By Tim Peterson
(La Verne) – Matt Bechtel, who is coming off a CIF championship season at South Hills, has left the school to take over as the head coach at Damien.
Bechtel succeeds Mark Paredes, who stepped down at Damien after six seasons.
Bechtel spent three years at South Hills going 28-9 overall. The Huskies went 5-6 in Bechtel’s first year in 2016 and fell in the first round to San Gorgonio. South Hills went 9-2 overall in the 2017 and fell to Burbank in the second round of the playoffs and then hit the pinnacle last season with a win over Oxnard in the CIF Championship. The Huskies did fall to Lawndale in the State playoffs and finished the campaign 14-1.
Bechtel takes over a Damien team that went 4-7 last year and lost in the first round of the Division 3 playoffs to Citrus Hill.