Head Coach: Henry Browne
Coach Henry Browne takes over as Head Coach after having been either the Defensive or Offensive Coordinator at Mesa College since 1994. Mesa is coming off of a 2008 Mountain Conference Championship and a berth in the California State Playoffs, and Coach Browne is continuing that level of success for the Olympians. "My primary goal is to provide a quality program from top to bottom, excelling on the field as well as academicly." Mesa has sent more football players on to universitiies in the past 10 years than any of the Community Colleges in San Diego County, and more than most Community Colleges in the state. The great success in our football players transfering is in large part due to the commitment to academics by the Coaching Staff as well as the College Administration. During his tenure, Mesa's defensive units have ranked among the top in the Foothill Conference and in the State. Since 1994 Mesa has had dozens of players earn Division I scholarships and 2 players go on to play in the NFL. In each of the 2008 and 2009 seasons, Mesa's football team had 10 players in each season with 3.5 GPA's or higher. In addition to coaching, Coach Browne teaches in Mesa's Fitness Specialist Certification program, preparing students for careers as personal trainers and exercise professionals. Coach Browne is married and has three children.
Martin Moss, Defensive Coordinator
Martin Moss enters his nineteenth year coaching community college football in the San Diego area. He brings with him a coaching and playing background that provides a foundation for success. Coach Moss is in his eleventh year as a member of the Mesa College football staff serving nine years as Head Coach. For five years he served as Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator at Grossmont College. He also was the Head Coach at San Diego City College. His current role at Mesa will be as Line Coordinator, which involves teaching technique to both the offensive and defensive linemen.
Coach Moss is a local product, having graduated from Lincoln High School. He earned a football scholarship to UCLA and spent four years with the Detroit Lions as a defensive lineman. His academic background includes a Bachelors degree from UCLA in Sociology; a Masters Degree from San Diego State University in Counseling; and a second Masters Degree from National University in Educational Technology. Martin Moss is also a counselor in the San Diego Community College District at the Miramar campus. Coach Moss is married with two children.
Dave Lay, Offensive Coordinator
Thad Porlas, Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks
Coach Thad Porlas begins his second coaching stint at Mesa. After coaching the Wide Receivers at Mesa from 1997 to 2001, Coach Porlas has had sucessful coaching stops at University of San Diego (DBs), the San Diego Riptide of Arena Football, and Cathedral Catholic High School (QBs and OC). This included Cathedral's record setting run to the California State Championship in 2008. Now Coach Porlas coaches the QB's and Coordinates the Offense for Mesa's explosive, Pro-Style Offense.
Marc Hollman, Defensive Line
Coach Marc Hollman is in his second coaching stint at Mesa. Coach Hollman coached the Defensive Line, Tight Ends and Receivers at Mesa from 1997 to 2004 and now returns in a similar capacity to coach the Defensive Line. Coach Hollman is a full-time academic Couselor in the San Diego Community College District (of which Mesa is a part) at our Miramar campus.
Biography: Matt Kofler
Coach Kofler was in his third season as head coach for the Mesa College Olympians when he passed away on December 19, 2008, at his home in El Cajon, California, following a brief illness.
Kofler was a first team All-American quarterback for Mesa in 1979. He led the nation in total offense and was named California Player of the Year. From Mesa, Matt accepted a scholarship to San Diego State University where he set nine SDSU passing records. In 1982 Coach Kofler was drafted into the NFL in the second round by the Buffalo Bills. Coach Kofler played four seasons in the NFL for the Bills and Indianapolis Colts.
Matt, son of former SDSU offensive line coach Otto Kofler, has either played or coached football for the past 37 year consecutive years. His coaching stints have been at many levels, including high school, four-year, and community college. Among his stops have nee Tomas Moore College (KY), Southern Illinois University and the University of Oregon.
Coach Kofler felt blessed to have the opportunity to return to his alma mater in 1998 as Offensive Coordinator and was promoted to Head Football coach in 2006. He was determined to return the Mesa Football Program to the heights of success it experienced during the era when he played for the Olympians. He said, "Our main objective is to provide a positive learning environment for our student-athletes both on and off the field. Success can be measured by many factors, not just the scoreboard. It is our responsibility to help our young men not only transfer to a four-year university, but help to arm them to be successful once there."
Matt's football career spanned 37 year consecutive years. His coaching stints have been at many levels, including high school, community college and four-year institutions. Among his stops have been Thomas More College (Ky), Southern Illinois University and the University of Oregon.
Coach Kofler, a native of Kelso, Washington, called San Diego home since 1973. Matt was the son of former SDSU offensive line coach Otto Kofler. Coach Kofler is survived by his 13-year-old son, Andrew Otto Kofler; mother Darlene Kofler, of Kelso Washington; sisters Terese Ann Ohrberg and Michelle Lea McGinnis, both of Kelso Washington; and brother Christopher John Kofler of Temecula, California. A memorial service was held in December.