Quiet and unassuming, Fred Hart touched many people’s lives throughout his tenure in Pacifica as a teacher, coach and mentor.
Fred’s coaching career actually started in 1992 as the junior varsity assistant football coach at Jefferson High School in Daly City. In 1993, he transferred to Terra Nova High School. In his first four years at Terra Nova, he was an assistant coach at the junior varsity, varsity and freshman level.
In 1998, Fred became the head coach for the school’s freshman team. Over the next 17 years, his freshman teams won 120 games and five Peninsula Athletic League championships. In five of those 17 seasons, his team finished the season undefeated.
In 2015, Fred was asked to be the junior varsity head coach. The team finished with a 7-3 record to win the PAL championship. For the 2016 season, he was an assistant on the varsity staff, coaching the defensive backs.
Graduating in 1974 from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and United States History, Fred began his career working eight years for Milton Marks, California State Senator as a legislative aide. He obtained his teaching credential in 1990 studying Social Sciences.
He taught at Terra Nova for 20 years, retiring in 2010. He taught Economics, World History, US History, AP US History, Government and AP Government classes. He served as the Department Chair for six years, was twice a member of the Union Executive Board, as well as President of the Terra Nova School Site Council.
Following retirement he remained on the coaching staff. Today, with 25 years of coaching experience on his résumé, he is the “go to person” for a young football staff.
Fred’s overall record during his years at Terra Nova as of the date of this award was 17 junior varsity championships, 10 varsity championships and two Central Coast Section titles.
One of the most defining moments in Fred’s life thus far was suffering a heart attack on the sideline of the football field during a Terra Nova game at Woodside High School in 2006. Through faith, determination and a “never give up” attitude, Fred emerged from that incident with a renewed focus to make a difference to as many students and football players as he can.