The Titan Tradition

The Poway High School football program is the culmination of hard work and determination by the student-athletes, coaches, volunteers, and supporters throughout the community. Players work year-round to be their best and represent their fellow Titans. Head Coach Scott Coats emphasizes the importance of excelling both on the field and in the classroom. We spoke with him to learn more about our local Titans, and what we can expect for the current season.


2017 Homecoming Game
Poway vs. Mt. Carmel
Oct. 6
Junior Varsity: 4:30 p.m.
Varsity: 7 p.m.
Poway High School Stadium


Q&A with Head Coach Scott Coats

Can you give us a brief overview of the history of football at Poway High?
Poway High School has both a strong academic and athletic tradition, and that is why I was drawn to this school. Poway has won two section championships in the last decade.

What is the program’s mission?
Our mission is to always compete, develop strength and honor, build character and act courageously, to practice and prepare at an elite level, and to buy into this mission and sell out for each other.

“I think we are excited by our potential and motivated to prove to people that this year,s team can be a force to be reckoned with.”


What is the tryout and training process like?
We lift weights and train year-round through PE, and then start our football training and preparation with Spring Football. We hold a summer camp and compete in 7v7 tournaments, and we hit the ground running in the fall. Players are continuously evaluated, and anyone that upholds our academic standards and is willing to work hard is welcome on the football team.

Tell us about your role with the team. What are the most challenging and rewarding parts?
I am the head coach. This is, in many ways, like being the CEO of a company. With the help of our athletic director, I oversee all aspects of the program, including hiring coaches, scheduling, monitoring grades, training and preparation of players at all three levels, and much more.


Name: Poway High School Football
Head Coach – Varsity: Scott Coats
Head Coach – JV: Jared Burr
Head Coach – Freshman: Keith Kramer
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Can you give us any highlight moments or achievements from last season?
Last season I was the pass game coordinator and QB coach. We won our first nine games en route to a 10-2 season. It was a rewarding experience working with quarterbacks Tristan Hughes (walk-on at University of Michigan) and Robbie Sullivan. They both had very successful years and are great human beings.

What are the teams most looking forward to this season?
I think we are excited by our potential and motivated to prove to people that this year’s team can be a force to be reckoned with.

Tell us about the support you receive from parents, volunteers, and the community.
I receive tons of support from Athletic Director Damian Gonzalez and my coaching staff. Our booster club is top-notch. Led by booster president Trish Simpson, they do a phenomenal job supporting our program in a myriad of ways. There has been no shortage of volunteers, and alumni support has been great as well.

“Players are continuously evaluated, and anyone that upholds our academic standards and is willing to work hard is welcome on the football team.”

Tell us about the coaching staff and the type of experience and skills that they bring to the table.
We have numerous holdovers from last year’s staff who have been elevated to newer and bigger roles, including Mike Linch, defensive coordinator Ed Nunn, JV Head Coach Jarred Burr, and Freshmen Head Coach Keith Kramer. We have a solid core of returning and young coaches that bring a ton of energy and enthusiasm, and have nine-year NFL veteran Cory Withrow coaching our varsity offensive lineman as well.


Are there any local talents who have gone on to play on a collegiate or professional level?
Jordan Choucair is the starting placekicker at Oregon State. Jon Peterson (preseason All-American) and Jake and Max Michaels are all playing at University of San Diego, and last year’s QB Tristan Hughes is a walk-on QB from the University of Michigan.

What awards have the teams garnered over the years?
We were 10-2 last year, after 9-0 start. We have two CIF championships.

How do you stress the importance of academics to the student athletes?
All of our athletes must uphold the district’s standards of eligibility. We ask that students sit in the front of class, and we emphasize the importance of academic success and what it means to be a student-athlete. We also provide study halls for those in need.