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Burbank Football Coach Colman Honored By Chargers

By Rick Assad

For the Burbank High football team, the season actually begins during the dog days of summer in July and August and concludes sometime during the chill of November.

The Bulldogs fashioned an 8-2 overall mark and own a 7-0 record in the Pacific League, capturing the title undisputedly.

One of the benefits of a successful campaign is playing host to Tustin at Memorial Field in a CIF Southern Section Division VII first-round playoff game.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Another came on Thursday at the quad when the Los Angeles Chargers presented Adam Colman with a plaque and a check for one thousand dollars as its high school coach of the week.

Colman, the first-year head man was surrounded by his team, teachers, administrators, students, the marching band, cheerleaders, a pair of Chargers cheerleaders and D’Mario Carter, an intern with the Chargers Community Relations Youth Football Department.

The Chargers selected Colman after Burbank’s 37-20 upset victory over then-undefeated Crescenta Valley on Oct. 20 at Glendale High’s Moyse Field.

“Definitely unexpected. When Pat [McMenamin] told me I was a little shocked,” said Colman, who played quarterback for the Bulldogs and graduated from UCLA, but didn’t play football. “It’s a cool honor. But it’s not just me. It’s a staff thing. A team thing. This is all because of [Richard] Broussard and it’s all because of what he’s built here. Any time a coach gets an honor, it’s a whole staff award and this is a staff that [Broussard] built.”

Colman’s staff includes Manuel Lemus, defensive coordinator, Rob Ashby, defensive line coach, Pete Roses, linebackers coach, Kevin Hefner, wide receivers coach, Marvin Reyes, defensive backs coach, Douglas Pierce, running backs coach, Jim Summy, offensive analyst, Joe Manasewitsch, offensive line coach and Fred, assistant coach.

Adam Colman gets a handshake from Burbank High Principal Mike Bertram. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Colman added: “We say family and that word gets thrown around a lot in sports,” he said. “There’s a family feel around here.”

Also on hand was Patrick McMenamin, co-athletic director along with Bruce Breeden, who most-recently coached the girl’s basketball team.

“This is a special day for Coach Colman and our football program,” McMenamin said. “I think it speaks to the buy-in that he’s created with our kids and our program and it’s nice to be recognized by an organization as good as the L.A. Chargers.”

McMenamin went on: “In that CV game we started off with a 27-0 lead,” he said. “Our kids were well prepared and that doesn’t happen without a strong coaching staff. We studied up on CV. They’re a well-coached and strong team.”

Senior wide receiver/linebacker Drew Pendleton has been a key contributor to Burbank’s success and is pleased that Colman received the recognition.

“It means a lot because we tried to do it last year [win the division title] and we couldn’t do it,” Pendleton said. “To get it this year, it means a lot. I really didn’t think the Chargers would show up. There’s a big desire because we’re not satisfied with winning the league. We want to go on and win the championship.”

Junior running back Chadz Vang has also had a crucial role this season and thinks the team will do well in the postseason.

“Feels like we’re back in the CIF again,” Vang noted. “Feels like last year’s championship against Yorba Linda, but it’s the first game of the playoffs,”

Vang said that Colman has guided the team in the right direction since the initial practice began.

“Each day, since the beginning of the summer, it’s very hot. No one’s used to it,” he said. “We get through. Like a team. Like a family. Yes, it’s worth it.”

After Thursday’s award ceremony, one would think that Colman would wholeheartedly agree.

Colman Takes Over Burbank Football Program

His job title is certainly different, but Burbank High has hired a new head football coach that already has experience in leading the Bulldogs.

Adam Colman (in blue) stands alongside fellow Burbank High coaches and players. (Photo courtesy Adam Colman)

First-year math teacher Adam Colman, a 2011 graduate and former Burbank quarterback, has been selected to replace the departed Richard Broussard, who led the Bulldogs to their first CIF championship game in school history.

“It is an incredible honor and privilege to have the opportunity to coach at my alma mater,” Colman said. “I love this place and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. As for the kids, they were the main reason I applied in the first place. I’ve developed great relationships with all of them in the time I’ve been here as a teacher and assistant coach, and we’ve really turned the program into a family. That’s what it’s all about to me, keeping that family feeling.”

Colman, 23, was the junior varsity head coach last season and an assistant on varsity. He said most of the coaching staff under Broussard will return.

Adam Colman gives instructions to quarterback Guy Gibbs. (Photo courtesy Adam Colman)

“Manuel Lemus, our defensive coordinator, has done an amazing job the past few years and will definitely be in charge of the defense again this year,” Colman said. “He also works on campus and has great relationships with the kids. We joked about it during the application process, but he and I were always going to be a package deal.”

Colman said he will be doing much of the offensive play calling.

“(Broussard) called the plays last year but I worked very closely with him and the plan had been for me to take over the play-calling duties this year anyway, so I’ll be in that role as well,” Colman said. “Kevin Hefner, who has been a JV head coach and offensive coordinator here in the past, will be working closely with me on the offensive side of the ball.”

As a player, Colman spent 2 ½ seasons as Burbank’s quarterback. He passed for 4,360 yards and 44 touchdowns passes with just 13 interceptions. He also had 10 career rushing touchdowns.

Colman said he hopes to keep the program at the level it has been in recent years.

“Last year was truly special, not just for the program but for the entire city,” said Colman who graduated from UCLA. “All we can do is try to be the best we can be, individually and as a team. I’m a big believer in John Wooden’s philosophy. I’ve talked to the kids a lot in the past few years about Wooden’s definition of success.”

Colman said he is looking at the big picture that goes beyond football.

“I just want these kids to grow and reach their potential, whatever that is,” he said. “I want them to learn things that will stay with them for life, to prepare them for the future and make them better men. The wins and losses will take care of themselves then.”