Dick Bruich helps out San Bernardino

Redlands East Valley coach Kurt Bruich brought his staff in to prep the San Bernardino All-Stars in their Inland Empire All-Star Football Classic matchup with Riverside County. But he also brought in an ace in the hole second to none, as his father, legendary Fontana and Kaiser coach Dick Bruich, will be helping out with the planning.

The 62-year old Bruich, who retired last year after three decades of head coaching, 292 wins and four CIF championships, was working with the defensive backs Saturday and will help out with various position groups throughout the week.

“I enjoyed this season because I could watch football without the stress, but its good to come back for a week and help out,” Bruich said. “It’s an all-star game and its supposed to be fun, so that’s exactly what I’m going for.”

Bruich spent this fall watching his son’s REV team and his old Kaiser team. He also watched some freshman football – as he has a grandson playing at that level – and Riverside Poly, where he has a daughter cheerleading.

He said he plans on taking a behind-the-scenes role with the San Bernardino All-Stars this week, but admitted that it might be tough to prevent his inner head coach from coming out.

“You never know,” Bruich said. “Old habits die hard. I can’t really guarantee anything.”

Of course, Kurt Bruich knows exactly what to do if his dad gets into head coach mode.

“He can do anything he wants,” Kurt Bruich said. “He’s my dad and he’s the man.”