Guy Carrozzo, a varsity assistant at Fountain Valley High School for the past six years, has been named head football coach at Ocean View High.
Carrozzo, 30, replaces Karl Gaytan who resigned in January to enter private business in Fresno. The Seahawks struggled to a 4-16 record in Gaytan's two seasons.
Carrozzo coached the defensive ends and was the kicking game coordinator under Coach Mike Milner since 1980. He also coached the Barons' sophomore team to a 10-0 record in 1979.
He was one of four finalists interviewed for the job. The other candidates were Fountain Valley assistant George Berg, Bishop Amat Coach Don Markham and La Canada Coach Steve Silverman.
Carrozzo attended Fountain Valley where he was an All-Sunset League center in 1971. He also attended Golden West College and Humboldt State. He taught physical education, English and business at Fountain Valley.
Carrozzo said he had applied for several jobs in the past two years, but the Ocean View position marked the first time he had received a final interview. Several factors attracted him to the job, he said.
"I think the players are hungry for success, and there is great community and administrative support," Carrozzo said. "They've built a new weight room, and they're in the process of building new coaches' offices."
The Seahawks' sophomore team was 6-4 last season, and Carrozzo said his first order of business would be to meet with the players and assistant coaches.
"I'm entering the job with cautious optimism," he said. "I'll bring in some ideas, but basically I think the right ingredients are there or on the way.
"My goal has always been to become a head coach. I felt comfortable throughout the interview process, and I'm anxious to get started."
Carrozzo said another factor in accepting the job was his working relationship with the other five coaches in the Sunset League. Gaytan quickly became a controversial figure when he announced at a preseason meeting of league coaches that he was "going to introduce physical football to the Sunset League."
"I've known (Huntington Beach Coach) George Pascoe since grade school," Carrozzo said. "Mike (Milner) has been like a brother to me. I've shared ideas with (Marina Coach) Dave Thompson and (Edison Coach) Bill Workman at clinics for years.
"I'm comfortable with all the other coaches in the league, and I look forward to competing against them."
Milner said his assistant will be greatly missed.
"He's done some unbelievable things here in terms of motivation, organization and assistance," Milner said. "He is a great motivator of young men, both athletically and academically."