COMING THURSAY: San Gabriel
COMING FRIDAY: San Marino
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.