Defensive Coordinator & Linebackers
Office: Gym 312
Defensive coordinator Kenneth Lawler is a native of California, with more than 33 years in athletics. Lawler, who was the architech of California's top JUCO defense in 2016, is going into his 5th season with SBVC. He continues to strive for a Wolverines' Championship, 2010 and 2015 American Mountain Division Champions, 2013-Patriotic Bowl, and 2015-Golden State Bowl. He continues to share his multitude of skills and various levels of football knowledge and experience with his coaches and student-athletes. He is known as a great husband, father, coach, mentor, leader and friend, by many of his peers. No stranger to winning victories and championships, Lawler started his journey by winning multiple track and field championships throughout his high school career. He earned a football scholarship to the University of Oregon in 1978, and played 2 seasons before a knee injury cut short his playing career.
Before leaving Pasadena City College as the head coach, Lawler helped turn around an 0-10 team, by directing the Lancers to their first .500 season in five years. The Lancers opened up the next season at 5-0, the only Mission Conference squad to be undefeated at the season’s half way mark. Lawler was also a successful assistant coach at Boise State University (Idaho) and Mt. San Antonio College. While at Boise State, Lawler was a secondary coach for a program that went 29-5 in his three seasons (2000-2002), including two Humanitarian Bowl victories and two conference championships.
He spent three seasons (2003-2005) at Mt. SAC as the Mounties’ Defensive Coordinator and the program’s assistant head coach. Earlier in his career, Lawler was a defensive backs coach on the 1997 National Championship team that went a perfect 12-0 and captured the Mission Conference Title and state number one ranking.
Lawler’s commitment to his student athletes does not stop once they leave the field; he has guided and successfully helped more than 100 players receive scholarships at 4-year universities. In eleven community college seasons, he has coached over ten JC All-Americans. He has trained over 15 players that went on to the NFL, his most recently being wide receiver David Reed, drafted in 2010 by the Baltimore Ravens. As well as All-Pro defensive back, Chris McAlister, who also played for the Baltimore Ravens. In addition to 2008 Super Bowl champion linebacker Antonio Pierce of the New York Giants and Quintin Mikell who won the Western Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2002 at Boise State and is presently a starting defensive back for the Philadelphia Eagles. Lawler's son, Kenny, was a 2016 NFL Draft 7th Round selection of the by the Seattle Seahawks.
Besides playing the game, Lawler is genuinely interested in his student athletes work in the classroom. He holds his student athletes responsible to their commitment off the field as he does on the field.
Kenny and his wife Mary are both passionate about football, look forward to a successful football season, and are proud to welcome new head coach Daniel Algattas and his family to SBVC. Combined, Lawler and his wife are blessed with six beautiful children. Lawler has more than 15 years of teaching Physical Education at the community college level and holds an AA and BS in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College in Albany, NY.