Varsity Coaches


Rich Fisher - Head Varsity Coach
Santa Margarita Catholic Head Varsity Football Coach Rich Fisher is in his third season at the helm of the Eagles. During his first two campaigns, Fisher led SMCHS to an overall record of 14-9-0 -- a .609 winning percentage. Regarded as one of the bright young and up-and-coming head coaches in Southern California, Fisher has guided the Eagles to the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 Playoffs each of his first two seasons. This achieved as the school is a member of the toughest prep football league in the entire nation (as per MaxPreps.com) -- the Trinity League.

Coach Fisher’s 2017 squad proved to quite a potent and balanced offensive force. The Eagles set numerous team and individual offensive marks during the season -- both for a single-game and full season. The 478 points scored (43.5 per-game average) was one of the highest in school history. In addition, Fisher’s bunch set a record for average total offensive yards-per-game with 486.2. This shattered the previous record by 36 yards-per-game.

The receipt of the 2017 CIF-Southern Section Large School Academic Achievement Team Award for Football (overall 3.43 grade-point average) represents one of the most successful seasons in school history, in any sport, when combining academic and athletic achievement.

Max Onyegbule - Defensive Line
Max Onyegbule spent two season on the Nebraska staff (2014 and 2015), where he served as a defensive graduate assistant. In 2015, Onyegbule assisted the husker defense that featured two All-Big Ten Honorees; second-team All-Big Ten selection Maliek Collins and All-Big Ten Honorable mention selection Vincent Valentine. In 2014, Onyegbule assisted a Nebraska defensive line that featured first-team All-Big Ten selection Randy Gregory and second-team all-conference pick Maliek Collins at defensive tackle. The play of the defensive line helped the Blackshirts rank among the national leaders in pass efficiency defense, opponent pass completion percentage and third-down defense. Onyegbule spent the 2013 season as a defensive graduate assistant at Kansas, his alma mater. Onyegbule earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Kansas in December of 2010. He is currently working on his master's in Education Administration. He and his Wife Charity were married in May 2015. While playing Defensive End for the Kansas, the Jayhawks enjoyed great success during Onyegbule’s career, including a 12-1 record in 2007, when the Jayhawks earned a BCS Orange Bowl victory over Virginia Tech finishing with a No. 7 final national ranking. After Onyegbule’s college career, he signed with the New Orleans Saints as a free Agent spending training camp with them. He also spent one season in the Canadian Football League with the Calgary Stampeeders.

  • Combined years of college coaching – 3 years
  • Bowls played/won – 2008 BCS Orange Bowl Champions and 2008 Insight Bowl Champion
  • Years played in the NFL/CFL – 1 year
  • NFL Draft picks coached – 4 (Randy Gregory, 2nd Round pick to the Dallas Cowboys, Ben Heeney, 5th Round Pick to the Radiers, Maliek Collins, 2016 Draft Prospect, Vincent Valentine, 2016 Draft Prospect)

BOB CARSKIE - Running Backs
Coach Bob Carskie comes to Santa Margarita with 40 years of coaching experience, including 14 years as a head high school coach and 10 years in the Division One college ranks. As a college coach, Carskie worked under Barry Alvarez at the University of Wisconsin and Howard Schnellenberger at the University of Louisville. While coaching at Louisville, they went on to win the 1993 Liberty Bowl championship. From 1994 to 2000 Carskie was the Director of Football Operations at Iowa State. During his tenure at Iowa State, Carskie headed up the recruiting process for the Cyclones including former NFL player Reggie Hayward. In 1985 Carskie served as the head coach at Archbishop Weber High School making appearances in the 1985 Chicago Catholic League playoffs and the 1988 Illinois State playoffs. Most recently, Bob was the head coach at both Boulder and Centaurus high school in Colorado. Carskie was honored as the Boulder Valley Coach of the Year in both 2000 and 2015.

Bob began his coaching career at Gordon Tech HS as an assistant coach where they won the 1980 Illinois 6A State Championship. They also won the 1982 Chicago Prep Bowl Championship. In 2002, Coach Carskie was inducted in the Gordon Tech Hall of Fame at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago. A 1975 graduate of Missouri Valley College, with a bachelor’s degree in in physical education, Carskie was the starting Tight End for the Vikings in 1974 helping lead the Vikings to a berth in the NAIA National Championship game. Carskie also holds a master’s degree in education and administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Bob Carskie has two children Samantha and David. Samantha a graduate of Colorado State University, is the Literacy Curriculum Specialist for PEARSON. David a graduate of the University of Colorado, is currently the tight ends coach at Puget Sound University in Tacoma, Washington.

Anthony Rouzier comes to Santa Margarita Catholic High School from the Hamburg Huskies of the German Football League, where he was the interim Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator in 2017. For the end of the season’s success, Rouzier was promoted and accepted the Head Coaching position. Rouzier was also the Defensive Coordinator for the U17 Hamburg State All-Star team, and worked with a recruiting service that helped European prospects earn Division 1 college scholarships.

Prior to Germany, Rouzier was a graduate assistant at his Alma Mater, the University of Massachusetts. He worked with the Defensive Backs in 2015 and the Linebackers in 2016. Rouzier coached the Outside Linebackers at Winston Salem State University in the spring of 2015. In 2014, Rouzier coached at Amherst Regional High School where he started as the Linebacker’s coach and was promoted to Defensive Coordinator mid-season. Rouzier played at UConn in 2005, he was the first walk-on true freshman to start in the Division era of the school. He then transferred to UMass as a scholarship athlete, and was a part of two Conference Championships. He earned All-Academic All-Conference honors in 2007 & 2008. Rouzier married his wife Elwira in 2018. He holds JD and MBA degrees from FIU, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from UMass. He is the co-creator of a children’s book and non-profit that promotes health and wellness.

Omar Brown - Safeties

  • University of North Carolina 1993-1998
  • NFL Atlanta Falcons 1998-2000
  • XFL Orlando Rage 2001
  • Assistant varsity football Coach Aliso Niguel High School 2005-2007
  • Assistant football coach Freshman Defensive Coordinator Dana Hills HS 2009-2011

Mike Axe - Strength and Conditioning/former Army Ranger
Axe Grew up in the small farm town of Sequim, Washington State. Earned a Military Scholarship to attend The Citadel, in Charleston, South Carolina. Graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor's in Political Science and was commissioned an Officer in the U.S. Army. Attended the Officer Leadership Course. He was one of 8 officers of 33 in his Ranger Indoctrination Program (R.I.P.) to earn a slot to attend the elite U.S. Army Airborne Ranger School. He was one of 2 of the original 9 to graduate. As a U.S. Army Ranger he led as many as 120 elite soldiers. He was promotable to the rank of Captain after 4 years of service and earned the Army Achievement and Army Commendation Medals for his service.

Corey Overton - Cornerbacks
Coach Overton is a graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. At St. Ambrose, Coach Overton played cornerback played a key role in the nation’s #2 pass defense where he was named First Team All- Conference and an NAIA All-American game participant. Furthermore, at St. Ambrose, Coach Overton was part of an undefeated regular season (2006) team later to be ranked #3 in the nation. Additionally, Corey holds the position of Assistant Principal, Students Services at St. Junipero Serra Catholic in Rancho Santa Margarita.

A native of Davenport, Iowa, Overton received his undergraduate degrees in Kinesiology in 2008 and Physical Education Teaching in 2010 from St. Ambrose University. In addition, Overton recently received his graduate degree in education from Loyola Marymount in 2016.

John Byszewski - Special Teams Coordinator
John Byszewski begins his 17th year at Santa Margarita this season. Coach Byszewski is a member of Santa Margarita’s Charter Class of 1991. He played football for Saddleback College winning a National Championship and went on to earn a football scholarship to Western State College in Colorado where he played Center for their football team and finished with a business degree. After college, John returned to SM to coach, starting with freshman and eventually coaching all levels and defensive positions. Coach Byszewski also works in the Athletic Department at Santa Margarita which keeps him involved with all of SM’s student athletes. John and his wife, Becky, have three children, John (15), Jane (13) and Ben (9) and live in Mission Viejo.

SEAN EMBREE - Wide Receivers
Sean Embree is an outstanding football coach on the rise. Sean’s 24 years of coaching experience, includes coaching at the high school, college, and professional levels. Sean’s high school coaching career includes Boulder, Fairview, J.K.E Mullen and most recently, the Offensive Coordinator for Santa Margarita Catholic of the Trinity League. At the collegiate level Seancoached at Harper Junior College, Butler University and at the professional level, Sean interned/coached with the Denver Broncos, and in Central Europe for Vukovi Beograd and the Serbian National team.

As Head Coach for both European teams, Sean compiled a spectacular record of 52-3 (97%), winning four championships, and most significantly, winning the one and only European Cup for Serbia.

In total games as a coach and player, Sean has amassed a record of 270 wins and only 51 losses. As a player at Colorado, Sean was a three year starter at Tight End winning three consecutive BIG 8 titles and one National Championship. Sean’s knowledge of the game comes from a long history of connecting with successful programs and building relationships with coaches – including Bill McCartney, Gary Kubiak, Mike Shanahan, Kyle Shanahan, Eric Bienemy, Jon Embree (brother) and John Pagano.

In addition, Sean has a deep football bloodline. His father played in the NFL/AFL for ten years. His brother played Division I football, played in the NFL, head coached Division I football (Colorado), and currently coaches in the NFL (49ers). His nephews played Division I football (UCLA/Kansas), and one is now coaching in the NFL (Chiefs) as well and the other is a member of the University of Colorado football staff.

JOE KREISEN - Offensive Line