By Tim Peterson
(El Monte) – For the last two years everybody in the local high school football circles have speculated where Dale Ziola will coach. Without keeping everybody in further suspense, Ziola has joined Jim Singiser’s staff at Arroyo where he will coach receivers.
“Jim (Singiser) does a great job here and runs a great program. We’ve been talking for awhile and when I got a chance to come over and see what he has I decided to come. I’ve been out here since spring and it’s been great,” Ziola said Saturday morning at the Arroyo Linemen competition.
When Ziola stepped down as the head coach at Los Altos after the 2016 campaign, rumors had him landing everywhere from West Covina to La Mirada to Diamond Bar. Well last year he did go to Diamond Bar, where he was an assistant coach under former Los Altos assistant Kevin Argumosa, who took over as head coach of the Brahmas.
But Argumosa was dismissed after an 0-10 2017 season, the staff was disbanded and Ziola was on the market again. Of course the need for a coach who took a team to two CIF title games in a three-year span as Ziola did with Los Altos wasn’t unexpected.
If you’ve read this site or possibly Freddy Robledo’s over at the Trib you’ve noticed all of the coaching changes that have taken place since the season ended in early December. And Ziola had been mentioned to fill a majority of them. Fullerton was a hot spot when it opened up but that was filled by Richard Salazar who left Nogales to take the head coaching position.
Nogales was then a possibility but they decided on former Workman HC Oscar Robles who left the Lobos after just one year. The scoop was then that Ziola would take over at Workman as possibly both AD and HC. None of those scenarios became a reality.
“I was interested in several opportunities but they just didn’t work out,” Ziola said. “But I’m really happy to be here.”
And when the 2018 season comes to an end, and the annual coaching openings start popping up, Ziola’s name will be out there again.