Santa Ana’s Rory Schoonmaker approved as new football coach at El Segundo – Orange County Register

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Santa Ana football coach Rory Schoonmaker is leaving after one season at the helm to take the head coach position at El Segundo, he confirmed.

“I have lived in Redondo Beach the last five years and this is going to give me an opportunity to be a more present father and husband being so much closer to home,” Schoonmaker said of the move. “I am working with (Santa Ana) athletic director (Brian) Lillie to help facilitate the transition and make sure Santa Ana gets the right guy.”

Schoonmaker said his hire at El Segundo was approved by its school board on Tuesday.

Last season, he led Santa Ana to a 7-4 record and a share of the Orange Coast League title.

The Saints lost to Santa Monica 33-27 in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 9 playoffs.

Shoonmaker served as an assistant for six years at Santa Ana before replacing Charlie TeGantvoort, who departed after nine seasons to take the helm at Marina.

This fall, Santa Ana will compete in the Iota League against El Toro, Canyon, Troy, Sonora and Irvine.

El Segundo finished 4-6 last season. The Eagles last made the playoffs in 2017.

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