Athletic Directors Message

Welcome to Damien Athletics


I am extremely proud of our over 600 student-athletes, our professional and experienced coaches, our dedicated Athletic Training team, and all other staff that have helped create and maintain an athletics program we are all so proud of. But I would be remiss if I didn’t welcome you, our Spartan faithful. As Athletic Director, I want to personally thank each of you for your support and dedication to our athletic programs, coaches and, most importantly, our student-athletes.

I am very proud of the recent accomplishments of our student-athletes and look forward to an exciting 2019-20 campaign. Damien finished the 2018-19 in fine fashion. Every single Damien Varsity team maintained a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or higher. Our teams qualified for the Welcome Spartan fans and a very warm welcome back to all our alumni!

playoffs in 13 of 15 sports. Damien athletics captured four league championships in the sports of baseball, soccer, swimming, and water polo. Fourteen student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent and accepted scholarships to play Division I athletics next year. I want to say a big thanks to all our coaches for their willingness to commit so much of their time and talent to our student-athletes. I can confidently state, our coaches are a large reason Damien can boast as much success as it does.

I am extremely excited to welcome our new head football coach, Matt Bechtel, back to his alma mater. Coach Bechtel played football at Damien and graduated in 1992. Matt’s commitment to excellence and his dedication to the student-athletes under his guidance made him a perfect fit. As a graduate, Matt knows better than most what it means to be a Spartan, and we are thrilled to have him as the leader or our program.

I would like to thank the faculty and staff for their support of our student-athletes.  Because of these outstanding men and women our student-athletes are prepared for success academically.

Additionally, I need to extend a big thank you and have an immense amount of gratitude for our booster club and parents. Without your tireless hours of volunteer work, athletics at Damien could not function. Thank you!

I look forward to spending the 2019-20 season cheering on our teams from the sidelines and hope to see you all there.

Go Spartans!


Jeff Grant

Athletic Director

2280 Damien Ave

La Verne, CA 91750-5296

Phone: (909) 596-1946