Is Orange Lutheran through with Kunau?

There is a report in the Orange County Register indicating that Jim Kunau, the longtime coach at Orange Lutheran, may now be a short-timer.

Kunau said he was still the football coach at the school, but declined to address whether his status was about to change. Since 2000, Kunau's teams have reached the Southern Section finals five times and won twice. He has compiled a 182-52-3 record, and his teams are typically known for their innovation and the demands it puts on opposing defenses.

Lutheran failed to qualify for the Pac-5 playoffs the past two seasons, but had qualified for the playoffs the 11 years previous. He has grown the program from competing for small school titles to winning a mid-level championship to winning at the highest level.

In 2006 behind quarterback Aaron Corp and tight end Blake Ayles, the Lancers shared the Trinity League title, won the Pac-5 championship, and then turned in an impressive performance in the first State Division II Bowl Championship. They might have repeated in 2007 if not for a 2-0 loss to eventual champ Long Beach Poly in the semifinals.

Although Lutheran (6-4, 1-4) shared last place in the Trinity League with JSerra, the Lancers scored nonleague victories over La Habra and Southwest Division champion Tustin, 45-6, and a league victory over Mater Dei.

Both ESPNLA and the Register had OLu ranked in its season-ending top 10.

Four of Kunau's teams were recently chosen by the Orange County Register as among the top 20 teams of the past 10 years.

Here's a look at OLu since moving into Division 1 level of playoff competition:

  • 2010: 5-5, 2-3, fourth in league

  • 2009: 6-5, 4-1, second in league, lost in first round of Pac-5 playoffs

  • 2008: 10-3, 4-1, tied first in league, lost in semifinals

  • 2007: 10-2, 3-1, tied first in league, lost in semifinals

  • 2006: 14-1, 4-1, tied first in league, won Pac-5 and Division II Bowl championships

Here is a look at OLu in the five years prior:

  • 2005: 9-2, 4-1, tied first in league, lost in first round of Division VI playoffs

  • 2004: 13-1, 5-0, first in league, won Division VI championship

  • 2003: 12-1, 5-0, first in league, lost in finals (to Los Altos, 21-17)

  • 2002: 9-3, 5-0, first in league, lost in second round

  • 2001: 10-2-2, 3-0, first in league, lost in finals (to St. Bonaventure, 49-14)

In total, his teams reached the section finals eight times, including 2000, 1995 and 1994.