West League in his only season at the helm.
"I'm very excited about the position and prospects for the
program," said Kiefer, 35, who is also teaching math at Costa Mesa.
Kiefer said he worked briefly with players over the summer and is
instituting a year-round training regimen for the program.
"The big thing my first year here is to get kids acclimated to the
expectations of a program that's going to be pretty much year-round,"
Kiefer's Newport Harbor teams struggled to compete in the rugged
Sea View League that included strong programs from Santa Margarita,
Irvine and El Toro during his time as a head coach with the Tars.
But, with one season left in the Golden West League before joining
the newly formed Orange Coast League for the 2007 season, Kiefer said
the Mustangs will have every opportunity to become a perennial
The Orange Coast League will also include Estancia, Laguna Beach,
Calvary Chapel and Godinez, a Santa Ana-based school set to open next
"I was to the point where for me to consider a head coaching
position, it had to have the right combination of factors in its
favor," Kiefer said. "The administration here has been very
supportive, the kids have been great, the parents I've dealt with
have been very positive and, without question, [the Mustang's league
affiliation] was appealing to me. I think we can be competitive in
the Golden West League next year. And, when we move into the new
league in '07, I hope to have a team that can compete for a league
Last year's Costa Mesa squad had 11 seniors, so Kiefer sad this
year's team will be virtually a new club.
"It's a little early to be able to tell where we will be next
year, but the kids have shown a good work ethic and attitude and I've
seen a lot of positives in the short time I've been working with