Leader of the Pride

Jim-Hartigan-12By Brian Park, The Capistrano Dispatch

JSerra Catholic head football coach Jim Hartigan is a man of perpetual motion.

On a warm, muggy Wednesday morning, he arrives at the school’s athletic campus at 6 a.m. to unlock doors, review schedules and go over the day’s itinerary with his coaching staff.

That’s about as easy as the day gets for him.

In no time, his varsity team begins to trickle into the weight room, some still rubbing the sleep out of their eyes. Meanwhile, Hartigan stands at the ready, his eyes trained to spot any player in need of some extra motivation.

As soon as the morning weight training sessions concludes around 9:45 a.m., Hartigan hustles out to a practice field to watch the future crop of Lions football players, the junior varsity and freshmen squads, go through 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 passing drills.

At this time last year, Hartigan’s day would have ended with a post-practice meeting with his staff and an afternoon session with the varsity. But in March, athletic director Dave Lawn retired to pursue full-time coaching opportunities and JSerra placed the interim tag on Hartigan. On June 20, rather than hire an outsider, the school announced Hartigan as its full-time athletic director, in addition to continuing his duties as head football coach.

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Hartigan Named as JSerra’s New Athletic Director

HartiganJim*A press release from JSerra Catholic High School

June 20, 2013—(San Juan Capistrano, CA)— JSerra Catholic High School announces today that head football coach, Jim Hartigan has been named as the Athletic Director (AD).

A member of the American Football Association, Hartigan brings over 30 years of leadership to his new role as athletic director. Holding a Bachelors degree from Cal State Fullerton and a Masters in Education from Azuza Pacific University, Hartigan looks forward to beginning his time as athletic director.

“It is an honor to have been selected to hold such a role within JSerra,” said Hartigan. “I look forward to growing all of our athletic programs and building on the relationships I’ve made since joining the school in 2009.”

Hartigan held the position as Interim Athletic Director after the departure of the former AD in February

“As we move into our tenth year, we are excited to have Jim take the reigns and continue to develop our record-breaking athletic programs,” said JSerra President, Rich Meyer.