One coach is chill, the other, ready to kill | Lighthouse football

Posted on 19. Dec, 2015 by in Christian school, LCA News, Santa Monica, varsity football

one coach chill, other read to kill | Santa Monica high school football

Coach Zach Scribner (left) and Coach Justin Kayne from Lighthouse Christian Academy football.

By Anthony Gutierrez, LCA sophomore

If you mess up on the football field, one coach is forgiving. For the other coach, that’s the end of you.

“I’m probably too soft,” admits Coach Zach Scribner. “And Justin is maybe a little too intense. We sometimes disagree on strategy and how to push the players to their potential, but I always stand behind him”

When it comes to coaching style, Justin Kayne and Scribner, who tag-team train LCA‘s 8-man team, could hardly be more of polar opposites. Though they are inseparable friends from high school, they are not Rosencrantz and Guildenstern on the sideline or on the practice field.

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The 2015 squad of Lighthouse Christian Academy 8-man football.

Scribner is an easy-going guy who likes golf. Kayne revels in the testosterone proofing of this American iteration of Roman gladiator sport.

When things go bad, Scribner is unflappable, while Kayne throws his clipboard down and growls about writing letters to league organizers for a bad call from refs.

Scribner perfected his coaching technique by playing Madden. Kayne credits his coach, former LCA Principal George Neos, a Dartmouth star, with smelting steel in his heart.

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Coach Justin Kayne talks strategy at halftime in a Lighthouse Christian Academy football game.

During their high school days playing together, Scribner went out on the field chill, Kayne, ready to kill. They played in two CIF Southern Section playoffs together. Scribner graduated in 2008, Kayne one year later — and then they played for Santa Monica College.

“We have similar ways of handling the football team, but sometimes we disagree over small things,” Kayne said. “I don’t think anyone’s ahead of someone else. Someone has to have the label, but labels don’t matter when your working as a team.”

In addition to their love of the game, they share a love for God. Scribner owes to his dad, Senior Pastor Rob Scribner, a former LA Ram, a passion for pigskin and a passion for the Bible. Kayne was raised in the Lighthouse Church and schools by a football-loving, God-loving father, Assistant Pastor Ray Kayne.

Scribner was even included on the UCLA squad, but he never played a minute for the team. He graduated from UCLA and started teaching at Lighthouse in 2010, instructing algebra, history, economics and health.

Kayne became head football coach to support his younger brother, Joseph, who led a generation into the playoffs in 2013. He was head coach for five years. Meanwhile, he worked towards his four-year degree with the goal of also being a teacher at Lighthouse.

When Kayne stepped down as head coach, his assistant, Scribner, stepped up from assistant coach.

“There aren’t many kids that want to play, so I have to do a lot of convincing and give rides to and from practices,” Scribner said. “Also, there isn’t any pay.”

Kayne agreed: “Yes, the only tough parts we have is finding the resources to go to game and game.”

Lighthouse has something of a legacy in football. Twice a runner-up, the spunky Saints frequently upset bigger, better-resourced schools. But this was not the case in the 2015 season.

“We had a bad last year, but we have a great group of guys,” Scribner said. “Football is the single greatest avenue that God uses me to shape boys into disciplined young men. Through the hard work and teamwork, boys learn to endure pain, and this prepares them for the pains that they will face in life. Next year we will come back in full glory”

 

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  1. […] Scribner perfected his coaching technique by playing Madden. Kayne credits his coach, former LCA Principal George Neos, a Dartmouth star, with smelting steel in his heart. Read the rest of the article here: Christian sports. […]

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