Paraclete High School



     Norm Dahlia is in his 9th season as head coach of Antelope Valley's most dominant small-school football program. This past season, the Spirits finished   10-4, while returning to the CIF Finals for the fourth straight season under Dahlia. In 2010, he guided Paraclete to an Alpha League and CIF SS East Valley Division title with an 13-1 record. In 2008, his Spirits finished with an 11-3 record, winning both an Olympic League and CIF SS Mid-Valley Division title. For their feat in ’08, Dahlia was also earned the Coach of the Year Award in the Mid-Valley.

     Just short of a decade, Dahlia has complied a 90-21 overall record and a .756 winning percentage as a varsity head coach. In league play, he has also led the Spirits to an impressive 35-4 mark in the same span. Under Dahlia, Paraclete has been to the postseason every year during his tenure, and has won two division titles. The 2010 title was the school’s eighth overall, second in a three-year span and sixth in the last 13 years.

     Prior to being named head coach for the 2006 season, Dahlia served as a defensive coordinator on the varsity team from 2004-05. Before that appointment, he served as the defensive coordinator for the junior varsity during the 2003 season.

     Each year, his teams have become deeper and stronger on paper and on the field. Teams under Dahlia continue to uphold Paraclete’s strong football tradition. He is also responsible for helping a vast amount of his players play at the next level.

     Dahlia began his coaching career as a high school assistant at his alma mater, Burbank High School. He also had stops at John Burroughs High School (Burbank, CA) and Cresenta Valley High School from 1979 to 1989. In 2003 he returned to the gridiron with Paraclete.

     Dahlia is married to Lori Briggs. They have two children: Bobbi Lynn and Dominic. Both Bobbi Lynn (‘04) and Dominic (‘05) are Paraclete Alumni. He also has one grandchild, Corbin Ryder and another due this season.

     In addition to his work on the football field, Dahlia and his family are extensively involved with Paraclete on campus and in the classrooms.

Year Team Overall Record League Record League Finish Division Finish Playoff Record
2006 Paraclete 5-5 (.555) 2-2 (.500) Olympic T-3rd First Round 0-1 (.000)
2007 Paraclete 12-1 (1.00) 4-0 (1.00) Olympic Champion Mid-Valley Semifinalist 2-1 (.667)
2008 Paraclete 11-3 (.700) 4-0 (1.00) Olympic Champion Mid-Valley Champion 4-0 (1.00)
2009 Paraclete 7-5 (.600) 3-1 (.750) Olympic 2nd Mid-Valley Quarterfinalist 1-1 (.500)
2010 Paraclete 13-1 (.900) 7-0 (1.00) Alpha Champion East Valley Champion 4-0 (1.00)
2011 Paraclete   11-2 (.800)   5-1 (.833)   Alpha 2nd East Valley Runner Up 3-1 (.750)
2012 Paraclete   12-2 (.857)   6-0 (1.00)   Alpha Champion Mid-Valley Runner Up 3-1 (.750)
2013 Paraclete   9-5 (.642)   4-0 (1.00)   Alpha Champion Mid-Valley Runner Up 3-1 (.750)
2014 Paraclete   10-4 (.714)   3-0(1.00)   Alpha Champion Mid-Valley Runner Up 3-1 (.750)
Total 9 Seasons 76-25 (.752) 38-4 (.904)         23-7 (.766)

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