Tom Luna, St.Bonaventure's first varsity football backfield coach was hired by Father Thomas Meskill. Coach Luna was highly recommended for the position by former PAC-10 player, Al Torres, Oregon State University, a good friend of Father Meskill.
As a player, Tom Luna, had a brilliant career on championship teams at Oxnard High School, San Bernardino Valley College, military "Army" football, and semi-pro for one season.
St.Bonaventures first varsity football season was dismal. After the season, Father Meskill discussed with Coach Luna his interest in a coach at St.Francis High in South Pasadena. After a few phone calls and interviews, Father Meskill hired Dave Currey and Bill Little. In the Spring of 1967, Coach Currey, Little and Luna began a journey to a CIF Championship.
Coach Currey began molding his two coaches into a disciplined - unified staff. This staff unity and discipline would be reflected on the football team. In two years St. Bonaventure won the 1968 CIF Football Championship.(In 1969 League Champs, and CIF Semifinals).
On that December night in 1968 - The coaches and players will forever be remembered as the media described "JUST CALL THEM CHAMPS."
Coach Currey and his staff firmly established a football tradition at St. Bonaventure-PRIDE-POISE-PERFECTION.
Today these "terms" flow through every sports program at St.Bonaventure.
In time Currey, Little and Luna went on to other schools. Coach Currey at Stanford University. Coach Little, Rio Mesa High. Coach Luna to Oxnard High School, and Yreka High School (1987 CIF Northern Division Championship).
Coach Luna lives in Chesapeake, Virginia, with his wife Suzanne.
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