Coaching Staff History

The con­tri­bu­tions of every Galileo coach have attrib­uted to the program’s suc­cess. The work put in can not be mea­sured by cham­pi­onships alone as each effort is a brick that has laid a foun­da­tion for what the pro­gram is today; 16 city cham­pi­onships as of 2009 and stay­ing com­pet­i­tive year after year.

Galileo Head Coaches

Mark Huynh (2009-recent, c/o ’90)

Kevin Adams (1993–2008)

George White (1973–1992) *

Larry McIn­er­ney (1969–1972)

George Pop­pin (1962–1968)

John “Pope” Illia (1945–1961)

Seb Pas­sanissi (?-1944)

Ras John­son (1930–1940-?) **

Ralph Chase (1929)

Howard Ross (1928)

James Brad­shaw (1927)

James E. Spauld­ing (1926)

McK­night (1923–1925)

Fred Swan (1922)

? Bain (1921)

*Most league cham­pi­onships won (9)
** First cham­pi­onship 1933

Coach Bain intro­duced foot­ball to Galileo in 1921 with a first game that resulted in a respectable 14–3 los­ing effort. The Lions played their first sea­son with 11 and won much respect in a 26–0 loss to Cogswell in which they fin­ished with 9 play­ers. Bain joined the UCLA staff after 1 season.

A grad­u­ate of Berke­ley High, Coach Fred Swan took over in 1922 to help Galileo win their first game, 27–2 non-league match against Bates. Then a 47–6 shocker in lower league-play against Sacred Heart. Swan left after 1 sea­son to become cap­tain of Stanford’s var­sity squad before join­ing “Pop” Warner at Tem­ple University.

After Coach McKnight’s 3-year stint, Coach James E. Spauld­ing took Galileo to the top as the Lions fin­ished in a 3-way tie for first place but was defeated by Lick in the play­off, 7–0. Spauld­ing started a 3-year string of 1-year coaches; James Brad­shaw fol­lowed Spauld­ing with Ralph Chase clos­ing the 3-year carousel.

Ras John­son took over in 1930 and put together a small dynasty with results of third, sec­ond and finally back-to-back city cham­pi­onships in 1933 and 1934, Galileo’s first and sec­ond titles. Johnson’s PE teacher posi­tion is the cul­prit for his long tenure, a much needed foun­da­tion for Galileo’s 13-year program.

By adding another cham­pi­onship in 1938, John­son paved the way for “pro­gram coaches” who bucked the early trend of 1-and-done. After Johnson’s 3 crowns, Galileo fell into a 37-year drought before Coach George White came over from Bal­boa to begin an incred­i­ble 20-year run of dom­i­nance. White helped Galileo break the 37-year streak with a city cham­pi­onship in 1974 before reel­ing off for 8 more to total 9 cham­pi­onships in a 20-year career at Galileo. White’s pro­gram reach a pin­na­cle in a 3-peat that span 1988–1990 with an impres­sive 34–1-1 over­all record.

Long time assis­tant to White, Kevin Adams (Ser­ra­monte High) took over in 1993 to add 3 more cham­pi­onships with a notable 12–0 sea­son in 2001. Those 3 titles were assisted by defen­sive coach, Hudari Mur­ray (’90), a 3-time all-city line­backer at Galileo. Adams held the head coach posi­tion for 16 years before Mark Huynh (’90) who played under White and Adams took over in 2009. Huynh, a team­mate of Mur­ray, along with offen­sive coördinator/PE teacher, Don Har­ris, helped Galileo win their 16th city cham­pi­onship in 2009 to snap a city record of 15 also held by Polytechnic.

(The records here are not complete.)