SMC — The Corsairs’ Pacific Conference championship has nabbed them quite a few post-season honors.
Santa Monica College’s head football coach Gifford Lindheim, who led the Corsairs to an 8-2 record this season, was named the American Division Pacific Conference Coach of the Year, it was announced on Thursday.
SMC faces off against East Los Angeles College in the American Bowl at 1 p.m. Saturday at Corsair Field.
“I’m so proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish in a very short time in our football program,” Lindheim said. “I’m happy for the players that put their faith in what we’re trying to build, and the assistant coaches who share their expertise and spend tireless hours for little money. I’m thankful for the strong administrative support. I’m proud to be able to add to the many successes (academic and athletic) of our amazing college. The awards (Conference Champions and Coach of the Year) are organizational awards that reflect on all of our hard work. That’s what’s so cool about it.”
Lindheim isn’t the only one at SMC to be honored for the team’s strong season. A total of seven players were named to the All-Pacific Conference teams.
First team: quarterback Alfonso Medina, running back Myles Johnson, wide receiver Kris Comas (who played at Santa Monica High School), tight end Aaron Boesch, offensive tackle Alexandru Ceachir, linebacker David Mayo and corner back Brian Hawthorne.
Second team: offensive guard Hushun Smith, wide receiver Frank Murray, defensive tackle Karl Buchanan and returner Ralph Gordon.
Charlie Sheen chips in to help Samohi baseball
Actor Charlie Sheen will be the guest of honor at a fundraiser for Santa Monica High School’s baseball team, which is scheduled for Saturday.
The third annual celebrity poker tournament and auction will be held at Santa Monica’s Moose Lodge.
Sheen, who played for the Vikings during his days on campus, will be joined by former Major League Baseball player Kenny Lofton and current Pittsburgh Pirate Derrek Lee.
All proceeds will go to the Samohi team, which in recent years has upgraded its playing field with new turf and improved seating for fans with some of the money raised over the years.
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