Meet Our Coaches
Varsity Head Coach
Hyde is entering his sixth season as the Palisades’ Head Coach. In his first five seasons, Coach Hyde led the program to City Division 1 playoffs each season. In 2015, the Dolphins became the Western League Champions for the first time since 1987 – almost 30 years later and then repeated in 2016. In 2016, Hyde’s team beat Venice for the first time since 2000. In the 2016 and 2017 seasons, Hyde’s team had back to back home playoff victories - the first at Palisades since 1978/79. He has coached 19 Dolphins who received All City recognition in the past five seasons and has coached 10 Western League Award Winners. Coach Hyde currently has more than 20 former Dolphin players on college football rosters across America. Prior to coming to the Pali, he spent more than two decades coaching football. He was the Defensive Coordinator at Crespi High School and coached in the college ranks at Ventura College, El Camino College, College of the Desert and Saint Anselm College. Tim has been a member of 4 bowl teams including winning the 2006 State Championship at El Camino College. He has coached multiple All Americans and dozens of players who moved up to the college ranks.
Junior Varsity Head Coach
Coach Marsden, originally from Boston, received his BA/MA in Sport Pedagogy from the University of Connecticut. He is a PE teacher at Pali and has been Head JV Head Coach twice, 2009-2010 and since 2013. Marsden guided the JV Boys to the Western League title in 2009, 2010, 2014 and 2015 and went undefeated 10-0 in 2017. He was also the Head Girls Softball Coach at Palisades for 4 years, leading them to Pali's first ever league championship in 2011, and again in 2012. Prior to Palisades, Marsden taught PE at Paul Revere Middle School for 8 years and coached football and baseball at Santa Monica High School. His favorite team is the New England Patriots.
Varsity Offensive Line Coach
Coach Garcia has been a member of our varsity coaching staff since 2015. Garcia played for La Mirada High School, and as a sophomore helped win the Division 8 CIF Championship game. Garcia was 1st team All Suburban League in 1992, 1993, 1994, was named MVP as a center in 1993, MVP as a defensive lineman in 1994 and made the 605 All-Star Team his senior year. Garcia went on to play at Cerritos College as an offense lineman then transferred to Orange Coast College, where he played offense & defensive lineman. Garcia received a scholarship to play at Northern State University, where he sustained a career ending injury. After graduation, Garcia coached the defensive line at Orange Coast College from 2000-2007, then coached at South High as a defensive line coach from 2008-2015. During the off season, Coach Garcia trains OL/DL players, from youth to college-aged. Garcia resides in Torrance with his wife Tammy & son Brayden.
Varsity Defensive Back/Wide Receiver Coach
Coach Gunny attended Cal Lutheran University where he played football before transferring to California State University, Northridge. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Physical Education and later returned to obtain his teaching credential. Coach Gunny coached football and baseball at Granada Hills Charter High for 7 years, serving as the Varsity Wide Receiver Coach for 2 years and 5 years as the Offensive Coordinator. Coach Gunny is currently a Physical Education teacher at Palisades Charter High.
Varsity Linebacker Coach
Chris Hyduke began coaching at Palisades High Football after being the Defensive Coordinator at South Torrance High from 1999-2014. Coach Hyduke was Pali High Head Coach Tim Hyde’s football coach when he was a student athlete at Redondo High School. Coach Hyduke is the former Head Coach at both Crespi and Redondo High Schools. Previously, he coached at Saint Francis and Loyola High Schools. Hyduke brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Pali program. He is a retired History and Psychology teacher from Redondo High.
Varsity Linebackers Coach
Read was born in Chicago and grew up in San Diego. He attended Rancho Bernardo High School in San Diego where he played both offense line and linebacker earning all-league selection both his junior and senior year. After high school, he was a walk-on linebacker at the University of Michigan under Head Coach Lloyd Carr, earning a scholarship in his final year. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Statistics and has lived and worked in Chicago, New York and now currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife Joanna and son Griffin. Jeremy is thrilled to be on the Pali coaching staff, where he helps coach defense with a focus on the linebackers.
Strength & Conditioning Coach
Coach Winston joins our program after a successful college football career at Washington State University, where he graduated in 2013 with a degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. As a running back for the Cougars, he rushed 272 times for 954 yards and 9 touchdowns and also made 37 receptions for 220 yards. At Serra High, where he also ran track & field, he was named All-State by MaxPreps, All-CIF twice and the Del Rey League's Most Valuable Player. Carl completed his varsity career as Serra's all-time rushing leader with 4,820 yards on 618 carries. After college, Winston moved down under to play professional rugby and Aussie rules football in Melbourne, Australia for 2 years . Winston was also a member of the Arena Football League for one season.
Junior Varsity Defensive Coordinator
Shawn started at Pali High in 2016 as the JV Defensive Coordinator and the Linebackers and Running Backs Coach. Prior to coming to Pali, Shawn spent six seasons at Sequoia High School, serving as the Freshman Head Coach and Junior Varsity Defensive Coordinator and assistant Track & Field Coach while teaching PE at Arundel School in San Carlos. Before that, Coach Gettins spent ten years was the Athletic Director and History teacher at Pinewood School in Los Altos, where he coached football, softball and volleyball. He is excited for the opportunity to coach at Pali.
Junior Varsity Line Coach
Loftus, aka Dean Loftus, wears two hats at Pali as Dean of Students and a member of the coaching staff. He is originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan, is a graduate of Western Michigan University and received his Masters from National University. He has decades of high school and college experience.
JV Line & Running Backs Coach
Coach Sean is in his first season coaching at Pali, where he also doubles as a member of Pali Campus Security. Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Brown went from playing high school football to becoming an assistant head coach and head coach for Pop Warner and middle school football programs. Over a span of 15 years, the teams he coached won several city championships. In his final year of coaching for Pop Warner Youth Football, he was head coach of the 14U program.
Life Experience Coach
A lifelong member of Pali's community, Joe was officially approved by LAUSD as Pali High's Life Experience Coach in 2011. In 1987, Joe first organized the varsity pre-game dinners, and since then, has taken thousands of players to Gladstone's for the traditional home game meal. Each year our team MVP is given the Joe Spector Award, presented to the one varsity player who is outstanding on the field, and exemplifies the values of Pali High football, including loyalty, discipline and perseverance. Joe believes that "Quitters Never Win, and Winners Never Quit!"