MacIntyre Out at El Monte

Eric MacIntyre has stepped down as the head coach at El Monte after one year

Eric MacIntyre has stepped down as the head coach at El Monte after one year

By Tim Peterson

(El Monte) – Eric MacIntyre has stepped down as the head coach at El Monte after just one year MacIntyre confirmed Wednesday.

MacIntyre led the Lions to a 6-5 overall record and a trip to the first round of the CIF Division 13 playoffs where they lost to Boron. El Monte finished third in the Mission Valley League with a record of 4-2 behind Arroyo and South El Monte.

MacIntyre spent three years as the head coach at Workman before taking over at El Monte for Joel Sanchez in April of last year.

The search for a new head coach for the Lions will begin immediately.

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Joe T.’s High School football novel is available through
“If you love high school football then Tangent Dreams is a must read…”–Longtime SGV HC & Assistant Coach Greg Vaniman
“Joe captures the essence of high school football and does it with a local flavor that makes this book especially interesting.”–Mike Maggiore, HC West Covina Bulldogs
“A literary snapshot of what goes on over the course of a high school football season…an awesome read and a story that truly will transcend time.”—Jim Singiser, AD/HC Arroyo Knights Football
“Thrill, dread, anxiety, love, agony, success, and failure; basically all the emotions you feel as a football player/coach as you do in life, all wrapped up in a single book.”—Marc Paramo, HC Rosemead Panthers Football
“I read the book and really enjoyed it a great deal. I would think coaches and parents could Learn a lot.”—John “Coach” Kentera, former sports talk host at Mighty 690 & Mighty 1090

41 Comments to "MacIntyre Out at El Monte"

  1. January 25, 2017 - 8:04 am | Permalink

    Joel Sanchez was too busy Friday nights at charter oak games trying to weasel his way in to that staff. Shame on him for telling the athletes to revolt against the new coach. I’m not a Mac fan but there are some ethics involved amongst coaches and you crossed the line buddy.

  2. @Anonymous's Gravatar @Anonymous
    January 24, 2017 - 7:23 pm | Permalink

    Im not Coach Mac and Im here defending him. And the other post was correct when they said those kids never gave the staff a chance. They praised their former coach so much that anything they didnt like they complained about. These same boys are infact the same exact boys that wrote statements against coach MacIntyre when and ONLY when their former coach came to ask them to. Why would former coach do this? You mean to tell me he cares that much for the kids? Ohhh wait…. maybe he does, so then he must have went to the games, cheered the boys on? NOPE not one game was he at. So then why? Why go above and beyond to do this to a new coach? Facts are facts and the Lions program will not get out of this slump until he is gone. No other coach wants to have to look over there shoulder to see if he is ok with what they are doing.

  3. @smh's Gravatar @smh
    January 23, 2017 - 10:04 am | Permalink

    @Smh… Clearly you have your players confused. my kid defended TWICE and never got into a fight for the 7 tournament. Lol. See. So many kids with same story, clearly these are the same staff defending one another. And so many of these kids felt the need to defend one another. Some of them even having to do it without you all knowing for the simple fact of them feeling their positions will be at risk. I’m done with these comments. And yes we were at some of the practices as well as some others with need to be there. Didn’t really see much disrespect between both coach and player. Just simple coaching and disciplined tactics. Mac stepped down for a reason. Now we can only hope the next coach is just as tough and loud with certain level of respect. I would want my son to have a great senior year…

  4. January 23, 2017 - 3:13 am | Permalink

    Most of if not all of the “problem” parents will be gone after this graduation. El Monte Football will longer be threatened by lawsuits if their son doesn’t play enough… or if he gets singled out for making s mistake. Maybe lion football can finally turn the page.

  5. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    January 23, 2017 - 1:26 am | Permalink

    @lions roar, I agree 100%.
    Oh and btw the coach is clearly the one defending himself. Lol. Coach a bit of advise, stay off the message board! Unreal lol

  6. January 23, 2017 - 1:15 am | Permalink

    Now I’m totally embarrassed…
    Just a bad blow to EM football but once again our wonderful parents show how classy we can be. Everyone involved should be ashamed of their conduct.

  7. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    January 22, 2017 - 7:30 pm | Permalink

    @lol, shouldn’t coaches and parents he held to a higher standard then the kids. All you EM morons need to shut up before you make yourselves look worse than you already ready have.

    Btw to all parents it our job to teach our kids how to handle difficult situations, not enable them and fight their battles.

  8. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    January 22, 2017 - 7:00 pm | Permalink

    At the end of the day Coach Mac had the best interest of boys and school at heart. It’s tough being the new guy coming to a troubled pro program. Mark my word the program at EM was troubled. Lack of discipline, coaches getting into verbal fights with parents, etc….The embarrassing part, this was under Coach Sanchez reign. For some reason , he elected to retire because the school and board would not see his way, so he pouted himself into resignation. Now Mac come into the picture with his staff and realizes that discipline is seriously lacking. The boys whom Coach Sanchez trained and where is his favorites, were the same ones who crictized Mac and his staff for disciplining them. The same boys who could not handle pressure, the same boys with exception of a few had trouble passing their classes, the same boys who sided with Sanchez wrote letters against Coach Mac. The same boys who fought, pushed and struggle to comprehend the system, which placed them into 3rd place in league, which many forecasted they would end in last place. And a place in CIF playoffs. Coach Mac the stalwart of a program who he resurrected from the dead. This how you treat your coach. Shame on you!!!!!!!! Shame on the School for not being able to see the gorest through the trees. Shame on Former Coach SancheZ.!!

  9. Smh's Gravatar Smh
    January 22, 2017 - 6:03 pm | Permalink

    Have any of you parents been around your kids during practice or games? I seen them at practice a few times and too see how these kids disrespected the staff was ridiculous.these guys are here to make you better and never gave them a shot. And for the parent that said he defended his friends and how coach said bad things about girls. Is the same son that started a fight on a 7 on 7 tournament. Also these kids say worse things about girls trust me. These kids didn’t deserve this staff that did everything for them.

  10. @_@Anonymous.'s Gravatar @_@Anonymous.
    January 22, 2017 - 3:12 pm | Permalink

    @_@Anonymous. That explains you would make that statement. IF THEY WERE ASKED TO JUMPING OFF OF A BRIDGE, THEY PROBABLY WOULD ??? You’re a MAC supporter. Lol. And my son wasn’t so much upset and not wanting to play for simple reason a REAL PLAYER would question. Not so much TEACHING him other positions. But taking away the hardest position he has worked for. Which mind you the new position is now where near as hustle hearted as his last. Again, A REAL PLAYERS concern. Thought it isn’t your business. THough he took it and ran with it. And made the best plays. And still no acknowledgement. But that’s not his coming home less concerned about plays and positions. It was the day he felt the need to stand up for a team mate with the way he was being spoken to and being ridiculed the way he might have been raised. THEN on the same day calling females HORRIBLE NAMES. He has a horrible record. But I will ALWAYS give coach credit for dedicating his time to these kids. Coach just didn’t like these kids defending each other or their families. Plane and simple. But then again. Football should have never been about that BS… smh

  11. MVL Scout's Gravatar MVL Scout
    January 22, 2017 - 1:59 pm | Permalink

    @Blow EM basketball had a winning season in 2015.

  12. Apple Fritter's Gravatar Apple Fritter
    January 21, 2017 - 6:01 pm | Permalink

    Blow the Whistle blew it with the Arroyo-Jelly donut analogy. Perhaps there is a grain of truth to the notion that the Knights have internal struggles, but what program doesn’t? My larger point is that from a standpoint of pure esthetics, jelly donuts look really good on the inside.

  13. January 20, 2017 - 7:42 am | Permalink

    Still embarrassed…

  14. January 20, 2017 - 1:36 am | Permalink

    And yes Superintendent Eddie Z. definitely has his hands full but I do have confidence that he will clean this thing up……………………… eventually : )

  15. January 20, 2017 - 1:29 am | Permalink

    A good house cleaning is needed across the board in the good old EMUHSD!!! With all the missing receipts and misplaced accounts countless over draws to who knows who. Etc Etc… one should ask… who’s looking out for the kids? Not a popular question… here’s my rant agree or disagree does it really matter?
    Ok… arroyo is a jelly donut looks good on the outside but a mess inside. Those rumors just won’t go away! Nor should they…
    SEM is being run by (WWA) women with attitude lmfao… two principals and the mayor all of which have no business and lack the sports intelligence to be hiring or firing coaches. Yes I said the mayor… omg
    EM is still listening to former coaches who are critical of the new regime… what?
    The only drama free school is da view! What a basketball team btw.
    Couple points then I’m out… maybe arroyo is at the head of the table in sports because the person who hires the coaches actually knows the sports has played the sports has coached the sports. I know they’re bigger more kids yea yea I get it but they are better run. Now there is some Pete Carol in old JS in where he buries a lot shenanigans. But nonetheless they win.
    SEM fans are complaining about the coach that just took them to the Semifinals in football… well be careful what you ask for because he’s leaving… asap from what I hear!
    They’re also complaining about the baseball coach double dipping and coaching the basketball team as well… lol well he quit wait…he got his stipend first then he quit! But if you think that’s bad El Monte just fired a football coach who probably got as much out of that team then Bill Belichick himself could’ve okay so he screams very loud ok so he speaks “French” very very fluently lol what’s the matter with that? Their basketball team hasn’t had a winning season in a decade so where’s the consistency here? this is a sports blog so I’ll keep it relative and keep my opinions on the politics side to a minimum. But man do I got some good stuff on that end… ADs should be held accountable for the coaches they hire… you make a couple bad hires and you’re out!!! Just like in any other job. What this will do is force ADs to really do their homework before hiring or firing and moreover will force them to support their hires more effectively because… well their own job depends on it. Then maybe sports will flourish giving us all one less thing to B#%ch about. Toodles!!

  16. ERHS's Gravatar ERHS
    January 19, 2017 - 9:23 pm | Permalink

    Nope the intention was to show examples of coaches who even though they appear to be rough around the edges they are getting every last drop out of these kids, I personally think Mac did a great job despite the circumstances if you want to make this about ER go ahead, but it’s about El Monte and some unappreciative and soft people.

  17. January 19, 2017 - 9:02 pm | Permalink

    You hit the nail on the head the local schools administrators are making bad decisions in hires or don’t support their coaches as the should.

  18. January 19, 2017 - 8:57 pm | Permalink

    Here we go El Rancho finds a way to sneak in a Medrano reference. Yes he’s a good coach but cmon now it wasn’t hard to look good after last season…

  19. MVL Scout's Gravatar MVL Scout
    January 19, 2017 - 7:23 pm | Permalink

    @Player What EM lacks in a football program, they definitely make it up in the English Department.

  20. ERHS's Gravatar ERHS
    January 19, 2017 - 5:56 pm | Permalink

    @player spot on… similar situation at ER, coach medrano came into the ranch and a bunch of parents and kids thought and still think he’s a jerk, but he got everything he could out of the same kids who last year went 1-9 under coaches who babied them and were buddy buddy. 1-9 to a 5-7 season with a decent showing against a state contending Cerritos Valley Christian. Sometimes you need to go hard to get everything out of a kid, the rest of you complaining you deserve to be called something that starts with the letter P. El Monte is losing a good coach.

  21. Player's Gravatar Player
    January 19, 2017 - 4:25 pm | Permalink

    @Watching… Contrary to your statement that Coach Mac was a negative influence, the opposite is true. He instilled a sense of pride into our program, he pushed us to reach new heights that the prior staff could not or refused to do. Coach Mac is tough, but when you talk about abuse, i talk about pushing players to achieve their full potential, I talk about discipline, which this team needed. Something that’s lacking in our school and in our community. We want to babied, but not me, I want to be pushed. Do you think the real world is going to baby me? hell no. The real world will eat me up and spit me out. That’s the problem with our generation, and I’m sorry to say our parents, they want to baby us and tell us everything is going to be okay. Well its not, someone has to prepare us for the realities we will face when we graduate High School. Coach Mac is hard but If I survive him, I can survive any obstacles that’s in my way. To those seniors who decided to side with former Coach Sanchez, you know who you are. You are an embarrassment, you only thought about yourself (selfish), but not about the program and most of all not about Coach Mac and his family. Your motives were sinister to say the least. Coach Mac, and you guys cannot deny, he gave out of his pocket when you guys where hungry. He gave you advice, talked about family, consequences, responsibility. But no, you had to follow the advice of an individual who abandoned you! But yet, Coach Mac is the bad guy. Look at yourself in the mirror and be honest, Coach Mac was good for our program. Football is not easy, but the real world will be a beast, if we are not prepared, I know I will be, but you will be quick to blame someone else and not you, and make excuses and not take responsibilities. Sorry for you because no one will listen to your excuses, because they are just that excuses. Coach Mac, thank you for being my Head Coach.

  22. January 19, 2017 - 3:33 pm | Permalink

    I can not believe the leadership at all the schools in the EMUHS district. South admin is a mess, El Monte admin is a mess, Arroyo admin doesn’t want to host a state playoff game, Mt. View 2-8 and Rosemead 2-8. The sup that was in power set them back 10 years. Eddie’s got to clean up the mess and it will take time.

  23. #55's Gravatar #55
    January 19, 2017 - 3:32 pm | Permalink

    I played for coAch Mac and he was by far the worst I have ever had. Putting us down all the time and making comments about our parents. I didn’t have fun with him at all

  24. It was time's Gravatar It was time
    January 19, 2017 - 3:31 pm | Permalink

    Finally he is gone good luck to the next school he goes too.

  25. Areafan's Gravatar Areafan
    January 19, 2017 - 2:25 pm | Permalink

    hey maybe he was a hard DELETED or talked to your boys a certain way but this man walked into a sinking ship and kept that thing afloat better than anything thought, you El Monte people bashed him from minute 1 and he got you guys a winning season and a playoff berth, you had the right guy but now he’s gone and you will go back to your 1-9 ways.

  26. January 19, 2017 - 2:06 pm | Permalink

    This thread is Just embarrassing to EM. Just wow!

  27. FBFan's Gravatar FBFan
    January 19, 2017 - 1:36 pm | Permalink

    No room for snowflakes in football. Verbally assaulted? Come on now

  28. @Anonymous's Gravatar @Anonymous
    January 19, 2017 - 1:22 pm | Permalink

    Has it ever occured to you that your son didnt wanna play anymore because the cosch asked that much of out of him? I think many of these kids got comfortable with how things were ran in the past and when things were shook up they found it easier to blame it on coaches. I agree with language BUT I have heard numerous kids use the same language in the exact same manner. Should we blame that on your parenting skills? You think the Former coach has never used vulgar language? Then you are mistaken. As far as other staff members helping, its easy to persuade kids to go against the new guy when you have built a relationship for the last 3 years. If he asked them to jump off a bridge they probably would

  29. MVL Scout's Gravatar MVL Scout
    January 19, 2017 - 1:04 pm | Permalink

    Anyone familiar with EM knows it’s not the coaches or the parents, but the AD and Principal. There will always be parents at all schools who have some hard feelings towards coaches. That is natural and expected. What is lacking at EM is an AD who is present and a Principal who knows how to handle conflict. If the principal really wants to fix the situation she needs to fire the AD and put someone with leadership who can communicate with parents and support coaches. It isn’t surprising that the strongest school in the league also has the strongest AD, Jim Singiser.

  30. @watching's Gravatar @watching
    January 19, 2017 - 12:16 pm | Permalink

    News flash…. 95% of those kids on that team have the same foul language. So are we to ask you why you allow your child to do that as well? The facts are those kids all had a chip on their shoulder. They didnt want anyone other than former coach. When the new cosch came in and put things in place they didnt like that they werent allowed to do many of the things they were allowed in the past. The disrespect from kids was unbelievable. I was at many of those same games and saw nothing wrong with what was going on. If yiu think yelling at them is wrong, those kids are in for a rude awakening in the real world. Time you stop babying them

  31. Parents???'s Gravatar Parents???
    January 19, 2017 - 12:10 pm | Permalink

    Another thing is why are we so quick to judge Coach? Did anyone ever stop to think what and how he feels? Instead we pat him on the back, say sorry and thats it. What about the kids? We arent showing them anything by allowing them to say things and have no consequences to their actions. Any kid can call say coach said this to me and we just believe it? Former coaches can trash talk others behind their backs and we are ok with that? Its a sad day if this is what high school sports and life has come to.

  32. Parents???'s Gravatar Parents???
    January 19, 2017 - 11:21 am | Permalink

    I wish some of you parents would listen to how disrespectful your kids were to this coach. Its really easy to blame a coach when things dont go kids way. Id rather a coach push my kid to bring out the best in him rather than playing favorites. Parents always think they know what goes on. Your kid would never lie to you right? Well let me tell you something thats exactly what they are kids and sorry to burst your bubble but kids lie. And the sad part is most of those kids that do lie end up costing a good coach their job. These kids have been babied and most of them cant take a coach telling them the truth. Its easy for them to quit when things get tough. When they dont like what they hear they run straight to the parents, with alittle twist of the story in their favor and all of a sudden Coaches are the bad guys. Sucks to see a coach that had a good year leave on false statements and inmature actions by kids and former coaches.

  33. Parent's Gravatar Parent
    January 19, 2017 - 11:12 am | Permalink

    Coach Mac was a stand up but demanding Coach. My son loved playing for him and his staff. This past season was amazing considering the teams we were up against. For Coach Mac to come to El Monte and turn around the football program, was a miracle. Former Coach Sanchez could not do what Coach Mac did!! Coach Mac gracias por todo. We wish you much success where ever you coach. Thank you!!!

  34. January 19, 2017 - 10:51 am | Permalink

    What a shame

  35. SG's Gravatar SG
    January 19, 2017 - 5:45 am | Permalink

    Come down to coach to SG MacIntyre

  36. 605's Gravatar 605
    January 18, 2017 - 9:02 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like Mac is a perfect D 13 coach. Spathias is already front runner. The real tragedy is Sanchez and Tabatabai won’t coach there.

  37. Haters's Gravatar Haters
    January 18, 2017 - 8:07 pm | Permalink

    Former coaches claim to have the best interest of the kids yet show up to zero games and then go after a coach that has had success. Coach MacIntyre has done alot for these kids on and off the field. Cant say the same for the former coach. MacIntyre has shopped alot of those senior boys around to schools. Sounds like former coach is alittle bit jealous the new guy stepped in and was as successful as he was right off the bat.

  38. Lol's Gravatar Lol
    January 18, 2017 - 7:50 pm | Permalink

    Ol’ 🐼 looking ah coach

  39. El Monte's Gravatar El Monte
    January 18, 2017 - 6:51 pm | Permalink

    Peterson looks like your information was wrong
    From T. Peterson: In what way? He resigned!

  40. Areafan's Gravatar Areafan
    January 18, 2017 - 6:11 pm | Permalink

    People never gave him a shot yet he produced a winning record and a playoff appearance. Very underapreciated.

  41. Lion Faithful's Gravatar Lion Faithful
    January 18, 2017 - 5:56 pm | Permalink

    Its sad to hear, Coach Mac has done a terrific job with the team at El Monte. I hope he continues coaching in the area. El monte will not get another coach in there with former coaches still around. GOOD LUCK in the Future Coach. You will be missed

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