Varsity Head Coach
Tyler Roach enters his third year as Head Coach at La Jolla High School.
Prior to La Jolla, Coach Roach spent 1 year at La Jolla Country Day as the Defensive Coordinator where he helped guide the Torreys to a CIF Division 4 championship and State runner up title. Prior to that he spent 3 years as the Assistant Head Coach and Varsity Offensive Coordinator at La Jolla High School. In 2014, his offense broke multiple school and county records, including a County record 47 total Touchdown passes by QB Collin Rugg. Coach Roach has also had stops at Scripps Ranch High School as the Varsity Defensive Coordinator and two years at University City High School.
Coach Roach played his High School football locally at University City High School, where he was a two-way starter at Center and Middle Linebacker. He was an all-league player his junior and senior seasons, Team Captain, Team MVP, Academic All CIF, and was selected to play in the 2004 Alex Spanos All-Star game.
Coach Roach played his college football at Azusa Pacific University where he was a Fullback/H back. He graduated in 2008 with a degree in Sociology. He currently is an IT Manager at Tandem Diabetes Care and resides in Scripps Ranch, CA with his Wife Leslie, 3 year old son Marshall, and 4 month old son Reid.
Freshman Head Coach
Coach Craig Gagliardi has been with our program for the last ten years where he started as the freshman offensive line coach. Working together with John McColl, Craig worked his way up to the Head Coaching position for both our JV and Freshman programs.
After helping to lead the 2016 Junior Varsity Team to the first Undefeated Season (10-0) in School History, Craig will focus on developing one of the largest incoming Freshman Football Teams in recent years. His work with the future of La Jolla Football will continue to be based on the principals of football: Teamwork, Dedication, Scholastics, Goal Setting, and Fun.
Varsity WR & JV Head CoachArmon Harvey grew up in San Diego and has been playing football since he was 7 years old. He played at Mission Bay High School earning 2nd team O/D awards. After high school he continued playing football at Mesa College in San Diego where he earned All-League Tight End Honors, and then continued at Greenville College in Southern Illinois. He moved on to play football professionally in Europe in the Austrian and Swiss Football Leagues. During his time in the league he was a two-time MVP for offense, as well as earning MVP for defense, and contributing to teams that won 3 National Championships in Europe.
Armon has 6 years of high school coaching experience, as well as 6 years in the European Football League, and 3 All Star games. He continues to learn by attending various camps including the San Diego Elite Skills and the Jeff Garcia QB/WR camp.
Outside of football he runs a print shop called Ducgets, as well as working at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. He enjoys designing logos and fishing when he has spare time.
Varsity Passing Game Coordinator & QB CoachJerome Watson was born and raised in San Diego, and grew up in the Lemon Grove/Encanto neighborhood. He played youth football at Los Toros and played basketball in high school.
He has coached at Mira Mesa Youth Football, NFL Flag Football, and Westview Youth Football. He also continues to learn by attending various camps and clinics, including Nike Clinics at USC where he learned from coaches like Clay Helton and Steve Sarkisian.
He describes his coaching style as Calm and Confident, believing in competition, cohesion and commitment.
Outside of football Jerome works as a Sales Coordinator and Customer Account Specialist for a subsidiary of 3M Aerospace. In his spare time he enjoys finding new restaurants, including ones that serve French toast, because who doesn’t like French toast. He also enjoys movies, comics, and video games. He is married to his wife Jocelyn and they have one daughter.
Varsity Defensive LineBilal Watkins grew up in Fresno, California attending Roosevelt High School where he played football. After high school, he joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Yokosuka, Japan on the USS Fife. He also attended and played football at Palomar Junior College earning 2nd Team Mission Conference his first year as a defensive lineman. His team won the National Championship vs. San Francisco City College during his second year, and he earned All Conference honors and a scholarship to Cal State Sacramento. He was a 2-year starter, earning All Conference Honors and 2nd Team All American, as well as a Team Captain.
He has experience coaching Defensive Line at Mesa Junior College and has been coaching at La Jolla High School for the last three years.
Outside of coaching, he works as a substitute teacher for San Diego Unified School District. He is married to his wife Jennifer and they have a 6-year-old daughter Tatiyana.
Bilal has also served as a motivational speaker for the Boys and Girls Clubs, as well as for youth outreach programs for underprivileged youth.
EJ Nduka originally began his coaching career in Dallas, Tx in Garland Academy district. Coaching Basketball, Football
Freshman Defensive Coordinator
Sam Ochotorena grew up in San Diego. He played Pop Warner Football in Chula Vista, and played Inside Linebacker at Hilltop High School.
He has been coaching at the youth level for more than 5 years and enjoys being able to teach the fundamentals of football and seeing the players develop into leaders on and off the field. He continues to learn by attending various clinics including Nike/USC, Glazier, and USA Football.
Sam is currently attending San Diego State University pursuing a major in Journalism with an emphasis on Media Studies. When he’s not studying or coaching he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, music, comedy, and film.
Director of Operations
John McColl comes from a football family. His father Bill was a Stanford All American who played 8 years for the Chicago Bears. He also has two brothers, Duncan who played professionally for the Washington Redskins and Milt who played for the San Francisco 49ers during two Super Bowl Championships.
John grew up in West Covina, California attending South Hills High School where he played Tight End on the 1975 CIF Championship Team. He continued his football career at Stanford for two seasons playing Linebacker. He also played volleyball while attending Stanford and was named a Team Captain.
He first started coaching Pop Warner football in La Jolla (5 yrs), and then moved on to the La Jolla Freshman Football Head Coach position (4yrs). He has been with the Varsity coaching staff since 2014 as an Offensive Assistant Coach and working as Director of Football Operations. The most rewarding part of coaching for him is watching freshman kids develop and grow into young men by their senior year.
He has been married for 25 years to his wife Anastasia and they have two sons, David and Daniel, who both were outstanding student/athletes while attending La Jolla High School.
When not coaching football John works in real estate investment and development. He likes to spend his spare time playing both indoor and Beach volleyball. A recent highlight was being part of the Team USA 55+ World Champions in New Zealand 2017.
Head Athletic TrainerMatt Bridges is a San Diego native and has been a part of the health industry since 2009. He has been the Head Athletic Trainer for the La Jolla Football team over the last several years.
He earned a B.A in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Athletic Training from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California. He is NATA Board Certified Athletic Trainer, Selective Functional Movement Assessment L1, IASTM Rehabilitation Certified, NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist (FNS), NASM Senior Fitness Specialist (SFS), and CPR/AED/First Aid Certified.
Strength & Conditioning CoachSteve received his B.S. degree in Psychology from the University of San Francisco where he was also a finalist for the Johnny Bench award as the nations top collegiate catcher. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 9th round of the June 2002 MLB amateur draft, and played minor league baseball for 5 years. Upon completing his degree in 2006, Steve began working with athletes, executives, and everyday people to develop their strength, conditioning, flexibility, and overall well-being. Educating is his passion as he is completing his teaching credential while working full time as a trainer and coach. Steve touts notable local talents Kyle Zimmer (1st round pick 2012 Royals), Bradley Zimmer (23rd round 2011Cubs), and Jose Vizcaino Jr. (36th round 2012 Dodgers) as “projects” that have excelled through hard work to achieve their goals.
- B.S. Psychology, University of San Francisco
Academic AdviserLiving the Dream. That’s how Jane Medrano feels since becoming part of the La Jolla Vikings Football Family.
Growing up in a family where sports really were not a big deal, Medrano has become what some might call a sports fanatic. It all started after receiving a free book in the mail called Instant Replay, a book that she credits with teaching her all the basics about football from an offensive lineman from the 1968 World Champion Green Bay Packers. It also gave a first-person account of the special player/coach relationship featuring Head Coach Vince Lombardi.
She continued to follow sports, picking up tips from some of the top coaches of the day such as John Madden and Tony LaRussa. Little did she know at the time that her life would be filled by positively impacting countless lives of both students and athletes.
Jane Medrano’s first job ironically was coaching flag football at a Sacramento Rec Center where she realized she had a talent for coaching and relating to Players. This humble beginning launched a coaching career spanning almost 40 years, including coaching soccer, basketball, track & field, volleyball, flag football, tennis, and softball. She has also had the unique opportunity to coach two Championship Basketball teams with her son Max, a current LJHS Football Assistant Coach.
She has been a teacher for over 31 years, teaching every grade and almost every subject during that time. In addition, she taught PE and served as the Athletic Director and coach for 15 years prior to coming to La Jolla High School. She currently teaches English at LJHS.
For many years, it was her dream to have a program to mentor student-athletes academically not just during the season, but throughout the school year. That dream became a reality in 2012 when the Academic Mentorship Program was started. Since that time, she has helped countless student/athletes excel in the classroom, enabling them to perform on the field as well.
Away from work she is often grading papers with a game on in the background. She enjoys gardening, singing, watching football and baseball, working out, and spending time with her son Max.