Carlmont Coaches

The Carlmont Football Coaches for 2019 are:
 NameRoleBackground
Jake MessinaVarsity Head Coach & Defensive CoordinatorHead Football Coach Messina lettered in football at Sequoia High School for legendary coach Albert Smith from 1989-1990.

After playing football at the College of San Mateo for Larry Owens from 1990-1991, Coach Messina began a 24 year varsity coaching career that has included stops at Sequoia HS, Menlo Atherton HS, Palo Alto HS, Woodside HS, Merced HS, Golden Valley HS (as Head Coach), Fremont HS in Sunnyvale (as Head Coach) and finally here at Carlmont as head coach four years ago. The Scots were 3-7 that first season.

In season two, the Scots posted an 8-2 record and narrowly missed the playoffs.

In season three, the Scots posted a 10-3 record. They were outright league champions for the first time since 1991. Carlmont also won it’s first playoff game since 1991 against Willow Glen HS of San Jose, and followed that up with an upset of #1 seed Independence HS in the semi-finals.

The Scots finally lost in the CCS Championship game, their first appearance there since 1991.


Eric RadoVarsity Offensive & Special Teams CoordinatorCoach Eric Rado is entering into his fourth season on the Carlmont Football Staff and 13th year of coaching overall. For the 2019 season, Coach Rado will take over as Offensive Coordinator, in addition to continuing as the Special Teams Coordinator and as the Carlmont HS Strength and Conditioning Coach. Coach Rado enjoys seeing the players develop into successes, both on the field and in the classroom in college and beyond. Coach Rado currently teaches Adapted Physical Education for the San Mateo County Office of Education (August of 2016-Present). See Coach Rado's full bio here.

Al ElzeyVarsity Defensive Backs CoachCoach Al Elzey lettered in football at McAteer High School in San Francisco. He played college football at the College of San Mateo for the legendary coach Tom Martinez and Jack Thur from 1988–1990 and then moved on to play at San Francisco State University from 1990-1994.

After college Coach Elzey began a career in law enforcement in 1994 and is currently a Lieutenant with a Peninsula law enforcement agency. Citing a desire to coach football, Elzey joined Coach Jake Messina on the Carlmont High School staff in 2015. During the past four years, Coach Elzey produced an CCS Peninsula Athletic League Honorable Mention Defensive Back in 2016 and an CCS Peninsula Athletic League First Team All-League Defensive Back in 2017.
Rick LavezzoVarsity Offensive Line CoachCoach Lavezzo came to Carlmont for the 2018 season from Serra High School where he began coaching in 1984 and was a Varsity Assistant from 2012-2017. He was on the Serra HS staff that captured the 2017 Division 2A State Football Championship in Sacramento.

As a player, he was a two year Varsity starter and All WCAL lineman at Serra HS in 1977. He began his college career playing for offensive guru Tom Martinez and fellow Hall of Fame head coach Bill Dickey at College of San Mateo. Coach Lavezzo finished his playing days, as a two year starter at San Francisco State University under the Dean of West Coast football at the time Vic Rowan. He graduated from SFSU in 1982 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.

Coach Lavezzo is also on the Varsity Carlmont Varsity Baseball staff, as an assistant coach and has been since 2011. He has been a part of six PAL conference championships and eight CCS playoff tournament berths for Carlmont over that time.

Known to many of his players as Uncle Rick, including his 10 nephews and one niece, he relishes his role as mentor and provider of life lessons through sports. He resides in San Mateo with Renee, his wife of 21 years.

Bruce DouglasJr. Varsity Head Coach and Offensive CoordinatorCoach Bruce Douglas is in his sixth season at Carlmont, as head coach for Carlmont's Junior Varsity football team. Originally from the Chicago area, Coach Douglas played football and wrestled at Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn, IL. After earning his bachelors degree from the University of Iowa, Coach Douglas migrated west and got into coaching as a youth sports coach for Little League baseball, San Carlos basketball, AYSO soccer, PJCC Flag Football and Pop Warner football for more than a combined 25 teams,

Coach Douglas joined the Carlmont staff in 2014 and has provided stability for Carlmont football program, as the Scots built the program into a respected and feared opponent year over year. Coach Douglas has a passion for his players and their development on, and more importantly, off the field. He strives to be a positive role model, while teaching his players responsibility for themselves and the football program, as a larger entity. A long time San Carlos resident where he still lives, he currently works in digital marketing and eCommerce.
Rich Smith

Jr. Varsity Asst. Coach