The Peterson Principle: 4/4/2016

Tim Peterson

Tim Peterson

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.

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“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.

I can be reached at or at Twitter @tspeterson40.

41 Comments to "The Peterson Principle: 4/4/2016"

  1. Mid Valley Football's Gravatar Mid Valley Football
    April 7, 2016 - 3:08 am | Permalink

    Anon your right Bassett be good for a young coach for a first time job. There a 6-4. Or 5-5 team record. If Spathaias turn program around why wouldnt they want him back? Is what he did really that bad? Big football schools wont hire him. Workman coach to Bassett?

  2. April 6, 2016 - 9:45 pm | Permalink

    No! No one wants to coach at Bassett Keppel Gladstone unless you’re desperate or maybe a first timer! El Monte is a decent gig tho. Bassett is in a tough spot they don’t want Spathias back but no one wants the job! Spathias has since applied for the Diamond Ranch and Wilson positions. Gladstone was lied to by Spathias so they don’t want him but who the heck wants Gladstone? Keppel should just shut down the football program it’s obvious they care about it.

  3. April 6, 2016 - 9:35 pm | Permalink

    Are we gonna live off that forever? Yea! When you get one you’ll love the feeling? Since that’s probably never gonna happen come over to Schurr and check out ours!!!!

  4. Hmmmm's Gravatar Hmmmm
    April 6, 2016 - 8:51 pm | Permalink

    It wasn’t actually one game……Schurr owns two rings so it is actually two games. Lol

  5. Mid Valley Football's Gravatar Mid Valley Football
    April 6, 2016 - 8:25 pm | Permalink

    Workman El Monte Bassett does anybody really want to coach there? Any word why coach dismissed at Gladstone?

  6. @wanna see my ring's Gravatar @wanna see my ring
    April 6, 2016 - 7:04 pm | Permalink

    Are you that one guys that lives off that one game his whole life lol?

  7. Wanna see my ring's Gravatar Wanna see my ring
    April 6, 2016 - 4:30 pm | Permalink

    Montebello hangs league champ banners like the LA Clippers. It will be interesting how that new LB gets his grades up to play is beyond me. Word to El Monte, Keppel go after Salazar for HC. He’s been wanting that for years… By the way he has a killer playbook!

  8. NWO's Gravatar NWO
    April 6, 2016 - 2:06 pm | Permalink

    How many Indians or Extreme players are now Oilers?

  9. April 6, 2016 - 1:47 pm | Permalink

    No it’s the Montebello Grand Hotel of Los Osos Oilers. Where kids can get room and board if they’ll catch the pigskin for Old Pete.
    Hey Pete I can smell that hot breath from up here on the hill man …. BRUSH!!!!!
    Keep working hard grinding Pete it’s only gonna magnify your inability to get er done!!!!

  10. OILER's Gravatar OILER
    April 6, 2016 - 12:20 pm | Permalink

    Its not the Montebello Oilers anymore. Its the Los Osos Oilers. Get it right.

  11. @spartan's Gravatar @spartan
    April 6, 2016 - 11:24 am | Permalink


  12. Spartan's Gravatar Spartan
    April 6, 2016 - 10:22 am | Permalink

    @spartan Empty
    We will hold up those TWO FOOTBALL CIF Banner with pride like any school that earned a CIF title would what a clown. if you can say that Montebello has won those 3 league titles with Montebello high school players and not players that started their football careers at another school than ill tip my hat off to you but i think my hat will not move from the top my head. In public high school there will be some up and down years. Schurr will be back very soon. So keepup the typing and live it up but sparta is building and getting stronger day by day

  13. HA HA HA's Gravatar HA HA HA
    April 6, 2016 - 8:17 am | Permalink

    Hey Pete Gonzales I need a place to stay can I come play for you? Heard the Oilers have the best housing program in the Almont league.

  14. We Want Gano Back's Gravatar We Want Gano Back
    April 6, 2016 - 7:19 am | Permalink

    That QB should go to Los Altos. I miss the old days. It used to work wonders for us

  15. @spartan empty's Gravatar @spartan empty
    April 6, 2016 - 7:01 am | Permalink

    Who….who cares!!!! Montebello is going to win league again and “the hill” will battle for second place like it has for the last 5yrs! Just keep holding on to those two CIF banners big girl.

  16. Fat dad from Pasadena's Gravatar Fat dad from Pasadena
    April 5, 2016 - 10:44 pm | Permalink

    I like to see keppels staff from last year at El Monte. I think they win 5-7 games this year. El Monte players and Keppel staff great match. That young staff is what that schools needs. Aaron Sepulveda should take it. And bring his staff there. Mark my words if that happens remember this POST. mid valley save this please

  17. April 5, 2016 - 10:43 pm | Permalink

    I hear that QB that left the hill is unhappy again… You should talk to him Monkeybello

  18. April 5, 2016 - 9:18 pm | Permalink

    That LB is living off his reputation from Rebel ball! Package deal with the kid from Downey. If you think they’re are the same kids you saw in REBELS you’re going to be disappointed.
    Monkeybello I can’t wait

  19. Hmmmm's Gravatar Hmmmm
    April 5, 2016 - 5:51 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the LB? The kid had 5 earned credits in two years. But miraculously he will be elgible at Monkeybello. Oh and the parent that offered his family room and board in return for him playing for Monkeybello ……real classy.

  20. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    April 5, 2016 - 3:31 pm | Permalink

    Someone tell that genius oc at Northview that it not smart to post road to the ring on Twitter with tagging bp kids that arnt even at nthview .. Yet lmfao… goes to show its all about the coach not the kids

  21. @spartan empty's Gravatar @spartan empty
    April 5, 2016 - 3:26 pm | Permalink

    The almont league is a two man race….it doesn’t matter who wins it either. Both schools can’t play with the top teams in that division anyways.

  22. NWO's Gravatar NWO
    April 5, 2016 - 2:10 pm | Permalink

    Winning the Almont only allows you to look up at everybody else. Sorry.

  23. @spartan empty's Gravatar @spartan empty
    April 5, 2016 - 1:37 pm | Permalink

    LOL…..I like your “life on the hill” line. Let’s People know that you’re looking out for other teams and not worring about your own. Also,thanks for the new LB! Also,try to keep your best player eligible for the playoffs this year! See you in a few months far girl

  24. April 5, 2016 - 1:14 pm | Permalink

    It’s coming sweet cheeks! Woulda been by huge margin but you had to go on the recruiting trail. Monkeybello hanging out at 7 on 7 tournaments with jerseys and hats to hand out. Pathetically creepy!!!! Like I said, life on the hill you get to look down on everyone else!

  25. @spartan empty's Gravatar @spartan empty
    April 5, 2016 - 8:29 am | Permalink

    I would hold your tongue there big girl! You haven’t been able to beat the oilers in 3yrs,yet you talk like you have won league already!

  26. Almont's Gravatar Almont
    April 4, 2016 - 8:57 pm | Permalink

    @peterson why is Gladstone looking for varsity football coach?

  27. April 4, 2016 - 7:35 pm | Permalink

    Lies!!!! Cantu isn’t going to Keppel!!!
    Let me take this time to proclaim Almont League Dominance!! Monkeybello can recruit more kids heck even steal more of our kids BG can’t even find a spot for their coach!!!!
    Remember last year at this time? We had a QB leave for school where he throws the ball less then he would had he stayed! (City League) we had starters flee all over the place to play JV ball??? Makes no sense. With all that said we made the playoffs got to the second round were gonna build off that!!!! We are gonna be bigger stronger faster! It’s a Spartan World! Enjoy the show!!!! When you live in the Hill, you look down on everything else!!!!!

  28. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    April 4, 2016 - 7:29 pm | Permalink

    Why is Gladstone posting on CIF web page they are looking for a HC? Did something happen? Or is this just a mistake on the AD’s part?

  29. April 4, 2016 - 7:17 pm | Permalink

    This is the year Marshall gets its first league win… And it will be vs El Monte!!!!

  30. April 4, 2016 - 6:15 pm | Permalink

    I heard the same thing about Sepulveda
    Turning down the job. Heard he’s gonna help out at Mt View.
    I heard a little thing about Luke Ayala applied for the job just a few hours ago.

  31. 605's Gravatar 605
    April 4, 2016 - 5:12 pm | Permalink

    El Monte is a mess it sounds like. Why would you not give Sanchez anything he wanted? He was on campus and did well with what he had. You had Aguilar too. And tabatabai?? 3 guys who could lead a program. Sanchez loves football and was there every day for the kids. They were competitive within their league most of the time. What else do you want at El Monte? Admin seems foolish.

  32. Area Fan's Gravatar Area Fan
    April 4, 2016 - 4:22 pm | Permalink

    Guess McKay will have to go coach at Cathedral for all those weapons lol. 5 kids and counting that have checked out, 3 to Cathedral!! Too bad Chou couldn’t hire a good OC though

  33. MonroVian's Gravatar MonroVian
    April 4, 2016 - 3:29 pm | Permalink

    We love the new MTown coaches, great write up Tim, Thank you.

  34. April 4, 2016 - 2:36 pm | Permalink

    Old coach Sanchez saw the writing on the wall… He knew he had his prize QB and RB graduating and knew this was as good as it was gonna get.

  35. April 4, 2016 - 2:32 pm | Permalink

    El Monte is in serious trouble! Coaches will not even take an interview, flat out saying “no thank you”. Boy I hope you got a plan lions!
    I heard a pretty interesting rumor that Aaron Cantu former Schurr Qb will be announced as the head coach at Keppel.

  36. Mid Valley Fan's Gravatar Mid Valley Fan
    April 4, 2016 - 2:19 pm | Permalink

    How about Bassett? Any word from there?

  37. NWO's Gravatar NWO
    April 4, 2016 - 2:08 pm | Permalink

    Did anyone else get their deposit in for Rams season tickets? Have you got the email to purchase them yet?

  38. April 4, 2016 - 1:14 pm | Permalink

    *dont relocate

  39. April 4, 2016 - 1:13 pm | Permalink

    What is the word on El Montes next coach?
    All I heard was Sepulveda but he’s still at Mt View from what I hear he’s gonna be coaching Qbs there for football. Last I heard they were trying to get Sanchez to reconsider. This is becoming a disaster. Hopefully the kids we do have to relocate.
    From T. Peterson: I’m hearing Sepulveda turned it down. They’re still searching.

  40. NWO's Gravatar NWO
    April 4, 2016 - 1:02 pm | Permalink

    What kind of idiots let Greinke get away. I’m glad I was alive in 1981 & 1988 to see the Dodgers win their last titles.

  41. Almont's Gravatar Almont
    April 4, 2016 - 12:34 pm | Permalink

    who’s the new coach at keppel

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