May 17, 2024

OC Sports Zone: Community First

Capo Valley Christian names Eric Preszler as new football coach and athletic director

Eric Preszler is new football coach and AD at Capo Valley Christian. (Photo courtesy Capo Valley Christian)

Capo Valley Christian has named Eric Preszler, who used to coach at the school, as its new head football coach and athletic director, replacing Rick Curtis who was named the head football coach at Crean Lutheran.

Preszler was an assistant head football coach, wide receivers coach, and kinesiology instructor the past three years at Saddleback College.

Coach Preszler helped the program to a 24-9 record with a Patriot Bowl win, two SCFA playoff runs, and nearly 100 players who transferred to four-year schools on athletic scholarship, according to a release from Capo Valley Christian on Friday.

Before working at Saddleback College, Preszler was the head football coach, head track coach, and 9th-10th grade academic counselor at Arrowhead Christian Academy.

“Eric Preszler represents everything we are looking for in an A.D. and head football coach,” said CVCS Head of Schools Chris Rutz. “As an athletic director, he has a proven ability to build winning programs in all sports for both boys and girls. As a football coach, he wins consistently and has extensive connections to the college level. Most importantly he is dedicated to our mission to develop a deep personal Christian faith that defines a CVCS graduate and guides them in all their future pursuits.”

Preszler used to coach at Capo Valley Christian. He had a combined 33-18 record in five seasons as both an assistant head coach and head coach with the Eagle football program from 2011 to 2015. He also served as the athletic director from 2014 to 2015 and was a part of the 2014 CIF-SS baseball championship and multiple post season experiences in all sports.

Before coaching at CVS, Preszler was a varsity assistant at Huntington Beach High School working with the wide receivers and defensive backs. While at Huntington Beach, he coached in the 2014 Orange County North/South All-Star football game.

Preszler earned a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Chapman University in 2009 and has extensive experience in sports medicine and strength/conditioning at the high school, collegiate, and clinical level.

He played college football at Concordia College in Minnesota, leading the program to a MIAC championship in 2004. Preszler coached high school basketball while at Concordia, finishing third in the state of Minnesota in 2005 and was a three-sport athlete in high school.

“I am thrilled to return to CVCS and lead this athletic program and football team,” he said in a statement in the release. “I’m blessed to come back to a place that feels like home and is full of meaningful relationships. This is a legacy job and I can’t wait to help the school grow, provide support to the great coaches across all sports, and develop and influence the students both spiritually and athletically. This is a school truly centered in a faith-based environment with world-class academics and incredible athletic opportunities!”

Coach Preszler lives in Ladera Ranch with his wife Colleen and their four children, Tatum, Macklyn, Hutson and Quinn.