Santa Margarita Pop Warner recently lost one of its most beloved alumni this past year. Zachary Quick passed away after a long and hard-fought battle with lymphoma.
A dedicated and talented athlete, Zach played a total of eight years of Pop Warner football, nine years of Little League baseball, and two years of NJB basketball here in Rancho Santa Margarita. In high school, he continued playing football and even took up volleyball in the off-season.
On the rare occasion when he wasn’t at practice or at a game, or watching JuJu Smith-Schuster energize his beloved Pittsburgh Steelers, Zach could be found with his family and friends at the beach. He also loved to catch up on the latest Marvel movie and hang out at the local ice cream shop.
Zach’s magnetic charisma could be partially explained by his great sense of humor and his exceptional taste in music. (He loved music from the 70’s & 80’s.) And when your mantra is “Everything’s going to be alright,” it’s hard not have an indelibly positive impact on those around you.
Zach played for some of SM Pop Warner’s most successful teams. He experienced a couple of Orange Bowls and playoffs in Arizona while playing for his favorite coach—his dad, Mark—and his second favorite coach, league president, Mark Graves.
Zach was never the biggest or fastest player on the field, but his huge heart and love for the game allowed him to consistently exceed expectations. That’s how he earned his nickname, Stealth. In fact, Zach’s fondest memory was his “Rudy Ruettiger moment" during a playoff game against San Clemente. He sacked the quarterback in dramatic fashion to cap off a hugely successful game and season.
SM Pop Warner will be dedicating the 2019 football season to Zachary Quick. The league has also created an award to commemorate and honor his legacy. The Zachary Quick Stealth Fighter Award will be presented to the outstanding player who demonstrates exceptional determination, improving both as a student off the field as well as a teammate on the field. SM Pop Warner will present the award to one player each year during the league’s kickoff carnival.
SMPW is teaming up with Dr. Mike Flores and team from AMP Sports Med in 2018 to provide cutting edge technology for every SMPW player with Safety as the number 1 focus.
Dr. Mike spoke on this new process at the SMPW Town Hall on June 11th. The Town Hall was held during SMPW Physical Day at Athlete's Choice in Rancho Santa Margarita. Dr. Mike spoke on concussion prevention and the use of KINETISENSE technology.
The Town Hall also featured current NFL Head Referee's Tony Corrente, and Carl Cheffers who talked about football safety from an officiating perspective and shared some NFL stories. Tommy D, of Athlete's Choice spoke on effective player training to round out our guest speakers.
Look for additional innovation led by SMPW in 2019
We are a CHARACTER MATTERS league
We believe that SAFETY is our top priority
We teach LIFE SKILLS
We promote GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP
We DEVELOP LEADERS
In 2019, SMPW had all competitive level teams make the playoffs! No other league has that happen. It starts with coaching and organization. Two teams played in Regional Championships with one winning the championship. We had FIVE teams play for Orange Bowl Championships! No other youth football/Cheer comes close! WHY? SMPW has better organization and better coaching than those other leagues. 5 of our head coaches have 20 years each experience in youth football and DON'T have kids on the team and 4 other head coaches have over 10 years experience each!
In 2018, SMPW also became the new home of the MV COWBOYS program with multiple Cowboy Teams. SMPW will keep the proud MV COWBOYS heritage alive. You are in COWBOY COUNTRY! Our Pee Wee Cowboys team is coached by the founding family fo the Mission Viejo Cowboys and played in the Regional Championships this year! A second team was also coached by members of this family at Flag and finished the season undefeated!
At SMPW, we KNOW that coaches make the difference! Over the past 22 years, SMPW has developed the reputation for having the "Biggest and Best" program and one of the main reasons is we recruit and retain only the BEST coaches. For the past 5 years our league regularly gets 10% enrollment from "Other" youth football leagues and COACHES is a big reason.
Some of the Head Coaches for 2020 (Coaches will not be officially selected by interview committee until April)
Do you have a very gifted athlete that you are looking for a specific team make up? Are you looking for a specific type of coach for your son? Do you want to join a team that could go all the way to the National Championships in Orlando? LET US KNOW at firstname.lastname@example.org SMPW is putting together two types of teams in 2020 Championship format and Developmental format.
NO OTHER YOUTH FOOTBALL LEAGUE DOES A BETTER JOB THAN SMPW IN PREPARING PLAYERS FOR THE NEXT LEVEL OF PLAY!
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Congratulations to the 5/6 and 7/8 Eagles 7 on 7 teams for each taking 1st place in the 4VERT championships! SMPW had 2 of the 6 champions out of 75 teams! Great job SMPW!
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