South Pasadena’s Martin Konrad comes back home to the San Gabriel Valley, eager for Friday Night Lights.


Martin Konrad spent the last two seasons as co-defensive coordinator at College of the Canyons. He also was the defensive coordinator at West Ranch High in Stevenson Ranch from 2005-2007. His tie to the San Gabriel Valley comes courtesy of Flintridge Prep, where he twice led the Rebels to the quarterfinals and a divisional championship in 2003 when he also was voted CIF coach of the year. You can bet there won’t be any forfeits or ineligible players, what with Konrad having served on the CIF Coaches Adivsory Committee from 2001 to 2005. Konrad played for the University of Pacific from 1992 to 1996 as a linebacker and was named first team All-Big West in 1995. He replaces Ed Smith who spent 30 seasons with the Tigers including the last 15 as head coach, compiling a 65-96-4 career record before tendering his resignation last December.

It’s still too early to tell how the Tigers will fare this season. They have a lot of key weapons to replace, like quarterback Conor Bednarski, running back Patrick Martin and All-Area wide receiver Matt Nelson. Sophomore Joey Harmon will ease into the quarterback role. He looked solid in some sets during a passing game at San Gabriel. He has the size (6-foot-2, 175) but his release needs to be a little quicker. Like Konrad said in the video, the team is still trying to find its identity before they go on dead period mid-next week. If you want another chance to look at South Pasadena, check them out in its final passing game next Tuesday at Maranatha.

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  • SPgraduate

    Who are the assistant coaches for South Pas?

  • sfhs89

    His SGV ties actually come from St. Francis High School (where he graduated from)

  • casual observer

    SP grad:
    Great question! who are the assitant coaches? because this guy hasn’t mentioned his coaches ever ever! nothing is listed on the school website either. How does that feel?

    To everyone else:
    Deep down we all know a SF guy couldn’t give a darn about South Pas football. SPHS is this guy’s stepping stone.