Athlete Success Stories
Concord High School Football Team
NCS Division II Champions!
December 2010 -
Concord High’s varsity football team went to the Oakland Coliseum in December and did something no other Concord football team had done in the schools 44 year history. They won a championship in dramatic fashion bringing the school its first ever North Coast Section Division II football title.
The championship game saw 7 lead changes and with 2:55 left in the game Concord had the ball on its own 22 yard line trailing Rancho Cotate 37-34. Quarterback Ricky Lloyd who had set a single season Northern California record for passing yards early in the third quarter calmly looked at Coach Brian Hamilton and gave him a wink and a smile before taking the team on their historic drive. It was capped with a 24-yard touchdown pass from Lloyd to Sitani Malupo with 16 seconds to play. Concord held on to win 40-37 a victory that sent the team into a wild celebration on the Coliseum turf.
Congratulations to every Concord player and coach. The team effort from day one, the blood, the sweat, the heart, propelled you to the top of the mountain where you stand together as champions.
Concord High Girls Softball Team!
NCS Division II Champions!
Spring 2010 - For those who have not heard, the Concord High softball team won the NCS Division II championship title game 7 – 0 this past weekend defeating #1 seed Rancho Cotate at San Marin High School in Novato. I’m told they played a flawless game. This was after defeating Montgomery High School in Concord last week. They walked away with the gold and are now the reigning NCS Division II champions.
Couldn’t and wouldn’t have happened if we had not had interscholastic athletics this past year....
Nathanael Litwiller - A Track Success Story:
Nathanael Litwiller AKA Nano found he loved running as a fourth grader. He started racing at the Millennium Mile. He ran CYO in Middle School and really took off in High School. He has made it to State in Cross Country the past three years and went to State for Track in 2008. He will be competing this weekend in Clovis at the 2009 State Track Meet. He will be heading to Sac State in the Fall on a partial scholarship.
Manny Chavez, Forever a Concord High Minuteman:
High School Football led me to my career. It wasn’t just because I developed a deep love for the game, but because of what it gave me off the field. There were many post practice speeches that would talk about being men of character, and family. Since I wasn’t very good on the field, I focused more on these aspects. The coaches I had over the years taught me how to act right, and not just go through the motions. I was absolutely inspired by my High School coaches and the many High School coaches I coached with over the years. To this day I still talk to my coaches from high school. In 2002 I graduated from Concord High School and I am still currently a college student. Had it not been for athletics however, the odds of me going to college were slim to none. I would have gone to high school and finished, but only because that’s what my parents would have wanted. I promise you that without playing athletics in high school, I would not be who I am today. By that I don’t just mean a football coach, but who I am as a person. That’s why I chose to become a coach. Not for the championships, not for the records, or to get my name in the paper. I do it because they did it, because they taught me.
Today, as well as being a college student I am entering my ninth year as a football coach. I’ve spent time at the Youth (Concord Cobras 2001-2002), High School (Concord High School 2003-2004, 2008) and Junior College Level (Diablo Valley College 2005-2007). As I write this to you, I am in Athens, Texas, where I am the Director of Football Operations and Wide Receivers Coach. At the age of 24, I didn’t think I’d be here. Again, this is all because of my experience as a high school athlete. It is because of that I support and urge all of you to support the efforts of the United Mt Diablo Athletic Foundation. They are doing whatever they can to ensure that students at all six schools in the district have athletics. These men and women are dedicated to our student-athletes. Please, support the UMDAF, and support the students. This isn’t just about getting to play in high school, it’s about their futures. It’s about being a great person, not just a great athlete.
Manny Chavez, forever a Concord High Minuteman
Director of Football Operations/Wide Receivers Coach
Trinity Valley Community College
Concord High School 2002 Graduate
Concord High School Football Coach 2003, 2004, 2008