Pasadena High School principal Dr. Derek Evans called to say the school has hired Mike McFarland as the new football coach. Rumors quickly spread Wednesday about McFarland’s hiring. The school had set its eyes on McFarland but the background check still was not complete, thus the prolonged official announcement. Evans called three times to ask for patience until the results were in. While in a meeting with the Pasadena Unified School Board, Evans called to say the results were in and the decision to hire McFarland was approved.
Here’s McFarland’s bio from the Missouri Western University media guide:
Mike McFarland enters his second season on the Griffons football staff and will serve as the tight ends coach.
McFarland, originally from Modesto, Calif., came to Western after spending the 2006 season at Minnesota State University-Moorhead as the running backs coach.
He then coached the offensive line in the spring of 2007 and he also served as the primary academic coordinator for the football team.
Prior to MSU-Moorhead, McFarland was at Occidental College in Los Angeles, Calif. from 2002-2005. His duties at Occidental included coaching the offensive line in 2004-2005 and coordinating the strength and conditioning program in 2004. In 2002-2003 he served as the outside linebackers coach. McFarland also served as the head softball coach in 2004. Occidental advanced to the national playoffs in both 2004 and 2005 and made it as far as the quarterfinals in 2004 where they lost to the eventual National Champion Linfield College.
Prior to Occidental, McFarland was a special education teacher, assistant football coach and basketball coach at John Muir High School in Pasadena, Calif. In 1998-2000 he was a special education teacher, assistant football coach and head softball coach at Mark Keppel High School in Alhambra, Calif.
McFarland graduated from Arcadia High School where he lettered in football, basketball and track. He earned his bachelor of arts degree in social sciences from California Lutheran University in 1997.
McFarland resides in St. Joseph, Mo. with his wife, Tiffany and stepdaughters Breanna and Brittany.