Thursday, December 10, 2009

California Lutheran University Kingsmen


Euro Football Speech
Tour Stop II

Cal Lu is located in Thousand Oaks

A short drive today to Ventura County's only college that fields a football team.

The SCIAC

Southern California's venerable eight college Division III athletic conference. The SCIAC is composed of eight colleges, seven of which field football teams.

The Cal Lutheran Kingsmen won the 2009 SCIAC football championship with a 6-0 conference mark while going 8-2 overall after losing in the first round of the NCAA playoffs. Along the way the Kingsmen defeated Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, La Verne, Occidental, Pomona-Pitzer, Redlands and Whittier in conference play. The eighth, non-football playing, member of the conference is Cal Tech.

The Kingsmen

Besides the seven Kingsmen seen here there were a few other athletes who attended but had to leave early to attend classes.

Of interest in the back row on the left is Geno Sullivan, CLU's Linebacker/Special Teams Coach who knows Mel Galli, the Catania Elephants new coach quite well. Geno spoke very highly about Mel so I think that a good Catania season is just around the corner! Small world. . .

Back row second from the right is Defensive Lineman Alexander Moe, a Norwegian none the less. Alexander still plays for the Oslo Vikings in the Summers in his native Norway. We plan to keep in touch and meet up in Scandanavia this Summer.

Clay Richardson and Ben McEnroe

Clay has been CLU's Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach for over 15 years now. More importantly he was the starting QB on the Thousand Oaks H.S. Junior Varsity team in 1970. That was the first team I ever coached 40 long years ago!

Ben is CLU's Head Football Coach. He is good for football, respects the game and is doing a great job at CLU. In his three years as the Kingsmen's leader they are 20-8 overall and 16-2 in SCIAC play. In 2007 they were SCIAC Co-Champions, in 2008 they came in second and, of course, they were outright SCIAC Champions this season as stated earlier.

Great start Ben, KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!!!

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