In his 5th season at Galileo, Marcus Blacksher Jr. has been promoted to associate head coach of the varsity team. His main role will be coordinating the varsity offense and working with player’s academic progress. Stephen Carton benefited from the change, gaining the role of frosh soph head coach for this season. Coach Mark Huynh will make a return to coordinating the varsity defense and retain the role of coordinating special teams for both squads. After two years of “light” recruitment from Coach Mark, Galileo history teacher, Daniel Lynch is finally making his coaching debut as an assistant coach.

Coach Mark Huynh will be leading the program into his 8th varsity season. Coach Blacksher will be tasked with coordinating the offense and Coach Carton, the defense. Returning to help with the line is Anthony Lam.

The 2015 season staff retains FS-HC Marcus Blacksher Jr, line coach, Conrad Mo and coach Mark Huynh leading the program in his 7th varsity season.

The 2014 season features a new FS head coach (Blacksher Jr.) and coach Mark Huynh’s 6th season at the helm of this program.


The 2013 season will point the program back to a more traditional style of coaching with 2 separate coaching staffs. While the 2012 staff returns for another season (with 1 change – Donovan Phillips in place of Jackie Phung), coaches Espy and Hardee are first year coaches in the Galileo Football Program. This change will allow varsity coaches to focus on varsity players and vice versa for the frosh soph coaches. Coach Mark’s staff will continue to work throughout the off-season (winter camp, spring ball, & summer camp) until the 2 teams break for their own practices in August.

The 2012 coaching staff is a symbol of the Galileo tradition with 5 alumni. They also represent something unique as coach George White’s family tree reaches another generation; all 4 assistant coaches played under coach Huynh who played under coach White & coach Kevin Adams.

The 2011 coaching staff did not retain Dominic Mullens and Charlie Kaine from 2010 due to a conflict in job scheduling. Coach Ben Moore returns in a 75% capacity after a time-challenging 2010 season. Coach Steve Santoro, who played at Yale, brings an east coast experience. Coach Saepate Vasa who grew up in chinatown and  attended Galileo his freshman year, is in a semi-homecoming although he graduated from Rodriguez High in Fairfield. In addition, coaches Israel Jones round out a 6-man staff.

Retaining 3 coaches from last season, the 2010 staff’s addition of Charlie Kaine and Donovan Phillips was enough to sustain the program’s competitive edge as the frosh/soph team came 1 touchdown shy of a championship and the varsity team, as well, was 1 touchdown away from a return trip to the championship despite losing AAA Running Back of the Year, Quincy Nelson, to an MCL tear with 3 games remaining and starting center and the heart of the lions’ defense, Max Malloy in the first game of the regular season.

The 2009 staff, a truly multi-culturally well-rounded bunch, blessed with 40 hard-working players, helped Galileo reclaim it’s reputation as a football powerhouse in San Francisco by winning it’s 16th city championship, the most in city history. Most notably, the championship came on the heels of an 18-game losing streak.

Head coach, Kevin Adams, finishes his career here in his 15th season as head coach and another 10-plus as an assistant under George White through the 80’s. Assistants and fellow Galileo teachers, Don Harris and Mark Huynh assume a bigger role in the program as offensive and defensive coordinators respectively.

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.


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 Coach History

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 (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 coordinator/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.)