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Thursday, September 2, 2010
LA North & LA South: Return of the Mack

By Sean Ceglinsky

Jon Mack knows a thing, or two, about football. The veteran coach proved as much time and again while building Ventura St. Bonaventure into a Southern California powerhouse during his 17-year stint on the sidelines for the Seraphs.

Seemingly in search of a new challenge, Mack, 50, is hoping to duplicate the feat at Encino Crespi. And he’ll take the first step in doing so Friday night in his debut for the Celts in their season opener against visiting Compton Dominguez at 7 p.m.

“I had a good run at St. Bonaventure, but that’s in the past, I’m looking toward the future these days,’’ said Mack, who was raised in the San Fernando Valley and went to school at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame High, Pierce College and Cal State Northridge.

“I’ve got plenty of work to do, but I feel like I’m in a good position over here at Crespi. I’ve got the support from all of the administrators and the players have been responsive. To be honest, all of the pieces of the puzzle seem to be in place.’’

Mack compiled a 163-47-1 record at St. Bonaventure. During his tenure, the Seraphs won 11 league championships and seven CIF Southern Section titles.

Crespi is no slouch when it comes to adding hardware to the trophy case. The Celts have won 10 league titles and three Southern Section championships.

That said, it will be interesting to see if Mack can, somehow, work his coaching magic at this new gig similar to the way he did at the old place. One thing is certain: His first day on the job with the Celts is Friday against Dominguez.