Sanchez Resigns at El Monte

El Monte HC Joel Sanchez and OC Brian Tabatabai are feeling confident about the Lions. (Photo by Joe T.)

And the world changes…Joel Sanchez stepped down at El Monte today. Former offensive coordinator Brian Tabatabai, who left a year ago, is in the background. (Photo by Joe T.)

Joel Sanchez resigned today as the head football coach at El Monte High School.

“It was a fun ride,” says Sanchez. “I am grateful to have coached here at El Monte and make a difference in a lot of kids lives.”

Sanchez, who played college football at APU and is an EMHS alum, led the Lions for 13 seasons and five playoff appearances in the last eight years. El Monte shared a Mission Valley League title in 2012, it’s first since 1979.

“Coaching here at my alma mater was always my dream and it was something special.”


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32 Comments to "Sanchez Resigns at El Monte"

  1. Emhsfootball's Gravatar Emhsfootball
    May 8, 2016 - 6:43 pm | Permalink

    A lot of El Monte people would never have grades to play . Don’t forget Julio Tena was a monster Luke Ayala was a beast as a running back … Robert paniagua only had a good sophomore season after that he did get lazy. He coached to the best of his ability . He sure was better than Vanderlin. Haha
    Couch Mando made the linemen stronger but DELETED complained that he was overworking DELETED if you want to win you got to go trough the hard work …
    Oscar quinones was a sick DE that year .
    We had a strong solid team 09 and Sanchez got us there

  2. March 15, 2016 - 4:07 am | Permalink

    excellent !

  3. WTF's Gravatar WTF
    February 17, 2016 - 12:52 pm | Permalink

    WT thats right stupid NO college is gonna sign a player and spend the money just because they signed his teammate you know so much you dont have the DELETED to even post a name PA

  4. @ok's Gravatar @ok
    February 13, 2016 - 11:07 am | Permalink

    Oh poor you!! Quit being a crybaby, parents like you are the reason we’re running out of coaches. Funny how after all that crap was talked about the quarterback, he ended up being the reason kid number two will be playing there. Talk about owing the kid an apology. And when it comes to Sanchez helping, you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make the horse drink it.

  5. OK's Gravatar OK
    February 12, 2016 - 3:13 pm | Permalink

    This is why sanchez needs to leave he doesnt treat all players alike he has his favorites and the one sthat arent get the shaft . last week on signing day he had two players sign with Waldorf College but he only takes and sends a picture with only his QB and for you people standing on the outside alot more wrong was done then good THANKS FOR LEAVING GUY THAT RUNS FOOTBALL PROGRAM not COACHING IT

    From Joe T.: I don’t and won’t comment about knowing everything…But…I’ve had permission to pull pics from Coach Sanchez’s twitter page for years now. I took the pic of Dominguez but the pic of the other player did not come out very good and that is why it wasn’t submitted to the hard copy of the Mid Valley News…Coach Sanchez had no say, either way, on what went in or didn’t go in that edition.

  6. February 12, 2016 - 12:14 am | Permalink

    Anyone who can coach at El Monte in that element with those parents and do it for 13 years is a solid coach. His kids loved him and played hard.

  7. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    February 11, 2016 - 6:45 pm | Permalink

    Zernickow to Bonita would fit the outside the box look wouldn’t it?

  8. Time for Reckoning's Gravatar Time for Reckoning
    February 10, 2016 - 11:12 pm | Permalink

    That which does not kill us makes us stronger, and I take the stands I do so that great men like Willig WILL one day win the Super Bowl. I must admit that giving Chuck a nine-year extension was an idea born of my desperation to keep him around locally. It’s a unique time in Whittier’s history where we can witness such coaching genius.

  9. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    February 10, 2016 - 9:43 pm | Permalink

    so who are you then Rise of the Titans?

  10. Rise of the Titans's Gravatar Rise of the Titans
    February 10, 2016 - 5:04 pm | Permalink

    @ Reck: You would bad mouth Willig if he won the Super Bowl. Why don’t you man up and tell the real reason you make cowardly attacks. Besides this is a thread about the El Monte coach. Either explain yourself or take a hike. I notice you never post on the SGVN. There you have to have an e-mail address coward.

  11. local fan's Gravatar local fan
    February 10, 2016 - 2:26 pm | Permalink

    I kind of liked him there as he could never win vs Arroyo and Rosemead so a guaranteed win for us, and some one commented on him winning championships,hahahaha, he won a league title and I guarantee the QB won it not him, that QB would have won more games and reached farther if he was at a better football coached school ,that league title had nothing to do with coaching or else in 13 years he should have 3 or 4

  12. '09 kid's Gravatar '09 kid
    February 10, 2016 - 12:31 pm | Permalink

    @SEMAlum your right.. The class of ’09 team had 20 returning players from our freshman team. A lot of players lost motivation due to favoritism over the years. Not necessarily Sanchez’s fault but coach T designing every play to Luke Ayala and Robert Paniuagua underutilizing Adrian Ramirez and Michael Rivera as well as others with natural raw talent. Only game I can honestly say the team was together was against SEM due to it being personal. @wardaddy Pete Mejia was extraordinary player with will and talent. Playing with him from the EM/SEM jets through freshman year was an experience. He put fear into anyone standing in front of him. Unfortunately he had personal issue with some of the coaches which prevented him returning from what i can recall.
    As for having Sanchez as a head coach, it was an honor. He cared about his players on and off the field. He saw the talent within each player and tried his best to get them to show their potential. I remember him pulling me out of class to talk sense into me for slacking off and falling behind on grades on and off season. Sanchez couldn’t do everything by himself though. All the other coaches weren’t much help. They were there pretty much to supervise us and make sure we followed Sanchez’s instructions.
    Thanks for the experience coach.

  13. Time for Reckoning's Gravatar Time for Reckoning
    February 10, 2016 - 11:46 am | Permalink

    If Chuck Willig is allowed to stay at Pioneer High for thirteen seasons, there will be accolades for him too: he had great medical care, the principal really was his best friend, the players loved him like a great-grandfather, etc. Rather than wait for that time to sing his praises, I’d like to say that this past year (where he went undefeated in preseason and didn’t make the playoffs) is proof that he deserves a nine-year extension.

  14. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    February 10, 2016 - 9:54 am | Permalink

    It is amazing to see how many lame people love to comment negatively about the game/coaches and have likely never played at the collegiate level or coached a day in their life. Everything is always easier said than done. The difference between coach Sanchez and other coaches is the hours of dedication he put into supporting his boys that were loyal to him, the school and the game. Never crumbling to the pressures of parents who felt their kids were all americans, and deserved to play over everyone else….he did what was best for the team and the school. Those who teach and coach don’t do it for the money, but for the kids… give them something to be a part of and proud of, that is exactly what coach Sanchez did. With constant changes in staff due to Admin and little AD support, Sanchez brought back pride to EM and the football program….he will certainly be missed. So all you losers who have nothing better to do than dwell on negativity to make yourself feel better about the nothing you have going on in your life………. When you positively impact the amount of kids Sanchez did……… come back and comment……but that will likely never happen.

  15. Subway alumni's Gravatar Subway alumni
    February 10, 2016 - 9:14 am | Permalink

    I never played for him, but I know for a fact, because I had the opportunity to help with donations for the team, that what he did for those boys on the field was great. But, what he did behind the scenes for those kids was life changing. They will never find a coach willing to do what is necessary to fund and support that program the way he did.

  16. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    February 10, 2016 - 8:52 am | Permalink

    You’ll be missed coach you always pushed us to our limit (:

  17. FBFan's Gravatar FBFan
    February 10, 2016 - 8:30 am | Permalink

    13 years as a head high school football coach. I don’t care who you are, that’s quite an accomplishment and I’m sure he had a positive impact on many. Congratulations coach

  18. BigGeorge's Gravatar BigGeorge
    February 10, 2016 - 1:53 am | Permalink

    Good sxxt out there Joel, hope you nothing but the best in whatever you choose to do next.

  19. Wardaddy's Gravatar Wardaddy
    February 10, 2016 - 12:44 am | Permalink

    @SEM Alum
    That ’09 class had a lot of talent but a few good players either couldn’t make grades or were just lazy. Arguably the 2nd best skill player in that class (Pete Mejia) didn’t even play football past freshmen year because of grades and disciplinary issues. Robert Paniuagua, the most gifted player in the league besides Tra Sumler, decided he would rather eat burritos and get lazy before his senior year, not to mention also grew alligator arms. But despite this the 09 class was still very good, especially the defense. all that was missing was a QB.

  20. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    February 10, 2016 - 12:29 am | Permalink

    All of you making rude comments probably have never coached anything but a pee wee league.. It’s terrible to read these remarks knowing coach tried his best out there.. More than I can say about some of you parents and administrators that assume you know everything. Thank you Joel, you were a pleasure to be around.

  21. dinh nguyen's Gravatar dinh nguyen
    February 9, 2016 - 11:37 pm | Permalink

    mr sanchez u are an inspiration to all that has met u hope u the best in the future

  22. Btbear's Gravatar Btbear
    February 9, 2016 - 11:23 pm | Permalink

    411, every time I read things on here I have to laugh. Some off you are so lame. Look at the CIF website. Monrovia doesn’t even close until March 1. Teachers, notice the use of that word, not coaches are hired by districts. The Arroyo coach may move there. But he can’t afford it. Bonita is still open. Doesn’t close until Feb 19. If you don’t know sit down and be quiet.

  23. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    February 9, 2016 - 10:16 pm | Permalink

    About time

  24. February 9, 2016 - 10:04 pm | Permalink

    He let a lot of young talent pass right threw his hands by favoritism ! Especially 2009 Class !

  25. 605's Gravatar 605
    February 9, 2016 - 9:54 pm | Permalink

    411 maybe outside the box means Bonita hires Ibis. Maybe podley and bub take over. Lol

    Singhiser to Monrovia? That would be a good hire but huge pay cut. Monrovia USD is terrible. Yes worse than EMUSD. its MKHS …. A 21 year old can’t do any worse than anyone else

  26. 411's Gravatar 411
    February 9, 2016 - 9:01 pm | Permalink

    Ibis Aguilar is already on campus. Would bring even more spice to that Griffin Bowl against the boys down south.
    Monrovia has officially offered the head coaches position To Jim Singiser. It’s closer to home I think he takes the job.
    BP has gone silent
    Bonita is looking and I quote “outside the box” whatever that means. They hope to announce their coach in the next week or two.
    MKHS is about to shock everyone by announcing a 21 year old HC. Sink or swim I guess.

  27. February 9, 2016 - 8:55 pm | Permalink

    History will show how good of a job he did at El Monte. The program was the door mat for Arroyo Rosemead and Even SEM but he made football relevant again he made football fun again. Not many coaches can walk into the MVL and win championships with Arroyo being so much bigger than everyone else. But he did as well as anyone can do. Much props to you coach the kids loved ya and I’m sure in your book that’s all that matters. Smoke a fat Cuban cigar on me lol……… Thanks for the memories Coach.

  28. theurenaexpress's Gravatar theurenaexpress
    February 9, 2016 - 8:17 pm | Permalink

    It was an honor to play for and coach with Joel Sanchez. He is a great coach and is an amazing person. He has a big lion heart.

    Thank you for all you have done for me and the EMHS family.

    Enjoy the journey…

  29. February 9, 2016 - 7:16 pm | Permalink

    Great job coach you will be missed. The admin is crazy for letting you walk.

  30. Assistant's Gravatar Assistant
    February 9, 2016 - 3:31 pm | Permalink

    🙂 finally he recognizes he can’t coach,

  31. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    February 9, 2016 - 3:15 pm | Permalink


  32. Thanks Coach's Gravatar Thanks Coach
    February 9, 2016 - 2:09 pm | Permalink

    Your thirteen years of dedicated service, but more importantly your time at APU count for a lot with the readers of this blog.

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