Mission Prep Announces David Schuster as Head Football Coach

Mar 15, 2017

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David Schuster Hired as New Football Coach at Mission College Prep
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Proven Ability to Coach and Lead Athletes

San Luis Obispo, CA March 15, 2017 – Mission College Preparatory Catholic High School (Mission College Prep) announced today that new football coach David Schuster will join the school on May 8, 2017.

Schuster has been the assistant coach at Grace Brethren High School in Simi Valley for the past seven years. 

Schuster began his passion for football playing for Simi Valley High School and Moorpark College. Before finishing Moorpark College, Schuster felt his calling was to join the U.S. Marine Corps.  He enlisted in January 2007, went through boot camp, Intel training and combat training. Soon after training he was deployed to Afghanistan. He worked his way up to Sergeant and Intel Chief while fine tuning his skills in leadership and teamwork. After returning from deployment, Schuster became assistant football coach at Grace Brethren High School in 2010 and stayed with the Marine Corps through 2013.

While coaching Grace Brethren, Schuster’s team played against Mission College Prep at Mission. He fell in love with everything about the school at that game; the students, the school, the fans, and the staff. When he heard Mission was looking for a new football coach he went for the opportunity.

“David was the overwhelming choice coming out of our search process.  He impressed every one of our interview panels with his clear commitment to running a football program that aligns with our institutional values of faith, sportsmanship, teamwork, and general excellence.” said Mike Susank, Principal of Mission College Prep. “We simply could not be more pleased to have a man of his character forming young men of scholarship, inspiration, and leadership.  The future of Mission College Prep football has never been brighter.”

Schuster coaching alongside head coach, Josh Henderson at Grace Brethren has won three straight league titles and gone 35-3 since 2014, including the first Tri-Valley league title in school history, and a total of four league titles since 2010.  The team also finished as CIF runner-ups in 2014 and 2015. Grace Brethren has had 17 players move on to play college football since 2010. Since 2013, Grace has rushed for 12,455 yards for a season average of 3,113 rushing yards per season. The 2015 Grace Brethren defense tied the Ventura County record for 9 shutouts in the season. In 2016 Grace Brethren beat Westlake High School for the school's first ever victory against a Marmonte League team. In 2014, Grace Brethren coaching staff was named Ventura County Small Schools Staff of the Year. In 2015, Schuster was the JV head coach with a record of 10-0 for the first time in their school history.

“Teaching young men to train and work hard together in pursuit of a common goal creates a unique bond and brotherhood that is special to be around,” said Schuster. “I have a very competitive side and winning is very important to me, but that comes with hard work, having faith, and treating others with respect. We will have an expectation of daily success in the little details and in doing our jobs. Lord willing, we'll have favorable outcomes as a result of our work."

Schuster is thankful for his relationship with God bringing him to where he is now in life. He’ll be relocating here with his wife, Olivia and their new born daughter, Caroline Rose. Schuster is especially thankful to Josh Henderson, Ray Blackwell (ED Grace Brethren) and the entire coaching staff at Grace Brethren and his parents, Mitch and Vicki Schuster.

Mission College Preparatory Catholic High School is a diocesan secondary school serving 350 students, located in San Luis Obispo, CA. Mission College Prep creates a culture of care and accountability in partnership with families to form women and men of scholarship, inspiration, and leadership in service to deeper life with God and deeper life with one another. To learn more about Mission College Prep please visit www.missionprep.org.
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