Carlmont Coaches

The Carlmont Football Coaches for 2019 are:
Jake MessinaVarsity Head CoachCoach Messina is entering his fourth season at Carlmont following successful head coaching stints at both, Fremont High School in Sunnyvale and Golden Valley High School in Merced.

Coach Messina is a graduate of Sequoia High School and lettered in football playing 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 22 year varsity coaching career that has included stops at Sequoia HS (93-94) Menlo Atherton HS (95) Palo Alto HS (96-2000) Woodside HS (2001) and Merced HS (2002-2009.) While at Merced HS, the Bears won four Central California Conference Championships. Coach Messina was the Defensive Coordinator for three straight CCC Championship teams from 2006-2008. In 2006, the Bears lost a heartbreaking SJS Division 1 Championship to one of the best teams in MHS history. After the 2010 season, Coach Messina was named the Head Football Coach at Golden Valley HS in Merced. The Cougars had been 1-9 the previous season. They went 5-5 in 2010 and were a half away from a playoff berth.

Citing a desire to return to the Peninsula, Coach Messina and his family accepted the Head Football position at Fremont HS in April of 2013. Under his watch, Fremont HS engineered the longest winning streak in school history in 2014, while winning a share of the El Camino league title and securing a playoff berth. Coach Messina also teaches History at Carlmont.

Tim NetaneVarsity Defensive Coordinator
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.

A native of Farmington Hills, MI, Coach Rado played at Farmington High School under Head Coach John Bechtel and Offensive Coordinator Joe Pesci. After High School, he served on the Farmington HS football staff from 2007-2010.

In 2011, he joined the football staff at Farmington Hills Harrison. FH Harrison holds the most state championships in Michigan 13, under the school’s only Head Coach, John Herrington, who holds a 435-108-1 record, including a 91-20 record in the playoffs. While at FH Harrision, Coach Rado served on Joe Pesci’s JV staff, as the JV Defensive Coordinator, Special Teams, and Defensive Backs/Receivers coach.

Coach Rado graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a degree in Physical Education and earned a Masters in Education - Physical Education Pedagogy from Wayne State University. 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.
Lass TaungahihifoVarsity Defensive Line CoachCoach Taungahihifo joined the Carlmont football staff in 2016, as our Varsity line coach. Coach Lass, as he is known to the players, played football at Aragon HS for Coach Steve Sell, graduating in 2006. He then went on to play at the College of San Mateo before launching his coaching career at Mills High School under our current Carlmont DC Tim Netane. Coach Lass works as a classroom aide during the school day at Carlmont.
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 college, 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.

Coach Douglas graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelors degree in finance and psychology. A long time San Carlos resident where he still lives, he currently works in digital marketing and sales.
Rich Smith

Jr. Varsity Asst. Coach and Defensive Coordinator
Zach TornquistJr. Varsity Asst. Coach