Coach Brinkley is entering his 31st year as head football coach at NHHS. Coach Brinkley has built a successful football program having taken his teams to the CIF playoffs 23 times. His teams went to the CIF quarter finals in 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 2007 and 2012; CIF semi finals in 1997 and 2001; and CIF finals in 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2013. His teams won the CIF championship 3 times in 1994, 1999 and 2004. Coach Brinkley was named Orange County Coach of the Year in 1992 and CIF Coach of the Year in 1994, 1999, and 2005. Coach Brinkley provides tremendous experience and knowledge about the game of football and high school athletes.
Coach Brinkley attended Excelsior High School in Norwalk where he played football, basketball, and baseball and was Athlete of the Year. He led his football team as quarterback and was named San Gabriel Valley League Player of the Year. He was offered scholarships in both baseball and football after Cerritos College, where his baseball team won the California State Championships. Following Cerritos, Coach Brinkley attended Cal State Fullerton where he played baseball for the legendary Auggie Garrido and was named First Team All Conference as the team’s catcher. He earned his B.S. at Cal State Fullerton and his Masters in Education from Azusa Pacific University.
Coach Brinkley and his lovely wife Laura reside in Newport Beach. They have three children Kendall (25), stepson Brant (34) and stepdaughter Rachel (22).
Coach Burns, the linebackers coach, is entering his 17th year as a coach at NHHS. He has had tremendous success, producing four linebackers who have been recognized as “All- County.” Coach Burns has a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Cal State Fullerton and a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology. He and his wife Erin live in Costa Mesa and have three wonderful children, Megan, Molly, and Wyatt.
Coach Brown is in his 34th year at Newport Harbor High School. He coaches the offensive backs. Year in and year out Coach Brown produces technically and fundamentally outstanding running backs. He has coached four C.I.F. Players of the Year. Coach Brown earned his degree in Dental Tech at UCLA. He is currently retired. Coach Brown and his wife, Kay, reside in Newport Beach and have five children (Debbie, Sue, Julie, Tim and Bill) and fourteen grandchildren. Two of his children and two grandsons have played football at NHHS.
Coach Greenwalt is entering his 6th year of coaching Harbor’s Varsity team after ten years as assistant coach of Harbor’s freshman team and, before that, four years at Costa Mesa High School (2 Frosh and 2 Varsity). George also teaches social sciences and physical education at Back Bay High School. He and his wife, Jennifer, live in Costa Mesa with their two sons, Gavin (7) and Dylan (5).Coach Greenwalt had a very successful high school career, playing tight end for the Sailors under Coach Brinkley.
Coach Anderson begins his 7th season with the Sailors and will serve as the Varsity Offensive Line Coach. In high school, he was a standout linebacker; earning AZ all-state honors his senior year. After graduation, Coach Anderson played football for Whittier College, where he earned his B.A. in kinesiology, his teaching credential and a Master’s Degree in Education. For the 2008 and 2009 seasons, Coach Anderson also coached football at Whittier College, serving as the defensive and then offensive line coach. He and his wife Jessica live in Orange.
Coach Govaars is entering his 12th year as the wide receiver coach at NHHS. He was previously a freshman assistant for five years. His receivers are known for their sound fundamental play. Coach Govaars played for NHHS and now teaches social studies at NHHS. He graduated from UC Davis earned his Masters in Education Technology. Students and players alike relate well to Coach Govaars. He appreciates the potential for development and success in each of his players. Garrett and his wife, Erin have a one-year-old son, Jackson, and live in Orange.
Coach Formento begins his 7th season with the Sailors and, together with Coach Anderson, will serve as the Varsity and Junior Varsity Offensive Line Coach. He attended Villa Park High School where he earned honors playing offensive line. Upon graduation, Coach Formento went on to play in college at Santa Ana College under former NHHS football coach Zach Biehl. Coach Formento has previously served as an assistant football coach at both Villa Park and El Modena High Schools. He holds a BS in Kinesiology from Cal State Fullerton and his daughter, Aubrey, live in Orange.
Ryan O’Donnell joined the NHHS football program in 1994 as a sophomore and loved it so much he decided after graduating from Orange Coast College to accept a permanent job with the NMUSD. This begins his 23rd year with the sailors in charge of Equipment and as Coaches Assistant. He can usually be found repairing equipment, making sure the locker room is in order, answering any questions about the school, lending a helping hand, fixing computers, scoreboard, etc., assisting players, parents or visitors and, in general, being an ambassador of good will.
Coach Ciarelli is in his 23rd year at NHHS. He serves as the Defensive Coordinator. Coach Ciarelli’s defenses are among the top in Southern California. He is known as an Olympic Lift fundamentalist. He began coaching at NHHS in 1989. He returned to NHHS in 2002 and has been here ever since. He previously coached for two years at Damien, 8 years at Edison and 5 years at Huntington Beach. Coach Ciarelli earned his Bachelor of Arts in History at Long Beach State. Coach Ciarelli is the founder and director of the Tony Ciarelli World Class Throwers Clinic and has 43 throwers on the Orange County All-Time Best List, more than any other coach in any event in Orange County History. Coach Ciarelli and his wife Stephanie reside in Huntington Beach. They have three children, Allison, Maryn and Katelyn, and four grandchildren, Liliana, Benicio, Giovanni and Luciano.