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Chris Fore, special teams’ coordinator for Excelsior Charter School in Victorville, talks to his players during a time out in the game with which the...

AD/assistant coach Fore wins CIF football championship

Thursday, December 13th, 2012
Issue 50, Volume 16.
Joe Naiman
Village News Correspondent

Fallbrook High School’s varsity football team has had previous 1-9 seasons, including the 1993 season when Chris Fore was a Fallbrook High School senior. Fore had been involved in an automobile accident earlier in high school and was unable to play that year due to his injury, so, as he served as the offensive line coach for the Warriors’ freshman team which posted a 6-4 record that year. That was the start of Fore’s coaching career.

This year Fore took over as the athletic director of Excelsior Charter School in Victorville and was also the special teams coordinator for the Eagles’ football team. On Nov. 24, Excelsior’s 69-26 victory over The Thatcher School (Ojai) gave Fore his first CIF championship as a player, coach, or athletic director when the Eagles won the CIF Southern Section 8-man football championship.

"Very, very exciting," Fore said.

The 2012 season was Fore’s 13th as a high school football coach. "It’s just kind of fun to think back on all the kids and coaches you’ve been with," he said.

Fore was also on the coaching staff of Fallbrook’s 1995 junior varsity team. He moved to Temecula in 2001 and was Linfield Christian’s junior varsity coach in 2001 and 2002 before coaching the Lions’ varsity from 2003 through 2005, including the 2004 season in which Linfield reached the CIF Southern Section semifinals.

Fore became the head coach of Capistrano Valley Christian in 2006. In 2007, he also became Capistrano Valley Christian’s athletic director and held that position for four years. His football team won the 2010 league championship.

He was replaced as the football coach and athletic director on July 1, 2011, when the school’s new superintendent brought in his own football coach and athletic director amongst other positions at the school. "I lost my job there after winning the league championship," he said.

Fore sought to return to coaching and athletics. "I wanted a job as an AD or head football coach," he said.

He was offered the position as the athletic director of Calvary Murrieta, but the compensation was insufficient to support his family. "We really wanted my wife to stay home and be able to raise the kids," Fore said.

Fore was also offered the offensive coordinator position at Horizon Christian in San Diego. He interviewed for the athletic director position at Calvary Christian in Vista, but the Lions dropped football and hired the volleyball coach as their athletic director. "Nothing happened that was going to meet our needs financially," Fore said.

Fore was living in Oceanside at the time, although the loss of his coaching job eventually led to the loss of his home there. He drove a taxi in Oceanside and also covered high school football for in Orange County.

Fore also signed a book contract with Coaches Choice in January 2012 to write a book on successful coaching. The book, which is expected to be published in February, is titled "Leadership Lessons to Build a Championship-Caliber Football Program." Fore sent correspondence to the coaches of every 2011 high school state football champion in all divisions throughout the United States and received 108 responses from 42 states. He then analyzed the responses and provided 10 major characteristics of successful football programs.

"I learned a ton," Fore said. "This book I wrote has definitely helped to influence and shape how I’m running things."

There is no California state championship for 8-man football, but both and ranked Excelsior first in the state. "Our team here this year, we’re mythical state champions," Fore said.

His dismissal at Capistrano Valley Christian occurred late enough in the academic year that most positions were filled, but he was able to seek 2012-13 vacancies.

During the last week of June 2011, Fore’s final action as the Capistrano Valley Christian coach was with a senior all-star game where four of his players participated. Fore met Excelsior head coach Bill Rivera at the all-star game. When Fore learned about the Excelsior athletic director vacancy in May, he checked with Rivera. "He’s the first guy I called to try to get a sense of what the school’s like," Fore said.

Rivera liked the idea of Fore becoming the athletic director. "He fought for me here on the campus," Fore said.

After Fore’s family lost the Oceanside home, they moved to a vacant house in Redondo Beach owned by his wife’s family. Fore was selected as Excelsior’s athletic director May 26, and the family moved to Victorville on July 1. Their Victorville home is one mile from the school, which has a long-term lease for property on the Victor Valley Community College campus. Fore’s three children are now 6, 4, and 1.

Excelsior had won three league championships in its first ten years, including one in football. The school fields four fall sports – football, girls volleyball, boys cross-country, and girls cross-country – and Excelsior won the 2012 Agape League championships in both football and volleyball.

Fore sees that success leading to titles in other sports. "I’m a big believer that success breeds success," he said.

The only winter sports Excelsior fields are boys basketball and girls basketball. "I hope to add soccer next year," Fore said.

During spring, the Eagles have baseball, softball, boys track and field, girls track and field, and golf (because there is no separate girls golf team, the golf team is co-ed).

Excelsior has about 1,200 students from seventh through twelfth grades including about 800 high school students.

The Eagles play on their own football stadium field leased from the junior college, and the school just opened a $35 million facility which includes a gymnasium.

"It has been a great blessing being here and being part of a state championship football program this year," Fore said.

Excelsior had never previously won a CIF championship in its 10-year history, but the Eagles had reached the 8-man CIF finals in 2011 and 2010. "This program has been doing a lot of great things for a long time, and it was great to be a part of it this year," Fore said.

The 2012 season also ends Excelsior’s era of 8-man football, as the Eagles will play 11-man football starting in 2013. "I’m excited about getting us into 11-man football. We have the kids to do it," Fore said.

The Agape League does not have 11-man football, but the Desert Mountain League accepted Excelsior for football only. The Eagles’ 8-man play thus ended with the CIF and mythical state championship. "We closed that chapter with a championship. There’s no better way it could have happened," Fore said.

Fore was 10 years old when Fallbrook High School won its 1986 CIF championship. He watched that game in person. "I’ve been following Fallbrook football forever. It never leaves your blood," he said.

Fore has more than memories of his 1993 season coaching Fallbrook’s freshman football team. "I’m still in touch with some of those kids," he said. "That’s the great thing about coaching, those relationships you build."



Comment Profile ImageWarrior for Life
Comment #1 | Thursday, Dec 13, 2012 at 5:49 pm
Looks like Fallbrook's AD, Pat Walker, has some reading to do!!!!! I wonder if there is a chapter on "Let your buddy's coach, It's ok if they don't know how".
Comment Profile ImageFallbrook Fan
Comment #2 | Friday, Dec 14, 2012 at 6:56 pm
Spot On Warrior for Life! If there were any justice in the FHS athletic department, we would have changed head football coaches two years ago. As it is, the cronyism and good old boy club that runs rampant there only hurts the kids. Pat Walker should have looked past his friendship and been objective which is what we pay him to be!
Comment Profile ImageMarin
Comment #3 | Friday, Dec 14, 2012 at 7:08 pm
Great job Chris! Keep it up!!!
Comment Profile ImageWarrior for Life
Comment #4 | Friday, Dec 14, 2012 at 10:05 pm
Chris is a great kid, I say kid because I have known him for years. Would like to see someone like Chris at the helm. I spoke to a few Varsity Warriors at the xmas parade and was told that a coach had been selected from within the current staff...... why is it not posted? what is Walker and the school waiting for? maybe Walker knows it was the wrong decision but to chicken to do the right thing???
We can give the new coach the benefit of the doubt and for the kids sake they can be successful.

Walker does the wrong thing again at the expense of another Senior class!

Hope i'm wrong.
Comment Profile ImageChris Fore
Comment #5 | Saturday, Dec 15, 2012 at 10:02 pm
Thanks Marin! And thanks Warrior For Life, appreciate the nice remarks. That's my dream job! Hopefully one day it will work out. Years ago I made a goal to have that job by 45. 9 years to go. I believe Coach Williams is a fine coach, and has the tools to turn things around.
Comment Profile ImageFallbrook Fan
Comment #6 | Tuesday, Dec 18, 2012 at 9:55 am
Good job Chris. You will get your shot at FHS and it will happen by the time you're 45. I have no doubt about it. This is not a long term solution to the coaching problems here.
Comment Profile ImageWhy would anyone want this job
Comment #7 | Thursday, Dec 20, 2012 at 2:53 pm
With the lack of community support why would anyone what this job? I have never heard a positive thing about the program from Fallbrook Fan. Once again Williams is a GREAT coach! with TONS of knowledge. Way to have the Christmas spirit Fallbrook Fan!
Comment Profile ImageWarrior for Life
Comment #8 | Monday, Dec 24, 2012 at 10:40 am
Coach Williams needs to get the Fallbrook Community involved! The past few coaches did not involve the community which in turn involve the kids! Chris Fore hit the nail on the head when he said "That’s the great thing about coaching, those relationships you build." That's the right attitude. Keep checking in Chris, the AD door is opening!

Fallbrook Fan and Warrior for Life are here for Fallbrook and we are just the tip of Warrior support within our community.

Fallbrook has a long history of great sports. We (Fallbrook) have the kids to compete with any school.
We need a "LEADER" that will take our programs and use them to their advantage. Start from the bottom and work your way in not the other way around

Merry Christmas Fallbrook.
Comment Profile ImageFallbrook Fan
Comment #9 | Wednesday, Dec 26, 2012 at 2:21 am
Good try "why would anyone want this job" aka known as former coach Toney. You were caught last time you tried to post anonymously. Fact is Williams didn't coach last year at the high school for a reason. There was a far more well qualified candidate than Williams who is on campus and wasn't part of the good old boys club, so he didn't get the head coaching job. Williams is part of the perpetuation of the Walker/Silvey 5 straight years of losing records. It was time for a fresh start with a coach that the kids could respect. We didn't get that, we got more of the same.
Comment Profile ImageWarrior for Life
Comment #10 | Wednesday, Dec 26, 2012 at 10:44 pm
I agree with you Fallbrook Fan. I do not know much of Coach Williams and only heard that he coached last year and that he has been in the program.
The fact is we need a new start and that begins with a new AD period!! I am keeping an eye on FUHS sports now that I will soon have a kid attending and hopefully, hopefully the sports will be better in all areas.
Do we give Coach Williams the benefit if the doubt? What choice do we have? Thanks for nothin' Coach Wal.... I mean AD Walker!
Comment Profile ImageFallbrook Fan
Comment #11 | Thursday, Dec 27, 2012 at 9:26 am
Almost forgot, a Fallbrook coach openly chews tobacco in front of the team. The campus has a no tobacco policy and the coach and several assistants openly defy the ban? HE has been admonished multiple times for openly spitting tobacco on the new field. Not a very good role model if you ask me. I know several players who started chewing because of this guy.

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