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Bell-Jeff names Fauria new football coach, athletic director

Fauria, who was an assistant at Oxy last season, comes to school with wealth of football experience, as player, coach.

May 02, 2013|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com

The Bellarmine-Jefferson High administration was looking for a new football coach and athletic director with expertise, experience and a vision to help build the school's sports programs.

The school seems to have found all those attributes in Lance Fauria, who has hired Wednesday evening by Bell-Jeff.

"We're really happy to have Lance on board here and we're hoping that he is going to be able to continue to move our football program forward," Bell-Jeff Principal John Matheus said. "We are getting a man here who has an awful lot of experience. He is a guy who thinks more than just in terms of football, and he is a person who believes in very strong character skills and he knows our mission as a Catholic school."

Fauria said, although having a successful football program at Bell-Jeff is important, he realizes he also has other obligations to the athletes of the school.

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"We know we're not going to get a lot of Division I kids at Bell-Jeff," he said. "So, what's more important is that we're preparing these kids to go on to college, for them to go on to be good husbands and good fathers, as well as leaders in out community. Those are our goals, really."

Fauria comes to Bell-Jeff with a wealth of football experience. Last season, he was an assistant coach at Occidental College under then-coach Bill Redell. Fauria played one season for Redell at Crespi High, where he was an All-American tight end and the Del Rey League Lineman of the Year, graduating in 1983.

"It was a great opportunity to be an assistant for coach Redell, who was my coach in high school," Fauria said of Redell, who came to Oxy after making Oaks Christian a football powerhouse. "I had coached against him over the years and I thought it would be a great chance for me to learn from him by being one of his coaches."

Fauria knows what it takes to be a successful athlete. After high school, he earned a scholarship to the University of Washington where he was a member of three bowl teams. He played for the 1985 Huskies team went 11-1 and finished No. 2 in the nation.

After knee injuries shortened his career, Fauria enjoyed head coaching stints at Los Angeles Baptist, Santa Maria St. Joseph and Montclair Prep. He was also an assistant at Crespi, Chaminade, Central Catholic (Texas) and Ingram (Washington).

"He has been around football for many years and he knows what it takes to run a successful program," Matheus said of Fauria.

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