College of Marin
Location: Kentfield, California
Head Coach: George Adams (3rd Season)
2000 Record: 2-8
Across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, in the small Marin County town of Kentfield, the College of Marin sits nestled back in the woods. Its a quiet town and a quiet campus, and until now, I never knew a whole lot about their football program. For years they had an off campus head coach and had a tough time keeping among the top teams in the Bay Valley Conference.
Now, with an on-campus head coach and several part-time on-campus coaches, the Mariners look to turn a corner and get over the hump.
Former St. Mary's College assistant coaches Tim Adams and Bill Morones are reunited under head coach George Adams and they have some talent to work with in 2001. Tim Adams was an assistant coach at L.A. Valley College in the early to mid 1990s, when the Monarchs had one of the most prolific offenses in the state. Now, as the offensive coordinator at Marin, he hopes to bring the Mariners' offense up the ranks. In 2000, the Mariners were 6th from the bottom in total offense, averaging 258 yards per game.
A name to remember in the Mariners' offensive game plan is quarterback Luke Zoeller. At 6-7, 250-pounds, Zoeller will compete with Pasadena's Nathan Chandler for the distinction as being the largest quarterback in the state. Zoeller, a division II bounce back will likely lead the Mariners' pass oriented offense.
The offensive line returns a number of players, led by Gabe Gauer (6-3, 315) and Beau Dumont (6-1, 260). Two other players who can play both offensive and defensive line include Jelani Meaders (6-5, 260) and Banel Monestine (6-4, 265).
A pair of sophomore receivers return in Shaun Joseph (6-2, 185) and Joe Muldowney (6-5, 225), who may also line up at defensive end.
The defense welcomes the return of a pair of fine athletes in linebacker Sean Lagomarsino (6-3, 230) and strong safety Mike Schauble (6-2, 210).
The aforementioned Meaders, Monestine, and Muldowney will likely see time on the defensive line. Fellow sophomores Tremain Brown (6-3, 295), Brian Rafferty (6-2, 230), and Nils Strindberg (6-2, 230) will compete for a spot on the D-Line.
Cornerback Gennaro Caputo (6-0, 190) returns in the secondary along with Schauble.
The Mariners will bring in a strong group of freshmen this Fall who will compete right away for starting positions. With some new coaches and a good blend of returners and newcomers, hopefully the Mariners will get over the hump in 2001.