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To contact the Palomar Football Office, phone (760) 744-1150, ext. 2479. Contact Head Coach Joe Early by CLICKING HERE or by phoning (760) 744-1150, ext. 2478. Contact Recruiting Coordinator Dan Early by CLICKING HERE or by phoning (760) 744-1150, ext. 2480. Contact Athletic Academic Advisor Steve White by CLICKING HERE or by phoning Coach White at (760) 744-1150, ext. 3052. Four-year college coaches wishing information on players should contact Placement Coordinators J.G. Aegerter at (760) 744-1150, ext. 2980 or Steve White. . Members of the Media and college Sports Information Directors should contact Sports Information Director Tom Saxe by CLICKING HERE or by phoning (760) 744-1150, ext. 2989.


2013 Coaching Staff




Head Football Coach


Joe Early, an All-Mission Conference selection as a Palomar player and an assistant coach for three mythical national championship team, was named the Comets' 10th head football coach on Dec. 18, 2001.

He has compiled a  73-45 record in 11 seasons from 2002 to the present as the Comets' head coach, including a 10-3 record in 2009 when the Comets reached the Southern California Community College Championship Game and were ranked No. 8 nationally in the final J.C. Grid-Wire rankings. Last season, Palomar went 7-4, reached the Southern California community college semi-finals and was ranked No. 18 in the country by the Grid-Wire.

Early's Palomar teams have won two conference championships and have six final J.C. Grid-Wire National Top Twenty rankings (No. 4 in Early's first season of 2002, No.22 in 2003, No. 25 in 2007, No. 17 in 2008, No. 8 in 2009 and No.18 in 2011.).

As a player, Early still has the third longest kickoff return in Palomar history, 98 yards in a 36-21 victory over Orange Coast in the opening game of the 1979 season. As a Palomar assistant, Early served stints as defensive coordinator, receivers coach and defensive backfield coach.

During the period Early was an assistant coach at Palomar, the Comets went 31-1 from the second game of the 1991 season through the conclusion of the 1993 season. Palomar won 73 of its last 89 games during Early's tenure as an assistant coach / coordinator. Along with Palomar's three mythical national championship teams (1991, 1993, 1998), Early also was an assistant for the 1992 squad that was ranked No. 6 in the nation and the 2001 team that won the Southern California title and was ranked No. 2 in California and No. 10 nationally.

At Orange Glen High School (where he concluded an outstanding career as a senior in 1978), Early made enough of an impact to be selected as the 61st best prep football player in the first 109 years of North County football in a 2007 poll of North County Times readers.

Early, who was awarded a football scholarship to Long Beach State out of Palomar, received his Bachelors degree from San Diego State and his Masters from Azusa Pacific University. He's a fulltime health and physical education instructor at Palomar. He and his wife Julie live in Escondido. Joe and Julie early have three children -- daughter Ashley and sons Andy and Austin, a grayshirt quarterback on the Palomar football team..

Year Record National Ranking
2002 10-1 No. 4 in the Nation (J.C. Grid-Wire)
2003 8-3 No. 22 in the Nation (J.C. Grid-Wire)
2004 3-7 -----
2005 4-6 -----
2006 6-5 -----
2007 7-3 No. 25 in the Nation (J.C. Grid-Wire)
2008 8-3 No. 17 in the Nation (J.C. Grid-Wire)
2009 10-3 No. 8 in the Nation (J.C. Grid-Wire)
2010 5-5 No. 26 in the Nation (JCGridiron.com)
2011 7-4 No. 18 in the Nation (J.C. Grid-Wire)
2012 5-5  

Dan Early


Offensive Coordinator



Dan Early, the brother of Palomar head coach Joe Early, was an All-Mission Conference and All-State selection for the Comets as a sophomore strong safety in 1989.

He played on the first conference championship team and first bowl team in Palomar history, helping the Comets defeat Ventura, 21-20, in the Hall of Fame Bowl at San Diego's Balboa Stadium in December, 1989.

Erly was team captain at Long Beach State under the late NFL Hall of Fame coach George Allen. He was a teammate of San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy. Early moved to tight end at Long Beach.

This is Early's 14th season at Palomar as an assistant. He's beinning his 10th season  the Comets' Offensive Coordinator. He also plays a major role in recruiting.

Early, who holds a Bachelor's degree from Long Beach State and a Master's from Azusa Pacific University, is a full-time health and physical education instructor at Palomar.

He resides in Carlsbad with his wife, Tamra, and daughters Kati, Aubrey and Addison.


J.G. Aegerter


Defensive Coordinator; Defensive Line



J.G. Aegerter has proven track record as a winner both as a player and as a coach. At Laramie High School, Aegerter was a fullback and defensive end on back-to-back Wyoming Class AA State Championship teams in 1969 and 1970. He was outside linebacker coach at Montana State when the Bobcats won the NCAA Division I-AA National Championship in 1984. Aegerter was defensive line coach for Rancho Buena Vista High School's 1998 California Medium Schools Championship team.

At Palomar, he's been defensive line coach for the 1991 National Community College co-champions, defensive coordinator for the 1993 National champions and co-defensive coordinator for the 1998 National co-champions.

Aegerter is a 1978 graduate of the University of Wyoming and holds a Masters degree from Azusa Pacific University. He was a 1995 inductee to the Montana State University Hall of Fame.

He and his wife Karen live in San Marcos. J.G. and Karen Aegerter have three children, son Aaron (a former quarterback at Palomar) and daughters Austyn and Amanda.


Steve White


Offensive Line Coach; Athletic Academic Counselor



Entering his 26th season as Palomar's offensive line coach, Steve White prepped at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks and was an All-Metro Conference first-team selection at Los Angeles Valley Community College in 1978. He started at center for the University of Utah and was an All-Rocky Mountain selection for the Utes.

White began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Utah, then coached the offensive line at West Los Angeles Community College for two seasons before joining then-head coach Tom Craft's Palomar staff.

White also is a fulltime Athletic Academic Advisor at Palomar. He and his wife Leslie live in Bonsall.

Mark Halda

Running Backs

Mark Halda, a Palomar assistant coach during the 1982 and 1983 seasons, returned to the Comets' staff eight years ago as quarterbacks coach. He also served a stint as offensive coordinator at MiraCosta College, which no longer plays football.

After an outstanding prep career at Torrey Pines High School, Halda was a quarterback at San Diego State from 1976-1980. He was the only Aztec quarterback to beat both Florida State and Miami, and still appears on several SDSU Top 10 passing lists.

Halda holds a B.S. degree in Physical Education from San Diego State. He lives in San Marcos. He has two sons, Aaron, a former volleyball player at Palomar, and Nathan.

Cody Trefethen




Cody Trefethen is in his eighth season as the Comets' quarterbacks coach after spending the 2006 season as receiver coach.

Trefethen played quarterback at Santa Rosa Junior College for two seasons, was a student assistant for the Bear Cubs for one season and was a graduate assistant at San Diego State, where he received both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Kinesiology.

Trefethen was quarterbacks and receiver coach and, later, offensive coordinator at Scripps Ranch High School, was quarterback and receiver coach at University of San Diego High School and served a stint as quarterback coach and video coordinator at the University of Redlands. Trefethen came to Palomar in 2006 from Mt. San Jacinto College,  where he was offensive coordinator for two seasons.

He's currently an adjunct instructor in Palomar's physical education department. Trefethen currently resides in Scripps Ranch with his wife, Emily, and their two cats, Roxy and Rexx.

Lafo Malauulu



1984 J.C. Grid-Wire first-team All-American Lafo Malauulu, the Palomar record-holder for career receptions, re-joined the Comets' coaching staff in 2010 as receivers coach.

Malauulu set the Palomar career receptions record, which still stands, with 152 catches during the 1983 and 1984 seasons. He shares Palomar single-game records for touchdowns (5) and points (30), marks recorded when he led the Comets to a 55-19 victory over San Diego Mesa on Thanksgiving Day, 1984.

Malauulu went on to star for San Jose State and played in the Canadian Football League for the British Columbia Lions.

One of the best prep receivers in San Diego County history under the legendary Herb Meyer at El Camino High, Malauulu was selected by the North County Times prior to the 2007 season as the 37th best player of the first 109 years of North County high school football. The newspaper's readers chose Malauulu as the 34th best North County players of the first 109 years.

The Times also named Malauulu to a second-team receiver spot on its all-time North County high school team.

Malauulu previously was receivers coach for the 1989 Palomar team that went 7-4 and defeated Ventura 21-20 in the Hall of Fame Bowl at San Diego's Balboa Stadium.

Tom Everest\

Special Teams; Tight Ends



Tom Everest is in his sixth season back at Palomar, where he previously was linebackers coach.

Everest's long coaching career includes stints as a professional coach with the San Antonio Gunslingers in the USFL, the Edmonton Eskimos in the CFL, the San Francisco Demons in the XFL and the Rhein Fire in NFL Europe. He also was an assistant coach at UC Santa Barbara, was a high school coach in Texas for two years, spent seven seasons as head coach at Escondido High School and also was an assistant coach for the Cougars.

Everest played football at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, from where he received both his B.A. and M.A. degrees in physical education.

Tom Everest is a member of an accomplished football coaching family. He's the son of former New Orleans Saints tight ends coach and ex-Stanford, Utah and SMU assistant coach Andy Everest and the brother Al Everest, former special teams coach coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals, New Orleans Saints and USC, and the 2002 NFL Special Teams Coach of the Year.


Chuck Wilson

Defensive Line


This is Chuck Wilson’s ninth season on Palomar's staff. He returned to his alma mater after coaching for 18 seasons at Rancho Buena Vista High School. He coaches the defensive tackles.

At RBV, Wilson served stints as varsity offensive line coach, varsity defensive line coach, JV head coach and JV defensive coordinator.

Wilson played at San Dieguito High School in Encinitas, red-shirted at San Diego State, then played at Palomar where he was an All-Mission Conference selection under coach Tom Craft .At Palomar, he earned a full scholarship to Southern Illinois University where he started for two seasons.

Wilson graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill., in 1987 and holds a Masters Degree from Azusa Pacific University. He currently teaches in the Vista Unified School District.

He lives in San Marcos with his wife Brenda, and sons Casey and Corey, both former football players at Mission Hills High School.


Ron Rockett



Former Palomar and University of Wyoming starting strong safety Ron Rockett begins his fourth season as the Comets' safeties coach. Rockett helped lead Palomar to an 18-4 record during the 2002 (10-1) and 2003 (8-3) seasons -- and a final No. 4 national ranking by the J.C. Grid-Wire as a freshman.

Rockett, a product of Mission Bay High School prior to two seasons as a starter for the Comets, was a first-team All-Mountain West Conference selection for Wyoming as a senior in 2005, when he led the Cowboys in tackles.

As a junior, Rockett played a key role as Wyoming beat UCLA 24-21 in the 2004 Las Vegas Bowl.

At Mission Bay, he was a first-team All-CIF San Diego Section selection and helped the Buccaneers to back-to-back San Diego Section Division III championships during the 2000 and 2001 seasons. He was a Mission Bay teammate of two other first-year Palomar assistants, White and Smith.

Rockett played in NFL Europe for the Frankfurt Galaxy. He was named the league's Defensive Player of the Week after he recorded eight solo tackles, an interception and two pass break-ups in a 30-14 victory over the Amsterdam Admirals on April 24, 2007.

Rockett earned his B.S. degree in Kinesiology from the University of Wyoming.

He lives in Temecula with his wife Sarah, son Mike and daughter Sanai.


Robert Bala

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Robert Bala, a starting linebacker for Palomar's 2004 and 2005 teams, joined the coaching staff at his alma mater in 2011 as the Comets' linebackers coach. During the off-season, coach Joe Early named him  Recruiting Coordinator beginning with the 2013 season.

Bala returned to Palomar, where was an All-Mission Conference selection and defensive captain, from Snow Community College in Ephriaim, Utah. At Snow, Bala was linebackers coach during te 2009 and 2010 seasons.

The Badgers won back-to-back Top of the Mountai Bowl games, defeating Grand Rapids (Michigan) in 2009 and Iowa Western in 2010, and earned back-to-back final Top Ten rankings in the NJCAA (non-California community colleges) national poll, No. 5 in 2009 and No. 7 in 2010. Nine of Bala's linebackers transferred to four-year colleges, six to the Division I level and three to Division II.

Bala began his coaching career at Oceanside High School in 2008 as linebackers coach for the Pirates, who won the CIF San Diego Section Division II championship and were ranked No. 19 in the nation in the final USA Today Super High School poll.

Bala played high school football at Oceanside, starting at linebacker for the Pirates' 2002 San Diego Section Division II championship team that was ranked No. 1 in San Diego County. He Had 100 tackles, 1 interception, 1 sack and 4 fumble recoveries his senior season.

As a second-year starter for Palomar in 2005, Bala was the Comets' second-leading tackler with 73 in 10 games.

Bala landed a scholarship to Southern Utah Uiversity, a Division I Football Championship Subdivision (1-AA) school in Cedar City, Utah, where he started at linebacker and received Academic All-Great West Football Conference honors.

Bala earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Southern Utah University and his Master's degree in Coaching  and Athletic Administration from Concordia University in Irvine. He's single and lives in Oceanside.





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