University has hired veteran Scott Meyer, formerly of Servite and Corona del Mar, as its football coach, said Mark Cunningham, the Trojans’ retiring coach and athletic director.
The hire is pending Irvine Unified School District approval but all signs point to Meyer returning to the same Pacific Coast League where he rose to prominence.
“This entire opportunity is really exciting,” said Meyer, 53, who will also teach at University. “The school is fantastic and the community is ready. Looking forward to the season.”
Meyer will replace Cunningham, who in January announced his retirement after 32 seasons as University’s coach.
“I couldn’t be happier that he’s the person to take over for me,” said Cunningham, who started at University in 1986.
Meyer built Corona del Mar into a PCL and CIF-Southern Section powerhouse before departing for Servite in a high-profile hire by the Trinity League school in February 2015.
He resigned after this past season, his third at Servite.
Meyer wasn’t able to duplicate his success at Servite, going 14-18 without a playoff victory. He said in January that his decision to resign was about a difference in the direction of the program. Several top players transferred after the Friars’ 6-5 season.
But before arriving at Servite, Meyer earned Orange County coach of the year honors in 2013. In that fall, he guided Corona del Mar to the county’s first 16-0 season, a third consecutive CIF-SS title and the CIF state Division 3 crown.
Cunningham coached against Meyer for four seasons in the Pacific Coast but served as a consultant to Corona del Mar for the 2013 state game. The Sea Kings’ opponent, Sacred Heart Prep, shared some similarities with University and the league rivals briefly united.
Cunningham said he respected that Meyer got “everything he could” out of his players.
In an interesting twist of fate, Meyer will not coach against Corona del Mar in the Pacific Coast League. The Sea Kings are moving to the Sunset League this fall after a dominating run in the Pacific Coast, which included Meyer going 50-6 overall with the Sea Kings.
Meyer led Corona del Mar to league titles from 2011-2014.