Adam Colman played quarterback very successfully for Burbank High and later studied at UCLA, but didn’t play football.
When Bulldogs Head Coach Richard Broussard stepped down after guiding Burbank to the CIF Southern Section Division VII finals, only to fall short of the championship in 2016, Colman was selected as his replacement.
In Colman’s initial season, the Bulldogs went 8-2 and 7-0 in the Pacific League, but one game stood out and that was a 37-20 win over undefeated Crescenta Valley on October 20 at Moyse Field.
Many took note including the Los Angeles Chargers, who tabbed Colman as its high school Coach of the Week.
With administrators, players, cheerleaders, the marching band, two Chargers cheerleaders and D’Mario Carter, an intern in the Chargers Community Relations Youth Football Department in attendance, Colman was handed a check for $1,000 and given a plaque.
“Definitely unexpected,’’ said Colman. “When Pat [McNenamin] told me I was a little shocked. It’s a cool honor. But it’s not just me. It’s a staff thing. A team thing. This is all because of [Richard] Broussard and it’s all because of what he’s built here.’’
McMenamin is Burbank’s co-athletic director along with Bruce Breeden, who was also on hand.
“I think it speaks to the buy-in that he’s created with our kids and our program and it’s nice to be recognized by an organization as good as the L.A. Chargers,’’ said McMenamin.
McMenamin spoke about that victory over the Falcons. “In that CV game we started off with a 27-0 lead. Our kids were well prepared and that doesn’t happen without a strong coaching staff. We studied up on CV. They’re a well-coached and strong team.’’
Senior wide receiver/linebacker Drew Pendleton was a key player. “It means a lot because we tried to do it last year and we couldn’t,’’ he said. “To get it this year, it means a lot. I really didn’t think the Chargers would show up.’’
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