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Interview: Los Angeles Chargers Coach of the Year, Scott Altenberg of Gardena Serra High School

Longtime Junipero Serra head football coach Scott Altenberg is a finalist for the prestigious Don Shula High School Coach of the Year Award after being named the Los Angeles Chargers 2023 Coach of the Year. The Shula Award salutes high school coaches for their character and integrity, leadership, dedication to the community, commitment to player health and safety and on-field success.

Altenberg has been Serra's head coach since 2000. During that time, he led the school to state championships in 2012 and 2021 while winning 219 games. Not bad for a school that has an enrollment of less than 200 boys.

This past season, Coach Altenberg led the Cavaliers to a 9-4 record. The Cavs were ranked No. 111 in the High School Football America 300 national rankings, powered by NFL Play Football.

Altenberg's program has produced a lot of NFL talent. This past season, there were three former Serra players on NFL rosters.

  • Rasheem Green, DT - Chicago Bears
  • Adoree' Jackson, CB - New York Giants
  • Robert Woods, WR - Houston Texans

Below, High School Football America’s Jeff Fisher speaks with Coach Altenberg about the honor and the pride he has in the number of players his program has sent into the National Football League.


  • Coaching