DeGeronimo honored

Los Altos High football coach Dave DeGeronimo carries a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol.

What a weekend for Los Altos High football coach Dave DeGeronimo.

Friday night, he guided the Eagles to their first playoff win in 15 years. Saturday afternoon at the team’s end-of the-season banquet, Los Altos Mayor Neysa Fligor presented him with a certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo for his leadership of the Eagles and his service to the community. He also received a flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol at the request of Eshoo.

“I was blown away by the recognition,” DeGeronimo said. “It was special.”

And well deserved, according to team parent Tamara Fagin.

“Coach D always says to the boys, ‘Our job is to love you guys, and your job is to love each other,’” she said. “Through a pandemic, natural disasters, an officiating shortage, a bomb threat and a slow start, Coach D has succeeded in rebuilding Los Altos High School’s football program and a strong, healthy community of players, coaches, parents and school staff. … Coach has been a North Star, guiding players and families with important life lessons – staying positive and reminding everyone to focus on what you can control and our team goal (of winning league).”

The Eagles, who finished as tri-champions of the SCVAL El Camino Division with Cupertino and Gunn, posted a 7-3 overall record in the regular season. Los Altos then beat host Soquel 36-30 in the Central Coast Section Division V quarterfinals, setting up this Friday’s 7 p.m. match-up with visiting St. Francis of Watsonville.