El Toro today named Andy Diaz as the head coach of the school’s football team.
Diaz, 47, had been the coach at La Quinta for the past seven years.
At El Toro, Diaz’s alma mater, he replaces Mike Mayoral who resigned after the 2017 season, Mayoral’s third as the team’s coach.
“It’s an incredible feeling to be able to go back to my alma mater,” said Diaz, who with wife Amy has two daughters. “I want to bring back some of those traditions we used to have at El Toro. And I want us to throw the ball.”
ET ANNOUNCES NEW HEAD FB COACH, ANDREW DIAZ. Coach Diaz played for ET and was part of 2 CIF Championships under Coach Bob Johnson. He’s been the head coach at La Quinta for the past 7 years. 🤘🏼@SoCalSidelines @ocvarsity @CIFSS @NDPercy @ETFBFanatic @SVUSDSchools @DrTurnerSVUSD pic.twitter.com/vJbX00SBl6
— El Toro High School (@ETHSChargers) February 13, 2018
Diaz, Garden Grove League coach of the year in 2016, played football at El Toro when Bob Johnson was the Chargers coach. He was a wide receiver at El Toro when Bob Johnson’s son Bret was an All-CIF quarterback. Before going to La Quinta, Diaz was offensive coordinator at San Juan Hills.
La Quinta this past season finished 11-1 overall and advanced to a CIF-Southern Section semifinals playoff game for the first time since 1989. The Aztecs lost to Silver Valley of Yermo in the Division 13 semifinals.
Diaz said leaving La Quinta is not easy.
“I’m going to miss the community, the staff and the kids,” Diaz said. “They all made me feel at home at La Quinta.”
Diaz will be an English teacher at El Toro.
El Toro in 2017 finished 8-5 overall. The Chargers were second in the Sea View League with a 3-1 league record. They advanced to the CIF-SS Division 3 semifinals in which they lost to St. Francis of La Canada.
Mayoral had been El Toro’s defensive coordinator for six seasons before replacing his stepson Robert Frith as head coach. Frith last week was named head coach at San Juan…