Spring Prospectus


  • The 2001 season is the Eagles 13th varsity season and their third in both CIF-SS Division I and as part of the highly competitive Serra League. Last year, the Eagles finished 8-3 and won their third league championship in five years by going undefeated in Serra League play. They lost to AB Miller, in overtime, 27-21 in the CIF Playoffs.
  • Santa Margarita will once again be joined by parochial foes Anaheim Servite, Bellflower St. John Bosco and nationally renown power Santa Ana Mater Dei in the Serra League. It is expected that perennial powers Los Angeles Loyola and La Puente Bishop Amat will join the Serra League beginning in the 2002-03 school year.
  • The Eagles have posted a cumulative record of 108-37-1 (.743) with three league championships and two CIF Titles through twelve varsity seasons. Their .743 winning percentage is the best in Orange County and one of the best in State history. Please see "A Winning Tradition" herein.
  • The Eagles were three-time CIF Finalists in the 1990's winning CIF-SS Division V Champions in both 1996 and 1997, and finishing as the runner up in 1998. The Eagles have never posted a losing record and have qualified for the CIF playoffs in eleven of their twelve varsity seasons. The 1997 squad finished 14-0 and was ranked 20th (Associated Press' National Prep Poll) and 22nd (USA Today) in the nation.


  • Head Coach Jim Hartigan has once again put together one of the most competitive schedules of any school in California. The Eagles opponents include nine teams that advanced to the playoffs in 2000 including nationally renowned Mater Dei and 2000 CIF Division I Runner-Up, and traditional power, Loyola.
  • Although television dates are not set it is anticipated that some Santa Margarita games will be televised by Fox Sports West Net 2, OCN and/or Cox Cablevision. More details are to follow.
  • Santa Margarita is 17-5 (.773) all-time vs. 2001 regular season opponents.
  • Click Here for Schedule


Jim Hartigan, 40, is 108-37-1 (.743) after 12 seasons as varsity Head Coach. Overall, Coach Hartigan has a 124-40-2 (.753) if you include 10-0 and 6-3-1 lower level teams that he led in 1987 and 1988 respectively before the Eagles fielded varsity teams. He has won three league Championships and two CIF Titles - all coming in the past five years. Jim was honored as the both the 1996 and 1997 Daily Pilot Sea View League Coach of the Year, CIF-SS Division V Coach of the Year and the National Football Foundation Orange County Coach of the Year. Coach Hartigan has directed his squads into the playoffs in 11 of their 12 seasons and has never posted a losing season. Jim has coached in several exciting games including the 1997 Orange County All-Star Game, two State Games of the Week during the 1998 season, and a National Game of the Year (the 1997 CIF Championship Game).


  • The final standings for the Serra League - one of the five leagues in CIF-SS that make up Division I - are at right. The Division I leagues are made up of the 26 most prominent public and private schools in Southern California. The 16 teams selected for the 2000 playoffs included Santa Margarita, Mater Dei and Servite.
  • A team from the Eagles' league has won the CIF Championship for nine of the past ten years.
  • CIF-SS Division I football has been recognized by leading prep sports writers and recruiters as one of the top conferences in the nation.
  • The Eagles are 9-3 (.750) all-time mark against Serra League rivals going back to 1991.
Location: RSM, CA
Head Coach: Jim Hartigan, AFCA
12-year Record: 108-37-1 (.743)
2001 Season: 13th (3rd in CIF-SS Division I)
Colors: Blue, Gold and White
Home Fields (Cap): Saddleback JC (5,000);
CSF (10,000)
League / CIF Class Serra / Division I
2000 Record: 8-3 (League Champs)
Offensive System: Multiple (1 & 2-Back)
Defensive System: Multiple (Base 40)
Athletic Director: Richard Schaaf
Enrollment: 1,850 (9-12)