LOS ANGELES, June 26, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Loyola High School of Los Angeles, the oldest continually operated educational institution in Southern California, announced today that it had tapped Assistant Principal and Assistant Head Varsity Football Coach Dr. Ricardo Pedroarias '84 to oversee and run Cub football in its entirety as Head Varsity Football Coach. Dr. Pedroarias is taking over the program from Marvin Sanders who is not returning after a leave of absence.
"Rick has been coaching Loyola football for an unprecedented 30 years, inspiring our athletes with his passion for the game and our high school," said Loyola Athletic Director Chris O'Donnell '88. "He brings to this important position his well-honed leadership skills, an intricate knowledge of football strategy and a deep understanding of Loyola's mission on and off the field. We are very much looking forward to having Rick at the helm of our football program."
During his tenure at Loyola, Dr. Pedroarias has been an offensive line, defensive line, linebackers and quarterbacks coach as well as an offensive coordinator. From 1987-1990 as an assistant coach and from 1991-1994 as Head Coach, Dr. Pedroarias was part of the undefeated sophomore football team before moving on to varsity in 1995. As one of the varsity coaches, he helped garner CIF championships in 2003 and 2005 as well as varsity league titles in 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003 and 2004.
"I am very honored to be named Head Varsity Football Coach at my alma mater. Loyola is such a special place that seamlessly blends tradition with innovation. Everything we do on the field reflects the values of our school. That is one of the hallmarks of this football program that I am so proud to lead," said Dr. Pedroarias. "I look forward to finding the right spot on the team for each student athlete's talent, whether he is known for speed, agility, accuracy or strength. Each and every one of them will have a place as a Cub."
As Assistant Principal for Supervision, Dr. Pedroarias is in charge of hiring and the professional development of Loyola's faculty. Prior to this position, Dr. Pedroarias has been the Dean of Men, the Co-Director of Loyola's summer session and an AP Spanish Literature and Culture teacher.
About Loyola High School
Celebrating its 152th anniversary as the oldest continually operated educational institution in Southern California, Loyola High School of Los Angeles is an academically rigorous Jesuit college preparatory, located just west of downtown Los Angeles and counts with more than 14,000 alumni. One hundred percent of Loyola graduates go on to college or university. Loyola's student body of nearly 1,250 young men represents a remarkable geographic diversity, drawing on more than 220 zip codes from throughout and beyond Los Angeles County. The school is also ethnically diverse with 46 percent of the student body of Latino, Asian-Pacific or African-American descent. To enable students to achieve the goal of being "Men for and with Others," Loyola students must complete at least 135 hours of community service work before graduation, with many contributing nearly 200 hours. Over the past two decades, Loyola students have donated more than 1.5 million hours of community service, primarily to inner-city schools, neighborhoods and agencies. Please visit us at http://www.loyolahs.edu.
Maite Saralegui Berry
Sr. Director of Communications
Loyola High School of Los Angeles
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