The Peterson Principle: 4/2/2017

Tim Peterson

Tim Peterson

By Tim Peterson

It’s not unprecedented. Temple City hired a head coach in May one year. There have been other hires as late as June. But with the football season a year round thing now if you don’t have a head coach in place by April 1, you may already be a step behind.

Word out of El Monte is that the position has been flown – a couple of different times – but there is simply no interest. Eric MacIntyre, who was one and done as the head coach of the Lions, is looking better with each passing day. Whether MacIntyre was asked to step down or did so voluntarily, wouldn’t El Monte be in better position with him at the helm? People seem to forget that the Lions made the playoffs last year and had a winning record. Heck by the time more interviews are conducted, resumes are reviewed and the board approves the hire it could be the middle of May. Most teams have already started the passing circuit by then. Maybe he would consider coming back. Just a thought.


Los Altos has everything but board approval. I know you’ve probably heard this before but the announcement of its new HC could come as soon as this week. The school just recently hired a new principal and that was their main focus. But with that out of the way the hiring of the football coach is imminent.


I was told last Friday night that South El Monte running back Sal Tovar, who will begin his senior year in September, has transferred to Cathedral and checked out of school last week. Fortunately for the Eagle faithful I was told shortly after that it was an April Fool’s joke.


Where does Rosemead go from here? Well Jude Oliva’s name has been thrown around as a replacement for Marc Paramo but then again Oliva’s name is mentioned every time there’s a coaching vacancy. It won’t be easy filling the position because it will more than likely be a walk on. Paramo is still on campus as a teacher. One prominent area assistant described the Rosemead job as “very interesting.”

El Monte and Rosemead make it three schools in the MVL with coaching vacancies. Marshall is still searching as well.


The San Gabriel job is open also. According to the CIF website it is available with a teaching position. Mr. Oliva?


Coaches get ripped for not making the playoffs and for early exits from the playoffs. They get accused of everything from playing favorites to playing kids in the wrong positions. And of course it’s their fault if a player isn’t making grades or throws an interception. But this week a comment on our site may have set a record for ignorance. Arroyo Coach Jim Singiser was accused of purposely self reporting a violation to CIF back in 2014 so he could be placed in a lower division. After Arroyo reported an ineligible player CIF forfeited three non league wins turning a 7-3 season into 4-6. The commenter (Ogie Oglethorpe), no they never use their real names, stated that the reason Singiser reported the player to CIF was that by forfeiting wins he could be placed in a lower division and have a better chance of winning a championship.

Now remember this was 2014- two years before the CIF realignment. So according to Oglethorpe, Singiser had the foresight (ESP?) to conjure up a scheme that the CIF would not only take away the three wins but then place the Knights in Division 12 – two years later – providing the perfect path to a CIF title. If this was the case Singiser is in the wrong profession. He should be a professional gambler in Las Vegas or take a job reading palms. He shouldn’t be a football coach, he should be on Wall Street predicting the stock market. The guy is pure genius! My question is why didn’t he tell CIF the player was involved in six games which may have led to a spot in Division 13?

Of course, according to Oglethorpe, there was no coaching involved when the Knights did indeed win the Division 12 title last year. All that was needed was a spot in a lower division  and presto! Instant championship! A player gets suspended and the coach takes the heat because they say he’s a cheater. Now even if they self report a violation they get hammered because it’s self serving – but not self serving for immediate benefits, but benefits that will surely come two years later! My friends we’ve reached a new level of absurdity.

As we head into April and the spring passing leagues get underway I’m sure Singiser is sitting in his office scheming and conniving a way for the Knights to go 0-10 this year. Can you imagine the payoff in 2020?

That’s my principle.

Tim can be reached at or on Twitter @tspeterson40.

40 Comments to "The Peterson Principle: 4/2/2017"

  1. Joe Dankert Sr.'s Gravatar Joe Dankert Sr.
    April 12, 2017 - 3:29 am | Permalink

    Who will get the Los altos job?

  2. Joe Dankert Sr.'s Gravatar Joe Dankert Sr.
    April 12, 2017 - 3:08 am | Permalink

    FBI fan
    You don’t think club coaches are in it for the $$
    I suggest that the only time they will let players in free is if they are in it for their son!
    So the son is surrounded by very very good players and therefore he will get plenty of great practice

  3. Joe Dankert Sr.'s Gravatar Joe Dankert Sr.
    April 12, 2017 - 2:54 am | Permalink

    If a football guy wants to run a 7 on 7 club team he has the right to do so!
    If he makes 3x the $$ than a high school coach it is because he charges $$$!
    Just as travel baseball teams do!
    I would rather coach high school teams any day!
    I don’t think most high school coaches coach for the $
    Because there is no $$ in it
    Unless you are at a private school

  4. superman's Gravatar superman
    April 7, 2017 - 8:03 am | Permalink

    @Cathedral K dad; I think when you bring up, black or white coach , it is absurd. I get it some people are prejudice, some racist, some judgmental, but the worse is the one who always plays the race card, and always saying “poor me” “we get no promotions” “we don’t get a raise because of my skin color (black, white, brown yellow,)” Culture is changing fast dramatically, different colors are accepted now better than 10 or 20 years ago. I am sorry to say but the fact you bring it up it is a Dumb question. not that your dumb but please do not tell your kids those are the reasons why you will not succeed. “DO NOT GIVE KIDS EXCUSES TO FAIL”

  5. Really?'s Gravatar Really?
    April 6, 2017 - 5:34 pm | Permalink

    @ Tim

    FYI! It is true, that J. Knight is the coach of El Monte, his name was published in the EMUHSD Board Report Dated 3/5/17.
    From T. Peterson: No it’s not true. He told me this morning he turned it down. They’re still searching.

  6. Tin's Gravatar Tin
    April 6, 2017 - 11:47 am | Permalink

    @Cathedral K Dad, definitely yes. To be honest, even in football, parent involvement is down at RHS. If not for P. Sahagun, whose son graduated a few years ago, the booster/fundraising/snack bar would struggle.

  7. Cathedral K dad's Gravatar Cathedral K dad
    April 6, 2017 - 11:19 am | Permalink

    Question for you guys who hide behind fake names and bash coaches – could a black or white guy be head coach at Rosemead? How would parents and players react ?

  8. @FB fan's Gravatar @FB fan
    April 6, 2017 - 10:59 am | Permalink

    I agree with everything you wrote. Their is no doubt the 7 on coaches face less of the burden (Most have the kids for only 3 months) However they do share in the stresses of getting the Majority of their talent seen by college recruiters. If some kids don’t have the ability it’s up to the PARENTS to be honest with themselves, and not buy the BS some 7 on coach is selling.

  9. FBFan's Gravatar FBFan
    April 6, 2017 - 7:07 am | Permalink


    I didn’t say they don’t want to help kids, they do but each of those kids pay a fee to get onto these teams and these tournaments. The fees for a public HS team are strictly a donation due to state laws.

    Several of these guys will let the top players in for free just so they can say that D1 bound 5 star is on their team and their team is the reason why he’s getting recruited. 7 on 7 coaches aren’t putting their name and reputation on the line weekly like the high school coaches are. They’re not going through the stress of a football season but instead take top athletes and “showcase” them.
    I’m not saying they don’t care about the kids, but they do seem to care about the kid who is athletic and can get a scholarship. Meanwhile the high school coaches are working with all the kids, even the ones without any stars next to their name.

  10. superman's Gravatar superman
    April 5, 2017 - 2:50 pm | Permalink

    And with the 1st pick of this year coach draft EMHS has picked and their choice is Knight from Arroyo.
    ( 2 schools) and South=3 that now for sure will beat you , whop you.
    Rosemead You are on the clock .
    From T. Peterson: Knight turned it down. He told me this morning.

  11. Anon's Gravatar Anon
    April 5, 2017 - 1:30 pm | Permalink

    Josh Knight from arroyo is the new EMHS head coach
    From T. Peterson: According to key sources nothing is confirmed as of yet. Confirmed: Knight turned it down.

  12. @FB fan's Gravatar @FB fan
    April 5, 2017 - 1:23 pm | Permalink

    I can say this.. I haven’t seen ONE 7 on coach in a Bentley, Rolls Royce, or Maserati. You guys have this conception that these men (Predominantly Black) have a alterior motive to just get paid. I’m not naive enough to say some are, but the majority actually care and want the KIDS to succeed.

  13. FBFan's Gravatar FBFan
    April 5, 2017 - 1:12 pm | Permalink

    You can say they don’t dupe people and you can even say they help kids. But there’s no denying those 7 on 7 coaches are making money hand over fist while the high school coach is making pennies.

  14. @Truth's Gravatar @Truth
    April 5, 2017 - 12:17 pm | Permalink

    I personally don’t care about YOU or your local football. I say AGAIN you OLD FARTS had your day, the game has changed, don’t cry about it. Any one who wants to see for themselves go watch on April 15th in Fontana Under the Lights Passing Tournament and you tell me if the athletes aren’t better today than yours.As for me I haven’t been duped nor am I a coach but I know pissy old man when I see one and your it.

  15. April 5, 2017 - 12:05 pm | Permalink

    Zavala is not going to the Mead. He just got a job closer to his house at Colony. Rosemead and El Monte are in a world of hurt. It all starts at the top. Certain schools always win and certain school always lose for a reason.

  16. @@Truth's Gravatar @@Truth
    April 5, 2017 - 11:34 am | Permalink

    don’t come on here with that BS, you’re either a 7 on 7 coach or you were duped by one, you are the garbage that is destroying local football.

  17. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    April 5, 2017 - 6:06 am | Permalink

    Who’s is Zavala?

  18. @Truth's Gravatar @Truth
    April 4, 2017 - 9:19 pm | Permalink

    @Truth If you knew anything about the 7 on 7 circuit you would know that college coaches (specifically your skill positions) DO not only talk but TRUST the opinion of the 7 on 7 coaches. These guys build relationships with these college coaches and now are a necessary evil. If your kid can play he doesn’t need 7 on 7 but it’s not the end of the world you old geezers think it is. Is 7 on 7 the same as Friday nights? Of course not but the assumption that these coaches just manipulate parents is a bold face LIE!! If your boy can’t play in shorts, how’s it gonna get better under the lights?

  19. April 4, 2017 - 8:37 pm | Permalink

    Brian Zavala coming back to the mead would be an excellent hire

  20. Real Player's Gravatar Real Player
    April 4, 2017 - 5:40 pm | Permalink

    @Present Player
    Maybe think before you write. Chances are your HC left due to your lack of loyalty and your desire to bash on social media as opposed to making yourself and team better by working. “Splash hire” you sound more like a parent, so i may need to apologize. You don’t want a splash hire, you want the best fit for Rosemead football…the way Coach Paramo and Coach Koffler were during their tenure. As an alum I’ll take coach Oliva, even though we beat them 3 of four years when we played. Sorry had to thrown that in, but in all seriousness, he would be a good fit because he does know the area, and he does bring players in. I would also guarantee he would get the support from Coach Paramo and Coach Koffler, I know that for a fact, because i can assure you they love Rosemead football. They talked about that all the time. I don’t see that changing anytime soon. Good luck Panthers. Do what you feel is best Coach Harisay.

  21. Really?'s Gravatar Really?
    April 4, 2017 - 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Hey Jude,

    Don’t let us down, take a sad team and make it better. Remember, that tittle XI lawsuit… that will be under your skin. Then you will begin, your recruiting….. La La La….La La La….

    With apologies to John, Paul, George and Ringo!

  22. Truth's Gravatar Truth
    April 4, 2017 - 1:22 pm | Permalink

    @Sad Tad
    High School coaches are devalued because their job is to develop young men who will be productive citizens of our community. In the self centered, egotistical world, that we now live in, this is not valued. Most athletes and parents only care about the individual accolades they receive. They don’t want to be told they need to go to the weight room. They don’t want to be told they need to work harder. They don’t want to be told that they need to learn their plays. They don’t want to be told they’re not a star. In short, they don’t want to be coached. They want to be told how great they are and how much greater they will soon be. Most private “coaches”, 7 on 7 “coaches” and personal trainers, provide this ego stroke every time athletes/parents pay their fee. They pour honey in their ears with stories of startdom and scholarships. The more you pay, the greater they’ll tell you your kid is. Meanhile, only the high school coach can help you be a star or get a scholarship. After all, you’ll play for their team on Friday nights. And a college coach will never talk to a coach other than your high school coach. But high school coaches don’t do it for money, or approval. They do it because once upon a time a high school coach made a difference in their life, in the sport they love. This difference made them a better man and as a result live a better life. And now, they hope to do the same that was done for them. They hope to make a difference. And they hope they’re athletes go on to live better lives because of it. Better lives that one day affect the communities they live in and the world around them.

  23. Pat Sahagun's Gravatar Pat Sahagun
    April 4, 2017 - 11:34 am | Permalink

    @present player. The AD at Rosemead, Mr. Marc Harisay cares about ALL sports. Coaches don’t MAKE teams win, they work with what they have and try and get the best out of every player. There is A LOT to consider when hiring a HC, more than some might speculate. Also, the decision is not solely the AD’s decision to make. There is a lot of people who will decide. I am sure the final decision won’t be based on who is a nice guy.

  24. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    April 4, 2017 - 10:41 am | Permalink

    Hey Rosemead why does your band Su(!<?

  25. Present player's Gravatar Present player
    April 4, 2017 - 10:39 am | Permalink

    Dear Mr; AD at Rosemead, please do not hire a coach because he is a nice guy, hire a coach who can win, and will make us win. If you fail at choosing the right coach , Fans , parents and the alumni will be on you . Make a splash, even though you care more for TRACK.

  26. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    April 4, 2017 - 6:46 am | Permalink

    Nobody wants the El Monte job because of the fans

  27. April 3, 2017 - 7:52 pm | Permalink

    I’m still reaching out to Mike Mooney in hopes he puts in for the El Monte gig. The turnaround at SEM with him on staff is evident enough. Mike if you’re reading this I are in the lion challenge. Come turn this program around

  28. Football101's Gravatar Football101
    April 3, 2017 - 6:48 pm | Permalink

    @area spectator

    There are many qualified assistants who could take a job as HC but who wants to do that as a walk on. The assistants who pop into mind… Mike Moody (SEM) which had been a HC before. Danny Hernandez (CHS) who I believe lives in the area and trains kids. Eric Elias (BP) who I also believe lives in the are but coaches in Buena Park with Jude Oliva.
    Speaking of Jude, he’s prob the most qualified who’s ready to take over a program but not sure he’ll leave.

  29. NWO's Gravatar NWO
    April 3, 2017 - 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Where exactly is that snack bar? The food must be excellent. Personally, I would love to see Coach O come back to SG. It’s his alma matter.

  30. April 3, 2017 - 12:07 pm | Permalink

    @ Pac 5
    I agree with you on the admin. It is not just Montebello unified it is most districts. El Monte Union built a $4,000,000 snack bar. The cost of material $200,000. Somebody made money. There are no checks and balances for some districts and when they find the problem the admin already left for greener pastures.

  31. Holiday Creep's Gravatar Holiday Creep
    April 3, 2017 - 12:07 pm | Permalink

    It’s bad enough seeing pumpkin beers and fun size candies on shelves in August, and tinsel and Christmas ornaments being pushed by stores on a 100 degree September day. Do we really have to deal with weak-sauce pranks in late March, too?

  32. Pac 5 Scout's Gravatar Pac 5 Scout
    April 3, 2017 - 11:34 am | Permalink

    @Sad Tad: The coaching problem is a reflection of the SoCal public school failures. With declining performance and a stranglehold by teachers unions schools are a money pit where money does not filter down to the students much less coaches. The waste can be seen at schools like Montebello Unified and many others locally. There is plenty of money. We spend more money per capita than any nation on our public schools but none of it ever seems to reach the kids. With El Rancho football on the rise the public easily passed a school bond this year. Football does matter. Now lets see if the district can spend the money on the kids and not just slide it to administrators and board member cronies like the waste at Montebello. You never hear board members or administrators say they are working for pennies like coaches do. The administrators and board cronies look like pigs at the public table with kids getting the scraps from the floor.

  33. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    April 3, 2017 - 9:37 am | Permalink

    @peterson is Jude still the oc at Buena Park?

  34. Present player's Gravatar Present player
    April 3, 2017 - 8:01 am | Permalink

    Hire Jude, please help us.

  35. Panther's Gravatar Panther
    April 3, 2017 - 7:59 am | Permalink

    Please AD don’t let other morons that are jealous or envious tell you no to Oliva. Remember everyone will be judgmental and will not want new coach to succeed as it could turn out to be better than they were, and please do not be in denial. you know it happens. Hire a coach if you think he can beat anyone in league. that is the ultimate goal. If he can’t beat Arroyo do not hire him. Simple.

  36. Superman's Gravatar Superman
    April 3, 2017 - 7:53 am | Permalink

    WOW, if truly Mr: Oliva is in the mix at Rosemead search for HC My prediction Rosemead beats Arroyo 4 out of 5 years ,
    After all that is how college conducts their searches. they get a coach that can beat their rival school, and in the process they might win championships. The benefit is the kids on the edges decide to play for the winning team , after all, why would you play for the always loosers.

  37. Area Spectator's Gravatar Area Spectator
    April 2, 2017 - 11:14 pm | Permalink

    @MVS staff

    Which coordinators or other assistant coaches in the area do your feel are ready for a chance or who would you guys like to see get a chance to be a HC

  38. Chump Change's Gravatar Chump Change
    April 2, 2017 - 8:48 pm | Permalink

    Someone needs to start paying High School football coaches a realistic salary so that places like TC and SG can have football programs. A good way to start would be to make all school principals’ salaries dependent upon the success of the football program. This may seem like an odd proposition until you realize that principals at private schools get rewarded or punished on this basis right now.

  39. Sad Tad's Gravatar Sad Tad
    April 2, 2017 - 6:47 pm | Permalink

    Why have high school coaches been so de-valued in recent years? All the blame and none of the credit. Yet a guy in the full warm up suit that talks a good game, charges an arm and a leg for cone drills, and don’t know crap from peanut butter get the kids/parents’ ear. Why has this happened?

  40. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    April 2, 2017 - 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Someone needs to hire milvon James as head coach

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