinator in 2002. By 2007, he was the Varsity O-line and D-line coach. He then took his love for the sport to Monroe High School in 2008 as the Junior Varsity Offensive Coordinator and Varsity O-line and D-line coach. Coach Gutierrez also has a beautiful 14 year old daughter named Savannah and a  7 year old son named Jaxson..



Coach Doherty comes to Chaminade after having great success coaching internationally. In 2008, Scott was part of Coach Ed Croson's staff at Birmingham High School as the Passing Game Coordinator and QB Coach.  In 2009, Coach Doherty moved to Costa Rica and was named the head coach of the San Jose Toros winning 4 National Championships in 10 seasons.


From 2012-2017, Scott was also hired to help rebuild football programs in Germany, Czech Republic and Sweden as both Offensive Coordinator and Head Coach. Winning 1 championship and going 31-17-1 during his career in Europe.


Coach Doherty is 37 years old, married to his wife Raquel and has 2 children (Sean and Elissa).



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.

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