Coach of the Year: Mike Langridge

It didn’t take long for Mike Langridge to turn things around at Riordan.

The affable coach took over the Crusaders two years ago, inheriting a team that had gone three straight seasons without a win in West Catholic Athletic League play. Now, after Saturday’s 54-19 win over Live Oak in the Central Coast Section Medium School Division final, he is celebrating the first section title in program history and thinking about a potential state championship game berth, which will be determined Sunday.

Led by quarterback Darius Bell and receiver Daniel Cannon, the top-seeded Crusaders (9-3-1) outscored their postseason opponents 146-55.

“When we walked in here we saw there was a lot of talent,” Langridge said. “There was just a culture of losing we had to turn around, and once that happened things took off.”

Langridge, 34, also made some key tactical changes, switching to the spread offense and tightening up a defense that allowed more than 40 points per game in conference play in the three years before his arrival.

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