The Peterson Principle: 4/12/2017

Tim Peterson

Tim Peterson

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.

Tim can be reached at or on Twitter @tspeterson40.


26 Comments to "The Peterson Principle: 4/12/2017"

  1. NWO's Gravatar NWO
    April 17, 2017 - 8:14 am | Permalink

    Knowing that, you would think Jones is doing all he can to turn it around.

  2. @ Legend's Gravatar @ Legend
    April 16, 2017 - 8:24 pm | Permalink

    Jude Build a program? Do your homework son.
    Jude took over a program that was BUILT by Keith Jones!

  3. Legend's Gravatar Legend
    April 14, 2017 - 1:17 pm | Permalink

    The Rosemead job should go to Jude because he is proven and can help build a program that is a mess.

  4. ?'s Gravatar ?
    April 14, 2017 - 11:18 am | Permalink

    Los Altos over estimated even average coaches interest in the position. Someone posted they had over 100 applications. What happened?

  5. LOL's Gravatar LOL
    April 14, 2017 - 9:27 am | Permalink

    Wilson has to be far worse of a situation than El Monte? At least at El Monte people seem to actually care. Wilson no on even cares. The Bateman guy actually is a good coach, he is a security guard and they couldn’t even get him in the district. That was sad. The district must be in a mess because LA seems to be falling apart as well.

  6. Tin's Gravatar Tin
    April 14, 2017 - 8:02 am | Permalink

    Rosemead Athletic Dept is a mess. Admin really only take pride and interest in football. Going safe here, rather than homerun. Give Castaneda a chance (and time) at least.

  7. EM's Gravatar EM
    April 14, 2017 - 5:18 am | Permalink

    I don’t think there where anybody else interviewing for the EM job, so there will be nobody backing out.

  8. Area Spectator's Gravatar Area Spectator
    April 13, 2017 - 10:59 pm | Permalink

    Poor Rosemead if that’s true!

  9. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    April 13, 2017 - 10:41 pm | Permalink

    Can you confirm Jude O applied & Interviewed for El Monte??!!?

  10. Joe Dankert's Gravatar Joe Dankert
    April 13, 2017 - 10:31 pm | Permalink

    Maybe Los Altos is waiting for the Dept of Justice Report. Azusa Pacific is a great place for local athletes, especially since it entered Division 2

  11. Joe Dankert's Gravatar Joe Dankert
    April 13, 2017 - 7:08 pm | Permalink

    T. Peterson; thanks for reply! It is probably a very difficult program to stick with. I am not sure, but I think I observed that Marshall lost a couple fairly close games this past season or the season before. Not easy to handle losing

  12. Joe Dankert's Gravatar Joe Dankert
    April 13, 2017 - 5:23 pm | Permalink

    san gabriel is in terrible shape also.

  13. Joe Dankert's Gravatar Joe Dankert
    April 13, 2017 - 5:21 pm | Permalink

    The guy from Bassett is a finalist i heard

  14. Joe Dankert's Gravatar Joe Dankert
    April 13, 2017 - 5:21 pm | Permalink

    Just because they have not been relevant (Marshall Football Program) does not mean the players=student/athletes do not deserve a qualified coach. I cannot believe you wrote that! Maybe players play better with qa good coach
    From T. Peterson: The players actually do deserve a good coach. In fact Marshall has had some good coaches in the past but they don’t keep them, that’s why I say they should just plug somebody in. But if they do want to invest in the program and bring in a solid coach then do everything they can to support him. Make him want to stay and get behind him. Otherwise it’s going to be same old, same old…

  15. Football101's Gravatar Football101
    April 13, 2017 - 4:27 pm | Permalink

    Castaneda not a very good coach from what I hear….

  16. Tin's Gravatar Tin
    April 13, 2017 - 3:21 pm | Permalink

    @snooze. You do, why else comment.

  17. Snooze's Gravatar Snooze
    April 13, 2017 - 2:45 pm | Permalink

    Who cares.

  18. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    April 13, 2017 - 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Tin is correct. Castaneda formerly of Glendale CC where he was the QB’s coach is the new Rosemead HC.
    From T. Peterson: Nothing confirmed.

  19. Tin's Gravatar Tin
    April 13, 2017 - 9:43 am | Permalink

    Castaneda to Rosemead

  20. BTBear's Gravatar BTBear
    April 13, 2017 - 9:20 am | Permalink

    SGV Shootout is July 1

  21. NWO's Gravatar NWO
    April 13, 2017 - 9:12 am | Permalink

    Can you see Oliva at SG or Rosemead?

  22. Superman's Gravatar Superman
    April 13, 2017 - 9:02 am | Permalink

    All schools looking at coaches to hire, be careful as you created this mess, and do not expect miracles in one year. All coaching; HS or College takes 3-5 years to get your system in place ,
    L,oosing same or less each year is an improvement. I say loosing same amount because by now these schools have kids that defected the program and took their talent across town. So the challenge is a bit harder for these incoming coaches.

  23. Tin's Gravatar Tin
    April 13, 2017 - 6:44 am | Permalink

    Hey TP: Casteneda = Rosemead. Mark it down.

  24. Cathedral K dad's Gravatar Cathedral K dad
    April 13, 2017 - 5:36 am | Permalink

    When is the arroyo tournament

  25. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    April 12, 2017 - 9:08 pm | Permalink

    @peterson no update on San Gabriel

  26. Cathedral K dad's Gravatar Cathedral K dad
    April 12, 2017 - 9:02 pm | Permalink

    When is the arroya tournament

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