Coach Dave “Papa T” Torres

Football Coach Dave “Papa T” Torres

William “Bud” Fassel – Class of 1939

William “Bud” Fassel was born in 1919 in Anaheim and never strayed far from his hometown, except a trip to the Philippines from 1940 through ’44 courtesy of the U.S. Army.

While attending Anaheim High, Bud was football team manager in his senior year and a member of the Varsity A Club. He was an outstanding athlete and during his junior year was captain of the Varsity Basketball Team, playing forward and guard. At season’s end, his team finished only three points away from the first basketball Sunset League Championship and Bud was chosen for the All-Sunset League Team. [Read more…]

Coach Brant Cowser (1925-2014)

BRANT COWSER (September 1925 – March 2014)

Across four decades as a teacher and a coach, Brant Cowser made an indelible contribution to Anaheim High School, and was an important member of the Colonist varsity football and boys basketball programs during the school’s legendary heyday. By every measure, he was Blue & Gold through and through. [Read more…]

Brian Noble – Class of 1980

Arizona State / Green Bay Packers 1985-1993

As a star football player for the Colonists in the late 70s, Brian Noble twice earned All-Freeway League honors on two playoff teams and was named an All-CIF punter following his senior season. He continued on to play at Fullerton College, then at Arizona State. In 1985, Noble was a fifth-round choice (125th overall) of the Green Bay Packers in the 1985 NFL Draft.

Establishing himself as a starter during his rookie season, Noble would start 110 of 117 games that he played in, becoming a stalwart on the Packers defense during the late 80s and early 90s while facing off regularly against Pro Football Hall of Fame running backs Walter Payton and Barry Sanders.

His nine-year NFL career (in which he led Green Bay in tackles four times) came to a premature end with a knee injury suffered early in the 1993 season. Following the end of his playing career, Noble spent several years as a television sports reporter in Green Bay, while also hosting an outdoor sports show. He later became head coach and later owner of the arena football franchise the Green Bay Blizzard.