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Marina names new head football coach

Kevin Oberlander, 30, previously coached at Upland Western Christian High. He takes over for George Pascoe, who stepped down in November.

January 15, 2014|By Mike Sciacca
  • Kevin Oberlander, who turned the Western Christian football program around in three years, has been named the new head football coach at Marina.
Kevin Oberlander, who turned the Western Christian football… (Handout, HB Independent )

Kevin Oberlander has been down this road before, and he has not backed down from the challenge.

In fact, during his time as head football coach at Upland Western Christian High, he turned a previously struggling program into a winner during the past three years. Getting there wasn't immediate, he said, but the process was worth the while.

Now, Oberlander, 30, will take on the task of heading the football program at Marina. He was named Friday as the 13th head football coach of the Vikings.

He succeeds George Pascoe, who stepped down in November.

"My family and I are really excited for this great opportunity," he said. "I'm really looking forward to working with everyone at Marina High."

In his three years at Western Christian, where he said he will remain through the current school year, Oberlander's teams went 22-11. His last two teams went 19-4, and the 2013 squad reached the CIF Southern Section East Valley Division semifinals. The Ambassador League champion Lancers — who won their first 12 games of the season and averaged 42.6 points per game — lost, 40-39, to top-seeded and eventual division champion Jurupa Hills.

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Prior to his arrival at Western Christian, the Lancers went 21-60 from 2003-2010.

"It was a three-year ride and it really was a great pleasure to see our kids succeed, but it didn't happen overnight," said Oberlander, who in addition to serving as head football coach at Western Christian is the school's assistant athletic director and heads the physical education department.

"How we did it really didn't have to do with football," he continued. "What we (coaches) did was come into the school and change the hearts of the kids. We taught them what it means to care about other people, what it means to be a great teammate. We taught them how to be selfless. That's the foundation of what we did.

"On top of that, we held the kids in our program to really high standards, both off and on the field."

He inherits a Marina program that is coming off a 1-9 season, and one that hasn't won a Sunset League game since 2004.

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