After spending the first 11 years as the offensive line coach for the Falcons, Tom Caines is in his 12th year as the team’s defensive coordinator, while he also serves as the program's recruiting coordinator. In his 11 years as the offensive line coach, Caines did a phenomenal job with the offensive linemen. In his final eight seasons as an offensive line coach, 19 of the 26 sophomore offensive linemen earned Division I scholarships. All in all, he sent 36 linemen on, with 20 of them going to Division I schools. In the last nine years, 20 defensive linemen have earned Division I scholarships, while 48 defensive players have moved on to Division I schools.
Caines came to Cerritos College with plenty of community college experience, after serving as the head coach at Hacienda Heights Wilson High School for two seasons. He also spent three years as an assistant coach at Mt. San Antonio College, where he handled the inside linebacker duties, and even produced an All-American. In 1996, he led Wilson High to the league championship, as well as the CIF Championship and a 14-0 record. He began his coaching career at Bishop Amat High School, where he spent three seasons as their defensive line coach.
Caines was an acclaimed football player, graduating from Damien High School where he was a two-way starter at linebacker and tight end on their 1982 CIF Championship team and earned All-CIF honors as a senior. He then attended Taft Junior College and earned 2nd Team All-State honors as the Cougars won the 1984 National Championship. Caines then received a scholarship to Cal State Long Beach and led the 49'ers in tackles and was their captain. In his senior season (1988), he earned 2nd Team All-Pacific Coast Athletic Association honors. The following year, he signed a free agent contract with the Seattle Seahawks.
Caines graduated from Cal State Long Beach in 1989 with a degree in Physical Education and went on to earn his Master’s degree in Education from Azusa Pacific University in 1995.
During his coaching career, Caines has produced several very good players at both the high school and community college level, including former Falcon offensive lineman Tupe Peko, who was drafted by the New York Jets and spent six years in the NFL and Anthony Guerrero, who was a starting guard for the Florida Gators and spent two seasons on the Falcon coaching staff.
Tom was married to his wife Stacy for 28 years until her passing, and reside in La Habra and have three children – Justin (25) – who is starting his third season as the team's wide receivers coach after spending two years playing at the University of Rhode Island and two season as a wide receiver for the Falcons - Dillan (20) and Bobby (19).