SHC Hires Ken Peralta ’79 as Head Varsity Football Coach

February 22, 2013

Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory is pleased to announce the appointment of Ken Peralta ’79 as new head varsity football coach. Peralta has 30 years of football coaching experience, including seven as head coach at Marin Catholic, where he won four Marin County Athletic League titles, two North Coast Section titles, and advanced to the sectional semifinals or finals in six of seven years.

“The hiring of Ken will not only be a huge asset for the football program, but for the entire school as he possesses skill sets that extend far beyond the football field,” said Athletic Director Phil Freed '80. “I am excited to be able to work with someone such as Ken who has had such great success both on and off the field with the student-athletes that he has coached over his career.”

After graduating from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education/Health, Peralta went on to pursue a career working with young people. He began his coaching career as an assistant at SHC in 1981 and went on to earn a master’s degree at the University of New Mexico. He coached at several other schools around the West before returning to San Francisco as the head coach at Archbishop Riordan High School. He led the Crusaders to an undefeated WCAL championship and an appearance in the Central Coast Section final in 2000 before taking over as the offensive line coach at Cabrillo College for two years.

In 2003, Peralta took over as head varsity coach at Marin Catholic, establishing the Wildcats as a dominant force in the MCAL and NCS, and led them to the CIF Division III State Championship bowl in 2009. He stepped down as head varsity coach a year later to become the head freshman football coach at MC in order to spend more time with family, including his son, SHC varsity quarterback, Jerry Peralta ’13. Marin Catholic’s freshman team went 25-2 with Peralta at the helm.

Coach Peralta will take over SHC’s varsity program, which won their first ever CCS title in 2008 and advanced to another sectional final in 2011. In addition to coaching football, Peralta will be a teacher in the Religious Studies Department at SHC.

About Sacred Heart Cathedral Athletics

Sacred Heart Cathedral has a proud and accomplished athletic tradition. Competing in the esteemed West Catholic Athletic League (WCAL), Fightin' Irish athletes regularly face and defeat some of the toughest competition in Northern California. As of February 2013, the school has won five State Championships, 12 NorCal Championships, 33 Central Coast Section (CCS) Championships and 52 League Championships. More than 650 of the school's 1,250 students participate on at least one of 53 teams competing in 23 different sports. The school colors are green, white and blue, and the teams are known as the Fightin' Irish. For more information visit

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