NEWBURY PARK — The resume goes like this:
A career at USC blocking for O.J. Simpson, a short NFL run under Vince Lombardi and Tom Fears, five years as head coach at Long Beach Poly High followed by 19 years of coaching college football, including three at UCLA.
So what is Mike Scarpace doing coaching linemen at Newbury Park High?
"I'm having a fantastic time," he said. "Football is football. I'm enjoying this as much as anything I've done."
Scarpace, who teaches at Glendale College, lives in Newbury Park. He wanted to coach close to home, so when Panther line coach Greg Mattes returned to Nevada Las Vegas this fall to get his degree, Scarpace volunteered.
"We are incredibly lucky to have someone with Mike's experience on our staff," Newbury Park Coach George Hurley said.
Scarpace, 52, has picked up where Mattes, 29, who played the line at Newbury Park and UNLV, left off.
"These guys already had the fundamentals down," Scarpace said. "They are good players."
Scarpace, who spent the past three years with Jim Fenwick at Valley College, has brought a college mentality to Newbury Park.