Meyer is glad Hettig and O'Shea make the 20-mile trip from Trabuco Hills.
Under O'Shea, the Sea Kings' defense has shut out its three postseason opponents. The offense is rolling with Hettig calling the plays.
"What he's done with the offense has been amazing, replacing a lot of our offensive weapons [that earned All-CIF honors like quarterback Brent Lawson, tailback Erik Fisher and receiver Josh Giger] from last year," Meyer said of Hettig, who has the offense averaging close to 31 points per game, three fewer than last year's average. "He's done a great job with … Cayman."
The team's no-huddle spread offense, Hettig said, is perfect for Carter to run because of his ability to throw and run, and his decision-making. Having a good assistant to lean on bodes well for Carter, who has passed for 2,007 yards and 16 touchdowns, with six interceptions, and rushed for 993 yards and 12 touchdowns.
When it comes to coaching, Meyer said it's a lot like teaching in a classroom. The key, Meyer said, is having coaches like Hettig and O'Shea who do a good job teaching the game of football and life.
There is more to the high school experience than just playing football, and Troy Reese, can attest to that. Reese, who has taken Meyer's government and economics class at CdM, said his coach has the same laid-back demeanor in the classroom as he has on the field.
"He's so nice, you just want to do well for him," said Reese, a standout senior receiver.
Don Grable, the school's athletic director, said there are two sides to the 48-year-old Meyer.
"Obviously, you can't be a pushover and get the results that he has," Grable said. "He definitely shows that he cares about the kids.
"He's a people person. He's positive. He's a guy you'd want to play for, and the kids do. He brought in a great coaching staff with him that just feeds off of that, that whole vibe."
Treating people well is what Meyer said he learned from being around his father, Jon Meyer, and grandfather, Cliff Meyer. The two men coached at Long Beach Wilson and influenced the younger Meyer to become a coach.
The Meyer family's ties to Long Beach Wilson run deep. Cliff Meyer was the captain of the school's first football team. Cliff passed away in 1995, but he left his mark on the school. You can see his name on the side of the football stadium and on the baseball field scoreboard.
"He won two CIF titles [as a coach in 1947 and '50]," Meyer said, "but they were in baseball."
In a baseball stadium is where Meyer is trying to win his second CIF football title with the Sea Kings.
As Jon has done all season with his wife, he plans to attend his son's game at Angel Stadium. The old coach still comes out in Jon.
"He just lets me know what he sees and what we need to work on," Meyer said with a laugh. "It's fun to be able to talk to him about it."