Much like the thread about Elias Ricks, this one has been populated largely by people who don’t know what they’re talking about. Only Al Koholik and Kingspeed have any firsthand experience with Coach Rollinson, Scot Prohaska and the Mater Dei sports environment, one because he was an assistant varsity football coach for many years, and one because he’s coached other varsity sports at the school for many years. The rest are spreading rumors, hearsay and wishful thinking. Here are some facts that might end the discussion.
1. Scot and his wife have a young baby boy, and Scot would like to spend more time with both of them.
2. Scot is a world-class expert in sports training and performance improvement, with a very successful facility of his own. Coupled with his knowledge of nutrition, injury prevention and rehabilitation, he’s as good as anybody in the world. While his expertise is in ice hockey, he has regular clients from the NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB, UFC and Olympic sports. There are more than a few professional sports teams that won’t draft a player unless he’s received the personal green light from Scot.
3. Scot was recently contracted by USA Hockey, the governing body of all minor league ice hockey leagues in the United States, to be a leader in their strength and conditioning programs.
4. He was also recently contracted by USA Figure Skating, the governing body for that sport, to take on the same leadership role for them.
5. Henry and Susan Samueli, the billionaire owners of the Anaheim Ducks are building a large fitness and training center in the Great Park in Irvine, and they’ve recently contracted Scot to make that endeavor a success.
6. Scot’s program has been fully implemented at Mater Dei since his second year at the school, and it runs largely without his being present. During the season, he is at games on Friday nights to oversee warmups and in-game emergencies, and he is present on Saturday mornings for the postgame flush and prowler drills.
7. He has certified two full-time, on-staff strength and conditioning coaches at the school, one for football and one for the other sports, to continue to run his program.
8. He remains a consultant to the football program and will be there as much as time allows.
And finally, Al Koholic is 100% correct. For the past 31 years, Bruce Rollinson has been solely and completely responsible for the football culture and spirit at the school. Anybody who thinks otherwise is kidding themselves.