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December 9, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Skyline’s Mat Taylor named OC at All-American Bowl

Skyline coach Mat Taylor has been named the offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach for the West team at the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, which is scheduled for Jan. 3 in Phoenix, Ariz.

Here is the press release

PHOENIX (Dec. 9, 2011) – The highly anticipated inaugural Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl announced today that 18 of the nation’s top high-school football coaches have been selected to serve as the official coaching staff for the East vs. West face-off on Jan. 3, 2012 in Phoenix.

Proudly presented by JuniorRank Sports and the United States Marine Corps, the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl will feature 100 of the country’s top high school football players who embody the Marine Corps values of honor, courage and commitment. Coaches from coast to coast were scouted for the honorable coaching staff positions, with the final 18 selected based on their volunteered time, expertise and commitment to the inaugural bowl game.

“By lending our motto Semper Fidelis to this bowl game, we are showing our commitment to developing well-rounded individuals. This game will feature some of the most talented athletes in the country, but each has been selected not only for his athletic prowess, but also his academic performance and the strength of his character,” said Brig. Gen. Joseph L. Osterman, Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruiting Command.

For the West team, head coach Steve Belles from Hamilton High School in Chandler, Ariz. will lead the way. The head coach of Hamilton High School’s varsity football team since 2006, Belles has led his teams to four state championships, one semi-final appearance, and to be named region champions for all five seasons. Belles’ recognitions include Arizona 5A Coach of the Year and Coach of the Year, and he has decades of experience on and off the field in professional football. He was a member of Notre Dame’s last national championship team in 1988 and went on to play professionally in Europe for the Revenna Chiefs. After playing with the Arena Football Leagues’ Arizona Rattlers and serving as their offensive coordinator for one season, Belles headed to the high school ranks to coach.

For the East team, head coach Biff Poggi from Gilman School in Baltimore will take the reins. Poggi has been coaching at Gilman for 29 seasons, with the last 15 as head coach. Producing nine MIAA “A” conference titles and two championship wins, Poggi’s squads have been ranked nationally for nine seasons, including ranking No. 1 for East, and ranking at No. 12 and 14 nationally in the USA Today Final Rankings. Poggi’s recognitions include Coaching Alliance Positive Coach of The Year and co-developing the national coaching movement Building Men For Others, which inspired The New York Times bestseller “Season of Life.” Poggi is also a graduate of Gilman.

Belles and Poggi will coach their respective teams for the inaugural Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl alongside the following assistant coaches:

West team assistant coaches include:

Wide Receivers Coach/Offensive Coordinator: Mat Taylor, Skyline High School (Sammamish, Wash.)

— Running Backs Coach/Specials: Mike Johnston, Hamilton High School (Chandler, Ariz.)

— Quarterback Coach: Shaun Aguano, Chandler High School (Chandler, Ariz.)

— Offensive Line Coach: Anthony Sanchez, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)

— Defensive Backs Coach/Defensive Coordinator: John Sanders, Saguaro High School (Scottsdale, Ariz.)

— Defensive Line Coach: Dave Peck, Bingham High School (South Jordan, Utah)

— Defensive Backs Coach: Tony Perry, Central East High School (Fresno, Calif.)

— Linebackers Coach: Lane Reynolds, Hamilton High School (Chandler, Ariz.)

East team assistant coaches include:

— Quarterback Coach/Offensive Coordinator: Chris Baucia, Baltimore Gilman (Baltimore)

— Running Backs Coach: Telly Lockette, Miami Central High School (Miami)

— Wide Receivers Coach: Sean Callahan, Armwood High School (Seffner, Fla.)

— Offensive Line Coach: Henry Russell, Baltimore Gillman (Baltimore)

— Offensive Line Coach: Christopher Chick, Saguaro High School (Scottsdale, Ariz.)

— Defensive Line Coach/Defensive Coordinator: John Hart, Warren Central Catholic (Indianapolis)

— Linebackers Coach: Shannon Messick, Norfolk Christian (Norfolk, Va.)

— Defensive Backs Coach: Maurice Douglass, Trotwood Madison High School (Trotwood, Ohio)

The Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl will air on CBS Sports Network Jan. 3, 2012, at 4 p.m. MST, from Phoenix, showcasing 100 of the nation’s elite high school football players who embody the Marine Corps values of honor, courage and commitment in a traditional East versus West gridiron matchup. The preceding day The Proving Ground football combine, airing Jan. 2, 2012, at 1 p.m. MST, on CBS Sports Network, will give viewers the chance to watch 400 of the country’s best high school football stars participate in skills competitions, showing a national audience why these impressive athletes represent the next generation of collegiate football talent.



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