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2015 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  82-57 record in 13 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.

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. Andy Early is a recent graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and played rugby for the Mustangs. Andy is a 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  
2013 2-8
2014 7-4  

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 15th season at Palomar as an assistant. He's beinning his 11th 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 28th season as Palomar's offensive line coach in 2015, 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 Counselor at Palomar. He and his wife Leslie live in Bonsall.

Bill Diedrick


Bill Diedrick was named the Comets' new quarterbacks coach in February 2014.

Diedrick arrived at Palomar a top-flight Division I background. He was offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach at Washington State (1989-1990), the University of Washington (1994-1997), Stanford (1998-2001) and Notre Dame (2002-2004).

His Stanford offense averaged 30.4 points and 422.4 yards per game in his four seasons there, including 37.1 points and 451.5 yards in 2001 when the Cardinal ranked in the Top 10 nationally in both categories. Stanford broke a 50-year-old school record in 1999 with 409 total points, and broke a second school record with 5,138 yards of total offense.

Diedrick developed such quarterbacks as Brady Quinn, Marques Tuiasosopo, Drew Bledsoe and John Friesz. He's coached 12 quarterbacks who moved on to the NFL.

"When Bill became available, it was an opportunity we just couldn't pass up," Early said. "His resume stands on its own. I'm really looking forward to leaning on his experience, and the same goes for my brother (offensive coordinator Dan Early). This is without even mentioning what having Bill on board brings to the table in terms of developing our players, especially at the quarterback position, and in recruiting and in moving our players on."

Dietrick was a four-sport letter winner at Eastern Washington University, where he was an NAIA All-American quarterback and team MVP, and began his coaching career as a graduate assistant, coaching quarterbacks and receivers at the University of Hawaii.


2002-2004 -- UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME, Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks

1998-2001 -- STANFORD UNIVERSITY, Offensive Coordinator-Quarterbacks (1998 -- Led Pac-10 in passing offense; 1999 -- Led Pac-10 in passing offense, total offense and scoring, Pac-10 Champions; Most prolific offense in Stanford history; 2001 -- Led Pac-10 in rushing offense, total offense and scoring

1994-97 -- UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, Offensive Coordinator-Quarterbacks (UW all-time career passing and total offense leader

1989-1990 -- WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY, Offensive Coordinator-Quarterbacks (passing offense ranked No. 1 in Pac-10; scoring offense ranked second in Pac-10 and 15th nationally)

Also ...

2008-2009 -- Indiana State University, Offensive Coordinator-Quarterbacks and Wide Receivers

2007-2008 -- Toronto Argonauts, CFL, Assistant Coach-Quarterbacks and Wide Receivers (2007 Eastern Division Champions)

2005-2006 -- Calgary Stampeders, CFL, Assistant Coach, Quarterbacks and Wide Receivers

1991-1992 -- Edmonton Eskimos, CFL, Offensive Coordinator-Quarterbacks and Wide Receivers and Running Backs (More than 8,000 yards total offense and 671 points scored, Western Division Champions, 1991)

1986-1988 -- University of Idaho, Offensive Coordinator-Quarterbacks and Wide Receivers (nationally Top 3-ranked nationally in passing offense three straight years; All-American quarterback)

1984-1885 -- Montana State University, Assistant Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator-Quarterbacks (1984 NCAA I-AA National Champions)

1982-1983 -- Whitworth College, Assistant Head Coach (led nation in passing offense and second in total offense)

1971-1981 -- High School Coach in Spokane, WA

1970-1971 -- University of Hawaii, Graduate Assistant Coach-Quarterbacks and Wide Receivers


Robert Bala

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Cornerbacks, Recruiting Coordinator


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. He is also the Comets' Recruiting Coordinator.

He served a Bill Walsh NFL Minority Internship with the Oakland Raiders in 2014.

Bala was an All-Mission Conference selection and defensive captain at Palomar, returning to his alma mater from Snow Community College in Ephriaim, Utahwhere he was linebackers coach during te 2009 and 2010 seasons.

The Badgers won back-to-back Top of the Mountain 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. There, 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.


Tom Everest

Special Teams; Running Backs



Tom Everest will be entering his eighth 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. His father, the late Andy Everest, was of the New Orleans Saints tight ends coach and also was an assistant at Stanford, Utah and SMU. Tom Everest's brother Al Everest is 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.

Tony Teets


Offensive Line

Tony Teets returned in 2014 to his alma mater. Teets played on the offensive line during the 1981 and 1982 seasons for the Comets after arriving from Orange Glen High School where he was a three-sport athlete.

Teets, who played at Palomar for head coach Mario Mendez and offensive line coach Bob Lusky, returns to Palomar from Murrieta Valley High School, where he had an outstanding stint as offensive line coach and athletic director.

Teets previously was head coach at Orange Glen during the 1997 season and also served as offensive line coach, linebackers coach and defensive coordinator for the Patriots under Dave Lay and Rob Gilster.

He also was an assistant principal and athletic director at Orange Glen,

Teets is married to the former Lisa Bryant, who was a starting pitcher for Palomar's chamionship softball team. The family recently relocated back to San Marcos from Southwest Riverside County.

Tony and Lisa Teets have three childen. Their son Hobby, a football player and lacrosse player, will be a senior at San Marcos High School in 2015. Their daughter Katie is a University of Hawaii graduate and a water polo scholarship player for the Rainbow Warriors. Their other daughter, Carolina, was a community college All-Amerrican water polo player at Riverside City College who will be a sophomore at Cal State Long Beach.

Teets received a Bachlor of Science degree in Health Education from San Diego Diego State University and a Master's degree in Education from Azusa Pacific University. He will assist Steve White on the O-line.



Adam Witzmann



Former Palomar and Charleston Southern University linebacker Adam Witzmann returns to his alma mater this season as linebackers coach.

Witzmann was a student assistant coach, working with the inside linebackers, at Charleston Southern in 2014 after helping the Buccameers go 10-3 as a senior in 2013, when they were ranked as high as No. 12 in the nation in the NCAA Division I FCS national poll.

Witzmann was Avocado League Player of the Year and first-team All-North County at La Costa Canyon High School.

At Palomar, Witzmann starred in 2010-11 at middle linebacker and was the Comets' 2011 Defensive Player of the Year, Defensive Captain and the Kevin Kelly Award winner. He was an All-Southern Conference selection as on a team that went 7-4, advanced to the Southern California Community College semifinals and were ranked No. 18 nationally by the J.C. Grid-Wire of Kirkland, Washington at the end of the season.

Witzmann tied Sean Sovacool's modern career tackles school record of 118. He also set a modern Palomar single-game tackles record, since broken, by making 19 tackles against Santa Ana on Sept. 24, 2011.

He's the grandson of John Witzmann, the starting center for Navy in the Midshipmen's 20-7 victory over Rice in the Cotton Bowl game on Jan. 1, 1958. Navy finished the 1957 season ranked No. 5 in the nation by the Associated Press.

Three generations of Witzmanns have played Division I college football. Besides Adam Witzmann and John Witzmann, Adam's father Dwayne played for the University of Nevada, his brother Justin also played for Charleston Southern and his brother Nick was a teammate of Palomar safeties coach Robert Bala at Southern Utah University.

Andrew Sugg


Defensive Line

Andrew Sugg, a standout at defensive end under defensive coordinator and defensive line coach J.G. Aegerter for the Comets in 2007 and 2008, returned to his alma mater before the 2014 season. He assists Aegerter with the D-line.

Sugg recorded 43 tackles (28 solo), two sacks, three tackles for losses and four quarterback hurries as an all-conference honorable mention selection for the Comets during his sophomore season. In two seasons at Palomar, Sugg had 67 tackles coming out of Chaparral High School in Temecula where he was an All-Southwestern League and All-CIF Southern Section selection.

Sugg played on the four-year college level for Texas Southern University and Harding University.

Tynan Murray



Tynan Murray, who was a quarterback and long snapper for Palomar's 2010 team, returns home this season as receivers coach on head coach Joe Early's staff.

Murray moved on to Western Illinois University, where he played for two seasons. He was named to the Missouri Valley Conference Football Academic Honor Roll in 2011-12 and received his B.S. degree from the University.

He was strenghth and conditioning interne for the Marshall University Thundering Herd during the 2014 season.

Murray quarterbacked Poway High School's 2007 football team to an undefeated season and the CIF San Diego Section Division I championship. At Poway, he became the fifth high jumper in section history to clear 7 feet in the high jump, in a dual meet vs. Mt. Carmel on April 1, 2008. He also high jumped at Cal Poly and Western Illinois, qualifying for the NCAA Division I regionals at Western Illinois.

Derrick McMahen



Derrick McMahen, who played safety for Palomar and the University of Wyoming, also returns to his alma mater as an assistant on head coach Joe Early's staff.

McMahen was an All-Mission Conference selection for the Comets and Palomar's Defensive Player of the Year under defensive coordinator J.G. Aegeter as a sophomore in 2006, when the Comets won the Mission American Division championship. The Comets nearly upset nationally No. 1-ranked Saddleback in the first round of the Southern California playoffs before losing in overtime.

Aegeter, also the Comets' placement coordinator secured McMahen a scholarship to his alma mater, Wyoming, and he contributed heavily as a strong safety for the Cowboys during the 2007 and 2008 seasons.

 McMahen graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2012 and was an assistant football coach at his alma mater, Fallbrook High School, before joining the Palomar coaching staff.

Shota Mochida

Special Assistant

Shota Mochida, who played football for Chuo University on Japan's Division I level, is in his first season as a special assistant on Joe Early's Palomar staff.

Mochida played defensive back, primarily free safety, from 2010-2013. He received a B.S. degree in law from Chuo University, and after receiving his degree moved to San Diego and enrolled at Palomar College. He is enrolled as a fulltime studentmajoring in kinesiology and is taking work toward a second Bachelor's degree.


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