Morales named St. Paul athletic director

Casey Morales, a member of St. Paul High School’s 1981 CIF Southern Section championship football team and 1982 graduate of the school, has been named the Swordsmen’s athletic director.
Morales, (age) replaces Marc Hernandez, who resigned Thursday to take a position with a firm outside the teaching profession.
“It was something I knew that before I finish (retire) I wanted to be an A.D.,” Morales said after Monday afternoon’s football practice. “I know what it takes and the kind of guys to get in place to coach and run a program.
“I always wanted an opportunity like this, I just didn’t expect it to happen so quickly. It’s a little earlier than I figured, but I’m ready and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
As for immediate goals, Morales said, “Of course, we’re trying to increase enrollment, and we still want to put out an A-plus athletic program.
“We’ve had a lot of success over the years, and I want us to continue that success. And, of course, it’s got be academics tied to athletics.”
Morales, who was an offensive guard on that 1981 championship team, moved on to play football and baseball at the University of San Diego before graduating from the school in 1986.
He actually began his coaching career in 1985 at University of San Diego High School.
He had coaching positions at St. John Bosco, Santa Fe, Glen A. Wilson (Hacienda Heights) and La Serna high schools before returning to St. Paul in 2005.
He has coached softball and track & field at St. Paul and is currently an assistant football coach and head baseball coach for the Swordsmen.
A release from the school cites Morales’ “vast coaching experience and positive relationship with the school and surrounding community that will serve him well as he embarks on this new challenge.”
Morales has had a long connection with St. Paul. He was the first of four members of his family (a brother and two sisters) to graduate a Swordsman, and his wife Julie and daughters Cassie (’02) and Christina (’03) and son Daniel (’08) are St. Paul graduates, and daughter Katrina will be a Swordsman senior this year.

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