By Tim Peterson
(Covina) – Covina named former Los Altos coach Dale Ziola as its head football coach he confirmed Wednesday.
Ziola spent six seasons at Los Altos guiding the Conquerors to two CIF Championship game appearances before stepping down after the 2016 campaign. Last season he was an assistant at Arroyo after spending a year on the Diamond Bar staff.
Ziola went 48-24 during a six year run at Los Altos including four playoff appearances. He was 8-4 in the post season highlighted by the two CIF Final games. Ziola took over a team that went 0-10 in 2010 and guided the Conqs to an 8-4 record and a second round playoff appearance in his first year.
Ziola led Los Altos to a 13-1 record overall and a Hacienda League title in his final year in 2016. The Conquerors fell to Paraclete 21-14 in the CIF Division 6 Finals. Ziola replaces Joe Brown who stepped down after the regular season.
“I’m ecstatic. Coach Thomas, Coach Brown, and Coach Sheehan (now Dr. Sheehan) have done some great things over there and I’m honored to have the opportunity to build and add to the Covina Colt legacy,” Ziola said. “Superintendent Sheehan, Principal Stratton, and AD Glaspy’s visions align with my principles and I think the sky is the limit. Truly blessed and grateful for the opportunity to work in such a positive educational and supportive community.”