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Coach Ted L. "Moon" Mullen
b.10 March 1933 Nevada, Iowa
m. 2 August 1924
  1. Coach Ted L. "Moon" Mullen1933 - 2014
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Name Coach Ted L. "Moon" Mullen
Gender Male
Birth[1] 10 March 1933 Nevada, Iowa
Death[1] 4 April 2014 Palm Springs, California

About Ted Mullen

Ted "Moon" Mullen was an accomplished High School Football Coach in Orange County, California, coaching at El Modena, Villa Park, University, Foothill and Anaheim High Schools. Mullen accumulated 152 wins in 18 seasons of coaching football in the county. Mullen's 1977 Villa Park High School Football Team won the California interscholastic Federation (CIF) Championship with a 12-1 record.

In 2012, Villa Park High School celebrated the 35th Anniversary of their CIF Championship and honored Mullen for his leadership and dedication to football during his career. More than 55 members of the original group gathered on the field at half-time to commemorate their 12-1 season, including ore than 55 members of the original group and Former Spartan coaches Bob Hughes, Don Thompson, Steve Calles, Russ Murphy and Dave Colville. Mullen's oft-repeated phrases that stayed with the players included: “Winners never quit, and quitters never win,” and “When the going gets tough, the tough get going”.

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    Mr. Ted L. Mullen, 81, born on March 10, 1933, in Nevada, IA, passed away April 4, 2014. He resided in Palm Springs, CA at the time of his passing. Arrangements are under the direction of Forest Lawn, Cathedral City, CA. The Service to celebrate Ted's life will be held Saturday, 12 April at 2.00 p.m. at Our Savior's Community Church in Palm Springs, 1020 Ramon Road.

  2.   Los Angeles, California, United States. Los Angeles Times.

    APRIL 22, 1987 12 AM
    Ted Mullen, one of the most successful football coaches in Orange County for the past 16 years, has resigned at Foothill High School to become coach at Anaheim High beginning May 1.

    Mullen succeeds Roger Stahlhut, who resigned in January after 10 seasons.

    “If it was just a matter of coaching football, I would never leave Foothill,” Mullen said. “But looking down the line, this was an attractive offer with a better retirement situation.”

    Mullen was 59-15-2 in six seasons at Foothill. He won the Southern Conference championship in 1981 and lost in the title game in 1983.

    Mullen will bring his longtime assistant, Bob Salerno, with him to Anaheim. Mullen, a physical education teacher, and Salerno, a guidance counselor, also will hold those positions at Anaheim.

    Mullen has a lifetime record of 134-50-5. He began his career at Villa Park in 1970 and led the Spartans to three championship games before he resigned in 1979.

    He spent the 1980 season at University, where he was reunited with Salerno, a longtime friend he first met when the two worked as security guards at Disneyland in 1966.

    Salerno, who was Mullen’s defensive coordinator at Foothill, was head coach at Anaheim from 1973-76.

    Mullen said that two weeks ago, Salerno initiated the talks between himself and Dan Miller, Anaheim athletic director, about moving to Anaheim.

    “Some were probably thinking veterans like Bob and myself wouldn’t be interested,” Mullen said. “I basically didn’t know anything was open, and I’m always open to anything. Perhaps, one more time, we can bring a school back up to a solid level.”

    Mullen becomes the first man to coach four county football programs. He told Foothill players of his decision Monday, and the Tustin Unified School District board agreed Tuesday night to grant him an early release from his contract.

    “Naturally, it was a shock to the players,” Mullen said. “I let them know they had nothing to do with my decision. I’m certainly not leaving an empty well here. Sometimes, opportunities come up at a time when you wish you didn’t have to take them.

    “My first order of business at Anaheim will be to get acquainted with the players and encourage everyone to participate,” Mullen said. “I consider this move a shot of adrenaline, and I suspect this will be my last change.”

    Anaheim advanced to the semifinals of the Central Conference playoffs last year, finishing 8-5. Anaheim has experienced dwindling enrollment in recent years, but the Colonists still managed to make the playoffs six times under Stahlhut.

  3.   Orange County Register (Newspaper).

    Former O.C. football coach Ted Mullen passes away

    Ted Mullen, who coached Foothill and Villa Park to CIF football championships, died today. He was 81.

    Mullen, widely known as “Moon,” coached at Villa Park from 1970-78 and at Foothill from 1981-86. He had briefer stints at Anaheim and University.

    He accumulated 152 wins in 18 seasons of coaching football in the county.

  4.   United States. 1940 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (National Archives Microfilm Publication T627).

    Name: Fed Mullen
    [Ted Mullen]
    Age: 7
    Estimated birth year: abt 1933
    Gender: Male
    Race: White
    Birthplace: Iowa
    Marital status: Single
    Relation to Head of House: Son
    Home in 1940: Boone, Boone, Iowa
    Map of Home in 1940: View Map
    Street: Benton
    House Number: 1321
    Inferred Residence in 1935: Rural, Story, Iowa
    Residence in 1935: Rural, Story, Iowa
    Resident on farm in 1935: Yes
    Sheet Number: 12B
    Attended School or College: Yes
    Highest Grade Completed: Elementary school, 1st grade
    Household Members: Name Age
    Lester L Mullen 37
    Andra Mullen 36
    Patricia Lois Mullen 13
    John Mullen 12
    Joann Mullen 10
    Shirley Mullen 8
    Fed Mullen 7

  5.   Orange County Register (Newspaper).

    Villa Park fans show support in the stands
    By Andrea Mills | | In Our Schools
    October 9, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    There was plenty of action on the field as the Villa Park Spartans battled the Foothill Knights to a 25-21 final score on Friday, Oct. 5 at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange.

    But there was just as much excitement, if not more, on the Villa Park High School sidelines as alumni, junior cheerleaders, and junior high band members packed the stands for a memorable night.

    Players, coaches, cheer squad, flag twirlers and band members from Villa Park High School’s winning 1977 CIF championship team gathered to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the milestone win, and pay homage to former head coach Ted “Moon” Mullen.

    More than 55 members of the original group gathered on the field at half-time to commemorate their 12-1 season.

    Several alumni wore jerseys in honor of teammates who had passed on: Joel VanBoom wore jersey number 87 in honor of Ray Smith; Mike Reta wore number 75 in honor of Mike Koob; Dave Zeller wore number 42 for Kirk Springe; and Steve Brown wore the number 88 jersey in honor of Skip Oades.

    At the close of half-time, alumni gathered to form a salutatory tunnel for this year’s Spartan team to run through, on their return to the field.

    Steven Brown, who now resides in Colorado, initiated the gathering, contacting former teammates, coaches and classmates near and far. Former Spartan coaches Bob Hughes, Don Thompson, Steve Calles, Russ Murphy and Dave Colville showed.

    Dr. Michael Abdalla, the former team doctor and Ron Kissee, the team’s student manager, arrived for the reunion. Coach Mullen’s daughter, Jodi Mullen Fondell, the team’s young mascot, traveled from her home in Sweden for the occasion.

    Following the football game, the 35th CIF reunion continued at a local brewery, where more than 200 VPHS alumni, players and their families gathered to renew friendships and reminisce.

    The honorary jerseys were presented to the respective families.

    Many of the team members, looking back, marveled at how the values of hard work, discipline, teamwork and camaraderie instilled by Coach Mullen had carried through their lives.

    “Winners never quit, and quitters never win,” and “When the going gets tough, the tough get going,” were oft-repeated phrases that stayed with the players.

    The evening was also memorable for 65 junior cheerleaders.

    The juniors, in first through eighth grades, had learned several routines at a VPHS junior cheer clinic fundraiser. As half-time neared, they gathered excitedly on the sidelines, pom-poms in hand, anxious to cheer on the field with the Spartan varsity cheerleaders, in front of the crowd.

    They rushed to join the “big girls” on the field, and performed their routines with obvious enthusiasm.

    In another “first” during the evening, Cerro Villa Middle School band members were initiated into the rigors and fun of marching band.

    The black-clad junior high students marched onto the field for the first time, and played the national anthem with the VPHS Marching Spartans, directed by Major Chuck Jay. They played fight songs from the stands throughout the evening, in what was the first football game for many of the band members.