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Known for being one of the most tenacious hitters to play football for Fullerton College, Dave Ogas wore the Hornet uniform during the 1964 and 1965 seasons under Coach Hal Sherbeck. A 1st Team All-Eastern Conference left tackle, Ogas was a starter on the undefeated (10-0) 1965 national championship team winning the Junior Rose Bowl.

After his stellar days at FJC, San Diego State offered Ogas a full ride scholarship where he was a two-year starter for the Aztecs winning a National Championship in 1966. During Ogas’ senior season in ‘67, his SDSU squad suffered only one defeat going 10-1 winning a conference championship.

As a 1st Team player during his entire college football career at FJC and SDSU, Ogas’ overall record stands at 39-3.

Ogas signed as a free agent with John Madden and Oakland Raiders in 1968 and was one of only six rookies to make the team... he was the only non-drafted free agent on the team. After the ‘68 season, Ogas was traded to and played for the Buffalo Bills franchise.

With his playing days behind him, Ogas joined the San Diego State football program as a graduate assistant. From there, he locked down his first coaching job as an assistant at Mission Bay High School in San Diego, California.

In 1974, Dave took his first head coaching job down the road from Mission Bay at Mount Miguel High School where the team finished with a 3-7 record. However, in his second season, Ogas led the team to a 7-3 record including a League Championship. Ogas was called up to the college ranks in 1976 when he was hired as an assistant coach for Santa Ana College. By 1982 he would become the Head Coach of the Dons winning conference championships in 1994, 1997, and 1999. He was also selected twice as the Conference Coach of the Year in 1988 and 1994. In 1988, Dave was honored by the Orange County Register as their Community College Coach of the Year. He was also honored in 1989 by the National Football Foundation (Orange County Chapter) as Coach of the Year.

Dave stepped down as the Santa Ana College head football coach following the 2001 season. He ranks second all-time with the most wins in Dons 96-year history with 104. Dave continues coaching at Santa Ana College as an assistant coach where he is beloved and respected by all who have worked with him. In 2003, the All-American Football Foundation honored Ogas with the George Sekel Award, which recognizes members as an Outstanding Community College Coach.