The Peterson Principle: 2/5/2017

Tim Peterson

Tim Peterson

By Tim Peterson

The Burbank hire may have been a surprise to everybody except the people who knew Burbank. While former Bulldog quarterback Adam Colman may have been under that radar as far the next head coach, to Burbank it made perfect sense.

Colman is a teacher on campus and he’s been an assistant on the Burbank staff for the last four years. This past season he was the quarterbacks coach and also served as head coach for the JV team. He knows the system and the program. Despite being young (24) when you look at all the variables he’s a perfect fit.

“He’s a good man, mature beyond his years,” said Burbank DC Manuel Lemus. “I’m so proud and happy for him His bond with the boys these past few seasons have made this program feel like a family.”

On campus teacher, former player, previous experience as an assistant at the same program…actually this was no surprise at all.


Nothing new out of West Covina on the hiring of a new head coach to replace the departed Mike Maggiore. But there are a couple of assistants that are on campus that would make for a smooth transition. Don’t be surprised if West Covina foll0ws the same route that Burbank took.


I’m hearing La Mirada is close. It would be a familiar name…to the people in La Mirada.


A couple of weeks ago I dropped a comment on the Temple City story regarding the resignation of HC Marc Shettleroe. Here’s what I wrote.

“I saw the video. It was vulgar, disgusting and totally disrespectful to the Temple City football program. Shettleroe was right to cancel the banquet. In fact there should have been more repercussions but the season is over so there’s nothing more that can be done at this point. Don’t blame Shettleroe, blame the kids who put out that garbage on video. And with no support from anyone (admin, parents, etc.) he was right to resign. As far as the future is concerned, the football program at Temple City is in serious trouble. It may take an act of God to restore what was once a proud, respectable competitive program. Unless there are some drastic changes, football will become a casualty. It’s on life support. The current status is very sad.”

Yes I saw the video and yes it was vulgar and disgusting. But beyond that it showed that the kids really didn’t care about the program. And the way the administration didn’t support Shettleroe when he canceled the football banquet it looks like they don’t care either.

Torosian addressed this recently in his “Fanview” columns. And although he didn’t say Temple City should drop the football program he did write that if another walk on is hired as coach and again it doesn’t work out then maybe it’s time. I agree. Last season was an embarrassment. I mean this is Temple City! The Rams have a football tradition that is as rich as any in the San Gabriel Valley.

While watching the video (that was sent to me without request) I kept thinking what former players would think if they saw it – players like Steve Busick and Don Roberts that played for the legendary Bob Hitchcock in the seventies, to guys like Desmond Reed, Matt Malcynski and Tommy Bullock that excelled on the field in the early 2000s.  I know that’s not the image of Temple City football that they want portrayed. I hope the program not only remains in tact but flourishes. But it’s going to take a lot of work. And it all starts with the administration.


It kind of flew under the radar but Los Altos running back Tyler Nevens, who probably wasn’t getting as many looks as he should have, signed with San Jose State. The Spartans are getting one heckuva back. I wasn’t surprised that he landed at San Jose State but was surprised that more offers weren’t rolling in. He joins Northview’s Antwaun Ayers who also signed with San Jose State. The Spartans are set at running back and wide receiver for the next four years.


A couple of thoughts went through my head as I watched Vanessa Dwyer, a girl that started playing softball at Live Oak Park in Temple City at the age of six, pitching for Vanguard University on Saturday. One was how cool this was to see a local athlete realize her dream and the other was…man, I’m getting old.


Heard on a local sports talk radio show this week regarding the Super Bowl. “Well, if Tom Brady wins it will be his fifth Super Bowl victory in seven games. And 5-2 is better than 4-3.” Uh, yeah thanks for the insight.


Since I’m posting this before the Super Bowl kicks off I guess I should address the game. I have no dog in the fight but I’ll take Matty Ice and the Falcons 35-31. It’s Ryan’s time.

That’s my principle.

Tim can be reached at tim@midvalleysports or on Twitter @tspeterson40.

18 Comments to "The Peterson Principle: 2/5/2017"

  1. KevBone's Gravatar KevBone
    February 12, 2017 - 11:07 pm | Permalink

    Anyone know who will be TC’s next coach?

  2. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    February 12, 2017 - 11:07 pm | Permalink

    Anyone know who will be temple city’s next coach?

  3. @anonymous's Gravatar @anonymous
    February 10, 2017 - 4:52 pm | Permalink

    They can’t steal any legit football players with parents with a brain, they sure are able to sell BS to the raider fan parents from surrounding cities who have decent 5’10 Mexicans. They employed a recruiter who rocks Nike Cortez, long socks and a bald head because he can totally relate to them, he also sure loves to target single moms who think their son will go on to play in the NFL right JLO and ML. St Paul used to be the kind of school that’s would attract legit football talent in all colors, now they are stuck trying to win with Whittier and Pico Rivera midgets…

  4. annoymous's Gravatar annoymous
    February 10, 2017 - 4:32 pm | Permalink


  5. Hehehe's Gravatar Hehehe
    February 10, 2017 - 12:10 pm | Permalink

    guess not being good for the past 9 years worked in St. Paul’s favor.

  6. Areafan's Gravatar Areafan
    February 10, 2017 - 11:22 am | Permalink

    St Paul does it by going to neighboring programs and stealing players left and right, if not for a revamped playoff system St Paul would have continued its decade long playoff drought. Trust me Zepeda is not that great of a coach.

  7. February 9, 2017 - 12:00 am | Permalink

    @Pac 5 Scout: You’re right. We Arcadia did play Bell Gardens who are terrible (we should have not lost to them back in 2015…), despite hiring an ex-La Serna coach who was very competent and successful back in La Serna (Margarito Beltran). For a successful St. Paul coach who is an alum Rick Zepeda, it took him his fourth year to bring St. Paul up to 6-7 after the many years St. Paul was in a playoff drought. Same with El Rancho. After going 1-9 in 2015, alum Medrano set the expectation and did a good job exceeding it, but they have ways to go, but they are going in the right direction. People forgot that what I’ve read about Burbank, before 2009, they have been in mediocrity, but alum Hector Valencia put Burbank into stability…only if TC can learn from how ER, St. Paul, and Burbank have achieved stability and success like TC has been before, they will rebuild the same way St. Paul rebuilt. Congrats Coach Zepeda ona great season and MUCH RESPECT to an improving St. Paul!

  8. Pac 5 Scout's Gravatar Pac 5 Scout
    February 7, 2017 - 2:43 pm | Permalink

    Moschetti utilized all the networking tools in his box to get the scouts to his practices and games. Computer film, Alumni pals, College contacts, using own players to influence kids from other areas. These things added up to getting the players to come because why? Moschetti had the scouts and Los Altos did not. Law of big numbers. More scouts more potential looks more signings. More signings more players from all over you get.

  9. Football Fan's Gravatar Football Fan
    February 6, 2017 - 4:15 pm | Permalink

    Well, they won a state championship with 6 and 16 LM kids and this year they went to the CIF finals with 6 of which 5 were on the team that won state last year.

    Nice try but guys like keep regurgitating the same old stuff every year. Try something original.

  10. annoymous's Gravatar annoymous
    February 6, 2017 - 4:06 pm | Permalink

    LaMirada cannot win without 15 Transfers a year.

  11. February 6, 2017 - 1:37 am | Permalink

    Anyone interested there is a huge game in the MVL on Wednesday night. Gabrielino looks to defend its championship vs the upstart Vikings. Mt View defeated Gabrielino
    Earlier in the season giving them their first league loss in 4 seasons. This has been the competitive season in years in the MVL. Should be a fun game to watch I’ll be there just to watch a good game.

  12. Football Fan's Gravatar Football Fan
    February 5, 2017 - 11:08 pm | Permalink

    At La Mirada the district is trying to get involved in the hiring process of a new football coach. If that is allowed to happen then the wrong choice will be made and you can see that program head in the direction that TC has.

  13. Pac 5 Scout's Gravatar Pac 5 Scout
    February 5, 2017 - 9:48 pm | Permalink

    @Kevin: Fine article. A school down on its luck will find it hard to find a name coach. Why? Because a program like Temple City can take years to rebuild. The best way to find an experienced head coach and convince him to come is getting help thru the alumni, ex-asst. coaches and administrators. A full court press by people like that produced results with competent name coaches at Bell Gardens and El Rancho this past season. Both struggling programs that are anticipating quick rebounds. Hiring from the schools faculty is tough. The extra pay you get is on average 3500$ which a head coach usually gives right back to the program. So really you are working for free. But you make some good suggestions.

  14. February 5, 2017 - 8:12 pm | Permalink

    @Tim Peterson-I’m getting the coach suggestion as well as the website link I provided from almost 7 years ago,…my alternate email is provided too.

    Thanks again,
    Kevin Chen
    Arcadia High School Class of 2018
    Call/Text: (626) 400-9537

  15. February 5, 2017 - 8:10 pm | Permalink

    I am a student at Arcadia High School and am my school’s football team’s team assistant. I have heard many things about Temple City’s football program and want to have a lot of respect and support to Temple City. I have heard of the recent struggles of Temple City’s football program with the departures of coaches Mooney (now at SEMHS 6 years after he left San Marino and a good friend of Arcadia former/Frosh/HC Jon Dimalante), Randy Backus (Acadia assistant coach from 2009-201?), Anthony White, and Mike McFarland who all efforted to make TC successful before. In order to bring back pride to TC, I think it would be a good idea if their AD/administration can first observe it is best to hire from within and with on-campus/in-district position needed (don’t know if they can be able to retain Backus or if Bill Zernickow GUSD middle school assistant principal would be possible hires, or best choose RIley Saxon or any other coaches from San Dimas or somewhere who’d be interested to come to Temple City, a capable place). I high suggest and am wanting principal Ms. Lashier (fromer Arcadia assistant principal) and TC athletic director to please consider on-campus coaches as Temple City needs this. They can really learn from La Canada, Arcadia, South Pasadena, Monrovia, San Dimas, Pasadena?, and even Mark Keppel,… to take the steps to reachieve stability and greatness as it has back in the 2000s and early 2010s…

    Best of wishes and of luck to Temple City in their future and principal Ms. Lashier, congratulations always for your promotion as Temple City principal, and as much as I will always remain a dedicated Arcadia Apache, I would love to come to TC (once I start driving), and pay some support and respect to them. Thanks, and @Tim Peterson, you’re welcome to publicize this and relay to Temple City administration/athletic director if you’d like

  16. Lol's Gravatar Lol
    February 5, 2017 - 7:37 pm | Permalink

    Where can I see the video?

  17. Almont's Gravatar Almont
    February 5, 2017 - 7:14 pm | Permalink

    @peterson any word on San Gabriel coaching search

  18. Different Era's Gravatar Different Era
    February 5, 2017 - 6:41 pm | Permalink

    If you can believe it, there was once a time when Blair was a major football power in these parts. Old timers from that program have had time to stew on the fall of their school’s operation, but the TC Rams are just now having to admit that their program is in the tank. Nothing lasts forever, excepting of course the odious deeds of self-serving administrators.
    From T.Peterson: The Blair Pair.

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