Justin Mesa Set to Take Over at San Marino

Justin Mesa to be named the new head coach at San Marino

By Tim Peterson

(San Marino) – Justin Mesa, currently the recruiting coordinator at the University of Wyoming, is set to take over as the new head football coach at San Marino sources confirmed Wednesday.

Mesa has had numerous stops including administrative and coaching roles on the college level at Dixie State and USC. He was also the offensive coordinator and the quarterbacks coach at Loyola High School in Los Angeles for three years. Before going to Loyola Mesa was at USC from 2008 to 2013 where he served as graduate assistant, tight ends coach and offensive assistant working with quarterbacks and wide receivers. Mesa graduated from USC in 2007.

Mesa will replace Mike Hobbie, who stepped down after a successful eight-year run that included two Rio Hondo League championships, a CIF title and a State playoff victory in 2015.

Mesa’s hiring is contingent on a clearing process which should be completed this week.

21 Comments to "Justin Mesa Set to Take Over at San Marino"

  1. Angelos Fan's Gravatar Angelos Fan
    April 23, 2019 - 8:11 pm | Permalink

    Justin is a good man with alot of experience behind him. Give the kid a chance.

  2. Recruiting Coordinator's Gravatar Recruiting Coordinator
    April 23, 2019 - 8:15 am | Permalink

    Is San Marino putting an end to recruiting football players? Because hiring a coach whose biggest job was D1 college recruiting coordinator kind of sends the opposite message. Not knowing anything about their internal workings, it seems to me that San Marino just made a big announcement about how they intend to compete going forward.

  3. sport man's Gravatar sport man
    April 23, 2019 - 1:53 am | Permalink

    I predict Bottom Line is far off with his prediction

  4. ?'s Gravatar ?
    April 22, 2019 - 3:04 pm | Permalink

    @GG: Are you Mesa’s mother in law?

  5. BT Bear's Gravatar BT Bear
    April 22, 2019 - 11:51 am | Permalink

    This is going to be a tough job period. Looking at the roster that is on Maxpreps, it is thin at best. On the school website it shared that they cancelled their JV program last season. I heard the wrestling coach has just left also. Does that mean that recruiting wrestlers in has been squashed? If so that would also mean football could be held to a new standard of no recruiting. The team has no chance without recruiting players in. Perhaps Hoobie left because the cupboard was bare and there was nothing come down the pipeline. On paper the hire is a good one. As someone else’s OC you dance to the tune the HC sets. Give him a chance to rise or fall on his own merits.

  6. Gordon gekko's Gravatar Gordon gekko
    April 21, 2019 - 3:53 pm | Permalink

    This is going to be a bust. Ask players who played at Loyola during his alleged OC days for the Cubs and former USC players. This is total joke. This is a con job. It’ll blow up in the SMSD facs badly. This hire comes nowhere near Hobbie.

    Watch the gurus come in for business.

  7. Bottom Line's Gravatar Bottom Line
    April 20, 2019 - 9:08 am | Permalink

    At one point, Magic Johnson had no head coaching or managerial experience, and look how that turned out.

  8. Good luck!'s Gravatar Good luck!
    April 19, 2019 - 8:12 pm | Permalink

    @? @RAMS FAN are you talking about baseball or football for La Cañada and Temple City? True, Temple City is a rebuilding program for football and already decent enough for baseball. La Cañada has had their recent struggles for football after graduating their class of 2017.

    @Green Monster likely Monrovia like 2016 may be likely to hang on to their league champs banner like they did from 2007-2014 and 2016-2017. Depends on how San Marino does, no surprise if Temple City may challenge San Marino to second place behind Monrovia like San Marino back 2011-2014 and 2017.

    @Lupe I agree, and of course Hobbie at one point had no head coach experience. @Bottom Line just give Mesa a chance and see what he has to accomplish for San Marino through thick and thin outside of scores, records, and paper.

  9. Lupe's Gravatar Lupe
    April 19, 2019 - 9:39 am | Permalink

    At one point DeSpain, Farrar, Bogan, Salter. Betchel………. had NO Head coaching experience. The no head coaching experience put down is lame!

  10. Green Monster's Gravatar Green Monster
    April 18, 2019 - 11:31 pm | Permalink

    Monrovia takes league for the next 3 years guaranteed.

  11. Miramonte guy's Gravatar Miramonte guy
    April 18, 2019 - 10:11 pm | Permalink

    Wilson and Azusa you are now on the clock. How long are they gonna go before giving these kids a chance. Azusa was on the cusp of returning to contention. But since the boosters decided to act like children, now kids are in mid April without any spring ball

  12. sports man's Gravatar sports man
    April 18, 2019 - 8:31 pm | Permalink

    I guess this may replace all the bs about the school

  13. Rider's Gravatar Rider
    April 18, 2019 - 12:55 pm | Permalink

    Big splash hire! Monrovia must be shaking!

  14. NWO's Gravatar NWO
    April 18, 2019 - 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like a good hire. Who still doesn’t have a HC?

  15. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    April 18, 2019 - 11:08 am | Permalink

    Angelus chump jumping on another band wagon

  16. RAMS FAN's Gravatar RAMS FAN
    April 18, 2019 - 8:55 am | Permalink

    @ my 2 pennies
    While I applaud you for seeing the glass half full, a CIF title is not something you’d want to go to Vegas with. They also lost to La Canada once and also to Temple City and Monrovia. Not really a dominating performance and certainly not a CIF worthy performance but definitely good enough for second place in League. I do believe Mr Hobbie is an excellent coach and it sounds like Mr Mesa will continue the excellence in football.

  17. Bottom Line's Gravatar Bottom Line
    April 18, 2019 - 8:36 am | Permalink

    What Mesa’s resume boils down to is this: the man has no head coaching experience. These high school programs usually get what they pay for.

  18. ?'s Gravatar ?
    April 18, 2019 - 1:05 am | Permalink

    Coach will find playing the likes of Temple City and La Canada is a lot tougher than playing The Fighting Irish and UCLA every year.

  19. Angelus Fan's Gravatar Angelus Fan
    April 17, 2019 - 9:08 pm | Permalink

    Great Man and former Cathedral Player and Grad. Justin has the experience to succeed and a Good choice for San Marino.

  20. My Two Cents's Gravatar My Two Cents
    April 17, 2019 - 8:24 pm | Permalink

    If Mike Hobbie keeps it up, he may have a CIF baseball title to go with all those football trophies. San Marino is the only team to have beaten a very good La Canada team twice.

  21. Donald Bernard's Gravatar Donald Bernard
    April 17, 2019 - 7:28 pm | Permalink

    What a Hire. Congratulations Justin!! J Mesa will do a great job there.

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