It took awhile, but the Workman High School football program finally got its man.
The Lobos named former Damien coach Scott Morrison head coach on Friday afternoon, ending a long process to replace Fred DeLilio, who resigned after three seasons this offseason.
“We’re excited. We’re really excited,” Workman asst. principal Scott Covanias said. “We got a lot of good applicants, but he was our guy. This is a big opportunity for our kids. We think they should have the ability to compete with the best. We just got a quality guy.”
Morrison went 32-33-1 in six seasons at Damien, including two league championships and four playoff appearances. He spent last season as an assistant coach at Citrus College.
“My experience at Citrus was absolutely incredible, but one of the things I realized is that I’m probably more suited for high school,” Morrison said. “I’m really excited. Scott (Covanias) and Vic Perdomo (Workman’s athletic director) have been great. They have all the right philosophies as far as us working together. Workman’s a great place. They have a great administration.
“I have plenty of good memories built up and now I’m moving on to a new chapter.”
Morrison was introduced to the team on Friday. From the research he’s done, Morrison feels confident that the Lobos can contend for the Montview League title right away and maybe more.
“That’s our goal anywhere we go — to win league and win a CIF championship,” Morrison said. “I don’t think this is some big reclamation project. Fred did a great job with the program, moving things in a really good direction. I’m picking up something that was gaining momentum.
“I have no doubt the players at Workman will work every bit as hard to be successful as other players do anywhere else.”
Workman went 6-5 last season and reached the Mid-Valley Division playoffs where it lost to eventual champion San Dimas in the first round. Morrison said he’s still working on solidifying his staff, but it will likely include some of his assistant coaches from Damien.
Aram’s take: What a coup! What an absolute coup. I don’t need to tell you what might happen in the Montview now. Workman was already pretty good and now they’ve got Scott Morrison. Unreal! So I wouldn’t go giving the league to Azusa just yet. This changes a lot. And here’s some more food for thought — you’ve got Brian Zavala at Wilson, Jim Arrellanes at Los Altos, Craig Cieslik at Bassett and now Scott Morrison at Workman. Not the same league, I know. But the same kids. The same general area. Very interesting indeed!