By Tim Peterson
You know you’re getting old when high school football players that you covered are now taking head coaching jobs.
Riley Saxon, who played quarterback for Temple City in 2006 and Oscar Robles who was behind center at Northview in 2008 have recently been named head coaches. Saxon took over at his alma mater while Robles took the reins at Workman. It’s kind of cool to see former players continuing in the sport. It’s going to take some young energy to revive both of those programs but that’s exactly what Saxon and Robles bring.
I’d been hearing rumors about it since January and I almost expected it to happen after the 2015 season so I wasn’t surprised that Marc Paramo stepped down as the head coach at Rosemead. Paramo is going back to school and focusing on his professional career but a lot of it is the same old story. Long hours, little pay and not enough time for family.
“I love Rosemead, I’m a Rosemead graduate and I’m sure I’ll be back here coaching in some capacity one day. I’d even coach baseball or basketball if they asked,” Paramo said. “But right now I need some time away – maybe a year or two. I’m going back to school and expanding what I can do professionally but I’m still on campus.”
Names have already surfaced as to who Paramo’s replacement will be. Jude Oliva, who’s name pops up every time there is coaching vacancy, is at the top of the list. That would be great and I’m sure Oliva would have some interest. But there is one problem. Like a lot of head coaching jobs these days there isn’t a teaching job that comes with the position. With the calendar marching swiftly towards April, the Panthers don’t have a lot of time to make a decision.
With Paramo’s resignation that leaves three teams in the MVL without head coaches. There was talk that Marshall was going to fold the program but the Eagles are still alive and kicking and have six candidates interested in the HC position.
Nothing at all new out of El Monte. Eric MacIntyre, who was out after one year, is looking better and better with each passing day. The position has been flown but as of yet there’s simply not a lot of interest.
Arroyo, the current King of the MVL and CIF Division 12 for that matter, has added to its staff. Former Monrovia star defensive lineman Ellis McCarthy is now on board as an assistant coach. McCarthy, who also played at UCLA, will help out with the defensive line.
“He’s really excited. Obviously he’s knowledgeable. We’re excited about the future,” said Arroyo HC Jim Singiser.
The Knights did lose assistant James Rivera who left the staff and is going to school to become a youth minister.
From what I’m hearing Los Altos is close to naming their head coach. The interviews have been conducted and they’re honing in on one candidate but as is always the case in hiring a new coach they’re waiting on one thing – board approval…stay tuned.
Just a quick reminder – the Pomona Red Devil Passing tournament is scheduled for Saturday June 3. There are still four spots available. Yes, it’s already that time of year.
Are the Ball Brothers, specifically father LaVar Ball, actually a curse for UCLA? While Lonzo is great, LaVar won’t shut his mouth and it makes you wonder if he ultimately pushes Steve Alford out the door. With the other two Balls still on the way, and millions of dollars being offered from Alford’s alma mater Indiana, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him bolt as soon as the tournament is over. Like Alford or not, he’s guided the Bruins to the Sweet Sixteen in three of his four years on the job.
Did you know that all five of Pasadena’s starters are back next year from a team that went to the Division II CIF State Finals? Yes Bryce Hamilton is only a junior. Last Friday night the Esperanza fans were chanting early in the game “Your not Kezie!” at Hamilton in reference to their own star Kezie Okpala who is headed to Stanford. But by the end of the game, after Hamilton had scored 34 points, including 19 in the fourth quarter, those same fans knew. No he’s not Kezie. He’s Bryce “Fricken” Hamilton.
That’s my principle.
Tim can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @tspeterson40.