Tuesday, April 20, 2010

New slot receiver coach 'excited'

New Bulldog slot receiver coach Mike Langridge. Photo courtesy of Mike Langridge.


Sharon Ho
Issue date: 4/19/10

If there is one word that new slot receiver coach Mike Langridge can use to describe coming back to CSM, it is the word "excited."

"I am really excited to be back at CSM," said Langridge. "Being an alumni coach made it so much more special."

During the interview, Langridge, 36, used the word "excited" more than five times to describe how he felt about his new position.

Langridge replaces former slot receiver coach Manny Orta, who is unable to continue coaching at CSM due to a time conflict schedule with his new second job.

Langridge was a Bulldog defensive lineman in 1991 and 1992 before receiving a football scholarship to play at Arizona State University. During his senior year at Arizona State in 1995, he was voted by his teammates as the defense team captain, which he described as "an honor."

After his college football career, Langridge returned to his alma mater Serra High School, where he was team captain in Serra's 1990 Central Coast Section Championship football team, to coach football for 10 years, five years as a defensive coordinator, before taking on the position of head coach and offensive coordinator at Archbishop Riordan High School in 2006.

At Riordan, Langridge was named 2007 Examiner Coach of the Year, leading the Riordan Crusaders to their first ever CCS Championship with a score of 47-21.

"It will be an easy fit for Mike since he played here, so he understands the coaching we do at CSM," said head coach Bret Pollack. "What we gain is a coach from Riordan, which has a very tough conference, and the experience he would bring being a head coach before."

Langridge is currently finishing up the 2010 school year as assistant dean at Riordian, and has been working every Thursday with the Bulldog slot receivers for the past few weeks.

"I don't know what I can bring to the program just yet. For now, I am looking forward to a great year with the Bulldogs and keeping the strong Bulldog tradition going," said Langridge, who joins the ranks of Bulldog alumni-rich coaching staff. Eight of CSM's 12 football coaches, including Langridge, are Bulldog alumni.

"Coach Langridge is a fun person to be around," said sophomore Bulldog slot receiver Matt Sevelo, a Serra High School alumnus. "We all respect him and listen to what he tells us, like how he wants us to focus on keeping our eyes up while running routes. I have known Coach Langridge since the eighth grade as he coached my older brother and my cousins."

"I'm extremely proud my brother has joined the coaching staff at CSM," said Langridge's brother John, who worked with Langridge at Riordan as the defensive coordinator and is also a Bulldog alumnus. "I am going to miss coaching with him but I look forward to him coaching alongside my mentors while I was attending CSM."

Langridge currently lives in Redwood City with his four children and wife Collen, who herself was a Lady Bulldog basketball player under then women's basketball and head football coach Tom Martinez.

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