- The 2001 season is the Eagles 13th varsity season and their third
in both CIF-SS Division I and as part of the highly competitive Serra
League. Last year, the Eagles finished 8-3 and won their third league
championship in five years by going undefeated in Serra League play.
They lost to AB Miller, in overtime, 27-21 in the CIF Playoffs.
- Santa Margarita will once again be joined by parochial foes Anaheim
Servite, Bellflower St. John Bosco and nationally renown power Santa
Ana Mater Dei in the Serra League. It is expected that perennial powers
Los Angeles Loyola and La Puente Bishop Amat will join the Serra League
beginning in the 2002-03 school year.
- The Eagles have posted a cumulative record of 108-37-1 (.743) with
three league championships and two CIF Titles through twelve varsity
seasons. Their .743 winning percentage is the best in Orange County
and one of the best in State history. Please see "A Winning Tradition"
- The Eagles were three-time CIF Finalists in the 1990's winning CIF-SS Division V Champions in both 1996 and 1997, and finishing as the runner up in 1998. The Eagles have never posted a losing record and have qualified for the CIF playoffs in eleven of their twelve varsity seasons. The 1997 squad finished 14-0 and was ranked 20th (Associated Press' National Prep Poll) and 22nd (USA Today) in the nation.
- Head Coach Jim Hartigan has once again put together one of the most
competitive schedules of any school in California. The Eagles opponents
include nine teams that advanced to the playoffs in 2000 including nationally
renowned Mater Dei and 2000 CIF Division I Runner-Up, and traditional
- Although television dates are not set it is anticipated that some
Santa Margarita games will be televised by Fox Sports West Net 2, OCN
and/or Cox Cablevision. More details are to follow.
- Santa Margarita is 17-5 (.773) all-time vs. 2001 regular season opponents.
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EAGLE HEAD COACH JIM HARTIGAN
Jim Hartigan, 40, is 108-37-1 (.743) after 12 seasons as varsity Head
Coach. Overall, Coach Hartigan has a 124-40-2 (.753) if you include 10-0
and 6-3-1 lower level teams that he led in 1987 and 1988 respectively
before the Eagles fielded varsity teams. He has won three league Championships
and two CIF Titles - all coming in the past five years. Jim was honored
as the both the 1996 and 1997 Daily Pilot Sea View League Coach of the
Year, CIF-SS Division V Coach of the Year and the National Football Foundation
Orange County Coach of the Year. Coach Hartigan has directed his squads
into the playoffs in 11 of their 12 seasons and has never posted a losing
season. Jim has coached in several exciting games including the 1997 Orange
County All-Star Game, two State Games of the Week during the 1998 season,
and a National Game of the Year (the 1997 CIF Championship Game).
SERRA LEAGUE/DIVISION I NEWS AND NOTES
- The final standings for the Serra League - one of the five leagues
in CIF-SS that make up Division I - are at right. The Division I leagues
are made up of the 26 most prominent public and private schools in Southern
California. The 16 teams selected for the 2000 playoffs included Santa
Margarita, Mater Dei and Servite.
- A team from the Eagles' league has won the CIF Championship for nine
of the past ten years.
- CIF-SS Division I football has been recognized by leading prep sports
writers and recruiters as one of the top conferences in the nation.
- The Eagles are 9-3 (.750) all-time mark against Serra League rivals
going back to 1991.
||League / CIF Class
||Serra / Division I
||Jim Hartigan, AFCA
||8-3 (League Champs)
||Multiple (1 & 2-Back)
||13th (3rd in CIF-SS Division I)
||Multiple (Base 40)
||Blue, Gold and White
|Home Fields (Cap):
||Saddleback JC (5,000);