St. Paul High School--Although he refuses to comment publicly, first-year Principal Father Robert Gallagher detailed in a press release what the most important criteria are for the vacant head football coaching job at the parochial school in Santa Fe Springs. The finalist must be "a practicing Catholic dedicated to the philosophy of St. Paul High School." Gallagher also indicated he wants a coach who would be willing to work in an academic atmosphere. Gallagher fired Coach Rick Ready last week. Ready said that Gallagher "told me he wanted to bring in his own guy." Gallagher's comments may signal a switch from the win-at-all-costs philosophy common among boosters in the Angelus League.
COACHING ALUMNI: Bob Foerster, Cerritos College--The former coach of the men's basketball team has moved to the Lake Tahoe area to continue his recovery from Guillain-Barre disease. Foerster, 45, contracted the rare ailment after jogging in the spring of 1982. The disease, which attacks the nervous system and often paralyzes its victims for brief periods, struck Foerster hard. At one point, he could only blink an eyelid. Today, Foerster shows little effects of the disease. At a recent Cal State Long Beach basketball game he joked with well-wishers about the new start he hopes to get in Northern California: "Isn't it funny? I've lived in L.A. (all my life) and I can't wait to get out."
Jim Newman, Cal State Los Angeles--The embattled Golden Eagles coach began his career at Compton High School and then switched to Compton College. In 1975 he led the top-ranked Tartars to a 30-1 basketball record and into the semifinal game of the state championships, where they were upset by Cerritos College, 47-45. Cal State L.A. officials notified Newman in October that his contract, now in its fourth year, would not be renewed. Newman, who is black, claims that the firing is racially motivated. The Golden Eagles posted an 18-10 record in Newman's second year and a 16-8 record last season. The team is 5-9 this season.
Don Johnson, Cypress College--The former coach at El Rancho High School says he is rebuilding at Cypress, although the Chargers (14-9) have won four games in a row and take a 2-0 Orange Empire Conference record into Saturday's contest at Rancho Santiago. A win Saturday would be Johnson's 425th in his 20 seasons at the college.
Butch Taylor, Trabuco Hills High School--After several years as an assistant coach at UC Irvine, the former basketball coach at Wilson High School is having success in his second year at the newest high school in Orange County. Trabuco Hills began this week with a 13-2 record.
BASKETBALL: Julie Curtis, Whittier College--The 5-foot-9 senior forward is the first woman to score more than 2,000 career points in the Southern California Interscholastic Athletic Conference. She is averaging 24.3 points a game. Whittier began the week with a record of 11-3.
Montebello High School--The Lady Oilers had their 42-game Whitmont League winning streak snapped by Bell Gardens, 60-41, in the league opener.
Andy Olivarez, Cypress College--The former Whittier High School star set a Cypress scoring record of 44 points in a recent game.
Kari Parriott, Valley Christian--The 6-2 center on the girls' basketball team scored 46 points and had 15 rebounds in a 64-42 win over Lakewood High School. Parriott missed a game two weeks ago against Capistrano Valley Christian because of a sprained knee.
Howard Lyon, Biola University--The veteran coach has won 681 games in his career, which includes stints at Avalon, Poly and Millikan high schools.
Tyler Austin, La Serna--The 6-4 senior forward is averaging 22.6 points and 11 rebounds a game. He also is an integral part of a man-to-man defense that Coach John Fien says has its players "in tune with each other."
CAL STATE STREAKS: Long Beach--Both the men and women's basketball teams are working on winning streaks. The men's team has won five consecutive games, its longest win string since 1980. The women's team has won 18 consecutive Pacific Coast Athletic Assn. games and has a 12-game winning streak.
Cerritos College--Ten Falcons have signed letters of intent. Darrin Bruce, a 6-3, 258-pound offensive lineman, signed with the University of Miami. Second-ranked Miami will graduate three starting offensive linemen from its 11-1 team. Falcon Coach Frank Mazzotta calls Bruce "the most outstanding lineman I have had." Other signings include lineman Jack Francis to Indiana; guard Kyle Jondle, Nevada-Reno; tight end Dan Donovan, Illinois; wide receivers Anthony Williams, Fresno State; and Errol Payne, Weber State; punter Gary Overgaauw, Cincinnati; cornerback Rick Castillo, Cincinnati; defensive tackle Scott Zowada, New Mexico State; and defensive back Tony Roland, Idaho.