Coach Moropoulos enters his 12th season as head coach and 34th year of coaching in 2018. He was a star quarterback at Santa Barbara High and SBCC before finishing his college career at Cal Lutheran University.
The Vaqueros won their last game in 2017, shutting out L.A. Valley 14-0 on the road to finish 4-6. Manny Nwosu became the first 1,000-yard rusher in four decades, gaining 1,080 yards on 192 carries. He was one of three Vaqueros to earn All-State honors.
From 2013-16, Moropoulos led the Vaqueros to seven-win seasons in 3 of 4 years. They went to bowl games in 2014 and 2016, hosting their first bowl game (the Beach Bowl) in 33 years in 2016. Moropoulos has coached one All-American and 10 All-State players in the last three years. He's sent 58 players to four-year schools in the past five years.
He guided the 2013 team to one of the best starts in school history (6-0) and their 7-3 record was the best in 22 years. The 2014 Vaqueros went 7-4 and played in a bowl game (the Garden State Bowl at Cerritos) for the first time in 17 years.
SBCC went 14-7 in 2013-14 and put together back-to-back 7-win seasons for the first time since 1982-83.
He spent 14 years as an assistant at NCAA schools, including Arizona, Texas A&M, San Jose State and Boise State. In 1999, he returned to SBHS as head coach and led the Dons to a Channel League title.
Craig joined the SBCC staff in 2006 as an assistant coach. Moropoulos is the offensive coordinator for the Vaqueros, who were No. 2 in Total Offense in the APC in 2010, averaging 402 yards per game.
Coach Moropoulos got most of his football knowledge from his dad, Mike, who spent 35 years as a teacher and coach at SBHS. When he’s not coaching, Craig likes to play golf and he’s close to a scratch player.
Moropoulos earned his BA in Physical Education from Cal Lutheran and a Master’s in education from the University of Arizona. He has three children, Trevor (22), Peyton (20) and Elyse (16).