The article below originally appeared in the San Mateo Patch and is being reprinted with permission.

Gary Dilley never played or coached football at any level. Yet he’ll soon serve as Executive Director of the California Community Football Coaches Association.

In his new position, Dilley will represent the interests of junior college football coaches throughout the state. So how did he come to accept this powerful position?

Simple. He’s one of the most respected individuals among community college administrators and was recruited for the position by the current executive director Chris Pappas.

Dilley, who retired as College of San Mateo’s Director of Athletics in 2006, has worked with some of the best known community college football coaches in the business.

The late Tom Martinez, who was New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady’s personal coach, was already established as one of the top coaches in the nation and was also a member of the Women’s Basketball Community College Hall of Fame. He was also a successful softball coach at CSM.

“He was the coach when I first arrived at CSM,” said Dilley, who became the A.D. in 1988 after teaching and coaching at Half Moon Bay the previous 17 years. “He was involved at the state level and very well connected. Working with Tom was a great orientation to community college athletics.”

Martinez was also on the search committee that hired Dilley, who eventually served on the Management Council of the Commission on Athletics/CCCAA. He created the concept of the Competition Committee and Director of Football Operations and was a contributing writer to thge NFCA constitution.

“I’ve met a lot of football coaches and I like those guys,” Dilley said. “There are all kinds of reasons to be associated with them.”

Dilley played basketball and ran track and field at Menlo-Atherton. He continued his education at College of San Mateo, where he played basketball for Jack Avina and also participated in track and field.

Dilley graduated from UC Santa Barbara and began teaching and coaching at Half Moon Bay High, where he also served as Athletic Director.

After retiring from CSM, Dilley continued as an assistant coach for the Bulldogs track and field team.

“It’s a way to stay involved with it,” Dilley said. “I missed going to state meets and the atmosphere.”

Dilley said his new job isn’t really a big deal, but he’ll be part of some major changes in the way football is organized.

“I will represent the coaches’ views regarding amendments and bylaws,” Dilley said. “One of the challenges is to have a representative at every state meeting.”