By Tim Peterson
(Duarte) – James Heggins confirmed Tuesday that he has stepped down as the head coach at Duarte after two years.
The Falcons went 8-13 overall under Heggins. Duarte won the Montview League title in 2016 and went 7-4 overall before falling to Laguna Beach 26-21 in the first round of the CIF Division 13 playoffs. Last year the Falcons dropped to 1-9 and 0-5 in league.
As has been the case in several recent coaching changes, budget constraints played a big part in Heggins’ decision.
“The Dean of Athletics position that I was in was cut due to budget issues. That would no longer have me working on campus,” Heggins said.
Duarte will begin the search or a new head coach immediately.