Entering his 8th season with the Hornets, Tom Maher brings a wealth of experience to the FC coaching staff.
Not only did Tom follow his former Pasadena City College assistant Bob Moran (current Hornet Offensive Coordinator) but he also wanted his son Tanner to play under former HC Gene Murphy's care for the '07 season where Tanner became an honorable Mention All-American and 1st team All-Mission Conference TE for Gene.
Maher coaches the Hornet quarterbacks and is known by many as a top recruiter. He has coached 28 QB's that have earned scholarships to four-year colleges. Most noted: Matt Ipsen (Citrus 88-89) San Jose State... Anthony Calvillo (Mt. SAC 90-91) Utah State and 20 years in CFL and is pro-football's all-time passing leader... Cody Lee Smith (Mt. SAC 93-94) Kansas State... Nathan Chandler (PCC 00-01) U. Iowa, Bills... John Rattay (PCC '02) U. Arizona... Darnell Lovett (PCC 02-03) UL-Monroe... Luke Sniewski (PCC 03-04) UL-Lafayette... Kyle Olsen (FC 07) U. Pennsylvania... Luis Cruz (FC 07) Mars Hill... Jeff Fleming (FC 08) New Mexico State... Kyle Essington (FC 09) Stoney Brook...Darius Banks (FC 09-10) Eastern Washington... Zach Griffith (FC 10) Louisiana Tech... Matt Goggins (FC 10-11) North Carolina Central... Conor Bednarski (FC 11-12) Stoney Brook... and Jose Escobar (FC 12-13) Minot State.
Coach Maher has coached 32 years at 8 colleges and served 22 years as an offensive coordinator at 6 colleges. In his 27 years at the JC level, over 543 players have transferred to four-year schools, 207 of those players to Division 1A, 67 players to Division 1AA, 148 players went to Division II or NAIA and 28 players went to Division III.
In 2006 Tom was the Offensive Coordinator at Compton College coaching QB,RB,WR,TE ending the season with a 6-4 record.
From 1996-2004 Coach Maher was with Pasadena City College as the Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator, and QB coach. His nine years as head coach ties the record for longevity at PCC. Maher was voted Junior College National Coach of the Year in 2001 (American Football Monthly magazine), as PCC won its first conference championship in 34 years. He was the Mission Conference Northern Division Coach of the Year in '01, and Mission Conference and South County Bowl champions (10-1 record). His players and teams have set 29 Mission Conference records in his 15 years coaching in the Mission conference.
From 1990-1995 Maher was Mt. SAC's Offensive Coordinator, and also coached QB,WR,TE.
Maher has an impressive list of former Pasdena City College players and coaches that are now with the Hornet coach ing staff: Bob Moran (former PCC OC), Phil Austin (PCC player and coach), James Griffin (PCC player), and Ariel Bellofiore (PCC player).
Tom has been happily married to Kyree Lynn (Kochavar) for 31 years and they have two children, Tanner (29) and daughter Rylee (17). Tanner is currently serving as the strength coach at New Mexico State.
Tom Maher Highlights:
1976 Monrovia HS
1979 University of LaVerne... Offensive Coordinator
1984-86 Pomona-Pitzer College... Offensive Coordinator
1987 Long Beach State... Graduate Assistant... QB's
1988-89 Citrus College... Offensive Coordinator
1990-95 Mt. SAC... Offensive Coordinator... three bowl games and 17 all-americans in six years.
'93 Mission Conference Northern Division Champions.
'92 Mission Conference Northern Division Champions (first title since 1981).
QB Anthony Calvillo 2nd team All-American, Utah St., Montreal Alouettes, Pro All-Time Pass Leader.
OL Brad Bedell 1st team All-American, Colorado, NFL 6 years.
CB Chris McAlister, Arizona, NFL 14 years.
1996-04 Pasadena CC... Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator.
Maher was '01 Schutt National Coach of the Year (American Monthly Magazine).
'01 Mission Conference Coach of the Year.
'01 Mission Conference Northern Division Champions (PCC's only title in 32 years)
'01 South County Bowl Champions
'02 Potato Bowl
QB Nathan Chandler 1st team All-American, U. Iowa, Buffalo Bills, PCC Hall of Fame.
RB Jonathan Smith 1st team All-American, Wash. St., K.C. Chiefs, PCC Hall of Fame.
RB Jerome Harrison Hon. Mention All-American, Wash. St., NFL 6 years, PCC Hall of Fame.
Transfered 83 players to division 1A (major college), 205 players transfered to 4-year colleges.
2005 Pasadena CC... Assistant
2006 Compton College... Offensive Coordinator. 6-4 record is remarkable.
2007-14 Fullerton College... Quarterbacks.
Recruited and coached Darius Banks, Conar Bednarski, and Jose Escobar who set many FC records. Escobar re-wrote the FC history record book, was voted 1st team All-American, All-State, All-SoCal, and was the conference player of the year in 2013.
Recruited RB's Kenny Turner and Kelvin York who became Conference POY.
In 27 years of Community College coaching Maher has accomplished much. Maher's teams and players have more records in the Mission Conference Record Book then any other coach.
9 First Team All-Americans
23 Academic All-Americans
Coached 8 Conference Player of the Year Award winners.
Coached players set 24 individual Mission Conference records.
Coached players set 6 team Mission Conference records.
Coached players ranked 2nd or 3rd 31 times in Mission Conference records.
Coached players set 28 Citrus College records.
Coached players set and re-set 96 Mt. SAC records.
Coached players set 22 PCC records.
Played at Arcadia High School 1970-71 for Dick Salter... PCC 1972-73 for Bill Sandstrum and Harvey Hyde... Cal State Los Angeles 1974-75 for Jim 'Red' Williams... San Gabriel Valley Saints 1977-78 semi-pro for Bill Shier... Denver Broncos 1979 two games for Red Miller... Orange County Rhinos 1979 semi-pro for Charlie Cowan... Twin City Cougars 1980-82 Minor-Pro for Tom Dahms and Al Daroy... Oakland Invaders 1983-84 USFL for John Ralston... Denver Gold 1983 USFL for Red Miller.