Coaching Staff

Coach Dean Herrington

Head Football Coach

Dean Herrington enters his fourth season as Head Coach at Paraclete High School. Herrington guided the Spirits to CIF-SS Division 5 Championship in 2017. Paraclete was the only CIF-SS Football team to win Back to Back CIF Championships in 2016 and 2017. The former All CIF quarterback at Hart High School, Herrington began his coaching career there in 1984 as the JV Offensive Coordinator, and led them to a 40-0 record in four years. In 1988, he joined Bellflower High School as Varsity Offensive Coordinator, but was recruited back to Hart the following year. Dean returned as the Varsity Offensive Coordinator, joining his brothers Mike and Rick Herrington. During the next twelve years, Hart won eleven Foothill League Championships and four CIF Championships, capped with a league record of 55-1.

Herrington started the next decade by guiding Occidental College as Offensive Coordinator, finishing the season 8-1, and propelling them to their first conference championship in twelve years. In 2002 Dean was appointed Offensive Coordinator for College of the Canyons (COC), a position he held for four seasons. The Cougars won four Western States Conference Championships and two Southern California Championships, along with a 14-0 record and the Community College National Championship in 2004. During Herrington’s tenure, COC was 47-4 with a 28-0 conference record.

In 2006 Dean was named head coach at Bishop Alemany High School. Before Herrington arrived, the Warriors won only 3 football league championships in the 50 year history of the school. Under Herrington’s leadership, Bishop Alemany won 7 league championships in ten years and led them to their first CIF championship game in 53 years in 2009.

Dean Herrington’s accomplishments have placed him among the elite coaches in Southern California. As an assistant and head coach, he owns a 34 year career record of 350-80, an .814 winning percentage, and has compiled 28 league championships with a league record of 143-18 and a .888 winning percentage. Fifteen of his former student athlete quarterbacks have received NCAA Division 1 scholarships, including former NFL 1st round pick and 10 year veteran Kyle Boller and 11 year veteran Matt Moore. He also coached 2015 University of Oregon quarterback and current Montreal Alouette Vernon Adams, Jr. Herrington graduated from California State University Northridge and resides in Lancaster with his wife Gail.


Coach Rick McGuire

Assistant Varsity Football Coach – Defensive and Offensive Lines

Coach McGuire was a high school varsity letter winner (Football, Wrestling, and Track & Field), played football at El Camino Junior College (1976) and Antelope Valley College (1978). Rick has coached at the junior varsity and varsity levels for football for over 20 years.

Coach McGuire and his wife Suzanne (formerly Orr, Paraclete Class of 1978) have three children: Morgan (PHS Class of 2000, Amanda (PHS Class of 2001), and Peter (PHS Class of 2005). He has one grandson, Jude McGuire (PHS Class of 2030).


Coach Arthur Lopez

Varsity Offensive Line – Interior Defensive Line Coach

Coach Lopez attended John Marshall High School where he was a 1st Team All-League Offensive Lineman. Lopez attended Glendale Community College and was named 1st Team All-Conference. In 2003 he transferred to Northwestern Oklahoma State University where he was selected on the 2nd Team All-Conference and double majored in Spanish and Health/PE. Coach Lopez earned his Master’s Degree in 2014 from Grand Canyon University. Lopez started his coaching career at Bishop McGuiness Catholic High School in Oklahoma, where the team was the 2006 4A State Champions. Coach Lopez coached 4 seasons at Glendale Community College as offensive and defensive line coach. He coached 2 seasons at St. Genevieve Catholic High School as the defensive coordinator and defensive line coach. In 2012 Lopez came to Paraclete High School as a Spanish teacher and was named Defensive Coordinator for the Frosh/JV football teams. Coach Lopez resides in the Antelope Valley and is married to his college sweetheart Sally. Coach Lopez and his wife Sally have three sons: Artie, Austin, and Arlow.


Coach Bobby Brown

Varsity WR/DB Coach

Coach Brown has been coaching for over 20 years, and begins his 5th year at Paraclete. He has won National Championships at the Youth level, a State High School Championship, and Semi-Pro League Championships. Coach Brown has ten children and one grandchild, and his favorite thing to do when not on the football field is to spend time with his family. If you look quick enough you might catch them all out riding Go-Karts on a Sunday afternoon.


Coach Brett Nelson

LB Coach and Scout Team Coordinator (also Head Track & Field Coach)

Born in Chicago, IL, Coach Nelson moved with his family to Fullerton, CA when he was in the 6th grade. He graduated from Sunny Hills High School in Fullerton where he was on the football and wrestling teams. Following graduation, he returned to Sunny Hills as a wrestling coach. After high school he earned a Black Belt in Northern Shaolin Kung Fu, taught by a Master in Kung Fu from the Shaolin Temple in China.

Coach Nelson’s coaching career spans several years and sports – including coaching several family members in football (Highland Youth Football and Paraclete – seasons ’13,’14, and ’15), baseball (Quartz Hill Little League), rodeo (high school rodeo – Leona Valley, Antelope Valley Desert Riders, Acton Rangers), Gymkhana, and track & field (High Desert Heat Youth Track in Lancaster, and Paraclete). In addition to his current coaching activities, Coach Nelson remains active in a men’s softball league, competitive riding and roping, golf, and snow skiing. Coach Nelson and his wife have five children.


Coach John Perez

Varsity WR/DB Coach and Head JV Coach

Coach John Perez is no stranger to the game of football. He is a former college athlete playing two years at Antelope Valley College and another year at Azusa Pacific University. He has been coaching youth football for seven years, before joining the Paraclete football staff. He obtained three youth titles as well as several championships. He holds degrees and certificates in Kinesiology, speed, and agility. John has worked and trained at Frontline Fitness for the past six years, and has conducted multiple youth and adult training camps.


Mr. Jerry Lewis