1975 Varsity Football Team
Inducted by Coach Al Vermeil
The Catholic Athletic League was very competitive in the 1970’s, with major battles yearly with rival high schools Salesian, St. Mary’s, De La Salle, and Bishop O’Dowd. In 1973 the Mariners beat Salesian High School for the first time, signaling Moreau’s development into a football powerhouse. After three years of coaching the varsity football program, Coach Al Vermeil coached the 1975 Varsity Football team to victory in the Catholic Athletic League and then to the North Coast Section playoff. In 1975, the win over Bishop O’Dowd was played at Chabot College in front of a huge crowd of Mariners. The team went on to defeat St. Mary’s High School in a game played in the rain and mud to clinch the CAL title. From 1973-1975 the team never lost to De La Salle. For his leadership in establishing a winning tradition at Moreau, Coach Al Vermeil was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008.
Bill Arellano ’76 Lawrence Barbier ’76 Jeffrey Bixby ’77 Gerald Bottero ’77 David Davini ’76 James Dillon ’76 Terry Eidson ’76 Gordon Foxworthy ’76 Joseph Freitas ’76 Mark Freschi ’76 Matthew Freschi ’76 James Goudreau ’77 Kirk Harm ’76 Donald Harris ’76 Lafayette Hatchel ’76 Charles Hernandez ’76 James King ’76 Alexander Kilmaszewski ’77 James Lassalle ’77 Michael Lydon ’77 Jarrett Morris ’77 Chris Murray ’77 David Orozco ’77 Phil Pollock ’77 David Ponte ’76 Andrew Ray ’76 Daniel Reed ’76 Stephen Relova ’76 Mark Robinson ’76 James Roland ’76 Rafael Santos ’77 Mark Shindler ’76 Chris Shipp ’77 Brian Trujillo ’76 Steven Whalen ’77 Keith Wiedeman ’77
Jim Dillon ’76
Jim played football and did jumps and throws in track and field during his athletic career at Moreau Catholic. He was All League in football for both the 1974 and 1975 season, was a Catholic All-American in 1975, and a member of the Alameda County All-Star Team in 1976. Some of his lasting memories were riding to one of the first away games in 1973 (and realizing they were starting the season with only 23 players on the team), listening to James Brown and the Doobie Brothers while weight training, chasing Bruce Chess from rival Bishop O’Dowd down the sidelines to no avail in 1974, then blowing out Bishop O’Dowd at Chabot College the following year, and of course, the celebration in the mud at St. Mary’s High School the night they won the CAL.
The one legacy he hopes to have left at Moreau Catholic is for athletes to do the most with the gifts that God gave them, always be a humble player who talks with his “hat”. Teams play how they practice and most games are won or lost on the practice field long before the actual contest begins. His inspirations were his parents, William and Mary Dillon, as well as Coach Vermeil who taught him to push beyond what he thought he could do in a manner that was supportive and loving.
Terry Eidson ’76
Terry played baseball, football, and track for the Mariners during his time at Moreau. He is proud to be on the first football team to reach the NCS playoffs and to win the CAL Championship. He remembers the three-a-day practices at the Oakland Army Base. The practices were hellish, but created a fantastic team bond. Terry is proud that the team worked hard for the championship following the “three-a-day’s” with two weeks of doubles and credits Coach Vermeil for being on the cutting edge of weight training as the team did power cleans, squats, isometrics, and essentially lifted year-round.
Terry is married, and has two children and he has been teaching and coaching football at De La Salle High School for over two decades. Through his experience of playing football at Moreau Catholic, he learned to work hard, not feel sorry for himself, and that discipline and teamwork make one accomplish more than one thought possible. Terry instills these important lessons in his own players today.
Jim Goudreau ’77
As a student athlete at Moreau, Jim played football, basketball and baseball. He was a three year letterman in football Second Team in the Catholic Athletic League (CAL) in 1975, First Team in 1976-77, and First Team and All-League in basketball 1976-77. Jim went on to play football at Santa Clara University for four years where he was voted Most Inspirational and Most Improved his Junior year.
One of Jim’s most memorable football experiences was the Moreau vs. Piedmont game in Oakland. During half-time the team used the school bus as its locker room. With the windows fogged up, Coach Vermeil gave the team a motivational speech because they were behind. Coach was so fired up that, after the team exited the bus, he took them all on in the “meat grinder” drill. The team lined up in their pads. Coach was just in his coaching clothes and whistle and he went through the “Grinder.” Each member of the team had to go at Coach and hit him as he protected himself. Despite a busted lip and bruised arms, Coach was “cranked-up”, which got the team “cranked up.” While the Mariners took a loss for that game, it remains one of Jim’s fondest memories of his time playing football at Moreau Catholic.
Jim has been married for 30 years to the love of his life, Susan, has three children, Taylor (25), Connor (22) and Griffin (18). He is Director of Sales for a high-tech company in Silicon Valley, and is enjoying his family, his parents, and life’s journey. Jim’s inspirations have been his parents, Jan and Dick, and all of his coaches and teachers in high school and college. The person who has had the biggest influence on his life, aside from his parents, is Coach Vermeil, who Jim thought of as a second father whom he respected and admired. Coach taught Jim to work hard, prepare 100% and never leave anything on the field. Coach also taught him that personal perceived limitations can be overcome if the passion and drive to succeed are unyielding. Always humble, when asked what legacy he hoped to leave at Moreau, Jim states, “Personally I do not think I left any legacy. The coaches, trainers, bus drivers, cheerleaders, and players all left the legacy that Moreau Catholic is a school to be held in high esteem.”
Kirk Harm ’76 Kirk
was the running back and backup quarterback for the 1975 Championship Team. His most vivid memories of playing football at Moreau are getting up at 5:00 am on school days and walking down to the corner of Driscoll Rd. and Mission Blvd. where Coach Vermeil would pick him up and take him to school to lift weights. Kirk will never forget what he learned in the weight room. He went on to become a personal trainer. Kirk still does squats to this day.
Kirk fondly remembers a practice when the team was doing first team goal line defense and Kirk was the running back on the scout team. After scoring on a sweep lay right, and then an up the middle run, Coach yelled out, “We are not leaving this field until you maggots make a stop!” Kirk scored three more times and, when breaking the huddle for another play, got in his stance, looked back and saw Coach Vermeil pointing out exactly where the play was going - to Jim Dillon, the middle linebacker. Jim met Kirk with a perfect form tackle about the same time he got the ball and defense finally made their stop and the team got to go in!
After graduation Kirk played at Ohlone College. After breaking his scapula during freshman year, Kirk came back his second year and became quarterback, leading the team to win the league and then the Northern California Championships. Kirk went on to play two more years at CSU Hayward, and then joined David Ponte on the Fremont Cavaliers. He went to southern California and played for the Huntington Beach Mariners. Kirk feels fortunate to have played football for 17 years, crediting Coach Vermeil’s weight training program with teaching him about discipline, hard work, and leadership.
Jarrett Morris ’77
Jarrett played football for three years on the varsity team and was Co-Offensive MVP in 1976, Honorable MentionAll-League in 1976. After high school Jarrett played for three years at Santa Clara University where he was a starting defensive back in 1978-79. His accomplishments at Moreau Catholic include a 77-yard interception return against Archbishop Mitty High School, an 88-yard touchdown pass against Washington 1976, two interceptions, one for a touchdown against St. Mary’s 1974, 1002 yards passing for a season 1976, 55 passes completed for a season 1976, and 202 yards passing in a single game against Tennyson 1976
David Orozco ’77
David played both football and baseball at Moreau Catholic, earning several team and league honors. His Junior year, 1975-76, aside from being on the championship football team, he was also First Team All-League in baseball, batting .425, and was All South County, First Team All Eastbay. The baseball team also won the CAL title going 30-7 for the year. After Moreau Catholic he played baseball at Laney College in Oakland. David states, “The 70’s were a very special time for Moreau Catholic High School athletics. Coaches, parents, and teammates all contributed to making those years memorable for all the student athletes. The varsity football and baseball games in 1975-1976 against our rival, Bishop O’Dowd were special.”
David is currently working in commercial real estate investments and brokerage and is married with three children.
Dave Ponte ’76
Dave played four years of football under coaches Espicha, Weeks, Vermeil and fondly remembers his teammates, Joe Freitas ‘76, Steve Relova ‘76, Matt Beam ‘76, Roman Juarez, Dan Reed ‘76, Pat Roland ‘76, and Chuck Allen. He was Honorable Mention All-League in 1974. After high school he played from 1976-80 at CSU Hayward and was starting fullback his final year. Dave played semi-pro football with the Fremont Cavaliers. Some of his fondest memories include trying to disengage Steve Relova from his bunk while Steve was suffering from severe cramping during triple practice sessions at the Oakland Army base, defeating Tennyson when Roman Juarez was their quarterback (after he left Moreau), and doing 30-second drills. Dave works as a physical therapist and is amazed at what coach Vermeil initiated at Moreau Catholic for sports specific training. Coach was far ahead of his time with his emphasis on speed, agility and conditioning.
Dave is a private practice owner of Ponte Physical Therapy in Eureka and is married to Lorraine O. Losano-Ponte ’76 and has three children.
Dan Reed ’76
Dan played Varsity football, baseball and track and field. In high school, he played in the Alameda All- Star game and was All-League in the Catholic Athletic League. After graduation from Moreau Catholic , he played at Chabot College, then transferred to West Texas State University (now Texas A & M) and played for two years as a defensive end with his team winning the Missouri Valley Conference Champions in 1979.
Dan is remembered as a great team member. He especially admired his teammates Jim Goudreau ‘77, and Steve Relova ’76. Dan hopes his team left the legacy at Moreau Catholic of appreciating the value of strength and conditioning in athletics. He was particularly inspired by Coach Vermeil who taught him the value of hard work, persistence and teamwork. Dan has been married for 32 years to Cindy Boegel Reed ’75 and has two children, Clint (29) and Kaci (27). He is happy and living in Roseville.
Michael Lydon ’77
Michael played football for four years, wrestled, and threw shot put and discus in track and field. He was All League Offensive Lineman in football. After high school, he played one year of football at Chabot College, then transferred to UC Davis where he graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering.
Michael fondly remembers the Bishop O’Dowd game at Chabot College under the lights with a huge Moreau Catholic crowd cheering the team on to victory. He credits Coach Vermeil with helping teach and shape him in his adult life more than anyone other than his immediate family. The legacy Michael hopes to leave with the athletes at Moreau Catholic is “No matter your size, play hard, prepare and you will be able to be proud of your efforts. Have no regrets.”
Michael is married with two children and works for Cisco Systems in Norway
Mark Robinson ’76
Mark played on both the 1974 and 1975 teams. He attended UCLA and graduated with a BS in Ecosystems, then earned his MS from CSU San Jose in Biology. He is currently teaching Anatomy and Chemistry at Vista High School. He is married and is in the process of starting a winery.
Ralph Santos ’77
Ralph played football, basketball, and baseball at Moreau under the tutelage of Coaches Vermeil, Paaz, and Davidson. His most memorable teammates during that time were all the members of the Offensive Line. Ralph was voted to the All-League in football, and, like all the other players, his most exciting memories are being part of the 1975 Championship Team. After high school, Ralph attended CSU Fullerton where he played football.
The legacy Ralph hopes to leave with the athletes at Moreau Catholic is one of discipline and hard work. Teams that prepare well in practice will play well on the field. He is thankful to Coach Vermeil and his staff for preparing him not only for football but also for life. During his high school career, these men showed him how hard work, discipline, and passion for the game make champions on and off the field. Ralph has tried to teach his children these same virtues and is forever grateful to his coaches and mentors.
Ralph is married to Yvette and has two Children, Juliana and Alec. He is retired and helps his daughter coach high school softball at Gregori High School in Modesto.