By Tim Peterson
(El Monte) – Former Chino head coach Jesse Ceniceros has agreed to become the new head coach at El Monte Ceniceros confirmed Friday.
Ceniceros stepped down at Chino last week after two years at the helm. Prior to Chino he was the head coach at Norwalk. Ceniceros had an overall record of 13-10 at Chino and guided the Cowboys to the playoffs in both seasons.
Ceniceros takes over for Eric MacIntyre who resigned after just one year.
Ceniceros is known for running the double wing offense which he plans to continue at El Monte. Already in May, he will now quickly begin to assemble his staff and get his players ready for spring.
The hire may have surprised some people but the most surprised person of all may have been Ceniceros himself.
“If you would have told me last Friday that I would be the next coach at El Monte I would have said ‘your crazy,’ Ceniceros said. “I was planning on taking a year off to decide what I wanted to do. I didn’t resign at Chino to take the job at El Monte. I had no idea.”
Ceniceros said it started with a phone call from an area coach asking him if there were any openings on the Chino staff. “I told him ‘yeah the head coach job is open. I just resigned.”
That led to that coach putting Ceniceros in touch with the AD at El Monte and the eventual hire.
“They showed me around the campus and then we talked and they offered it to me. I was honored that they wanted me to be their head coach,” Ceniceros said. “It just felt right. I wasn’t aware of anything that had gone on at El Monte previously. Nothing. It was totally unexpected. But again it just felt right.”