SoCal ALS Ice Bucket Battle

by Jeff Fisher

Although I’m only a SoCal transplant for two years, I have learned very quickly that the coaching community out here is fairly tight.

Over the last couple of days, it’s been fun to watch the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that was started by San Clemente head coach Jaime Ortiz.  Watch Coach Ortiz’s challenge to coaches from three schools, which included the Tritons’ donating $300 to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

According to, over 1.2 million videos of people dumping buckets of ice water of their heads have been posted to Facebook so far. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is to raise awareness about the disease, which is better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Reportedly, since July 29th, more than $5.5 million has been raised, compared to $32,000 during the same period last year.

The first to respond to Coach Ortiz was Tesoro head coach Matt Poston (below), who threw-down the challenge to some more schools.

On Saturday, La Mirada head coach Mike Moschetti met the challenge and issued his own challenges, including one to Olympic gold medal softball pitcher Jennie Finch, who is an alum of the school.

And right after La Mirada on Saturday came Santa Margarita‘s new head coach Rick Curtis, who issued his set of challenges to three coaches, including two in the Trinity League.

Matching Ortiz’s challenge was Rob Frith, head coach of El Toro, who quickly pointed the bucket at three more coaches.

Keep it guys! Looking forward to posting everyone’s videos for this great cause!

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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.