Mooney’s Top Five

Desmond Reed was number one on Mike Mooney’s Top 5

Former Temple City/San Marino Head Coach and most recently Arcadia assistant Mike Mooney listed the best five players that he’s ever coached. Note: All five are from Temple City. Here are his Top 5 in order.

1. Desmond Reed-Ultimate competitor. Did it all. 4 year Varsity Starter. Never wanted to leave the field. WR/DB/RB/KR/Punter as Senior, seriously. Just a joy to coach. Most unreal athlete I coached.

2. Matt Malczynski-Ultimate team leader. Mature beyond his years. Threw an incredible deep ball. No situation was too big. As close to a coach on the field as I ever had. Owns his own Law Firm in Glendora, HCM.

3. Stephen Brown-Ultimate swiss army knife. Played WR/RB/SS/TE. Family full of elite ballers at TC. Could ask him to do anything and he did it well. Ball hawk and hammer in the secondary. Think Honey Badger.

4. Tommy Bullock-Ultimate Tough Guy. MLB/FB/OT. Rare size and speed for us at TC. Absolute sledgehammer at the point of attack. Paved the way for Kenji Morinaga to rush for over 400 yards against South Pas. Heck of a baseball player too.

5. Dwight Broadnax– Ultimate impersonator. Closest thing to Reed since Reed. Wanted 22 but we gave him 2. The Deuce was born. Everything about him mirrored Des. Think Michael then Kobe. Highlights of him floating around on YouTube.

Mooney’s Top 5 as an assistant
Danny Loyd – QB SM. Mr. All-American. All CIF in Football, Basketball, and CIF Player of the Year in baseball in 94-95. Unreal competitor. Now a head coach in Texas.

Sal Tovar – RB, South El Monte – You all know what he did if you’re on this board at all. Knew he was special when I coached him with the Jets!

Daniel Olmos – QB/S-South El Monte – Another kid who you should know if you’re on this board. In the same mold as Malczynski and Loyd as a QB, but also a savage tackler and cover guy. Double duty as a senior. Simply a stud. Coached him as a Jet too.

Rolandis Whitner – All Purpose Arcadia – Closest thing to Reed and Broadnax I’ve coached. Unreal athlete. Explosive and dynamic.

DeMarco Moorer – RB/LB Arcadia
Explosive. Tough. Barely tapped his potential but for 1 year he was a workhorse on the CIF run at Arcadia.

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9 Comments to "Mooney’s Top Five"

  1. May 5, 2020 - 10:16 pm | Permalink

    I had no idea Mike Mooney Coached football with the El Monte Jets!!! Kids should be so lucky to have a coach teach them the right way to play from early on. It’s Not very surprising Mr. Tovar did what he did and more importantly the way he did it. Or any of the players on this list for that matter. Coach Mooney if you ever coach youth football again I have 10 year old ready to sign up. LOL.

  2. May 2, 2020 - 7:21 pm | Permalink

    No Antonio Wagner No Sal Tovar… interesting.
    Desmond Reed was electric second to only Tommy Cogburn as far as I’ve seen.
    Wagner was a the definition of all purpose! Tovar was probably the smoothest player I’ve seen run the rock

  3. GHernandez's Gravatar GHernandez
    May 2, 2020 - 4:26 pm | Permalink

    Koffler’s doing his now

  4. May 2, 2020 - 3:24 pm | Permalink

    Count me in on that as well. But maybe it’s a TC players only because Sal Tovar was a one man show for those Eagle teams. I’d put him right behind Reed on that list.
    Very cool topic!!
    MVS Call Matt Koffler Eric Escamilla as well.

  5. Henry Polanco jr's Gravatar Henry Polanco jr
    May 2, 2020 - 1:43 pm | Permalink

    Very surprised Sal Tovar didn’t make his list.

  6. Old Whitmont Guy's Gravatar Old Whitmont Guy
    May 2, 2020 - 12:33 pm | Permalink

    Surprised not to see Sal Tovar on his list.

  7. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    May 2, 2020 - 11:33 am | Permalink

    Always a ram

    Mr broadnax love yall back home

  8. May 2, 2020 - 9:21 am | Permalink

    I wish Big Lou was around to do a “Lou’s Top Five”.
    Keep this one going!

  9. Love It's Gravatar Love It
    May 1, 2020 - 10:56 pm | Permalink

    Now THIS is a great series to run while the virus pays us an unwanted visit. Thoroughly enjoyed reading what coach had to say about his best guys. Thanks for this.

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