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My Story - Frank Mazzotta

Frank MazzottaFrank Mazzotta was born in Inglewood, California, and grew up in Pico-Rivera.

He attended El Rancho High School, where he won All-League and All-CIF honors. He played in the Shrine Football Classic and was inducted to the Shrine Classic Hall of Fame and the 605 All-Star Game Hall of Fame.

Mazzotta became an All-American tight end while playing at Long Beach City College. He played in the Potato Bowl and led the Vikings to the National Championship. He transferred to the University of Utah on a scholarship, where he was an All-Western States Athletic Conference selection and played in the Liberty Bowl. He majored in education to become a coach and biology teacher.

He was scouted by the then-start up AFL and the Canadian football league while playing for the Utes. "However, I felt I should get on with my career," he said. "and I was pretty realistic about my chances of playing professional football."

After completing his degrees in physical education and biology, Mazzotta was asked to stay and coach for the Utes. He accepted and coached there until the passing of his father. He felt an obligation to return home and help his mother and contacted his high school coach and mentor Ernie Johnson. He was hired as Johnson's assistant at his alma mater El Rancho High School. At the time, El Rancho football was one of the most respected high school programs in California. In addition to football he coached gymnastic team there, as he was also a gymnast.

Mazzotta began his first head coaching assignment at Warren High School in Downey in 1973, and coached there for three years. During this time he continued his education and earned his master's degree in education with an emphasis in physical education from Pepperdine University in 1974.

In 1976, Mazzotta was asked to join Johnson once again; this time on the Cerritos College staff as an assistant coach. Two years later he was leading the Falcons as the head football coach - and the rest is history.

Many of Mazzotta's former players are coaching at various levels, including his two sons, Frank Jr. and Casey, who followed the same path as their father.

Some have gone on to play in the NFL, including Seattle Seahawks wide receiver T. J. Houshmandzadeh and Cleveland Browns offensive guard Mike Diaz.

When asked to share the most memorable moment, the proud father said, "When my son Casey played here and my oldest (Frank, Jr.) coached for us."

"For two seasons we got to spend every day together."

During his 35 seasons as the Falcons head football coach, Mazzotta has led his teams to 16 bowl games and he is among the top 12 winningest coaches in community college football history with 220 career wins.

Coach Mazzotta embodies the 'Excellence is the Standard' ideal by serving as a positive and powerful force for the team.

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