Bruce Rollinson returns for his 31st year as Head Coach of the Monarchs. In 30 seasons he has compiled an overall record of 300-85-2 and his teams have been to the CIF Finals thirteen times, winning seven CIF Championships, three State Titles, and capturing the National Championship in 1994 and 1996, 2017, and 2018. The tradition continues this year under the theme “Red Focus.”
Coach Rollinson’s vision in leading the program is to prepare athletes for their futures on the field, in the classroom, and as young adults. High school and football not only serve as learning experiences and opportunities to improve, they should also create enjoyable and memorable moments for each athlete. Coach is proud of each young man who plays for Mater Dei. He is also proud of his coaching staff, which is dedicated, not only to the football program, but also to the academic achievements of the players. A total of 62 varsity players and students affiliated with the football program have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better. Coach Rollinson believes that the tremendous support of the administration, faculty, staff, and dedicated parent volunteers is the cornerstone of this great Monarch football program. Coach is very proud of the Monarchs 4 Marines program which lends tangible support to Marines, Sailors and their families. This past June the Monarchs traveled to Camp Pendleton for the 13th consecutive year. Every Monarch player is honored to wear the 1st Marine Division Guadalcanal patch on his uniform. Coach would like to thank the many volunteers who have made this program so successful.
Coach Rollinson is proud of his accomplishments as a high school player, especially being part of the great “Dick Coury Era” of Mater Dei football. He was on the Coury-coached Monarch team that won the CIF 4-A Championship in 1965, and in 1966 he played in what was then billed as “the game of the decade” against Anaheim High School before 38,000 at Anaheim Stadium. In high school, Coach Rollinson was also a sprint champion, recording a 100-yard time of 9.6. He went on to play defensive back and wide receiver for John McKay at USC and played in many great USC games, including the 1970 Rose Bowl.
Before coaching at Mater Dei, Rollinson was offensive coordinator at Salesian High School. He spent the next seven years as an assistant coach at Mater Dei, six of those as offensive coordinator. Rollinson also served as the Rancho Santiago College offensive coordinator and coached the offensive backs.
This is Coach Rollinson’s 44th year as a Mater Dei faculty member. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from USC and a Masters in Education from Azusa Pacific University.
Coach Rollinson’s motto is “You create the effort, God controls the outcome.” He demands top effort from his players, his coaches and himself.
Coach Rollinson ‘67 and his wife, Laurie, are the proud parents of daughters Caroline Rollinson Flanagan ‘05 (Will) & Catherine Rollinson Pedersen ‘09 (Bill), and grandchildren Matthew Rollinson Flanagan ‘34, Joseph Charles Flanagan ‘36, & Hadley Elizabeth Pedersen ‘37.
Derek Sparks | Washington State
Nicky Sualua | Ohio State | Dallas Cowboys
Mike McNair | Notre Dame
Steve Bodnar | Weber State
Robert Clifford | Oregon
James Farley | New Mexico State
Junior Palalios | Pittsburgh
Travis McNauchton | Northern Arizona
Robert Mojica | SMU
Ahmed Mohktar | Oregon State
Justin Allen | Fresno State
Brandon LaMarche | Arizona State
Amon-Ra St. Brown | USC
Nikko Remigio | Cal
Chris Murray | UCLA
Tommy Brown | Alabama
Kekaniokoa Gonzalez | Boise State
Mason Kolinchak | Army
Shakobe Harper | San Luis Obispo
Coach Rollinson has coached many great athletes and not all are listed.
31st year as Head Coach
Overall record of 300-85-2
7 CIF Championships
3 State Title
4 National Championships