Laguna Beach High School has hired Jimmy Nolan as its new head
football coach, the school's Athletic Director Ron Schwartz said
Nolan replaces Dave Holland, who retired at the end of the 2003
Nolan is a 1992 graduate of Mater Dei, where he was a member of
the National Honor Society and Associated Student Body vice president
for two years.
He received a scholarship to play football at the University of
Utah and graduated from the university with a bachelor's degree in
Nolan coached at both Mater Dei and Fountain Valley before
accepting the position of head coach at Cantwell Sacred-Heart of
Before Nolan's arrival, Cantwell went 3-27 between 1998 and 2001.
In Nolan's first year at the Montebello campus, the Cardinals went
10-0. During his two years at Cantwell, the Cardinals were
back-to-back undefeated league championships and captured their first
playoff victory in the history of the school.
Three athletes received scholarships, which had never happened at
Cantwell. In addition, the Cantwell football team had the highest
grade-point average in the history of the program.
Some of Nolan's honors as prep head coach include: 2002 Los
Angeles Coach of the Year; 2002 San Gabriel Valley Coach of the Year;
2002 Cable "Sports Rap-up" Coach of the Year; KABC's NFL Monday Night
Football Coach of the Week, and 2003 Cable "Sports Rap-up" Coach of
Nolan has helped more than 40 prep athletes receive scholarships
in the past five years.
-- Mike Sciacca