SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A healthy dose of realism led former San Diego State quarterback Drew Westling to take a new direction in his football career.
"I think I knew I wanted to be a coach when I realized I wasn't good enough to be a player," Westling told 10News as he prepared to begin his second season as head coach at Hilltop High School.
The Lancers are getting The Pro Treatment this week, leading up to Friday night's game against La Jolla at Sweetwater High -- a temporary home while Hilltop's stadium undergoes renovations.
Current SDSU head coach Rocky Long was the Aztecs defensive coordinator during Westling's final season at the school.
"You can always tell players that want to be coaches by how involved they are, and (Westling) was one of those that was really, really, involved," said Long.
Westling even partially credits Long for steering him into the coaching profession.
"Coach Long was very good a reminding me, 'You better get into coaching because I've seen you throw that 10-yard out.' So I was trying to absorb as much information as I could from that awesome coaching staff," Westling said.