This season does not mark Loren Kleinrock’s first football coaching rodeo, as a 50-plus year veteran of education there are very few “firsts” remaining on Kleinrock’s CV.
Kleinrock began coaching football in the fall of 1975, when he was the head coach.
“I had some of the best players I ever coached, a number of whom went on to play Division 1 football,” Kleinrock recently said. “After that I coached one year of sophomore football as the team’s head coach. I went on to coach varsity football as the offensive coordinator for Bill Maloney. I then had the same role with Mike Mooney before Mooney went back to Temple City, his alma mater.” Kleinrock then reprised that role for three more years under then-head coach Rich Enright when Maloney came back and reprised his defensive coordinator role.
Kleinrock then coached freshman baseball at San Marino High School. Kleinrock had coached those two sports when he began his teaching career at Morningside High School.
Kleinrock then began coaching boys’ soccer in the winter of 1977. “I coached that for 16 years,” he said. Kleinrock then became principal of Huntington Middle School and gave up the soccer coaching gig.
Kleinrock never took any money for the coaching positions.
“The parents and community at the time did so much to support our schools,” Kleinrock said. “They didn’t get paid anything for their volunteer work so I figured the least I could do was to give something back and volunteer my time for SMHS.”
While he has eschewed financial pay, Kleinrock has richly enjoyed the experience. “I enjoyed coaching kids to hep them become the best player they could be. It also allows coaches who are are done with their respective playing years to keep competing in athletics through coaching.”