Paraclete High School Football Coaching Staff
Coach John Perez
Head Football 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 several years, and has conducted multiple youth and adult training camps.
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 Christian Tago
Coach Tago was an all-purpose player who played five different positions for Highland High in Palmdale, California. He completed 295 of 504 passes for 4,758 yards and 47 touchdowns as a quarterback, scored 24 touchdowns on 212 carries in three varsity seasons, was the team’s Most Valuable Player, the Golden League Most Valuable Player, a first-team All-CIF Division II and a Cal-Hi Sports fourth-team all-state all-purpose player as a senior. Tago was his team’s Offensive Most Valuable Player, team captain, and a first-team all-league and all-valley selection as a junior. Additional accolades include the Most Valuable Player in the 2012 Los Angeles Daily News All-Star Game, completed four seasons with the San Jose State Spartans, a four year starter at a linebacker position, three-time All-Mountain West selection and Freshman All-American, team captain in 2015 and 2016, only the seventh Spartan football player in school history dating back to 1893 to serv as a team caption in multiple seasons, 43 games played and 40 starts, fifth on the San Jose State career list with 384 tackles, seventh on the school’s list with 33 tackles for loss, 16 double -figure tackle games as a Spartan, signed with San Jose State in February 2012 as a quarterback/linebacker hopeful, a 2012-13 San Jose State Scholar-Athlete, went undrafted to the Atlanta Falcons in the 2016 NFL Draft, and also played for the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2017 season. Coach Tago served as Paraclete’s Linebackers Coach during the 2020 season and is currently the Defensive Coordinator for Paraclete.
Coach Devante Williams
Born and raised in Palmdale, Coach Williams played at AV College from 2011-2012 and Dixie State in 2012-2013. He started his coaching career in 2014 at Pine View High School in Utah. This is his 3rd season at Paraclete, entering his 7th season overall.
Coach Miguel LaPorte
Coach Miguel has been coaching youth football for the last 5 years. This year will be his 2nd year as a head coach, and 1st year coaching high school. His coaching style will focus on discipline, football fundamentals, and all aspects of each position. This is an honor for him to teach these young men how to be successful on and off the field. There are three things that he was taught and will continue to teach these young men: #1 RESPECT your parents/adults, #2 EDUCATION always comes first, and #3 NEVER quit and ALWAYS strive to be the best you can be at EVERYTHING and NEVER GIVE UP!
Coach John Perez Sr.
Coach Perez’s passion for football began in youth football when he was nine which led him onto high school where he played all four years. From there he began coaching. He has been coaching for 25 years, 15 of those as a head coach in Long Beach, Palmdale, and Upland. Throughout that time, he has trained youth and high school kids in agility skills and preparing them for the transition from youth to high school and from high school to college.
He looks forward to the next chapter at Paraclete where he can continue to teach and mentor.
Coach Oscar LaPorte
Many people know Coach LaPorte as Coach “O” or just “O.” He played Pop Warner Football at the age of 8 and ever since then, he has always loved the sport. He went onto playing college football and even joined a semi-pro team called the AV Dirt Devils. Although he stopped playing football due to his knee injury, he could not stay away from the game. The past 10 years, he has been coaching football for a wide age range. He is currently the offensive coordinator for the Lancaster Eagles where his nephew is the starting QB. During football off-season, he created and coached a flag football team called Hit List (7 on 7) where they travel to different cities and states. The team’s most recent accomplishment was traveling to the Dallas Cowboys Football Stadium and playing for the championship. Although they did not come out on top, many of his players were able to develop their skills during the off-season and experience a once in a lifetime opportunity. In addition to coaching the Lancaster Eagles, he is also coaching JV football at Paraclete High School.
Coach Albert Turner
Coach Turner has been coaching for 10 years. He also played high school football at Pomona High School, graduating in 2005. He also played one year at Compton Community College.
Mr. Jerry Lewis