The Fourth annual La Costa Film Festival is excited to announce the spectacular folks who will serve as the jury for the Sports Film Competition. The competition includes the following categories: Sports Narrative Feature, Sports Documentary Feature and Sports Short Film.

Without further ado, lets meet the Sports Film Competition judges

John Kentera
Fondly referred to as “The Coach” by fans, John Kentera is one of Southern California’s favorite Sports Broadcasters. With a career spanning over twenty years in radio and TV, he currently hosts the MLB Padres pre- and post-game shows. In the past, he has hosted his own talk show on the radio for many years, and was also the co-host of the “World Baseball Network” radio show. He is also familiar to us as the TV and radio show host of many fan favorites, including the San Diego Chargers football, LA Kings hockey, San Diego State University football and basketball, and the University of California San Diego football and basketball.

Kentera’s broadcasting skills were cultivated from his experience as a former athlete, coach and scout. A terrible injury to his left knee after junior year at college might have put the brakes on his pro career, but the injury did not diminish his love for sports. Taking up coaching full time, he coached at his alma mater, the Torrey Pines High School, Mira Costa College, Texas Tech University and semi-professional baseball at Red Oak Iowa Red Cox. He also worked as a baseball scout for Kansas City Royals and the Florida Marlins. After returning to San Diego in 1987 to raise his family, he went back to coaching at Torrey Pines, where he coached baseball, football, basketball and girls’ softball. In 1990, he opened Valley Baseball School and Softball Academy, which went on to win the Big League Baseball championships multiple times.

James B. Harris
James B. Harris is a veteran Hollywood producer, director and screenwriter. He was born in New York City, he got started in film distribution while helping with his father’s business until he was drafted for the Army in 1950. After the Army, he met legendary Stanley Kubrick, who would later direct renowned movies such as “Spartacus” and “Eyes Wide Shut.” The pair worked together as producer-director partners, forming the Harris-Kubrick Pictures Corporation. During their partnership, Harris Produced classic films like “Lolita,” “Paths of Glory” and “The Killing.” Somewhere between working with talented artists and ghost-writing screenplays of adaptions, Harris found a love for screenwriting and directing. Establishing himself in the film noir genre, he went on to write and/or direct such films as “The Bedford Incident,” “Cop” and “Some Call It Loving.” Harris attended the Julliard School of Music before he began filmmaking, which he said helped with the musical compositions of his movies.

John Carney (Pro-Football)
John Michael Carney is a legendary NFL punter and kicker. A native of Hartford, Connecticut, Carney started his career by playing college football for Notre Dame from 1984–86. He was then signed by the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent in 1987, and there has been no looking back since. With an impressive career spanning four decades, he holds the record for the most decades played and for being the third oldest player to ever play in an NFL game. He has played for a number of professional NFL teams, including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Diego Chargers, New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Rams, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs and New York Giants. He played in the Pro Bowl with our very own Chargers in 1994 and with the Giants in 2008. The team he most recently played for was the New Orleans Saints, and by the time he was released, Carney was third on the NFL career scoring list with a career total of 2,044 points. He later worked as a kicking consultant for the Saints and currently runs a pre-season kicking training camp in San Diego for professional kickers, called “The Launching Pad.”

Paul Rudy
Paul Rudy is the creator and lead anchor of “The Prep Pigskin Report” on KUSI TV. PPR, as the show is widely known as, has won the local Emmy Awards seven times out of the fourteen times it was nominated. Rudy graduated from St. Norbert College in Wisconsin in 1982 and worked as a professional tennis instructor after graduating. His foray into the entertainment industry started with the job of a videographer in a Madison, Wisconsin TV Station. But his love of sports soon took him to the station’s sports department. That kick-started his three-decade long journey into sports broadcasting, which Rudy was been doing ever since across the country: he has since produced award-winning content at seven different TV stations nationwide. PPR airs on Friday nights and features highlights and commentary on all high school games played in the San Diego County. It includes segments showcasing athletes and coaches, focusing on the community and bolstering local high school talent.

Brad Holland
John Bradley “Brad” Holland, born in Montana, is a retired American professional basketball player. He played for UCLA from 1975–79 before being drafted for the Los Angeles Lakers in 1979, playing on the 1980 Lakers championship team. After retiring with a knee injury in 1982, he tried his hand at broadcasting for a while, and then moved on to coaching at UCLA and then Cal State Fullerton. In 1994, he moved to San Diego to serve as the head basketball coach for the University of San Diego. He held that position for thirteen years, steering the team to several wins and during 2006 season and cementing his title as the all-winningest coach. In 2008, he moved on to coach at the University of California Santa Barbara, but left UCSB later to accept the position as Chief Professional Officer of the Carlsbad, California Boys and Girls Club. He currently serves as the CEO for the same company.

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