By Tim Peterson
It doesn’t matter if Joshua Knight accepted the position or not (I don’t think he did), but what does matter is that El Monte still doesn’t have a football coach.
It would have been a nice hire. Anytime you can hire a coach from a consistently winning program like Arroyo it’s a good hire. But he wasn’t hired and you have to wonder where do the Lions go from here? Latest conjecture has them waiting until at least May. Maybe they’ll present a name at the next board meeting.
Of course El Monte isn’t the only team in the MVL without a coach. Rosemead and Marshall are still looking too. Marshall can just plug somebody in. I don’t think anybody is going to notice. I mean seriously when was the last time Marshall was relevant? Is Tip Sanders available? But Rosemead is a different story.
The Panthers 2-8 record last year was shocking. Rosemead doesn’t go 2-8. This may have flown under the radar but Rosemead lost to Marshall last year 23-8. I had to double check myself just to make sure that was correct. 2016 was the second worst season in Rosemead history. The Panthers finished 1-9 in 1998 which was the only season in which Rosemead had a worse record than last year. I welcome any corrections.
Whether Matt Koffler, Larry Hatley or Marc Paramo was at the helm, the Panthers were always competitive – a very tough out in the MVL. Last year you couldn’t say that. With Paramo stepping down and the program in flux this is going to be a key hire. Will Rosemead continue to dwell in the bottom half of the MVL or will they rise up and contend for the league crown like the Rosemead we used to know? The next coach will be instrumental in which way the program goes.
Speaking of El Monte, and I was earlier, former Lion OC Brian Tabatabai, who was at San Dimas last year, is taking the year off. “We just moved and my wife and son will be changing work and school so I need to be home more. I’ll be back after this year,” Tabatabai said.
I heard some interesting names being thrown around for the Los Altos job but there’s nothing new to report. They are waiting for board approval. A local coach may have said it best recently when he sent me a message on Twitter. “I’ve been hearing that for a month now,” he said. Yeah, so have I.
At a school like Los Altos, you want to get it right. Especially when the new head coach will be attempting to fill the shoes of Dale Ziola, a coach who led the Conquerors to the CIF championship game twice during his six year run. And I could understand if they were still reviewing resumes, conducting interviews, etc. But if they do have a name, as I’ve been told, doesn’t it take like 15 minutes to either approve or disapprove the hire? I wonder if they’re still in the middle of the process?
Arroyo is out throwing in April already. Aren’t they always? They have tossed it around the first two Saturdays in April and they have a four-way throw scheduled this Saturday with South El Monte, Bell Gardens, and LA Jordan. Yes Chris McMillan is still the OC. No, he’s not going to El Monte.
Have you noticed all of the local talent that has been migrating to Azusa Pacific lately? With the jump to Division 2 and the recent success of the program it’s become an attractive landing spot for players right here in their own back yard. Los Altos’ David Jimenez was just the latest to join the Cougars. Andrew Elffers (Maranatha) , Kurt Scoby (Monrovia), Chris Caraveo (Alhambra), Chris Solomon (West Covina) , Anthony Craft (Monrovia), Jake Payton (San Dimas) and Conrado Simpson (Rosemead) have all found their way to APU in the past couple of years.
Can we please just end all of the chatter now about who is the MVP in the NBA this year. Enough of James Harden, no more talk about Kawhi Leonard and no it’s not LeBron James. Russell Westbrook averaged a triple-double this year. He has 42 triple-doubles for the year and surpassed Oscar Robertson last Sunday for the most in one season. Again, he averaged a triple-double! Let that sink in for a minute. If it’s not Westbrook then they should abolish the award.
The Clippers have won six straight, ok. But why have the Lakers won five straight? They can’t even tank right.
That’s my principle.
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