By Tim Peterson
The Bonita coaching search finally ended last week with the hiring of former South El Monte HC Ibis Aguilar.
Aguilar made sense from the beginning. I was surprised they were looking anywhere else. He was already on the Bearcats staff and was familiar with the players and the program. He had previous head coaching experience and had success at a program that had been struggling before his arrival.
Bonita was looking everywhere else when the answer was right there in front of them. Now Aguilar just needs to take advantage of a golden opportunity.
Jerry Chou is starting to fill out his staff at Monrovia. He has already brought in long time area assistant Michael McKay as his offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach and former Alhambra DC Jacob Ochoa, who had been living up on Washington, as one of his assistants.
“I’m back in the game, back on the sidelines, going to be coaching at Monrovia High this upcoming season with coaches I have a ton of respect for. Can’t wait to coach a team with a legitimate chance at a state bowl game!! Is everybody ready?” Ochoa said via Facebook.
Chou must be a pretty good coach to be able to lure a coach in from another state.
McKay has worked with many high school quarterbacks over the years including Brandon Cox at Pasadena who is now at Utah and is looking forward to the opportunity at Monrovia.
“It will be nice to have all those weapons,” McKay said.
Got a little more information on new Baldwin Park HC Joe Fuller. He spent 2015 as the quarterbacks coach at Pacifica working under former El Rancho HC Vinnie Lopez. Lopez left ER after the 2014 season to take over at Pacifica. Fuller also spent several seasons as a head coach in San Antonio, Texas.
“Good hire. He’s a great football mind,” Lopez said. We’ll have more for you soon.
Not sure what’s up at El Monte. Your guess is as good as mine. Not surprisingly the Lions are finding it difficult to replace a head coach who had changed the culture of the program during a 13-year run.
The way Villanova shot the ball Saturday you almost expected to see Rollie Massimino pacing in front of the bench and “Easy” Ed Pinckney on the floor. The Wildcats shot 71.4 percent from the field, second best in Final Four history only to Villanova’s 1985 performance against Georgetown in the title game. North Carolina could use Phil Ford and Michael O’Koren to beat them.
Not that it means a whole lot but I would feel a lot better about the Dodgers if they didn’t finish off spring training by getting swept by the Angels. It wouldn’t hurt if Zach Greinke was still on the roster either.
That’s my principle.
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