Tom Meiss said Sunday that he has been named the new football coach at Orange High School.
Meiss succeeds Mark McMahon, who resigned after finishing 2-8 overall and 1-4 in the Pacific Coast League last season.
Meiss, who has been coaching for 26 years, said he will keep his teaching position at Santa Ana High and will be a walk-on coach at Orange. Meiss becomes the first walk-on head varsity football coach in Orange County since Mike Giddings was at Newport Harbor from 1982 to 1985.
Meiss was last a head coach from 1978 to 1983 at Santa Ana, when he led the team to Century League championships in 1979 and 1983 and an overall record of 46-23-2.
After that, Meiss assisted at Saddleback College, then became an assistant under Santa Ana Coach Dick Hill in 1987 and 1988.