Coaches

Phil Skinner

Co-Head Coach

Coach Phil Skinner is entering his 24th  year as a varsity football coach in Orange County and his 14th year with the Dana Hills Dolphins. He started as an Offensive Line coach and worked his way to lead the Dana Hills Dolphins to one of their best seasons yet. With an amazing staff of strong leaders, he lead the team to an undefeated and unprecedented 6 game winning streak to start the season last year.

 

Coach Skinner’s football background started at Orange High School and continued on to Rancho Santiago College and won the Junior College National Championship. He was named a First Team JC All-American. He continued on to become captain at Chico State University and was nominated for the Gene Upshaw Award for NCAA Division II college lineman. He was awarded the Bill Farnam Award for Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 1993.  His professional career was with the World Football League where he played with the Centurions in Brisbane, Australia.  

 

His coaching career started at Villa Park High School, where he discovered a passion for coaching and teaching high school athletes. He led the Villa Park Spartans to 10 CIF appearances and 9 Century League Titles. Joining the Dolphins in 2006, he lead the team to 4 playoff appearances, and has sent many scholar athletes on to play college football  from Junior Colleges up to FBS Division 1 Universities.

 

Coach Skinner is a full-time special education teacher and a master teacher on the campus at Dana Hills High School. As a local resident, you will see his wife, Somer and two kids, Stella (9) and Zane (6) on the sidelines wearing Dana Hills blue during the season. With a solid coaching staff, a strong co-Head Coach, and joining the newly formed Pacific Hills League, Coach Skinner looks forward to making the Dolphins the championship level team they are destined to be.

Curtis Madden

Co-Head Coach

Offensive Coordinator

Coach Curtis R. Madden II is entering his 3rd season as a Dana Hills Football Coach and his 1st as Co-Head Coach.  The Dolphin Football program has made productive strides since he has joined “The POD”.  Under his direction and leadership, the program improved it’s wins from the previous season.  2019-2020 marked the first time in school history that the football program was undefeated (6-0) after the initial 6 games of the season. 

 

Coach Madden’s football background started at Denison High School (Denison, Tx) where he was a Two-Time All-District Selection (among several other awards) as a running back.  He was also a member of the only State Championship team in the school’s history (’84) and the 7th running back to rush for over 1,000 yds in 81 years of Denison football his Senior year.  He earned a D1 scholarship to play football at Kansas State University.  There he was a member of The Foundation that achieved The Greatest Turnaround in NCAA History, which was told in the documentary The Miracle in Manhattan. 

 

Coach Madden has been coaching for 25 years in Texas and California.  With stops at JSerra Catholic and National Powerhouse Mission Viejo, he has been a part of 7 League Championships, 2 CIF Championships, and a California State Championship.

Coach Madden is a 1991 graduate from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree In Life Sciences.  He lives with his partner Peggy in San Juan Capistrano where they spoil their 5 Grandchildren.  He is a father of two, daughter Chaise Amber and son Curtis (Tre’).  Coach Madden wants to thank the Dolphin Nation, for their support of the Football teams and is excited for the 2020 team’s work toward building a Championship culture at DHHS.

Khalil Watson

Defensive Coordinator

Coach Khalil Watson is in his fifth season of coaching at the college or high school level. 2020 will be his 2nd season with the Dana Hills Dolphins and his first year as the Defensive Coordinator. In 2019, Coach Watson coached both the defensive backs and receivers.  He was born in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and grew up mostly in California with his mom and two brothers. Coach Watson played locally for Aliso Niguel High School and at Saddleback College before transferring to HBCU's historic Howard University in Washington, DC, playing two seasons as a linebacker and defensive back before graduating with a BA in 2015 with a double major in legal studies and communications, and a minor in political science.  Apart from football Coach Watson spent a year lobbying on Capitol Hill and was a part of Howard's Nationally renowned Mock Trial team. His future goals included returning to law school to earn a Juris Doctorate degree.

Tarquin Stephenson

aka 'Coach T'

Varsity O-Line

Run Game Coordinator

Coach T joined the Dana Hills family in 2019 as the Varsity O-Line Coach.  The Dolphins took a big leap forward with an unprecedented 6-0 start to the season for the first time in the programs history.  Coach T plans to build on that success and strives to make the program one of the best.

Coach T’s football career started at University of Hertfordshire Hurricanes in 2001 where he played left tackle, played in two National Championships winning one in 2004 with an unbeaten season. He is in the Class 2010 HOF. He was selected 5 times for the Southern Allstars and represented Great Britain 4 times once as team captain.  He won two National Championships with the London Olympians in 2002 and 2003 with back to back unbeaten seasons.

Coach T’s coaching career began 16 years ago as the O-Line coach for the Southern Allstars and Great Britain.  He also served as D-Line and Special Team Coordinator on one occasion for the Southern Allstars. From 2006 he was the O-Line coach for University of Essex Blades during the final three years he was the OC. From 2007 he was the OC, QBs coach and Assistant HC of the Colchester Gladiators where in 2013 won the National League Championship with an unbeaten season two days before moving to Laguna Beach from England.  From 2014 Coach T served as varsity O-Line coach turning a struggling program into a league champion in 2018 and reaching CIF Semi-finals twice.

Coach T always says that his job is creating good football players but most importantly great men! Thank you to all within the Dolphin Nation for their support and allowing me to be part of the family.

Offense

Eric Romm

Coming Soon

Joshua Walker

Offense

Coming Soon

Rob Robbins

Offense

Coach Robbins played football for 17 years beginning his football journey at age 5 in Houston Texas. He walked away from football in 1986-87 after being cut as the #3 quarterback for the Houston Oilers and declining the opportunity to play during the NFL players lock out. I was blessed to be coached by Head Coach Jerry Glanville, Bill Walsh, and QB coach Gary Huff. For the next 25 years after walking away from football, Coach Robbins pursued his other passion for Emergency Medicine. In 2012, Coach Robbins made the decision to pseudo-retire from emergency medicine and move back to Southern California from Santa Cruz/Bay Area. In 2012 coach Robbins was offered and he accepted a faculty position at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine where he currently presents 18 lectures at the university’s school of medicine, and proctors skills labs at the David Geffen School of Medicine Center for Pre-hospital Care. After only 6 months of pseudo retirement and being back in South Orange County, coach Robbins was approached by a longtime football friend and asked if he wanted to work with his son (QB)…the rest as they say is history.

Coach Robbins has served as a H.S. freshman head football coach, offensive coordinator, and head coach/OC/QB coach for 3 U15 7 vs. 7 passing teams. These past few  7 vs. 7 seasons, coach Robbins partnered with his mentor, Coach Roger Takahashi (CIF Hall of Fame HS coach), and Coach Al Nichols (Foxy) and  formed a 7 vs. 7 club team that won the Orange County OEC 7 vs. 7 Champions for 2017 (18-0). Coach Robbins has coached 7 CIF Southern Section top rated up and coming QB’s who have all went on to D1 Universities and at Carnegie Mellon. He has also had the privilege to coach/train for 2 years the #2 ranked U14 Under Armor WR in the U.S. Coach Robbins had the opportunity of pairing him with top Southern California quarterbacks and will be a senior this year at Tesoro HS. As a HS freshman he was being recruited by several D1 universities, including USC, Oregon, Utah, and Stanford.

Coach Robbins’ approach to coaching is philosophical. At the end of the day when the stadium lights turn off, football is just a game and for some, it is their opportunity to earn a college degree (paid for) while being a student athlete. Coach Robbins feels his return to football was not just for the passion of the game, but what playing the game taught him about how to navigate through life, and what it takes to be successful in life. He believes that football does not build character; instead, football reveals character.  He believes to be successful at footballs next level, be it college, HS varsity, HS JV, or HS freshman football, the young student athlete must be coached on how to play a complete game, first by understanding how to play the simply play the game. The young student athletes who understand the game (cognitive) will be successful at playing the game (affective). And lastly, as a QB position coach it’s my job to teach them technique (psychomotor). Coach Robbins believes it’s a privilege to coach at Dana Hills HS, and work with the QB’s this season under the leadership of Coach Madden. He is looking forward to great success for the Dolphin football players, both in the classroom, and on the football field during this upcoming season.

Michael Corral

Offense

Jay Williams

Offense

Coach Jay Williams is entering his 1st season as a Dana Hills Varsity football coach.  Coach Williams played contact football from 4th grade through college.  Coach Williams played high school football for the Mission Viejo Diablos and from there attended the University of Nebraska.  Coach Williams was one of the most prolific running backs to play in South Orange County.  At Nebraska, he joined the ranks of several high caliber running backs in Tom Osborne’s Husker backfield.  He also played for Saddleback College, also in Mission Viejo. 

Coach Williams returned to football three seasons ago.  He has coached at the semi-pro level with the Saddleback Ranger Academy.  He has also spent time assisting at Aliso Niguel and now joins the Dana Hills staff.

Coach Williams is very excited for the opportunity the coaching staff has provided to make a positive difference in the Dolphin program.  Go Dana!!!!!

Mikki St. Germain

Coach

Coming Soon

Bruce Pfeuffer

Offense

Bruce Pfeuffer is the assistant offensive coordinator and receivers coach for the varsity team. Bruce graduated from Gahr High School in 1973 after playing football, baseball and track. He has coached youth sports including football, basketball, baseball, and soccer for 25 years. While coaching flag football Bruce led his teams to three city title and has coached at Dana for over 10 years. While coaching with his son at Dana Hills, they led their freshmen teams to two league titles. He has been married to his wife Barbara for 35 years. He has two sons, Alex and Brett. Alex played football at Dana Hills and previously was the head freshman coach with Bruce as his defensive coordinator. His son Brett played soccer and track and field while attending Dana Hills.

Chris Isner

Defense

Coming Soon

Tony Salay

Defense

Tony Salay is in his second year at Dana Hills High School coaching linebackers, safeties

and supporting Special Teams.  Tony grew up in Los Angeles and played four years of football and baseball at Daniel Murphy High School. In baseball he achieved All League status for two years and made All Pioneer League in football his junior and senior years as the team qualified for the CIF playoffs his final year.

 

At University of San Diego, Tony played three years of football for the Toreros under Coach Bill Williams, playing linebacker and various special teams. Coach Williams pioneered coaching clinics and has done various clinics from Pop Warner all the way to the NFL level. 

 

Having coached baseball for six years and recently two years of football at J Serra High School, Tony believes in developing individuals by stressing character, positive attitude and pushing an athlete to perform to their God given ability. He also still uses many of the techniques taught by Coach Williams.

 

Tony graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in Business Administration and lives in Laguna Niguel with his wife Shelley.  They have two full grown children. Matt is a Fireman at Cal Fire-San Diego and Kaela is finishing her final year at Cal Poly Pomona.

 

Tony and Shelley (who graduated from San Diego State University) work together at Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty in Laguna Beach. They specialize in residential real estate for sellers and buyers in South Orange County.

Paige Nobles

Defense

Coming Soon

Kenison Poching

Defense

Coach Robbins played football for 17 years beginning his football journey at age 5 in Houston Texas. He walked away from football in 1986-87 after being cut as the #3 quarterback for the Houston Oilers and declining the opportunity to play during the NFL players lock out. I was blessed to be coached by Head Coach Jerry Glanville, Bill Walsh, and QB coach Gary Huff. For the next 25 years after walking away from football, Coach Robbins pursued his other passion for Emergency Medicine. In 2012, Coach Robbins made the decision to pseudo-retire from emergency medicine and move back to Southern California from Santa Cruz/Bay Area. In 2012 coach Robbins was offered and he accepted a faculty position at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine where he currently presents 18 lectures at the university’s school of medicine, and proctors skills labs at the David Geffen School of Medicine Center for Pre-hospital Care. After only 6 months of pseudo retirement and being back in South Orange County, coach Robbins was approached by a longtime football friend and asked if he wanted to work with his son (QB)…the rest as they say is history.

Coach Robbins has served as a H.S. freshman head football coach, offensive coordinator, and head coach/OC/QB coach for 3 U15 7 vs. 7 passing teams. These past few  7 vs. 7 seasons, coach Robbins partnered with his mentor, Coach Roger Takahashi (CIF Hall of Fame HS coach), and Coach Al Nichols (Foxy) and  formed a 7 vs. 7 club team that won the Orange County OEC 7 vs. 7 Champions for 2017 (18-0). Coach Robbins has coached 7 CIF Southern Section top rated up and coming QB’s who have all went on to D1 Universities and at Carnegie Mellon. He has also had the privilege to coach/train for 2 years the #2 ranked U14 Under Armor WR in the U.S. Coach Robbins had the opportunity of pairing him with top Southern California quarterbacks and will be a senior this year at Tesoro HS. As a HS freshman he was being recruited by several D1 universities, including USC, Oregon, Utah, and Stanford.

Coach Robbins’ approach to coaching is philosophical. At the end of the day when the stadium lights turn off, football is just a game and for some, it is their opportunity to earn a college degree (paid for) while being a student athlete. Coach Robbins feels his return to football was not just for the passion of the game, but what playing the game taught him about how to navigate through life, and what it takes to be successful in life. He believes that football does not build character; instead, football reveals character.  He believes to be successful at footballs next level, be it college, HS varsity, HS JV, or HS freshman football, the young student athlete must be coached on how to play a complete game, first by understanding how to play the simply play the game. The young student athletes who understand the game (cognitive) will be successful at playing the game (affective). And lastly, as a QB position coach it’s my job to teach them technique (psychomotor). Coach Robbins believes it’s a privilege to coach at Dana Hills HS, and work with the QB’s this season under the leadership of Coach Madden. He is looking forward to great success for the Dolphin football players, both in the classroom, and on the football field during this upcoming season.

Sixth year coaching at Dana Hills High School

Five years coaching running backs and linebackers at the frosh/soph Level

Fins Football Academy middle school head coach

2019-2020 Dana Hills High School freshman basketball assistant coach

 

Youth sports head coach - 15 years,

Jr All-American Youth Football SOC Patriots

Dana Point Youth Baseball coach

SJC Little League coach

Capo Dana NJB coach

AYSO boys & girls soccer coach

Capo girls’ softball coach

Laguna Niguel Lightning Lacrosse coach

 

Education: Corona Sr. High School

Played football at Corona High School

Santiago Canyon College

Occupation: Moulton Niguel Water District

Recycle Water Inspector/Cross-Connection Specialist

 

Personal: Resident of San Juan Capistrano. Wife Carrie, daughters Carlin & Chloe (DHHS Class of 2014 & 2017) and son Troy (sophomore at Dana Hills High School)

 

Coaching Philosophy:  Always give your 100% effort. Play with passion & love for the game, have fun, and ALWAYS COMPETE! Go Dana!!!