Keppel Cuts Ties with Sepulveda

Aaron Sepulveda is out at Keppel

Aaron Sepulveda is out at Keppel

By Tim Peterson

(Alhambra) – Aaron Sepulveda is out as the head coach at Keppel he confirmed Wednesday.

“For the record, I did not resign as Keppel’s head football coach.  I had full intention on moving forward as Keppel’s football coach for the 2016 campaign.  In early January, I met with the principal and athletic director.  They conveyed to me that they would like a football coach who is a full-time Mark Keppel staff member.  Personally, I cannot fulfill their “other direction” because I am already employed as a full-time teacher elsewhere.  The bottom line is, I would have continued to dedicate my time and energy to the Keppel football kids for as long as they’d have me as a walk on coach.  Regardless of the circumstances, I would never quit on those kids, and I did not do so in this case.  The administration at Keppel is simply going in “another direction, ” Sepulveda said.
Sepulveda spent four years as the head coach of the Aztecs taking over for Bobby Madrid before the 2012 season.
Sepulveda, although disappointed that he didn’t fulfill expectations at Keppel, was thankful for the opportunity to coach.
“I’d like to thank everyone who supported me as head football coach of Mark Keppel High School.  At Keppel, I was treated very well by the administration, welcomed warmly by the parental community, and genuinely supported by its student-athletes.  I deeply care for the growth and well-being of Keppel football players.  For the few Keppel kids who do come out and participate in our beloved sport, I have tremendous respect for you.  Playing football at Keppel comes with a challenging kind of adversity, and I admire every one of my kids who kept the sport alive with their participation, their dedication, and their unconditional perseverance.  Indeed, being a Keppel football player comes with regional ridicule.  However, I am proud of the way my kids continued to fight-on regardless of the Keppel Football stigma imposed upon by the general public.  I’d like to also thank the Almont League football coaches and all other area football coaches who offered constant encouragement and support.  Finally, I’d like to thank my loyal staff for the passion they have for high school football and for their genuine dedication to my Keppel boys.  I wish everyone success and good health in 2016,” Sepulveda stated.
The Aztecs will now search for a full-time staff member and head football coach.
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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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18 Comments to "Keppel Cuts Ties with Sepulveda"

  1. BonitaAlum's Gravatar BonitaAlum
    February 15, 2016 - 8:59 am | Permalink

    So what that says to me is he was employed elsewhere and either would not come to Keppel to teach or that Keppel did not want to find him a teaching a position.

  2. Sg's Gravatar Sg
    February 12, 2016 - 8:42 pm | Permalink

    @Bonitaalum “Personally, I cannot fulfill their “other direction” because I am already employed as a full-time teacher elsewhere. The bottom line is, I would have continued to dedicate my time and energy to the Keppel football kids for as long as they’d have me as a walk on coach.” Sounds like he doesn’t want to leave his full time job.

  3. BonitaAlum's Gravatar BonitaAlum
    February 12, 2016 - 4:50 pm | Permalink

    @Almont…did they actually try to get him on campus…because it sounds like they’re just going to ask a teacher that played football to help and not hire a coach.

  4. February 12, 2016 - 1:11 am | Permalink

    Let me guess……….. You want Jude Oliva right?

  5. Mark Luera's Gravatar Mark Luera
    February 11, 2016 - 11:06 pm | Permalink

    Class Act.
    Best of luck to him.

  6. BoHifan's Gravatar BoHifan
    February 11, 2016 - 6:39 pm | Permalink

    Not to sound like a Medrano fan he does not need any help in that area, but I am looking forward to Bonita’s new hire. A guy like this might fill the bill. Medrano worked non stop to better Bonita as a school and as a football program The frosh team that was the result of his tireless efforts was undefeated and won by 40 points or more every game. We need a coach that will match that work ethic to succeed. Any less and Bonita football will struggle. I’am still somewhat shocked that Bonita Unified did not fight to keep Medrano but they let go of Zernikow and gave him a hard time to. Go figure. I guess it is true that admins give zero respect to football head coaches in socal.

  7. Mission Valley League's Gravatar Mission Valley League
    February 11, 2016 - 1:51 pm | Permalink

    Nothing but respect for Coach Sepulveda! Its easy to coach at a powerhouse school, cause the athletes are there. In his case he attempted the impossible. Kudos to you Sepulveda! Wish you the best of luck, your young so I know you’ll continue coaching.

  8. NWO's Gravatar NWO
    February 11, 2016 - 1:27 pm | Permalink

    If Ledesma is still at SGHS, show him the door and give this guy a shot. Or, give it to the Keppel basketball coach, he seems to have some success.

  9. 605's Gravatar 605
    February 11, 2016 - 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Yawnzzzzzzzzzz

  10. Almont's Gravatar Almont
    February 11, 2016 - 11:12 am | Permalink

    @BonitaAlum he said that he would only stay on as a walk on because he already has a full time job.

  11. BonitaAlum's Gravatar BonitaAlum
    February 11, 2016 - 8:21 am | Permalink

    You want your coach to be on campus…this guy is a teacher elsewhere…get him onto your campus….how dumb are schools?

  12. Geoff's Gravatar Geoff
    February 11, 2016 - 7:35 am | Permalink

    Best of Luck Brotha!

  13. Sg's Gravatar Sg
    February 11, 2016 - 7:25 am | Permalink

    Maybe he becomes the coach at el monte

  14. Mid valley's Gravatar Mid valley
    February 10, 2016 - 11:25 pm | Permalink

    Great guy and awesome guy to coach for.

  15. SPARTAN's Gravatar SPARTAN
    February 10, 2016 - 11:16 pm | Permalink

    That is exactly how a true professional responds. ALL CLASS. good luck Coach Sepulveda

  16. Games People Play's Gravatar Games People Play
    February 10, 2016 - 10:26 pm | Permalink

    How many MVS readers believe that Keppel is just now starting to search for Sepulveda’s replacement? It’s 2000% for sure they already have a guy in waiting, who, after a week or two, will be declared winner of the phony “search.” With this program’s horrid level of play, there is little to lose by hiring virtually anybody who is tight with the office gang.

  17. Intheknow's Gravatar Intheknow
    February 10, 2016 - 10:16 pm | Permalink

    Keppel Football has to be one of the toughest jobs around and this guy did a great job trying to change the culture and it looked from the outside that the kids were buying into this coach and giving their all. Keppel has looked much improved during the passing circuit the last couple years but I am sure the Beef is just not on campus. Good Luck coach.

  18. Don's Gravatar Don
    February 10, 2016 - 9:45 pm | Permalink

    #respect

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