Varsity


DREW CASANI ‘91, HEAD COACH

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The game of football has been a central focus of Casani's life ever since his playing days as a Cub came to an end on that December weekend in 1990. He continued his grid career as a walk-on linebacker at Arizona State University until a back injury ended his playing days. Casani concluded his collegiate studies at Loyola Marymount University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Business Management.

In his first foray into coaching, Casani served as the defensive coordinator for undefeated Loyola sophomore league championship teams in 1995 and 1996. The head coach of those squads was GEORGE PATON '87, the Cub MVP in 1986 and now the assistant General Manager of the NFL's Minnesota Vikings.

Following his inaugural coaching stint at his prep alma mater, Casani moved to the professional ranks where he served in various capacities for the NFL's San Francisco 49ers, holding the titles of College Scouting Assistant, Player Personnel Assistant and Assistant to Director of Player Personnel/Draft Coordinator. Following his tenure with the 49ers, Casani worked with the St. Louis Rams as the organization's West Coast Area College Scout, a job that entailed the demanding task of evaluating over 500 college prospects every year in preparation for the NFL draft. Casani served as Loyola's varsity defensive coordinator and linebackers coach in 2008, in between his stints with the 49ers and Rams.

After a brief time in the business world, the lure of football called yet again. Casani was hired as UCLA's Director of Scouting in 2017, a job in which he oversaw the Bruins' Scouting Department, which was charged with the task of identifying and evaluating potential prep recruits. Following the departure of UCLA Head Coach Jim Mora after the 2017 season, Casani was called to duty once gain at Loyola in 2018. He served as the varsity's inside linebackers coach and College Recruiting Coordinator.

Casani's wealth of experience at the high school, collegiate and NFL levels, especially in the area of player evaluation, will be a significant asset in his role as the leader of Cub Football. The former Cub star describes his new job as a once in a lifetime opportunity.


RICK REDROARIAS '84, ASSISTANT COACH

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Coach Pedroarias enrolled as a freshman at Loyola in 1980. He played football for the Cubs for four years and was a member of nationally ranked squads in 1982 and 1983.

During his final year at Loyola Marymount University from which he graduated with dual degrees in History and Spanish, Pedroarias embarked on his Cub coaching career as a highly talented member of legendary Loyola head coach Steve Grady’s program. From 1987-1990, Pedroarias served as a line coach for the sophomore squad under famed head mentor John Kvasnicka ‘66.

In 1995, coach Pedroarias joined the varsity staff as a line coach under Grady. In his first six years as a varsity assistant, Loyola made it to the CIF Southern Section Division I finals three times (1995, 1996, 2000), and advanced to the semifinals in 1997.  He served as offensive coordinator for the Cubs’ 2002 semifinalist team and was an offensive line assistant on the staffs of Loyola’s 2003 and 2005 CIF Div. I title squads. With the exception of one season, Pedroarias has continued to serve as a Cub Football mentor since Grady’s retirement following the 2004 campaign. Coach Grady’s philosophy has had a profound impact on Pedroarias’ approach to teaching the game.

In addition to his accomplishments as a Loyola football coach – 17 players under his tutelage earned All-CIF honors and 19 were National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar Athletes – Pedroarias has distinguished himself as a teacher and administrator. He has served as a decorated instructor, Dean of Men, Department Chairman, Assistant Principal for Ministry, Director of Summer Session, and he currently acts as Assistant Principal of Supervision. Coach Pedroarias has also coached the high jump for the school’s perennial powerhouse track and field program.

Coach Pedroarias holds a Masters degree from California State University at Los Angeles and earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership from LMU. He has also served as a professor at his collegiate alma mater.


PJ PASCALE '78, ASSISTANT COACH 

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P.J. Pascale was the sophomore offensive coordinator and line coach for the past several seasons. Pascale was the freshman White Team linebackers coach in 2013 and freshman White Team head coach in 2012. Pascale was sophomore head coach in 2011 (Serra League Champs), a varsity line coach in 2010 and from 1995-2002. He was the freshman head coach from 2003-2009. He also assisted with lower level teams from 1992-1994 and in 1979.

As a varsity coach, Pascale mentored several All-CIF linemen for Cub CIF finalists in ‘95, ‘96 and ‘00 and semifinalist teams in ‘97 and ‘02. Pascale graduated from Loyola in 1978. He was a starting offensive tackle on the 1977 Del Rey League Championship team. His younger brothers, All-CIF guard, Chris ‘79; Damien ‘81; and Matt ‘86, played on the offensive and defensive lines for the Cubs.

Pascale is a Mathematics instructor at Loyola.  He earned his B.S. in Mathematics from Loyola Marymount University. 


PAUL TYLER '84, ASSISTANT COACH

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Paul Tyler is back at Loyola football as a varsity defensive line coach with a mission to hone fundamental skills in the trenches.

Tyler spent seven seasons coaching Loyola sophomores from 1994-2000. He brings a passion for success, hard work, respect for the game and the traditions of Cub Football. Known for memorable pre-game speeches, Coach Tyler demands that his players test their limits while suited up in Cub Blue.

Tyler was a noseguard and teammate of former varsity head coach Rick Pedroarias on the Cubs’ 1983 nationally ranked Del Rey League championship team.

Tyler played 155 pound football at Cornell University, where he attended the School of Hotel and Restaurant Administration. He is active in the Cornell Club of Los Angeles.

Tyler is the proprietor of West Los Angeles eatery John O’Groats. He has served as a guest judge on Iron Chef America. Tyler’s westside restaurant is critically acclaimed for its home-style cooking.


MIKE GILHOOLY '88, ASSISTANT COACH

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Mike Gilhooly is the defensive coordinator and coaches outside linebackers. He has mentored tight ends, kickers, defensive ends, running backs and safeties in prior varsity campaigns.

A passionate, dedicated coach with past service as the defensive coordinator for the 2003 CIF Champions, Gilhooly is a pupil of Loyola legends Steve Grady, Jon Dawson and Greg Wells, and teaches the game with a competitive fire bred from the tradition that defines Cub Football.

Assisted by Gilhooly’s guidance, Loyola’s 2016 MVP and Co-Scholar-Athlete, First Team All-Mission League linebacker Winston Anawalt earned the opportunity to play for UCLA. 

Gilhooly has coached several All-CIF defenders, and noteworthy All-CIF kickers and punters under his tutelage include John Stonehouse (USC), Anthony Scotti (SMU), Mike Giampaolo (Harvard), Mark MacDonald (Arizona), Mike MacGillivray (USC) and Thomas Weber (Arizona State). Weber won the Lou Groza Award as the nation’s top kicker in 2007 for the Sun Devils.

Gilhooly was a first team All-Del Rey League defensive end on the Cubs’ 1987 Del Rey League Championship team. He played football for one season under Terry Donahue at UCLA and earned his degree in 1992. Gilhooly works as a stockbroker in addition to coaching at Loyola. 


JOE VIVO '96, ASSISTANT COACH 

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Joe Vivo is the outside linebackers coach and was the Cubs’ sophomore head coach from 2007-2010 and on the soph staff from 2004-2006. Joe coached Loyola freshman in ‘03 and was a freshman assistant coach at San Francisco St. Ignatius College Preparatory in ‘02.

Vivo was a First Team All-Del Rey League defensive end for the 1995 CIF Finalist team and received the Loyola Defensive Excellence Award. He was also a member of the track team for three seasons.

Vivo earned dual degrees in Biology and Psychology from UC Berkeley and completed his Doctorate at the California School of Professional Psychology. Vivo is a Psychologist with a private practice in Pasadena.


ZACH MURRAY, ASSISTANT COACH

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Zach Murray continues at Loyola on the varsity staff, serving as the special teams coordinator, running backs coach and kicking coach. Murray is also an assistant strength and conditioning coach.

A native of St. Clair Shores, Michigan, Murray is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a nationally certified Performance Coach.

Murray served as a football offensive assistant and performance coach in 2011 and as the running backs and head performance coach for Santa Monica College from 2012-2016, and he was the women’s basketball performance coach for the Corsairs.

Murray helped SMC compile a 34-0 record in conference football play from ‘11-’15. The Corsairs finished No. 25 in the U.S. at 11-0 in 2015 and rolled up a state leading 51 points per game. Murray mentored six Southern California Football Association All-Conference and All-Region running backs and all-purpose players in five seasons at SMC. Players coached by Murray have competed for Hawaii, Utah, Glenville State Univ. and Eastern New Mexico.

Murray attended and played soccer, baseball and basketball at Lakeshore High School in Michigan for two years. Then he attended Olympia HS in Washington where he lettered in football and baseball for the Bears.

Murray played wide receiver for two seasons, and Olympia finished third in the state in his senior year.

Murray completed his Master’s degree in Exercise Science Strength and Conditioning from Edith Cowan University in 2016, and he earned a B.A. in Psychology with minors in Kinesiology and Business Administration from USC. Zach also works as a private Athletic Performance Coach. 


FERNANDO HERNANDEZ, ASSISTANT COACH

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Fernando Hernandez is one of Loyola’s best and most dedicated coaches, with over thirty seasons as a Loyola football coach. He coaches the varsity defensive line. Hernandez coached lower level Cubs for 20 seasons.

As the scouting coordinator, Hernandez schedules scouting of all opponents and oversees film exchange. 

Hernandez is the Health and Physical Education Department Chairman. He coaches pole vaulters for Loyola’s Mission League Champion track and field team. His work with Cub pole vaulters has produced phenomenal results over the years. Hernandez’s teaching ability in the event is similar to his talents imparting football fundamentals.

Hernandez earned a B.A. in Physical Education from USC and his M.A. in Education from the University of La Verne. 


JORGE TORRES '99, ASSISTANT COACH

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Jorge Torres serves the varsity staff as wide receivers coach. Torres is also the equipment and apparel coordinator for the entire athletic department.

Torres coached varsity tight ends in ‘16 and ‘15, was the 2014 freshman co-offensive coordinator and coached frosh wide receivers and defensive backs in 2013 and 2014.

As the Loyola equipment and apparel coordinator, Torres is responsible for ordering equipment and uniforms for each Loyola team. He also supervises the football team managers.

At Loyola, Torres was a kicker on the Del Rey League Champion and CIF semifinalist team in 1997 and kicked for the 1998 squad. Torres was a two-time All-CIF soccer player for the Cubs and member of the 1998 CIF Division I and State Champions. He also serves as the head coach of the freshman soccer team.

Torres earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from CSUN where he played soccer for three seasons.


RIC FLORES, ASSISTANT COACH 

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Ric Flores was the Rev. Patrick J. Cahalan, S.J. Sophomore Head Coach and now continues at Loyola with over twenty seasons under his belt with the varsity team.

From 1973-79 and 1982-87, Flores mentored lower level and varsity Cubs on the staffs of legendary Loyola coaches Marty Shaughnessy and Steve Grady. Flores served as a sophomore coach and varsity assistant for the Loyola 1975 National Champions and helped the Cubs earn eight league titles.

 Flores coached at Atlee High School in Richmond, Virginia in 2011 and locally at El Toro HS in 2003.

Flores was a three-year varsity starter as a RB, WR and DB for St. Bernard High School.

Ric is the Director of Mail and Copy Room Services at Loyola and volunteers as a JV Lacrosse assistant coach.


ARMIN YOUNGBLOOD, ASSISTANT COACH

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MARK MACFARLANE, ASSISTANT COACH

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CHRISTIAN GASCOU, ASSISTANT COACH

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Sophomores


ANTHONY HOLLY '87, HEAD COACH 

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Anthony Holly returns to Loyola as coach of sophomore offensive and defensive linemen.

In his eighth season coaching football, Holly coached Cub sophomores in ‘97, ‘98 and ‘01 and coached at Daniel Murphy High School in Los Angeles for four seasons, including one season as the head coach.

Anthony is one of the most heralded nose guards in Cub Football annals. Holly was named First Team All-CIF Big Five Conference, All-Central City and All-Del Rey League and was Loyola’s Defensive Most Valuable Player in 1986.

Anthony is a personal trainer and owner of a fitness business specializing in functional strength training, foot speed, agility and quickness. He earned a Sports Performance Training credential from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

Holly earned his Political Science degree from UC Santa Barbara in 1993.

Anthony resides in Playa del Rey.


FRED SAINZ '84, ASSISTANT COACH

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Fred Sainz continues coaching with Loyola’s sophomore staff as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He coached freshman Cubs in ‘15 and ‘16. Sainz has a wealth of prior coaching and playing experience. 

Sainz coached at Beaumont HS in 2011 as varsity assistant defensive coordinator and JV head coach in ‘08 and ‘09, and was varsity defensive coordinator at Don Bosco Tech in 2010.

Sainz also coached youth football from 1990 to 2008 while working as a Los Angeles County Probation Officer.

Fred remains one of the most highly decorated Cubs of the 1980s, earning prep All-American and All-CIF honors at safety in 1982. He represented Loyola in the 1983 Shrine All-Star Game. Sainz earned First Team All-Del Rey League and All-Central City honors in ‘82 and was a National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete.

Sainz earned an appointment to the US Air Force Academy where he played football before suffering a career ending shoulder injury.


NICHOLAS COTTON, ASSISTANT COACH

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JOSEPH MURRAY, ASSISTANT COACH

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Freshmen


LEVI LINE, HEAD COACH

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Levi Line is the freshman head coach with a history with coaching the defensive line and linebackers.

Line coached defensive ends for one season at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, and he spent two seasons as defensive coordinator for Oakridge High School in Arlington, Texas and two campaigns at Alemany High School. He was freshman head coach for one season at Simi Valley Royal High School.

Line was a defensive lineman for Nevada-Reno and Cal State Northridge and was an All-CIF lineman at Royal HS. He was named the defensive MVP of the Ventura County All-Star game.

Line’s father, Bill, played for six seasons in the NFL for the Chicago Bears and the Dallas Cowboys.

Line earned his B.A. in History at Cal State Northridge and his M.A. in Instructional Technology from Grand Canyon University. He teaches history and a senior elective class, History of WWII, at Loyola.


GIFFORD IRVINE '82, ASSISTANT COACH

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Gifford Irvine returns to the sidelines to coach Loyola freshmen.

A two-way starter at WR/DB his senior season at Loyola, Irvine garnered All-CIF honors, was a two-way All-Del Rey League selection and received The Faith, Family, Football Scholar Athlete and National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete awards, all in 1981.

Irvine was a three-year varsity letterman at UCLA and played in two Rose Bowls (‘84 & ‘86) for the Bruins. He serves on Loyola’s executive council and is the current President of Loyola’s African American Alumni Society.

Gifford received a B.A. in History at UCLA and lives in Los Angeles.


ANGELO WILLIAMS, ASSISTANT COACH 

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Angelo Williams mentors incoming Cub wide receivers with the freshman football staff. He also coached frosh Cubs from 2007-2010. In his ninth season with Loyola, Williams has coached all levels of Cub gridders with passion and enthusiasm.

Williams brings over 23 years of youth football coaching experience and has worked with several developmental football programs for the past ten years such as “Phenom Factory,” where he worked with future NFL players including Justin Fargas (Oakland Raiders), Steve Smith (Carolina Panthers), Chad Ochocinco (Cincinnati Bengals) and T.J. Houshmandzadeh (Seattle Seahawks); the James Washington/Greg Bell “Pro-Experience Football Camps”; and “Action37” camps, among others.

Williams ran track while attending UCLA for two years after starting as a DB for St. Bernard’s HS and Dorsey HS in ‘75-’76. He was a City finalist in track and field in 1977 and a four-sport varsity letterman. Williams works in marketing and business development for a government agency. 


ADAM GONZALEZ '03, ASSISTANT COACH 

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Adam Gonzalez returns to the sidelines as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Coach Gonzalez begins another season with Loyola freshman football.

In the past, Adam coached quarterbacks and assisted former Loyola head coach Adam Guerra at Ventura St. Bonaventure High School.

Gonzalez played quarterback for Iona College in New York. He earned a Sociology degree from Occidental College.

At Loyola, Adam played quarterback and defensive back for the Cubs and earned All-Del Rey League honors as a quarterback in 2001.

Gonzalez is the Loyola Magis Moderator for Campus Ministry. He is a musician, actor and writer and was the Leadership Academy Director at St. Bonaventure.

Adam and his wife, Gabrielle, live in Oxnard with their daughters, Isabella (6) and Camila (1).


TRAVIS HARVEY '12, ASSISTANT COACH 

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Travis Harvey earned a full football scholarship to Fresno State where he played multiple offensive line positions for two seasons.

At Loyola, Travis was a road grader as a 6-5, 330 pound offensive tackle and earned First Team All-Serra League honors in 2011.

Travis earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies and a minor in Urban Civic Education from Fresno State and he is studying to obtain a teaching credential.

Travis lives in Toluca Lake.


DANIEL PEDROARIAS '15, ASSISTANT COACH 

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Daniel Pedroarias played on the defensive line for Santa Monica College in ‘15 and ‘16. He has assisted along the Loyola sidelines during lower level and varsity games.

Pedroarias assisted Loyola’s 2016 state champion soccer team with game filming and has filmed field events for the Cubs track and field program.

Daniel lives in Sherman Oaks.


MIKE DANON, ASSISTANT COACH

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AJ PASCALE, ASSISTANT COACH

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GABRIEL MARKS, ASSISTANT COACH

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Athletic Department


CHRIS O'DONNELL '88, ATHLETIC DIRECTOR 

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With over twenty years as Athletic Director, Chris O’Donnell continues to excel in heading up the Loyola athletic department and acting as steward of the Cubs’ twelve interscholastic sports.

Loyola’s athletic excellence continued in 2016-2017 when the Cubs captured the CIF State Division I SoCal Regional Volleyball Championship and were named the MaxPreps National Champions. Loyola also won the CIF Southern Section Central Division Golf Championship for the sixth consecutive season and captured the US Lacrosse LA-OC Championship to complete back-to-back titles. Cub harriers earned the CIF State Div II Cross Country Runner-up trophy and Loyola Aquacubs earned the CIF-SS Division I Swimming Runner-up trophy.

O’Donnell and his predecessors oversaw 42 recent CIF Championships: Baseball ‘07; Basketball ‘11, ‘03, ‘02; Cross Country ‘07, ‘04, ‘02; Football ‘05, ‘03; Golf ‘16, ‘15, ‘14, ‘13, ‘12, ‘03, ‘01, ‘00; Soccer ‘16, ‘14, ‘07, ‘05, ‘98; Swimming and Diving ‘16, ‘11, ‘97, ‘96; Track and Field ‘13, ‘12, ‘11, ‘10, ‘09, ‘08, ‘04, ‘03, ‘00; and Volleyball ‘16, ‘10, ‘09, ‘05, ‘04, ‘03, ‘95. Cub athletes have earned 26 other CIF Runner-up trophies since 1995. Under O’Donnell’s leadership, Loyola won the prestigious CIF Southern Section Commissioner’s Cup in 2017 for a record ninth time, including back-to-back honors in ‘16 and ‘17, five consecutive Cups from ‘09-’13 and back-to-back honors in ‘03 and ‘04. The Commissioner’s Cup is awarded to the Southern Section school with the most CIF championships and second, third and fourth place finishes in all interscholastic sports.

O’Donnell coached in Loyola’s swimming and water polo programs from 1988-1998 and guided Cub swimmers to back-to-back Div. II CIF crowns in ‘96 and ‘97 while he was head coach from 1995-1998.

O’Donnell earned his B.A. in History from UCLA in 1993 and holds dual Masters degrees from Loyola Marymount University in Education and Catholic School Administration.


TIM MOSCICKI, ATC, HEAD ATHLETIC TRAINER

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Tim Moscicki has served for thirty years as the Head Athletic Trainer. He is also the Director of Student Health for all Loyola students and is coordinator of Loyola’s Concussion Program. Moscicki oversees the health of all Loyola athletic teams both in terms of injury prevention and treatment. Moscicki is responsible for coordinating and communicating with physicians, parents and the coaching staff on injuries and rehabilitation. Moscicki also recruits and coordinates the student athletic trainiers. Moscicki has been a Certified Athletic Trainer by the National Athletic Trainers Association since 1988, is a member of the CIF-SS Athletic Trainer Advisory Council, has been a licensed Emergency Medical Technician since 1984 and an AHA instructor. Moscicki teaches seniors and coaches CPR and First Aid during the school year.

Moscicki earned his B.S. in Physical Education with an Athletic Training concentration from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1987. He was the Head Athletic Trainer at Montana State University, Billings before coming to Loyola.


ANDRE WOODERT CSCS, STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COORDINATOR 

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With a focus on strength and power development as it relates to speed and sport specific movement, Andre Woodert brings years of experience training world class and professional athletes, from Olympic Gold Medal sprinters to NFL first round draft picks, MLB pitchers and UFC heavyweights.

Woodert has worked as a sports performance specialist and served as the Sports Performance Director for Stack Velocity Sports Performance in Los Angeles from 2008 through 2014.

Woodert played running back for USC. The Trojans won two NCAA Championships during his career. He was a three-sport Scholar Athlete at Agoura High School.

Woodert recently completed new certifications as a Fitness Nutrition Specialist and as a Corrective Exercise Specialist from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

Woodert earned a BS in Kinesiology from USC with a minor in Philosophy.