It’s Official: ER Names Medrano

Adrian Medrano is officially the HC at ER

Adrian Medrano is officially the HC at ER

By Tim Peterson

(Pico Rivera) – What was expected  for the last two weeks finally became official Tuesday night when El Rancho named Adrian Medrano as its head coach after board approval.

Medrano stepped down at Bonita January 20 after four years. Medrano went 27-18 overall with the Bearcats. Medrano takes over for Roddy Hiatt who resigned after just one year at ER.

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“Joe has captured the essence of the high school football experience. You don’t have to have played or coached to be instantly engaged in the story and identify with the characters. A great read!…Lots of laughs and memories from what high school football is like on the inside.”—Mike Mooney
“A very accurate account of high school football.”—Jon Dimalante
“F-bombing Papa Joe, has written something truly great here…He’s done a great job capturing the moments in the life of a high school football player both big and small from a unique angle.”—Josh Ouellette
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45 Comments to "It’s Official: ER Names Medrano"

  1. @LD's Gravatar @LD
    February 16, 2016 - 2:12 pm | Permalink

    Put me down for $10 million; this blog money is easy to come by.

  2. February 15, 2016 - 9:18 pm | Permalink

    The Rack happened did it not? We must know our history or we’re doomed to repeat it! That’s all I’m saying. GET RID OF THOSE TYPES OF CLOWNS!!!!!!!
    He meaning Adrian will do it and some of you “homies” are gonna hate the fact that someone is gonna put the smack down on all the jokers out there! “What aye’ who u think ur talking too omes’ lol you watch and see! He isn’t afraid of that type at all which is something some of those guys aren’t used too. The house or in the case the ranch will be cleaned! My 2,000 donation will be in the mail shortly, you put your money were your mouth is… Um foo! Real as it gets!

  3. ERPOP's Gravatar ERPOP
    February 15, 2016 - 12:32 pm | Permalink

    Medrano has the young pups huffing and puffing already and he is not officially on campus yet. Kid gets home tired but grinning. Got two more in the pipeline coach.

  4. @LD's Gravatar @LD
    February 14, 2016 - 10:15 pm | Permalink

    Lancer Dave’s reference of the ancient-history Tamarack incident as proof that the current ER program has issues is a classic SMEAR. It would be like saying that Margarito Beltran must be forever suspect because abuse allegations were once floated against him….AND that coach George needs to be viewed with suspicion because he once coached with Beltran. THAT’S the evil and disgusting nature of Lancer Dave’s tactics.

  5. Elrancho's Gravatar Elrancho
    February 14, 2016 - 8:57 pm | Permalink

    You’ve avoided every question I’ve asked you and changed the subject.. Fake DELETED foo

  6. February 14, 2016 - 7:14 pm | Permalink

    Smear? What I said was 100 percent accurate. You what they about denial?
    Your probably one of those guys phony fans who’s kid has some ability so that gives you carte Blanche.

  7. @LD's Gravatar @LD
    February 14, 2016 - 11:09 am | Permalink

    It’s easy to believe Lancer Dave’s good intentions toward Pico-born kids when we read the lies and smears he throws at his former neighborhood.

  8. February 14, 2016 - 9:13 am | Permalink

    Great toilet talk!

  9. Trust Me's Gravatar Trust Me
    February 14, 2016 - 9:03 am | Permalink

    LancerDAve, ElRancho, @LD ,et. al.

    Thank you for entertainment. You guys are hilarious!

    Coach Medrano, good luck. You are going to need it dealing with all these guys. LOL

  10. February 14, 2016 - 12:00 am | Permalink

    Oh please… You keep regurgitating the same old stuff. I chose to leave for reasons that I saw were not fit starting with the dons. Why is that a bad thing? But know this… I’ve always donated to ER football every year for the last 12 years I loved my time there and if I can help another Pico born kid have a better experience so be it. So I’m not on hill or think I’m superior I genuinely want the program to succeed but I do have my opinions …

  11. Elrancho's Gravatar Elrancho
    February 13, 2016 - 9:40 pm | Permalink

    Dude are you kidding me, those coaches were hired in 2008, had their little incident under Rick Zepeda who was fired. Zepeda last coached at ER in 2011, might as well bring up stuff for 1999. Rich was hired and lasted 2 weeks, hardly a pimple on our butt. Did I ever say it was ok to yell from the stands? No I didn’t, big difference between what I said and the words you’re putting in my mouth. With no money in the football account how was the team able to have a banquet for 300 people 2 weeks ago? How will the team pay for the alternate colored helmets for this upcoming season? If you know so much tell me what bank the program uses. Parents being at practice supporting their kids is not a bad thing, your idiotic mentality is sickening, living in Whittier doesn’t make you better than the people in Pico Rivera. You’re a fake a** chump and need to move on, typical whitier mentality you think you’re superior just because you moved out of the 90660.

  12. @LD's Gravatar @LD
    February 13, 2016 - 8:44 pm | Permalink

    We live to see the day of Lancer Dave’s triumphant return to his cherished Pico Rivera. Even though he has left the area in favor of rich man’s land, he alone holds the key to his hometown’s rejuvenation. If he can be persuaded to write, say, a fifty-page manifesto on Pico Rivera’s history and needs, we’ll get right on it.

  13. February 13, 2016 - 7:38 pm | Permalink

    So El Rancho didn’t hire 2 coaches who got wasted at the rack broke into a car and burglarized it? Rancho didn’t hire a coach with a questionable at best track record? Just because you know why there is debt doesn’t make any less real? There is no money in the football activities account!
    And by your logic, because Bonita yelled obscenities at the coach why can’t Rancho? That’s stupid, typical Pico answer. That’s whole mindset is the problem people with ideology like that! I’m born and raised in Pico Rivera so it will always be special to me… I just couldn’t send my kids there because of attitudes like yours. Adrian will do what he needs to you have the right man to get it done now you guys do what an earlier post said” STAY HOME” your not needed at practice

  14. Elrancho's Gravatar Elrancho
    February 13, 2016 - 7:35 pm | Permalink

    Parents watching a practice for the last 30 minutes when picking up their kids is a problem? Ok… I counted 2 parents that were consistently there and probably 2 of the best dads you could ever know that would never interfere and support coaches 100%. Personally I don’t see an issue with a parent being out in support as long as they aren’t interfering, I’ve personally never seen a parent at ER interfere at a practice and I’ve been around a long time.

  15. Elrancho's Gravatar Elrancho
    February 13, 2016 - 2:59 pm | Permalink

    Disaster zone? You’re bat sh*t insane. Yelling from the stands? What program doesn’t have parents yelling from the stands? Medrano had parents at Bonita who were pretty aggressive with him during his 2014 Semi Final year that he had to retort with an F bomb. No matter what program you’re behind or how successful it is there will always be yelling from the stands as no program is perfect. Debt? You think this debt was caused by parents? The debt was caused when a set of black jerseys was ordered and left to the QB club to raise funds for, take a wild guess what coach ordered those before he left. What Dons/Wolverines rivalry? most of the kids and parents know each other and seem to get along very well, ER plays kids from both programs, someone is feeding you some false info, there is no Dons/Wolverines rivalry. A program in such disarray would not have taken down your beloved Lancers just 1.5 hears ago. Parents Yelling = false, Debt caused by parents = false, dons vs wolverines rivalry absolutely false. Do yourself a favor and come down from your hill and see what’s really going on at the ranch otherwise stop making up Bs.

  16. Old Timer's Gravatar Old Timer
    February 13, 2016 - 2:59 pm | Permalink

    @El Rancho you mentioned the biggest problem in High School Football these days. Parents at practice. This is not peewee football. Parents stay home let your son grow into a man and be coached up. Show up on Friday night and support your son. If I was a coach I would have closed practice all week.

  17. @LD's Gravatar @LD
    February 13, 2016 - 10:44 am | Permalink

    Lancer Dave’s conclusions about Pico parents indeed reveal the lie about his geographic whereabouts. The man is probably tucked away in a multi-million dollar spread in the Whittier hills, taking pot-shots at those he considers inferior. He and his cronies no longer have the latino Beltran to criticize, so he is unloading on nearby locales.

  18. February 13, 2016 - 10:13 am | Permalink

    Don’t try and spin things any other way. Medrano is walking into a disaster zone. And it’s got nothing to do with football. The injuries hurt your chances for sure I’m talking about the debt I’m talking about the power plays by four different people I’m talking the cursing in the stands I’m talking about the Dons/Wolverine rivalry which I still don’t understand. I think Adrian will absolutely turn it around and I am pulling for him but make no mistake about it he’s walking into a mess.

  19. Elrancho's Gravatar Elrancho
    February 12, 2016 - 5:51 pm | Permalink

    Lancerdave you are severely mistaken about Pico Parents, even during last years horrible turn of events parents were not the problem. Have you ever heard of losing your QB, your best WR perhaps leagues best player in the same game, well it happened to ER and we suffered big, not easy to play with the JV 2nd strin QB on Varsity for 3 games. Isaiah Araujo was the difference between a playoff berth and a 1-9 finish. The parents who weren’t in favor simple stopped coming to practices and that was it. Don’t come and tell us Pico parents to stop getting in the way when we were never in the way. You know nothing about the ranch so stop trying to give your 2 cents, coach Medrano knows exactly what he’s getting, he wouldn’t have taken the job if things are as bad as you paint them.

  20. February 12, 2016 - 5:01 pm | Permalink

    Blasphemous rhetoric! It’s got nothing to do with Hispanic, race creed or anything else other than decency! Being a football coach is getting almost impossible these days with parents who think they’re kids athletic ability deserves special treatment for them. The problems in Pico my hometown btw is getting worse every year. Parents need to let the coaches coach you hear that Pico? You don’t know as much as the staff at your school! Let the coaches coach that’s the culture that needs to change!

  21. Why's Gravatar Why
    February 12, 2016 - 1:46 pm | Permalink

    The Mike Mooney that I remember brings instant toughness instant passion instant offense and probably most needed he brings instant credibility to that South El Monte staff. They did have athletes so I’m certain Mike can do wonders with that offense.

  22. Come On Now's Gravatar Come On Now
    February 12, 2016 - 1:15 pm | Permalink

    An El Rancho thread with only 122 comments? What’s the world coming to? Has anybody thought to see what Beltran thinks about all this?

  23. @LD's Gravatar @LD
    February 12, 2016 - 9:39 am | Permalink

    When Lancer Dave says the “culture” must change in Pico Rivera, is he saying that the Hispanic population is the problem? It’s known that a big reason his La Serna group ousted Beltran was Margarito’s ethnicity.

  24. February 12, 2016 - 12:20 am | Permalink

    Proof is in the pudding buddy.
    This is what is there. Medrano has his work cut out for him. Fortunately for you guys he has the work ethic to get it done. Culture must change in Pico

  25. February 11, 2016 - 2:24 pm | Permalink

    Facts are facts Rich! Notice how he won’t answer any of the questions!

  26. Thetruthis's Gravatar Thetruthis
    February 11, 2016 - 12:29 pm | Permalink

    As you all have said, all you have done was read the threads.. It’s All hearsay from 2 people Marquez24 and Anonymous “same person”. Which he has already admitted to saying it’s a personal vendetta. So yes it makes Melendez a very hated man by these 2 individuals. Don’t understand howall are reading and feeding off from these 2 clowns when there has never been any charges brought up against this man. If something did in fact happen to any kid, especially my kid, I myself as a parent would have made sure charges were brought up against him. What about the parents of these kids that supposedly he touched or “stomped”? Why didn’t they bring charges up against him? Very questionable isn’t it? Maybe because they are simply not true, all lies made up by these 2 clowns! All you are doing is defaming his character with your lies!!! “”Shame on all of you who have believed all the rumors and hearsay from these 2 individuals””!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. Business strategy's Gravatar Business strategy
    February 11, 2016 - 10:46 am | Permalink

    Along with the keywords ‘El Rancho’ and ‘Beltran’, MVS now has another sure-fire word to light-up the boards: ‘Melendez’. These should be used singly or in combination to revive the site after a catastrophic downer, such as an APU posting…or to kickstart the conversation on ordinary, non-morose subjects.

  28. Ranch's Gravatar Ranch
    February 11, 2016 - 9:39 am | Permalink

    @anonymous, just curious what number was your son who is now at Amat? ER went 4-6 on the freshmen level but was good enough to have been 8-2 and win league if not for the setbacks. Idk how anyone could force Roddy Hiatt to fire you, he’s the nicest man you’ll ever meet, somehow some way he made it happen, and yes I have heard stories of him not wanting to play Pico Dons because he favored wolverines. If indeed you are Amat now well good luck, if you thought a Pico kid has it tough in the DRL it won’t get any easier in the Mission league.

  29. February 11, 2016 - 12:54 am | Permalink

    El Rancho Freshman team last year was absolutely stacked with talent but thanks to the guh guh great coach Melendez we won all of one (1) game! 1!!!!! Hiring this fool set that team back! Plus he was playing certain kids he coached before and not playing other kids from the other league it was just a childish display of unprofessionalism and we were the butt of jokes all season. He’s childish he’s rude and he’s crybaby. He single handed ruined the whole season. Oh and yes the Peanut butter and jelly story was true but it was between to women on power trips. We pulled our son and he’s enrolled at Amat. Peace out ER!

  30. February 10, 2016 - 11:04 pm | Permalink

    All I can say is it’s unbelievable how this man is still coaching kids!!! I’ve read about two incidents and it blows my mind. Well i can say my kids will under no circumstance will play for or be anywhere near this man. I’ve played collegiate ball and I love this game I’ve coached at Two very well known football powerhouses Corona Centenial and Vista Murrieta under the great Coach Candaele. Talk about great! This man would never place a finger on kid he chose a better route and did his coach positively tough but positive!
    Maybe I will take my boys the private school route but I will pass this on to the other parents I know!

  31. Why's Gravatar Why
    February 10, 2016 - 10:47 pm | Permalink

    114 comments mostly due to a single coach not named on the thread.
    Either this guy is a truly hated or he is that bad of person to warrant this attention either he may not be worth the headache. This puts the South El Monte head coach in a no win situation. If this does anything and I mean anything he’s putting his own job on the line which should not be that way… Way to risky. The backlash is gonna be relentless. Rich do your coach a solid and walk away. It’s the right thing to do. Go coach somewhere far away a build up your reputation again until then you’re asking a man to put his livelihood on the line for you. Not cool. Don’t know you don’t want to know you but not cool. Walk away bro.

  32. February 10, 2016 - 10:31 pm | Permalink

    Love how RICH called himself a great coach in his post! Lol how myopic can you be? Great coach? Wow! Please anyone tell me the year Melendez took ER to the playoffs?
    Better yet can anyone tell any success he’s had in high school ball? Can anyone tell me a place where’s he’s been at for more than a year? Lies!!!!

  33. February 10, 2016 - 6:09 pm | Permalink

    Go ahead and send them here please

  34. February 10, 2016 - 5:28 pm | Permalink

    Parents from South El Monte Area are being told about this potential coach and believe me it isn’t going over well. Mrs Ayala will be informed by me personally Mrs Lopez and Ms De La Rosa will know first hand about this guy. Thank you guys for the heads up. There is a rumor about him already. If you can believe it or not. He won’t mess with our kids!!!!!

  35. February 10, 2016 - 1:42 pm | Permalink

    Take last year for example… There was no report filed for his firing just a resignation.
    Everyone knows that!
    The system only checks for pedophiles which is sad.

  36. Elrancho's Gravatar Elrancho
    February 10, 2016 - 1:35 pm | Permalink

    Melendez take the ranch to the playoffs? Lmao

  37. February 10, 2016 - 11:05 am | Permalink

    @the truth is
    This is way to funny on a few different fronts ok, Rich I’m sure this you so I will speak to YOU directly. First of all there are multiple reports of your abuse or I have a few would you like me to post them on this site? The coaches you’ve worked for either have been friends or afraid of the bad press so they just release you! That is the only reason you are still in this game Rich. You are right this is a personal beef but I do not know outside of this great game so my only purpose is to ensure you never have the ability to hurt another kid. So if I put the administration on notice and they still hire you and you do, well… What you do, then there is recourse for these parents who don’t know any better. The past two places didn’t listen to my warning but they learned the hard way. Either way I was right. Why so many places? If you’re a great man and coach and great coaches are so hard to find these days then why hasn’t anyone kept you? You know why because your not worth the headache, you sir are a liability! And everyone learns that after you’ve been there. You yourself played for a great coach I’m sure never put his hands on you. So what gives you the right? Or is it that the kids are just inmates and they need the kind of discipline only you can dish out? I would love to see what would happen if you did what you do in front of a kids dad… You’d get smacked upside your head and rolled on the ground like the marshmallow you are. You need to stop coaching or the La Serna incident will be made public.

  38. The truth is's Gravatar The truth is
    February 9, 2016 - 5:04 pm | Permalink

    To all that have been and are still having to read all the negative posts from Marquez24 and anonymous.
    Don’t you all think that if this man “Mr. Melendez” was involved by touching or “stomping” a kid in anyway as they say, that there should be some kind of police report. I know if it was true and it did happen, I myself as a parent would not let that go without filing some kind of charges against this man. BTW in order for this man to continue coaching at ANY level he must apply and submit for a live scan and pass it and be cleared of any negative report on his background investigation. I know some of you know what his work background is and I don’t think Mr Melendez would jeopardize his job or his family’s future in anyway! Anonymous seems to be following Mr Melendez for a long time that he thinks he knows it all. Yet he forgets that Mr Melendez has coached at the High School level including ER and did take that team to the playoffs! This man is a great coach and he still gets the respect from his former players, but it seems more like a personal vendetta anonymous has with him. So please leave all your personal feelings out of all these post and get over it! Time to move on!

  39. February 8, 2016 - 8:37 pm | Permalink

    @okie thunder
    If you can send me an email address I can email all the reports you need for your parent meeting. It may sound like a personal vendetta but once you read the reports you’ll understand why you wouldn’t want your sons to play for this guy. Get them to your Administration ASAP.

  40. February 8, 2016 - 8:27 pm | Permalink

    @Team Mommy
    Championships in Peewee Football??? Wow! That’s your argument? Maybe you should bring to light why Good Old Mr Rich had to go to a different conference? Hmmm? Why can’t he ever return to PRD? Oh and while you’re at it… Ask him why he can’t return to TCW? Hmmm? No add to those two incidents what happened at La Serna? Whittier? And what happened at El Rancho last season? You know what we call this? A pattern! He’s a habitual evictee! Now either every one else is wrong and there is this huge conspiracy against Good old Mr Rich or your boy Rich has a problem! Good old Mr Rich blames everyone else and will have you believe he’s a victim of circumstance just like a typical disillusional nut case. But one conversation with the man anyone can see exactly why he’s been asked to leave and to never return. The man need therapy! Now Team mommy since you’ve been with him for his youth Championships you know full well why he’s been booted! and for you to stand and support him that is a shame! He’s a horrible coach in every sense of the meaning and no one will ever get me to not speak on his character. I care about kids that much. So weather it’s Pico Kids Whittier kids or El Monte kids I’ll speak against this poor excuse of a man if it saves the kids the torture of dealing with this guy and ruining their football experience! So Er88 ER 89 and Team Mommy sorry I’m not sorry you don’t like it, Tough! Ps I’m not really anonymous those in the know know who I am including good old Mr Rich. Good day now.

  41. Glass Houses's Gravatar Glass Houses
    February 8, 2016 - 5:44 pm | Permalink

    As Lancer Dave has told, Pico is doing it all wrong. This is in contrast with La Serna, which is doing it all right by firing the guy who made that program respectable for the first time in fifty years.

  42. February 8, 2016 - 11:58 am | Permalink

    This guy Rich is a coach for So. El Monte?
    Where and how can parents get info on him? I would like to make certain his coaching record is clean before he coaches my Sons.
    I have three sons two of which will be playing freshman next year (twins) at South El Monte. no way as a parent i would allow them to play for for a coach who Gets physical with them. I played youth all the way into college APU linebacker 93′ never had a coach or seen a coach put his hands on a player. I have a Masters in psychology one thing I’ve learned is “Don’t do that” football needs to be rid of these types of individuals. I’m not here to call anyone out by no means but I will do my due diligence to ensure the school where my sons play will be a quality environment first and foremost. Promise you that!!!

  43. Secrets's Gravatar Secrets
    February 8, 2016 - 11:54 am | Permalink

    While Lancer Dave is hot to tell us about “secrets”, I should like to offer that Beltran was tossed because he was successful while being latino. A successful white coach cleared of those charges would still be on staff. How’s that for a program “more annoying” than the Pico Dons?

  44. Elrancho's Gravatar Elrancho
    February 8, 2016 - 11:11 am | Permalink

    100 comments about 2 stupid things, please stop exaggerating. These supposed secrets that are coming out all happened in 2015 under Roddy Hiatt, Medrano is not Roddy Hiatt. Melendez is gone, he will never come close to the ranch again. This stupid sandwiches issues is woman drama, Medrano is running the show now, that’s not going to happen again. El Rancho is not the Pico Dons, besides a program like PR that has success across the board is going to be annoying to many people who are getting beat, live with it.

  45. February 8, 2016 - 10:56 am | Permalink

    100 comments about all your secrets the proof is in the comments this is not only trolls it’s the way of business in that area now. Happening with Dons too is there another program more annoying than Pico Dons? NOPE! Sorry Rancho this what they’ve become. This what Medrano must change way before wins and losses

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