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San Clemente hires new football coach

3/28/2012

Jaime Ortiz, a longtime fixture on the San Clemente sidelines during Eric Patton's long decade-plus reign as coach, has been named the Tritons' new football coach.

Ortiz replaces Jon Hamro, who served as the interim coach at San Clemente after Patton (97-44-1) was relieved of his duties after 11 seasons for his alleged role in a slush fund kickback scheme with a south Orange County sports equipment and apparel company. The decision to remove Patton came Aug. 16, 2011, just a few weeks before the team's first game, a 35-6 victory over Long Beach Cabrillo on Sept. 2.

Under Hamro, who had been an offensive line coach and was also the school's athletic director, and a group of players led by Travis Wilson, Christian Tober, Mike Elespuru and Herbert Gamboa, San Clemente went 12-2 and reached the Pac-5 championship game where it was beaten by Santa Margarita, 27-13.

Ortiz, 36, has been the defensive coordinator for San Clemente for 11 seasons. Hamro will resume his role as the offensive line coach.