Nate Turner, San Marino High School’s new head varsity football coach, was the keynote speaker at last Thursday’s meeting of the Rotary Club of San Marino. Turner was introduced to the audience by David Irie, who is the school’s director of student experiences and athletic director.
Turner concluded his presentation by mentioning the importance of academics at San Marino High School and comraderie within the football team. He also said that “football sets the tone for the rest of the school year” among the student body and staff.
Irie provided a broad overview of the school’s athletic programs, which included a CIF Open Division Championship, which was won by last year’s girls’ varsity tennis team.
Turner had a game to coach just a few hours after the Rotary meeting as San Marino High School’s frosh-soph team had a game scheduled against Arcadia just three hours after the meeting was scheduled to adjourn.
Turner played in the NFL for the Chargers and Saints and also played in Germany during the NFL Europe days, which still hold fond memories for the wide receiver. Turner mentioned that he was once coached by Hall of Fame defensive back Willie Brown, who played for the Raiders during his long professional career.
Turner was accompanied to the meeting by San Marino Football Booster President Cassie Zappaterreno and Daisy Wilson, a former president of San Marino National Little League who is a current football mother.
Turner mentioned a booster party that had been held a week earlier to start the program off with a bang. The Titans defeated Arcadia by final score of 27-13 on Friday night in the season opener, San Marino hosts Arroyo High School this Friday, August 25 at 7:00 p.m.
The frosh-soph team was defeated by Arcadia last Tuesday and hosts Arroyo on Wednesday, August 23 at 3:30 p.m.