Chaminade College Preparatory High School Head Football Coach Ed Croson Retires; Associate Head Coach David Machuca Named Successor

Chaminade College Preparatory announces the retirement of high school head football coach Ed Croson.

Coach Croson first began his career at Chaminade in 1989 after coaching at Southern Utah State University, Los Angeles Pierce College, Notre Dame High School, and St. Genevieve High School. He served as Chaminade’s athletic director from 1993-1998 and became head football coach in 1998. Coach Croson left Chaminade in 2000 to coach at Birmingham High School. In 2009, he returned to Chaminade, taking over a program that had only won two games the previous year.

In the 13 years since Coach Croson’s return, the Eagles have earned the MaxPreps designation of All-Decade 2009-2019 and California State Top 20 (ranked #17). They played in the CIF-SS quarterfinals in 2009 (7-5-0) and the semifinals in 2010 (11-3-0) and 2011 (10-3-0). Chaminade won the Mission League title and reached the CIF-SS finals in 2012 (12-2-0). In 2013, the program won the CIF-SS and California State title (14-2-0). Recently, the Eagles qualified for the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs in 2015, 2017, 2018, the Division 1 quarterfinals in 2016, and the Division 2 finals in 2019. They also won Mission League titles in 2017 and 2020.

Every year since 2010, Chaminade has finished in the California State Top 50 (out of 1,100 competing high schools). Los Angeles Daily News has ranked the Eagles in the Top 10 every week since September 2009, including #1 in 2012 and 2013, and #2 in 2016 and 2020. Cal-Hi Sports named Coach Croson the 2013 California State High School Coach of the Year, and on October 1, 2021, he netted his 200th career win with Chaminade against Cathedral High School.

Mindful of Chaminade’s Catholic, Marianist mission, Coach Croson implemented a team Mass and meal before every game. He is proud to have sent 83 Eagles to play for Division 1, 2, 3 schools, as well as Ivy League colleges. “Chaminade is immensely thankful to Coach Croson for his shepherding of hundreds of young players over the years, and indebted to him for putting Eagle football on the map,” said Chaminade high school Principal Luis R. Guerra.

David Machuca, current associate head coach, will take over for Coach Croson. Coach Machuca has enjoyed two stints at Chaminade: between 2009-2011, when he helped the Eagles to back-to-back semifinal appearances; and since 2017, during which the Eagles were CIF-SS Division 2 finalists (2019) and won the Mission League title (2020). Coach Machuca and his wife Kristen have two young sons, Shane and Dylan, and a newborn daughter, Reagan. Mr. Guerra expressed that, “Chaminade is excited and blessed to welcome Coach Machuca into his new role as head coach. His passion for Chaminade football, and desire to build upon Coach Croson’s legacy of developing young players for lives of service, will tremendously benefit our program. With his strong understanding of Chaminade’s mission and culture, and reputation as a relationship-builder, Coach Machuca will work in partnership with his players and their families to advance the tradition of Eagle excellence.”

Stadium Club Registration is Open

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Stadium Club membership gives Eagle fans an enhanced experience during football and basketball season! Membership includes the following:

  • Two member passes and two guest passes for regular season, home football games at Booster Stadium
  • Two member passes and two guest passes for regular season, basketball games at Uribe Sports Center
  • One reserved parking space in the Stadium Club area for each regular season, home football game
  • Invitation for four people to Stadium Club tailgate on September 2, 2016
  • Invitation for four adults (21 and over) to Stadium Club End of Season Party on November 4, 2016
  • A Stadium Club gift (to be distributed at the game on September 2)

Stadium club passes are for regular season football and girls’ and boys’ basketball games only. All playoff and CIF games are excluded and must be purchased separately. Annual membership for two members is $500.

To register, please visit this website to submit payment; or download and complete this form, and return it with a check to:

Chaminade College Preparatory
ATTN: Carrin Torres
10210 Oakdale Ave
Chatsworth, CA 91311

The deadline to register is August 29, 2016. Please contact Carrin Torres at (818) 360-0615 for more information.

Chaminade Freshman Wins State Fencing Championship

Chaminade’s fencing team had a great showing at the California State High School Fencing Championships, finishing 2nd overall. Freshman Jacob Lind ‘16 had an amazing day, finishing 8-0 in foil and becoming the California High School Foil Champion! Jacob also fenced in the saber event and finished 2nd, almost becoming a two-weapon state champion. The last Chaminade freshman to win the State Championships was Coach Derek Snyder in 1998. Other notable results came from team co-captain, Matt Carter ‘14, who finished 3rd in men’s epee and 5th in men’s foil. Gabby Najm ’14 finished 3rd and Jessica Fint ’16 finished 5th in women’s foil, and Parker Williams ’16 finished 7th in foil. Congratulations Chaminade fencers and coaches for a great season.

Three Tripleheadder Wins, Three Teams Advance

Chaminade hosted a tripleheader for State playoffs on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, and with three wins, all three Varsity teams advanced to the next round. Games will be played on Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9

Girls’ Soccer State Final vs. Cathedral Catholic
5:00 p.m.
Warren High School
8141 Depalma Street
Downey, CA 90241
Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for students/children
Live TV coverage on Time Warner Cable Sports channel 700

Girls’ Baksetball 2nd Round SoCal State Playoff Game vs. Santa Barbara High School
6:00 p.m.
Chaminade College Preparatory, West Hills
Uribe Sports Center
Doubleheader tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for students/children

Boys’ Basketball 2nd Round SoCal State Playoff Game vs. Damien High School
7:30 p.m.
Chaminade College Preparatory, West Hills
Uribe Sports Center
Doubleheader tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for students/children

Girls Soccer: Chaminade defeats Aliso Niguel 3-1 to win Southern Section Div. I championship

By Erik Boal, Staff Writer
Posted: March 3, 2013, Daily News, Los Angeles

The team that wouldn’t go away, no matter how many obstacles it faced or how much adversity it was forced to overcome, finally pushed every other program in the Southern Section Div. I girls soccer playoffs aside and stood alone in the center of the Corona High field as champions Friday night.

Maddie Romeo produced the first strike less than 75 seconds into the match, Abbi Williams delivered a clutch header just before halftime and Brittney McKinney provided the finishing touch, lifting Chaminade to its first division title since 2000 and the fifth in program history with a 3-1 victory over defending-champion Aliso Niguel (13-4-6).

The Eagles (20-3-5) ascended from a third-place finish in the Mission League to join rival Flintridge Sacred Heart — the 2011 champion — as the only local programs to capture Div. I girls soccer titles.

“It was just a refuse-to-lose attitude,” said Chaminade coach Mike Evans, who also guided the Eagles to four consecutive championships — two each in Divs. III and IV — from 1997-2000.

“We don’t break easily. We have a senior back line and a lot of the stuff they were throwing forward, we were not going to give up. We weren’t going to be intimidated.”

Chaminade atoned for a 1-0 second-round setback last season to Aliso Niguel, which went on to capture not only the section title, but the Southern California Div. I regional championship, securing honors as the nation’s top-ranked team by ESPN/Rise Magazine.

The Eagles wasted no time asserting themselves in the rematch, with Romeo burying a 15-yard shot in the upper left corner before Aliso Niguel’s defense had a chance to get settled.

After a Chaminade foul in the box resulted in Danica Koos’ penalty kick tying the score in the 26 th minute, Williams shifted the momentum in the Eagles’ favor with six seconds remaining in the first half, redirecting Brittany Solis’ throw-in with a header inside the left post for her fourth postseason goal and the second in as many matches.

“That totally lifted our spirits,” Williams said. “Everyone was so fired up and it gave us so much hope that we could win. We just told each other not to give up and play with a lot of heart, give it everything you’ve got and finish strong, and in the end we won. This is the best feeling in the whole wide world. It’s just incredible to say that we’re champions.”

Nina Coleman, Amanda Shadler, Kelly Hunter and Williams held strong in front of goalkeeper Chinaar Desai throughout the second half, with the absence of Sarah Roberts — attending an ODP tournament — and an ankle injury suffered by Dominique Bond-Flaza limiting Aliso Niguel’s attack.

McKinney punctuated the victory in the 73rd minute when she took advantage of a poor Wolverines’ clearance by gathering a long pass from Coleman and capitalizing on a breakaway opportunity with a 12-yard shot inside the right post for an insurance goal.

“We wanted it so badly for our seniors, especially because some of them lost their parents and we wanted to make them happy,” McKinney said. “We wanted to win it for our school and make them proud by finishing it off. We play the game we love and we do it for the people on our team. We just want to keep playing together in the (regionals)because we’re a family and we don’t want it to end.”