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2014 Distinguished Alumni: Masaki Matsumoto
(Class of 2001)
After graduating from King's High School in 2001, Masaki Matsumoto attended Trinity International University in Chicago on a football scholarship. There, he received his degree in Physical Education and a minor in Health Education. Masaki was also the starting running back for Trinity all four years, an All-Conference player and a team captain in his senior year.
In the spring of 2006, Masaki graduated from Trinity and in the fall started a graduate program at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego to receive his Master's Degree and a teaching credential in Special Education. While attending Point Loma, Masaki started coaching football and track at Cathedral Catholic High School as a varsity assistant coach. In his two years coaching, the football team won the section title in 2007 and the track team won the section title in 2008.
Masaki graduated from Point Loma in Spring of 2008 and was hired to be a Special Education teacher, an assistant football coach and the head track coach at Bernstein High School the following fall. He was also given the Assistant Athletic Director position after his first year of teaching.
During Masaki's time as head coach of the track team, the team won four league championships in five years. The league title in 2011 was the first title by any team at Bernstein since the school opened in 2008. In 2012, after four years as the assistant football coach, Masaki accepted the job to become the Head Coach at Bernstein. Since taking over, the football team has won two league championships and made the playoffs both years. Before he took over the football team, their overall record in the previous four years was 4-36. The team's record in the last two years is 19-5 and the 2013 team made it to the semifinals of the LA City Section playoffs. In 2013, Masaki was named the Coach of the Year in the Central League and also, due to all of the accomplishments on and off the field, he was awarded the LA Times' Football Coach of the Year. Masaki has been elemental in changing the lives of many students at Bernstein High School as a mentor, coach and tutor. His work in their lives has exemplified the four pillars of King's and why he is our 2014 King's Distinguished Alumni.
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