Bonita Ousts Aguilar

Ibis Aguilar has been let go as the HC at Bonita after two years.

By Tim Peterson

(La Verne) – Bonita has parted ways with head football coach Ibis Aguilar after two years the school announced Monday.

Aguilar took over in 2016 replacing Adrian Medrano, who left to take the El Rancho job. Aguilar went 6-14 overall in the two years – 3-7 each season.

The school released a statement that said in part “Making a coaching change is never easy, but it is an especially difficult decision when you know that a coach has given his all to our school. We appreciate the countless hours Coach Aguilar, his family and staff have devoted to the players and the football program at Bonita High School. We wish Coach Aguilar well in his future coaching endeavors.”

Aguilar was also the head coach at South El Monte from 2011 to 2014. He went 19-24 overall during a four year stint with the Eagles and made the playoffs his first two years.

Bonita will begin the search for a new head coach immediately.

25 Comments to "Bonita Ousts Aguilar"

  1. January 3, 2018 - 8:17 am | Permalink

    Any update on a new head coach yet?

  2. Lupe's Gravatar Lupe
    December 23, 2017 - 3:59 pm | Permalink

    Bogan damn auto

  3. Lupe's Gravatar Lupe
    December 23, 2017 - 3:58 pm | Permalink

    Hogan is a name I hear

  4. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    December 22, 2017 - 8:10 pm | Permalink

    So is it true that Medrano is going to be the next Bonita coach? His teams played a tough brand of football. If not, who are the candidates???

  5. SG's Gravatar SG
    December 21, 2017 - 9:36 pm | Permalink

    Everybody knows Bohi football players are soft. “Hit him hard and they fold like lawn chairs” , that is what are coaches said about the bearcats. And when we played them it was true.

  6. BT Bear's Gravatar BT Bear
    December 21, 2017 - 9:06 pm | Permalink

    And like most people not in the loop, you don’t know. Podley did not support the hire of Ibis. This hire was the direct result of Bub. A man that made the hire then left the mess. Bub had the need to control every aspect of his school. He did not trust the people surrounding him to do their jobs. He alone is responsible for the hire, for the results and now Podley gets to stand tall, he did not leave to climb the ladder, and take the hits from the uninformed, the misinformed and ignorant. Take your choice where you fir BoHi

  7. Bohi's Gravatar Bohi
    December 21, 2017 - 7:14 pm | Permalink

    Well what is it, either the principal runs the school or Podley does, make up your mind. The football program in the program that is under the microscope, if you screw that up everybody analyzes it and Podley got exposed. I want Bonita to succeed as much as anybody, but this coaching mistake is all Podley you know it and I know it. This puts Bonita football back 4 years and the great football freshman class will now be seniors with no varsity success. When somebody make a mistake at Bonita he or she will get call out. That is what makes Bonita a great school. So if you can’t take the heat than step down from your position. You know who I am talking about. We parents want the best for our kids and you give us this with one more year left. I hope you don’t screw this up.

  8. FBFan's Gravatar FBFan
    December 21, 2017 - 1:27 am | Permalink


    Podley created a mess? Weren’t you badmouthing Aguilar during the season? Also, Podley doesn’t run the school, the principal does.

    Podley also helped hire Eckler, Knott, Ashby, Baumunk, Contreras, Carlson, Medrano, and , Godley. I’m pretty sure all those coaches helped ignite the Bonita athletics programs under Podley. Let’s not forget that he led the football team to many years of success. It’s too bad he’s not appreciated and that You smear his name instead of celebrate it. Im quite sure you do not represent the true Bonita faithful.

  9. Lupe's Gravatar Lupe
    December 20, 2017 - 9:55 pm | Permalink

    Please elaborate. I’m not talking trash. I really want to know “what happened to the staff “. The guy only won like 2 league games in 2 years. Last Thing posted from Mid Valley is they have 14+ applicants . Now the quality of applicants could be another question.

  10. Area Coach's Gravatar Area Coach
    December 20, 2017 - 8:16 pm | Permalink

    Read on Twitter from someone who spoke to Podley that Bonita had 14 applicants…thats it 14? That does not sound that good to me!

  11. Bohi's Gravatar Bohi
    December 20, 2017 - 5:10 pm | Permalink

    After what happen to Ibis and his coaching staff, what coach can trust Podley and Bonitas AD. I don’t think Bonita is going to get quality applicants. If I was a head coach looking for a football job, I would not trust them. What a mess Podley created.

  12. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    December 18, 2017 - 4:50 pm | Permalink

    We know we’re capable of doing better at Alhambra, so we’re going to keep trying.

  13. SoCal's Gravatar SoCal
    December 18, 2017 - 9:17 am | Permalink

    Coach Brown is a great coach and what did he do, win ball games. If he didn’t win ball games he couldn’t convey the message he sent to the kids. You have to win in this business or get out, let somebody else try. At the next levels they will get you out if you don’t win, in high school it is a little bit different for each school. Some schools are happy with losing season because they feel they can do no better and you know those schools are, Bonita is not one of them.

  14. December 18, 2017 - 7:32 am | Permalink

    @bt bear
    Great points. So much is judged on wins and losses but it’s not the be all end all. I’ll say this… after Covina’s loss the way Coach Brown and his players embraced eachother was the “it” for me. Win or lose that man built a family for that he had a perfect season. All you hear coaches that should be your goal that’s how you should determine a successful season or not.

  15. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    December 18, 2017 - 12:58 am | Permalink

    Good comments, BT Bear. I believe that Coach Bergstrom has made a positive impact on his players and his students at Alhambra High. He’d have it made if the team can win more consistently on the field.

  16. Oh Buckets...'s Gravatar Oh Buckets...
    December 17, 2017 - 6:00 pm | Permalink

    Unless you are at Diamond Bar…after you cut the kids who don’t want to practice, then the coach gets cut!

  17. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    December 17, 2017 - 5:26 pm | Permalink

    I agree with you, SH. If Eric has a possible drawback as a high school football coach, it’s that he’s a nice person by nature. He wants to give his players every chance to succeed.
    Eric has to walk something of a tightrope, as I see it. In my opinion, a tougher approach on discipline is called for at AHS, but there could be bitter complaints if he adopts that policy.
    The administration will have to back him up. The coaching staff has to be able to run things on the field without interference.

  18. SH's Gravatar SH
    December 17, 2017 - 4:04 pm | Permalink

    I understand kids ditch practice, but you can’t let that happen. Sit the kid if that doesn’t work cut him and move on with the kids that are all in. After the first year than everything will fall in place no matter what school your at.

  19. BT Bear's Gravatar BT Bear
    December 17, 2017 - 2:36 pm | Permalink

    @A Statman – The unfortunate part of High School athletics right now is that a majority of players feel they only need to show up as they want to. I have watched players miss, be held accountable, then become problems within the team as they are held to a standard. The standard? Attend practice daily. Meet your obligations. These young people are being socialized to go out in the world and show up at work everyday. Then when they are held accountable, their parents complain. Administration reacts, and coaches “resign”. The kids don’t read these blogs. The adults surrounding the program do. Decisions regarding coaches futures are made by people responding to parent complaints. Rare is the administrator that supports his coach. Wins and losses are not the entire story of a season. But very bright people, like, BoHi, point out get it done. That is the expectations of the very well-informed masses. Is coach making an impact on the lives of his students in a positive manner? Are the Alhambra kids better for having been involved in that program? Did DB coach improve a bad situation? Did Bonita coach improve a bad situation.?

  20. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    December 17, 2017 - 1:53 pm | Permalink

    Coach Bergstrom is doing well as a physical education and English teacher, so that part of the “investment” is paying off.
    The football portion is still a work in progress, but the responsibility for the slow growth is not all on him and the other coaches.
    The players have to make a total commitment to the program, and that clearly hasn’t been the case when we have guys who think it’s OK to ditch practice. It’s difficult for a team to improve under that circumstance.
    Football isn’t the type of sport that’s conducive to a half-hearted effort. I’ve always viewed it as sort of an all-or-nothing proposition.
    Most high school players get into only nine to 11 games in a season, so not giving it one’s best effort strikes me as an enormous waste of time and talent.
    It’s clear that we’re no longer 2013 bad, but I’ll agree that we should’ve done better by now. Mediocrity doesn’t sit well with us—at least not with the adults associated with the program.

  21. Moor's Gravatar Moor
    December 16, 2017 - 10:04 pm | Permalink


    The return on Alhambra’s invest of having Eric on campus is not good. Maybe it’s time for a change

  22. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    December 16, 2017 - 3:14 pm | Permalink

    @ SH: You’re absolutely right. Coaching football at a public high school is a lot of work and aggravation for a stipend of $2,500-$3,500.

  23. SH's Gravatar SH
    December 16, 2017 - 3:04 pm | Permalink

    If you are a teacher on campus you get the perks of having the principal take care of you. A great class schedule etc… If you are an off campus coach you essentially working for free. That is not worth it for many good football coaches.

  24. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    December 15, 2017 - 11:16 pm | Permalink

    Actually, Joe was the one who retired. (Best wishes, Joe!)
    But, the question is a thought-provoking one. There are plenty of schools, in a lot of districts, that need good coaches.

  25. Sg insider's Gravatar Sg insider
    December 14, 2017 - 8:54 pm | Permalink

    “I mean come on…if he was all that and wanted it, don’t you think he’d be tearing it up somewhere.“
    Comment of the year aside from Timmy’s retirement

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