San Diego’s third year head coach Doug Packwood (3-19) had already decided to step down after the season was over but after losing to Scripps Ranch 32-7 last Friday and having lost 17 of the last 18 games Packwood decided to step down immediately.
Athletic Director Danzia Montero then offered the head coach position to the junior varsity head coach for the remainder of the year, Knengi Martin.
After coaching youth football for two years Martin moved into the high school ranks at Mission Prep (San Luis Obispo, CA) as the junior varsity head coach. At that time she was the first female in the state to be the head football coach at the junior varsity or varsity level.
Later Knengi Martin worked with Packwood over at Del Norte and then came over to San Diego with Packwood and became San Diego’s junior varsity head coach in 2012.
Martin said that by the time she was 40 she wanted to be a varsity head coach but she reached that goal 10 years early at the age of 30.
Players have not only had a positive response to a female head coach but students on campus are inquiring about joining the team now that a new coach has brought in a new sense of energy that may have been lacking.
Knengi Martin won a championship with the San Diego Surge (Women’s Football Alliance) in 2012 as a linebacker. In her 11 years on the Surge she has been the MVP of the team multiple times.
San Diego has a bye this week so Packwood’s decision to step down may have been timed so that a new coach would have an extra week to prepare the team for the transition.
Wednesday was the first day of practice during the bye week because excessive heat kept the team from practicing on Monday and Tuesday.
San Diego High is the oldest school in San Diego having opened in 1882 as "Russ High", which was named after the man who donated the lumber to build the school.
San Diego football played their first game on Christmas Day in 1891 vs. the "San Diego Football Club" (adults) and won the only mythical national championship for a San Diego County team in 1955.
San Diego High Football at a Glance
School Opened: 1882 (as "Russ High")
Inaugural Game: 1891 (vs. adults)
Mythical National Title: 1955
Section Titles (since 1960): 1 in 1969
2014 Season: 1-2, 0-0, next at University City
2013 Season: 0-9, 0-4, No playoffs
2012 Season: 2-8, 0-4, No playoffs
2011 Season: 7-4, 3-2, Quarterfinal loss