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To contact the Palomar Football Office, phone (760) 744-1150, ext. 2479. Contact Head Coach / Recruiting Contact Joe Early by CLICKING HERE or by phoning (760) 744-1150, ext. 2478. Contact Recruiting Contact 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 can contact Sports Information Director Tom Saxe by CLICKING HERE or by phoning (760) 744-1150, ext. 2989.


2016 Coaching Staff




Head Football Coach; Recruiting Contact


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  86-63 record in 14 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 graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and played rugby for the Mustangs. Austin played quarterback for the Comets.

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  
2015 4-6  
2016 4-6  

Dan Early


Offensive Coordinator; Quarterbacks; Recruiting Contact



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 16th season at Palomar as an assistant. He's beinning his 12th 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; Recruiting Contact



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 29th season as Palomar's offensive line coach in 2016, Steve White prepped at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks and on the community college level was an All-Metro Conference first-team selection at Los Angeles Valley in 1978. He started at center on the Division I level 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.


Tom Everest

Special Teams



Tom Everest will be entering his ninth season back at Palomar, where he previously served a stint as 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 and baseball 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


Running Backs

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 the late offensive line coach Bob Lusky, returned 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 relocated back to San Marcos from Southwest Riverside County when he joined the Palomar coaching staff.

Tony and Lisa Teets have three childen. Their son Hobby, who played football and lacrossefor San Marcos High School and currently is a lacrosse player at Westminster University in Salt Lake City. Their daughter Katie is a University of Hawaii graduate and former water polo scholarship player for the Rainbow Warriors. She is now assistant women's water polo coach at Riverside City College, Their other daughter, Carolina, was a community college All-Amerrican water polo player at Riverside City College and currently is a student 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.


Andrew Sugg



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 initially coached the defensive line with Aegeter before moving over to coach the linebackers.

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 Division I Texas Southern University and Division II Harding University.


Derrick McMahen



Derrick McMahen, who played safety for Palomar and the University of Wyoming, returned in 2015 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 and McMahen contributed heavily as a strong safety for the Cowboys during the 2007 and 2008 seasons.

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



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