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Former Lancers Quarterback the New Football Coach at CHS

The position opened after Bob McAllister resigned in February, deciding not to take on an 18th year as Carlsbad coach.

Thaddeus (Thadd) MacNeal has been named football coach at . MacNeal, who holds a single subject English credential with supplements in Physical Education and Sociology, will also serve as a CHS teacher, beginning in the 2011-12 school year. MacNeal fills the position vacated by , who after 17 years resigned as football coach in February. McAllister will continue teaching P.E. at the school.

The job is a homecoming for CHS alumni MacNeal and his wife, Kelly, who have three children: Abigail, 8; Marcus, 6; and Eli, 4. Thadd MacNeal, Class of 1989, was a quarterback on the Lancers’ varsity football team and later served as an assistant varsity football coach in 1992. Kelly MacNeal (nee Meadows), Class of 1991, was homecoming queen.

Over his many years of coaching, MacNeal has notched many outstanding victories and winning seasons, including a 13-0 season at Los Alamitos High School, where he served as varsity offensive coordinator from 1998-2005. Prior to his appointment at CHS, he served from 2006-11 as head football coach and full-time English instructor at Lakewood High School, amassing a 45-15 record over five years.

Carlsbad High School Principal Maggie Stanchi states, “We are exceedingly pleased to have someone of Thadd’s caliber coaching, teaching and mentoring our students. As longtime former Carlsbad residents and Carlsbad High alumni, he and Kelly have strong ties to the community and to our school.”

MacNeal says he is greatly looking forward to his new job. He notes, “I’m very excited about this opportunity. Kelly and I are so happy to return to Carlsbad, where we grew up. In terms of my philosophy of coaching, I believe in creating an extremely competitive environment and maximizing players’ efforts.”

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