By Tim Peterson
(San Marino) – Mike Hobbie has stepped down as the head football coach at San Marino and will retire at the end of the year, the school announced Wednesday.
Hobbie spent eight years at San Marino compiling a 71-24-1 record overall and 9-7 in the playoffs as the Titans made the playoffs in all eight seasons under his regime.
In Hobbie’s first year, after taking over for Mike Mooney after the 2011 campaign, San Marino went 7-4 in 2012 and lost to San Dimas in the first round of the playoffs.
Hobbie guided the Titans to the CIF Championship in 2015 going 14-0 culminating with a title clinching 45-28 win over Charter Oak. San Marino then rallied to beat Sierra Canyon 36-35 in the State playoff game before losing its only game of the season – a 56-21 defeat to Central Catholic in the State Championship game.
This past season the Titans went 9-2-1 and advanced to the second round of the Division 9 Playoffs before falling to North 33-28.
Hobbie, who coaches the baseball team too, will lead them one more time on the diamond, before retiring at the end of the school year.
“He was one of the best minds I’ve ever been around. He knew how to get the best out of players,” said Matt Lopez who spent the last two years as an assistant coach under Hobbie. “The kids loved playing for him. He was a fierce competitor who hated losing and out worked and out coached his competitors. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work beside him.”
San Marino will now begin the search to fill Hobbie’s shoes, which will be no easy task.