El Monte Lands Ceniceros

Jesse Ceniceros steps down at Chino

Jesse Ceniceros is the new Head Coach at El Monte

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.”


50 Comments to "El Monte Lands Ceniceros"

  1. Oilers's Gravatar Oilers
    May 11, 2017 - 1:08 pm | Permalink

    Whos uge?

  2. Football Fan's Gravatar Football Fan
    May 11, 2017 - 1:06 pm | Permalink

    Why would Jude want to go back to SG and deal with all that crap and lack of support. He’s got a good gig at BP and he doesn’t live that far from the school. Jude will eventually move on from BP but it won’t be for SG.

  3. G's Gravatar G
    May 11, 2017 - 12:17 pm | Permalink

    Breaking news!! John Strickland, former Asst. Charter Oak, Covina, and SD is awaiting board approval at SG. He’ll bring a wealth of knowledge and a few rings with him. Our kids are in good hands!

  4. NWO's Gravatar NWO
    May 11, 2017 - 11:16 am | Permalink

    I agree Superman.

  5. Superman's Gravatar Superman
    May 11, 2017 - 9:09 am | Permalink

    Huge hire at SG would be Jude as he is the only one who can probably get all rebel kids to go there .

  6. Art's Gravatar Art
    May 10, 2017 - 2:13 pm | Permalink

    doubt it “UGE” hire!!!!

  7. tRUMP's Gravatar tRUMP
    May 10, 2017 - 1:32 pm | Permalink


  8. Art's Gravatar Art
    May 10, 2017 - 11:41 am | Permalink

    @NWO I was told that SG has asked a couple of resent ex-local head coaches if they wanted to re-apply or interview and they turned it down. They were told it was offered to a pink slipped PE teacher that is going back to their school because the pink slip was rescinded. Not sure who that was??? But, there was still no idea of whether those coaches would have had a teaching position….
    which leads to something that has not been talked about…. these guys are teachers and are tenured at their respected schools with seniority and years of service……… why would they go into the lions den and risk; tenure, seniority and years of service… to a group of parents not liking you because you are trying to change the culture in a program or build a program. If you want a program built like they do at Arroyo et al. then give these coaches a chance to do it their way…. allow tenure, and seniority and the ability to carry their years of service…. many school districts do not allow that to follow them ….most district only take 8,9 or at most 10 years of service….hardly worth leaving for $4000 a year and the responsibility of a year around program with 100+ athletes. Let’s be real!!!

  9. GOODstuff's Gravatar GOODstuff
    May 10, 2017 - 10:22 am | Permalink

    Whats chino going to do now? They have nobody to hire. No one wants that job

  10. May 10, 2017 - 10:02 am | Permalink


  11. May 10, 2017 - 9:49 am | Permalink

    El Monte parents being El Monte parents. They can’t help it… it’s in the DNA

  12. NWO's Gravatar NWO
    May 10, 2017 - 9:14 am | Permalink

    Still listening to the crickets in SG’s football office.

  13. the problem is's Gravatar the problem is
    May 10, 2017 - 9:02 am | Permalink

    EM parents are always the problem, yesterday there was a fight at the softball game between parents…and the worst part is they were both El Monte parents against each other.

  14. May 10, 2017 - 8:42 am | Permalink

    Couldn’t agree more with MVLer.
    Most of the post are positive and supportive. Some fans at EM will never be happy. Those are the guys that feel they can do it better. Generally the the MVL teams are supported very well on this blog. Fans are passionate

  15. tough years's Gravatar tough years
    May 10, 2017 - 8:39 am | Permalink

    El Monte will struggle for at least a year or two, the depth is just simply not there. The running smashmouth style will help because the shorter the game the better, but if any of those guys go down with injury or ineligibility….

  16. MVLer's Gravatar MVLer
    May 10, 2017 - 4:17 am | Permalink

    There’s a few crap post on here but when it comes down to it 85% are positive post another 10 are waiting to see what happens and you got that 5 that are talking madness.

    But at the end of the day if they’re talking about you, you’re doing something right.

    Coach C will be fine and will take El Monte football to another level, cause just like every school in El Monte the kids are tough and loyal and ready to work!

  17. MVL 4 Life's Gravatar MVL 4 Life
    May 9, 2017 - 3:02 pm | Permalink

    One thing to consider is that unlike the programs he came from Arroyo, SEM, Rosemead and El Monte have to play under the microscope of the Midvalley and this blog. When you coach at Norwalk, Chino or schools that aren’t big Tribune Schools (Bishop Amat, Charter Oak) criticism may come from a fan on Friday Night, but it isn’t all over the internet. There are already 90+post and he hasn’t even started. He went 4-7 this year and was able to fly under the radar. Here he is at a D13 school, but it is getting blogged about like it is Bishop Amat. It’s a different animal. Mac had a tough time dealing with it, Paramo and Gallardo have been worn down by it. The level of criticism is something a lot of people don’t think about. When you are at Amat, Charter Oak, Los Altos, South Hills, you expect it because that is the size of the job. El Monte is not that job, yet it’s a reality of being a school at the center of MidvalleySports.

  18. Platitudes's Gravatar Platitudes
    May 9, 2017 - 9:38 am | Permalink

    “All you have to do is believe!” “As long as you work hard, you are a champion!” “You’re all winners!” “Just believe in each other and you will be a champion!”

    I’m not sure why you think those platitudes would be any more effective in soccer. They sound nice, but they’re no match for fitness, technique, or players spending years together in the same system.

  19. May 9, 2017 - 9:25 am | Permalink

    1.Mooney-results speak for themselves
    2.Mac-took a sophomore QB a made him a star
    3.Singiser-Hall of fame
    4.Ceniceros-Black and blue style of play
    5.Ambruso-working wonders with what he has
    6.Ili-solid all around. Waiting for him to take over Defensive play calling responsibilities
    7.Leonardis-brings the BOOM in Ka-boom
    8.Sanin-down year but will rebound. He keeps them relevant even with the infamous “demographics”
    9.Gallardo-Smart enough to Hire Mooney and Ili.
    10.Casteneda- will put points up this year.
    11. Marshall don’t know him.

  20. MVL 4 Life's Gravatar MVL 4 Life
    May 9, 2017 - 9:06 am | Permalink

    1. Singiser
    2. Macmillan
    3. Gallardo
    4. Mooney
    5. DOes it matter

  21. May 9, 2017 - 8:44 am | Permalink

    Can someone who knows more than me rank the MVL coaches from best to worst

  22. Boring To Watch, Not To Play's Gravatar Boring To Watch, Not To Play
    May 9, 2017 - 8:18 am | Permalink

    I can see why people think it is boring to run 90% of the time. I happen to disagree; I think that watching a long, successful drive can be really cool. It doesn’t have as many big plays, but I do think that a long run is more exciting than along pass.

    What I don’t understand is why people think the players will be bored. Yeah, a QB who likes to throw the ball will be unhappy, as will the WRs. But the linemen will enjoy it at least as much, and you’ll also get several much happier RBs (and it’s not a bad offense for a QB who likes to run).

  23. General Turgidson's Gravatar General Turgidson
    May 9, 2017 - 7:53 am | Permalink

    A summary of your comments… “All you have to do is believe!” “As long as you work hard, you are a champion!” “You’re all winners!” “Just believe in each other and you will be a champion!”

    Good grief. As if other teams with more talent, more commitment, and more history DON’T believe in themselves. Yeah right, I’m sure if you believe hard enough, the guy across from you who can squat 500lbs, bench 275, and who has been running the same system since he was freshman will feel the power of your belief and stark shaking in his cleats.

    Stick to soccer. All your platitudes and maudlin nonsense are better suited for soccer and synchronized swimming. Leave the football to the men.

  24. May 9, 2017 - 7:48 am | Permalink

    Nice pose for the pic…all that’s missing is a pony, red vest and a red hat!!!! Lol

  25. Superman's Gravatar Superman
    May 9, 2017 - 6:08 am | Permalink

    WOW! why can’t you all just wait and give the man a chance?
    In one year ,he will not prove you wrong or right, in 2 years after season ended talk all the crap because the kids starting had one year to learn it heck I think by the middle of the 1st season they all should have learned, Again I want to see competition and I will root for them to win against other schools other than MVL, In MVL games you have to bet on your horse.

  26. Buddy's Gravatar Buddy
    May 9, 2017 - 12:17 am | Permalink

    I’ve followed coach for a few years now and know him pretty good. He gives his heart and soul to any program he’s apart of from Barstow, Norwalk, Chino and now he’ll do the same at El Monte.

    They didn’t appreciate him at Norwalk and to take that drive out in time and not be appreciated, he moved onto Chino closer to home and a good storied school. Chino went 9-3 to the quarterfinals and his D.C. got MVS DC of the Year. Then the Chino flips the script and thought they didn’t have to work anymore and had a disappointing 4-7 year. Not all the kids where complainers but a lot were and couldn’t take the coaching style of Coach C. And he just like a lot of the other coaches just couldn’t do it anymore with kids like that.

    But you get offered a program with a bunch of hard-nose kids that wanna win with a big line coming back and a few skill guys. This was for Coach C both are winners in thai the program and coach.

    In the Suburban league he got LM a couple times and always have them trouble, at Chino two tough games with West Co and 1-1 vs LA and good games against CO. Arroyo is a stud school but compared to them C will be able to challenge sooner rather then later for a league title.

  27. Great D's Gravatar Great D
    May 8, 2017 - 8:57 pm | Permalink

    Ouch!!! Makes sense now that you look at the numbers given up by the Chino defense. If you run a Double Wing you shouldn’t give up more than 20 points a game. If this is true about his practices, and from what I’ve seen from the little video shared on the Mid it seems true, EM will basically be Mt View. At least they have a Championship Baseball Coach…HaHaHa!!!

  28. Cowgirl's Gravatar Cowgirl
    May 8, 2017 - 7:51 pm | Permalink

    Chino Chino Chino , you bailed on the coach C . Coach C understands that in this day and age to play high school football and be competitive it is a year round commitment by all players. Football is no longer a seasonal sport he understands what it takes to be champions it must be a complete and total commitment to team, and as we all know there is no I in team,11 men on the field all totally committed to one another. Committed to team not I or me . If El Monte is committed to their coaches, and one another they will become champions ! If the kids from El monte are hungry and have a brotherhood and commitment to one goal there is no doubt they will be champions soon! Good luck coach C.!

  29. Parent's Gravatar Parent
    May 8, 2017 - 12:05 pm | Permalink

    What happens to the assistant coaches from EM? There were some good assistant coaches that should stay, but I understand Mr. Cisneros may bring in his own staff?

  30. MVL 4 Life's Gravatar MVL 4 Life
    May 8, 2017 - 11:25 am | Permalink

    The big issue for Jesse is he’s coming in May. Has EM been in the weight room, has someone been focused on their eligibility, have kids transferred out? With the success of soccer and baseball, will kids decide not to play this style, which wins games, but is boring? Will the admin still be here after this season? Will a new admin want to keep the double wing? This is a great coach, who will have a blip on his resume that says El Monte, but will reestablish himself somewhere else.

  31. General Turgidson's Gravatar General Turgidson
    May 8, 2017 - 11:18 am | Permalink

    “Pleeeeze” is not an argument. I said “turning into.” If they can repeat last year’s results then I would say yes, considering the history of the program and the number of playoff seasons. If you have a counter argument, then use it.

    Bottom Line: I think the story wouldn’t generate as much interest if it weren’t at El Monte. We’ve all been watching the place collapse over the past few months, and this decent hire is a shock consider all that has happened. If ANY decent coach ended up at El Monte it would be a surprise.

  32. Really?'s Gravatar Really?
    May 8, 2017 - 11:15 am | Permalink

    A Little History:

    The “Double Wing” evolved from the old “Delaware Wing” which today looks a lot like “The Pistol”, when the QB is taken out and the Pro’s run it in certain situations. The object is a no brainer. Get more blockers, to out-man, the other team on one side. Don Markham is given credit for installing the following particular version. 5 Linemen-2 T.E.’s- QB- 2 WB’s and A FB know as a sniffer back. No spaces or gaps on the line of scrimmage. It is completely balanced and hard to defend. The highest scoring team in one season was his 1994 Bloomington team, scoring 880 points or 62.857 points per game in a 14 game championship season. It was a National record as well. It was Broke in 2001 in a 16 game season. 901 points. That’s 56.31 points per game.

    Different versions of the Double Wing have evolved over the last few decades. Coaches Hugh Wyatt, and Tim Murphy are a couple of those coaches who made some changes to the original format. Mind you, Coach Murphy won CIF titles at Clovis East and Clayton Valley and a State Final runner-up 2 years ago. Last year they moved them up to Division I, and they lost in the quarterfinals to Concord De La Salle. Coach Ceniceros was a student of Don Markham’s system and still runs the original double wing styled offense. Yet I heard he has evolved and is changing a few things.

    BTW, Your football payers don’t become better over-all defensive players. They do get tougher and more aggressive. What helps defensively, is that, in a 48 minuet game, you should be able to hold the ball and scoring frequently in some 34-36 plus minuets, giving the other team, less time and opportunity to score. If the opponent’s offense is on the sideline they usually don’t score.

    Coach Jesse Ceniceros will do a great job at El Monte! With a winning record of 67-39 his boys have made the playoffs every year for 9 years. 1- CIF Finals appearance, in what is arguably the greatest game in a CIFSS High School Finals history. 2 other Semi final appearances. And a few quarter final games.

    His daughter graduated from Norwalk High School and so he chose to be closer to his family. It was a gamble for him to leave Norwalk. Tenure is not given out automatically anymore. Maybe the school needed to open a position and unfortunately with Chino Hills winning state and national titles in basketball, the powers at be, did not want the double wing there. One thing is for sure. The administration, assistant coaches, parents and players must buy in to the system. If not, then he will not be in El Monte for long. That will be his greatest challenge. From what I see already on the blogs, he should not unpack yet. Good Luck Jesse!

  33. Ouch's Gravatar Ouch
    May 8, 2017 - 11:10 am | Permalink

    Good Coach. Good hire! Hopefully none of the boys transfer although it’s rumored 3 of them are… hopefully it’s a better school won’t want to miss out on some ground and pound! Anyways best of luck to Lions!

  34. Lol's Gravatar Lol
    May 8, 2017 - 10:47 am | Permalink

    In before Fridaynights proclaims arroyo will win their 2nd consecutive CIF title and win state this year.

  35. Singiser Against Wing's Gravatar Singiser Against Wing
    May 8, 2017 - 10:09 am | Permalink

    SEM 38-14
    Mt View 38-28
    Segerstrom 70-21
    Rancho Mirage 35-34

    I think he’ll be just fine.

  36. Blue HorseShoe's Gravatar Blue HorseShoe
    May 8, 2017 - 9:52 am | Permalink

    I think Coach Singiser just crapped his pants! Arroyo still having nightmares about what San Dimas did to them all those years with that smash mouth running style. El Monte will do the same within a few years. I bet Singiser resigns or moves on within two years!!

  37. Bottom Line's Gravatar Bottom Line
    May 8, 2017 - 9:41 am | Permalink

    Can you imagine the hits this site would get if Ceniceros changed jobs weekly? I believe Jesse deserves a gift card or two from the staff.

  38. MVLer's Gravatar MVLer
    May 8, 2017 - 9:38 am | Permalink

    Finally since Koffler left Singhser has someone with equal if not more football knowledge, that let’s the kids know they’re going to win with hard work and no BS.

    Just like those Mead vs Arroyo games were great, when/if the kids at EM buy into Coach Cineceros these match ups will be must watch.

    Cineceros never missing the playoffs and Singhser only once. Cineceros has only 3 first round losses Singhser a few, both 1 win in the semis with Singhser getting a ring and C losing in OT.

    Cineceros had coached against La Mirada, West Covina and Charter Oak getting a few wins, Singhser dominated koffler.

    It’s going to be fun

  39. For Gods sake's Gravatar For Gods sake
    May 8, 2017 - 7:36 am | Permalink

    It will take this coach 5 years to turn the program around. That’s if he stays around for 5 years.

  40. Chino in April's Gravatar Chino in April
    May 8, 2017 - 7:26 am | Permalink


    Doesn’t take a rocket science to know he wasnt going to be retained as a teacher at Chino. Even when EM wins they lose!

  41. Superman's Gravatar Superman
    May 8, 2017 - 7:18 am | Permalink

    great hire , the MVL just got better and will be respected by other leagues because 3-4 MVL teams can beat anyone around the area except Private powerhouses ,
    Arroyo ,Rosemead, EM and South will be fun to watch against each other, as far as the comments fro idiots, if the Hire sucks, he is better than no coach at all , if he works out great which I believe he will, they hired a coach who might de-throne Arroyo. and might possibly be the best EM has ever had.
    Word of advice to the coach, there is cancer at EM clean it up.

  42. May 7, 2017 - 11:15 pm | Permalink

    With all these comments… Should I tell Coach Singiser not to bother playing the Lions this year because we’re gonna lose anyway? Good hire, he’ll make the better but he’s not striking fear into the Knights believe me.

  43. General Turgidson's Gravatar General Turgidson
    May 7, 2017 - 9:59 pm | Permalink

    AirAttack: Why is Castaneda a “joker”?

    The way I see it, football in the area got a lot tougher. You have what is turning out to be an area legendary staff at Arroyo under Singiser’s leadership, El Monte got a great hire, and there is a young up and comer in Castanada.

    Good competition and different styles of football.

    Should be a fun year.

  44. General Turgidson's Gravatar General Turgidson
    May 7, 2017 - 9:52 pm | Permalink

    I spoke too soon. This guy is pretty good. I stand corrected. I didn’t trash him below, but he is better than what I said, which was average. I wasn’t aware of his complete record.

    Still, the guy had to be desperate.

    Lastly, people GROSSLY overestimate the transfer effect. Very very few people transfer, especially out of public schools.

    If he can keep the creepo ex coaches off his back, he should be competing for a league title in no time.

  45. May 7, 2017 - 8:40 pm | Permalink

    Philosophy gentleman philosophy… Burbank spreads you out to run the the ball. They count the box, if you don’t have enough guys in the box they run if you they bring extra defenders in the box they pass. Northview spreads you out to throw the ball. They look for grass and match ups. Same formations but Completely different approaches. double wing offense wants everyone in the box and grind it out 3 yards and a cloud of dust is correct unless the DW team is physically better then you’re talking about big plays. Equally matched teams it becomes a war of attrition. Last man standing mind set.
    Wing T is actually an off shoot of I formation football. you’ll see ISO (belly) powers (down) counters and tosses (buck) when you Don’t have a main horse wing t is good because of misdirection. If you have the horse you line in I formation and run right through that guy. For people who say the DW and wing t are out dated they correct and wrong. Contrary to popular belief they are not easy offenses to run they are in fact very difficult especially wing t. Problem is most DW and Wing t coaches are incredibly private they don’t share the fine details to the offense which makes it go. Most Wing T and DW are very predictable because they lack the fine details or they learned from a book. But they are run by a guy who knows the ins and outs it can be incredibly powerful

  46. ?'s Gravatar ?
    May 7, 2017 - 6:36 pm | Permalink

    Am I missing something here? Last year Chino was 4-7 and 1-4 in the Hacienda, last place. How did they even qualify for a playoff spot? Then only beat 0 rated teams in pre-league. Then gets clobbered by a team from a weaker league in the first round. I guess EM has pretty low standards for someone to be a great coach.

  47. @great d's Gravatar @great d
    May 7, 2017 - 5:50 pm | Permalink

    What did Burbank do against a ceniceros team? Norwalk vs Burbank 2012. Look it up and just be quiet already! Let it play out

  48. Great D's Gravatar Great D
    May 7, 2017 - 5:36 pm | Permalink

    That’s the point. Burbank ran a spread and played better defense than Chino. The point was there is no evidence the past few years that Coach C brings a great defense along with him. The evidence says otherwise, even though his offense should make the defense much better. Maybe he’ll bring along a better DC than the one who went 4-7 last year.

  49. mr. power's Gravatar mr. power
    May 7, 2017 - 5:31 pm | Permalink

    Wow. Look at all the “chuck and duckers” already crying about the doublewing. You want to run a piss poor version of spread and think your doing something. Get off the sideline go back to drinking and playing Madden all day. Hey your “skill guys” from the el monte jets aren’t going to ‘SC. Play with a real coach in a real offense and learn how to be a man and play football. Think the doublewing doesn’t work? Why don’t you go ask St. Paul who was the bigger faster team and got knocked all around the field in the championship game. Yeah that was also double wing. You fools. Spread = Soft!!

  50. @Great D's Gravatar @Great D
    May 7, 2017 - 5:18 pm | Permalink

    Please leave Burbank out of any post regarding Chino as Burbank beat both Northview and Don Lugo this season when it counted. No disrespect to Chino but you can’t even compare the two. Best of luck to Coach. I’m confident that he will turn that program around.

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