Meet Our Coaches
Tim Hyde, Varsity Head Coach
Since 2013, Hyde has served the Varsity Head Coach at Palisades. In his first five seasons, Coach Hyde led the program to City Division 1 playoffs each season. In 2018, Hyde guided our boys to an 8-3 record, the Western League title and our first-ever City Open Division playoff berth. 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. Hyde is currently second on Palisades’ all-time wins and winning percentage lists. He has coached dozens of Dolphins who received All City recognition and Western League Award Winners. 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.
Ray Marsden, 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, 2015, 2017 (where his team went undefeated) and 2018. 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.
Johnny Garcia, 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.
Jeremy Read, 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 works in finance and 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.
Chris Hyduke, 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.
Adam Licea, JV Line and Defensive Coordinator
Coach Licea, from Los Angeles, attended college at Boise State University, and University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Human Service Counseling, and a Minor in Marriage and Family Therapy. In addition to coaching football, Coach Licea is also a Physical Education Teacher at Pali and JV Baseball coach where he assisted in leading Pali to a Western League Championship in 2019. Coach Licea played Football and Baseball across town at Fairfax High School. Over the past 10 years Coach Licea has served as a personal trainer helping student athletes develop their skills in different sports ranging from baseball, football, weight training, speed and conditioning.
Sean Brown, JV Line Coach & Assistant Defensive Coordinator
Since 2018 Coach Sean has been a part of the JV Football team at Pali, where he also coaches JV baseball. At Pali, he is a member of Pali Campus Security and the Transportation Coordinator. 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.
Joe Spector, 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!”