CARLSBAD — Thaddeus (Thadd) MacNeal has been named football coach at Carlsbad High School. MacNeal, who holds an English credential with supplements in physical education and sociology, will also serve as a CHS teacher, beginning in the 2011-2012 school year. MacNeal fills the position vacated by Bob McAllister, who after 17 years stepped down as football coach in February 2011. 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. 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 Meadows MacNeal, Class of 1991, was homecoming queen.
During his many years of coaching, MacNeal has notched many outstanding victories and winning seasons, including one 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 to 2011 as head football coach and full-time English instructor at Lakewood High School, amassing a 45-15 record over five years.
“We are exceedingly pleased to have someone of MacNeal’s caliber coaching, teaching and mentoring our students,” Carlsbad High School Principal Maggie Stanchi said. “As longtime former Carlsbad residents and Carlsbad High alumni, he and Kelly have strong ties to the community and to our school.”
“I’m very excited about this opportunity,” MacNeal said. “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.”