Longtime football Coach John Carroll is honored as his team prepares for a state playoff game December 12
For decades, the football stadium at Oceanside High has carried the name Simcox Field.
Monday, December 8, 2014, that stadium – which was fully renovated four years ago and is among the best in the county – was re-named John Carroll Stadium at Simcox Field.
Carroll in his 26th season as head coach of the Pirates won his 13th San Diego Section championship Saturday by a score of 20-13 Open Division win over Helix.
The Pirates continue to pursue the state championship. This Friday, December 12, the Pirates (13-0) host Fresno Edison (12-1) in a Southern California Division I Regional playoff game. The winner advances to play for a state championship of which the Pirates have two under Carroll (2007 & 2009).
Monday’s ceremony took place on the football field before a home-side bleachers packed with students, dignitaries, OUSD board, former and current players, alumni, and Carroll’s family – wife Peggy, sons Steven, Tom and Jackson, baby granddaughter, Mary, as well as John’s mother Priscilla from Orange County.
“This kind of event will stay with you forever,” said Dr. Duane Coleman, a 1979 Oceanside High alum and the current superintendent. “John Carroll is far more than a man who coaches football. He’s a role model as a teacher. We’re not honoring him because he’s a great football coach, but because he’s a true leader and mentor of young people.”
The wins and titles, don’t hurt, however.
In 26 years as the football coach at Oceanside, Carroll has more than 250 wins. His teams have appeared in 22 straight San Diego Section semifinals, made 17 title-game appearances, won 13 section champions and state champions in 2007 and 2009.
“It has been an honor playing for Coach Carroll,” said Pirates defensive end, senior, Amadeo West. “Every player here would say they’re a better player and person for having been coached by Coach Carroll. He truly is a father figure.”
Roberto Wallace, who played for the Pirates, San Diego State and the NFL as a wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins and Tennessee Titans, represented the former Oceanside players.
“I was a soccer player, who Coach Carroll convinced to play football as a junior,” Wallace said. “He saw something in me that I never saw. That decision to play football was the best of my life. John Carroll is an awesome coach, but he’s an even better man.”
Typically, Carroll addressed the crowd with his notes tucked in his pants as if it were game day. And Carroll assured athletic director Dave Barrett, he was anxious to get back to game film for Friday night’s upcoming SoCal Division 1 game, as Carroll was introduced.
“I’m humbled and honored,” Carroll said. “But this isn’t about me, it’s about we. All the success we’ve had here comes from teamwork. The students, faculty and staff. We’re all Oceanside because Oceanside High is about family. It is the most special and unique place.”
The crowd enjoyed the OHS band led by band director Mark Phelps, the OHS cheer squad, and the singing of “Yo Ho Yo Ho a Pirate’s Life for Me” led by ASB with background by the Oceanside Pirate football team.
A memorable day, moving and emotional with sentiment of love for the Pirates, led by the leader we love, COACH JOHN CARROLL!
GO PIRATES! WE HAVE A TITLE TO WIN!
PIRATES NEXT GAME: Fresno Edison at OHS on Dec. 12, 2014 at 7:30pm
Reference/Excerpts By John Maffei of San Diego Union Tribune on December 8, 2014
Original Article here: Coach John Carroll, SD_UT