Warren Names Pearson Head Coach

Kevin Pearson is the new head coach at Warren.

By Tim Peterson

(Downey) – Warren named former Cathedral coach Kevin Pearson as its new head coach Wednesday he confirmed. 

Pearson resigned at Cathedral after the 2017 season. After 22 years at the school Pearson compiled an overall record of 196-63 and won nine Angelus League titles. The Phantoms went 10-2 in Pearson’s final year and won the Angelus League. They fell to Upland in the second round of the CIF playoffs in Pearson’s final game.

Pearson is looking forward to the new opportunity.

“It was obvious to me through the entire hiring process that their students are very important to them. Although they are very determined and dedicated to providing a great athletic experience in terms of facilities, equipment and coaching for their students, what’s of more importance is the educational experience and the overall school culture that produces successful young adults. And that excites me tremendously,” Pearson said. “Relationships are most important to me and the impact that I and our staff can have on these young people is much more important for these young men’s lives than wins and losses. The reality of it is that coaches don’t know how successful they are until, 5, 10, 20, 30 years down the road.”

Pearson replaces Raul Lara at Warren who stepped down after five years. The Bears went 8-4 overall last year and fell in the second round of the CIF Division 7 Playoffs to Northview.

32 Comments to "Warren Names Pearson Head Coach"

  1. sports man's Gravatar sports man
    February 28, 2019 - 10:17 pm | Permalink

    Anonymous=you also take care! Debate , or questioning each other on this site I think is good.

  2. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    February 27, 2019 - 10:41 am | Permalink

    @sports man, I wanna say they told him they wanted to go in another direction in May sometime. After he had done all the off season work.

  3. Anony LOL's Gravatar Anony LOL
    February 27, 2019 - 10:08 am | Permalink

    sports man,

    What the heck is going on?! What’s got you all riled up that you jump from Spathias/Los Altos situation, which I have have not followed so I won’t comment, to the Warren situation, and back to Spathias?!!

    I believe that it’s been alluded to by these posts and Twitter mentions, and talks at gatherings, that Warren’s “First Choice” was the BP guy, and that he was offered the job. I asked if he had gotten cold feet, not that he did. But BP’s former coach did Tweet out on February 1st, which was the week/weekend that the job was offered (days before board approval) the following:

    Don’t doubt yourself -Take it- Sometimes things aren’t “too good to be true”…Sometimes things are specifically made just for you and you can’t believe that its true! #TrueStory #LessonLearned

    This Tweet was followed by a couple of Twitter users replying, one of them being Jude Oliva (Coach O), which I believe also works at BP and is/was on BP’s football staff. Coach Oliva’s reply, and emoji slapping his forehead…

    You read into it as you will, but it sure looks like BP’s former HC may have gotten cold feet…to each their own though. Again, best of luck to all!

  4. sports man's Gravatar sports man
    February 26, 2019 - 10:17 pm | Permalink

    Anonymous=so which schools offered Spathias the job before firing the present coach? And I did not post anything negative on Spathias! Your reply recently suggests I did=Spathias’ history speaks for itself=very much success, especially turning a consistent loser into a 2nd place team and earning playoff berths. Then his experience at Workman was excellent. Co champions (and i do not care if some posts criticize the league-it is the same league in which Workman had not won a championship for a couple decades). It is true Los Altos was young this past season; that is what my post said; I never stated Brown is better than Spathias; read ” the administration did what they wanted to do!” THEY DID! And I stated if no improvement then a bad move. U misinterpreted my comments. ??? Inside info on Warren? Well tell us who was first hire? the guy from buena park? When did Spathias get fired? which month? ? maybe they waited until banquet was over.

  5. Anony LOL's Gravatar Anony LOL
    February 26, 2019 - 12:24 pm | Permalink

    sports man,

    Yesterday I wrote what I believed to be a good post to your the statement where you believe that I claimed that Warren’s “First Choice” coach may have gotten cold feet. It was pretty thorough. But alas, the powers that be may have thought otherwise. Oh well. By the way Anon LOL doe not equal Anonymous. Wish all involved in that process well!

  6. yeah's Gravatar yeah
    February 25, 2019 - 10:47 pm | Permalink

    i think he already teaches at cathedral so that’s good if DUSD could provide him better benefits than Cathedral.

  7. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    February 25, 2019 - 11:07 am | Permalink

    @ sports man, yes he got offered the job. So what, there wasn’t a coach at Gladstone at the time so I don’t understand how that’s even relevant. And your point that Los Altos did what they had to do is BS because they knew they weren’t bringing him back and were courting another coach while he was still coaching and training the kids. That my friend is inappropriate and best. And finally you said LA was young last year and that’s why they struggled, well they may be young but they were loaded with much more talent than they were when spathias was there the year before when they had only 3 returning starters and still went 7-4 and losses were to semi finalist or finalist in each division 3,4,7,5 respectively. If they wanted to go in another direction fine but make the change right after the season, why use him for the entire off season then make the change? Oh yea, because they had to wait for brown anyway so why not….
    There you go sports man……

  8. sports man's Gravatar sports man
    February 24, 2019 - 5:29 pm | Permalink

    Anony LOL= Anonymous will not answer important questions that debate his claims

  9. sports man's Gravatar sports man
    February 24, 2019 - 1:45 pm | Permalink

    Anonymous=can u grade my ‘elementary/kindergarten comments’ by stating the ‘wrongs/elementary mistakes’ I made? I do not think you will do that. If u do I will reply with my debate, and do it WITHOUT criticism.

  10. sports man's Gravatar sports man
    February 24, 2019 - 1:39 pm | Permalink

    Anonymous=u never answered the question! Did Spathias get offered, after interview/interviews, at Gladstone? I can copy and paste article if u like. OUR PROFESSION? I suggest (not claiming to be right or know more than others on this; just suggesting from decades of observation) u are off on a few claims

  11. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    February 23, 2019 - 11:22 am | Permalink

    @sports man, what the heck was that??? Next time try writing your post with a crayon, you might make more sense…

  12. sports man's Gravatar sports man
    February 23, 2019 - 3:28 am | Permalink

    Spathias looking elsewhere? He has that right! Don’t think so though., ANONYMOUS; sPATHIAS never got offered before ridding another coach. That is not what schools do – unless they are unprofessional! =Los Altos did what they felt they had to do. obviously they believe Brown, an alumni, is better for the position. Despite all the negative posts on here on Brown-LA was very very young this year; success may come this season or next. If not then it was probably a bad move. Head coaching, especially football, is serious and if Hector wanted to go do his thing elsewhere he would not worry about the coach he is replacing. Did Spathias , at one time, apply at Gladstone while still coaching Bassett? I heard yes! If he did not worry then y would he now? If that was situation with head coaches, they would stay at one school permanently! Many like to ‘take their show to other schools. Then they see if they can be successful several times. And if they want to coach college as head man that is good way to improve resume. Exemplary is Welch, of Valencia, he won several CIF championships there, then went and did same at other schools. One being Santa margarita a few years ago. CARE ONLY FOR YOURSELF??? Ever think that many head coaches have increased success because they have very good assistant coaches? Seldom does a head football coach call offense and defense; yes he may want DC or OC to run his system, but seldom does he do both. Men=do some coaches turn down the new position or take the new position dependent upon ‘will special assistants go with him?” FIRST COACH? Wasn’t it Coach from Buena Park? Or was that a rumor.? FIRST HIRE DID NOT TAKE JOB? Possibly salary was not good enough? Must take care of family first, and $$ helps that. ANONY=If first hire was Buena Park’s great coach of a few years ago, i doubt he got ‘cold feet’, just because I think , not know or claim correctness, other reasons for dropping out. That MAN can coach, and I think he would have improved Warren’s program quickly. again ANONYMOUS?? u contradicted=if a few schools offered Spathias a head coaching job, how could they if Spathias would not talk to them? IF A VERY GOOD COACH LOVES FOOTBALL AND PLAYERS-SELDOM WILL HE WORRY ABOUT THE COACH THAT IS GETTING FIRED OR ASKED TO RESIGN.

  13. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    February 22, 2019 - 5:46 pm | Permalink

    @anno, you are correct sir. And although I don’t like the coach that the would’ve replaced or how he treats his players, i’m glad he declined the offer or inquiry just out of respect for our profession. I’m sure Spathias didn’t like the way Los Altos treated him and didn’t want that to happen to a fellow coach….

  14. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    February 22, 2019 - 3:40 pm | Permalink

    I know that a few schools offered Spathias a head coaching position before they had fire the old coach, he refused to talked to them. He said it wasn’t right, and if they did that to them than they can do it to anybody.

  15. OCFB's Gravatar OCFB
    February 22, 2019 - 11:22 am | Permalink

    I’m hearing that Wilson has offered the job to Dan Morales who I believe was at Sonora last season

  16. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    February 22, 2019 - 11:18 am | Permalink

    @Meh, Spathias is very happy at workman. Don’t see him leaving anytime soon, nice try tho.

  17. Meh's Gravatar Meh
    February 21, 2019 - 10:46 pm | Permalink

    Now to the not so big question. What’s going on at Wilson? I’m also hearing rumblings that Spathias is leaving Workman.

  18. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    February 21, 2019 - 3:10 pm | Permalink

    I can attest to the fact that there are more things to worry about going from schools that are Public to Public than there is going from Private to Public.

    Private Pay sucks Private Retirement sucks Private Benefits suck compared to most Public schools.

  19. Anony LOL's Gravatar Anony LOL
    February 21, 2019 - 2:44 pm | Permalink

    pent house and Anonymous,

    So who is this 1st choice, that now seems to have outsmarted himself (from what you guys have posted)? After he was offered the job, and accepted, did he get the feeling that it may be too good to be true? Got cold feet and backed out? Did he then try to contact Warren’s admin and ask for a mulligan? Only to find that it was too late, and Warren moved on. If this were the case, Warren admin did what many rational admins, looking to continue to improve on their athletics, would do and moved on to Pearson…

  20. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    February 21, 2019 - 12:48 pm | Permalink

    warrens first choice did snooze and he did loose, depending on why he chose to snooze

    best luck to the new coach

  21. pent house's Gravatar pent house
    February 21, 2019 - 12:12 pm | Permalink

    I think you should help out you coaches that have been loyal to you. My problem with this from what this guy says is they asked him before hiring him and he only had one request and than he got hired and had a long list of coaching needs.

  22. Anony LOL's Gravatar Anony LOL
    February 21, 2019 - 11:53 am | Permalink


    What does your inside source say as to who was the 1st choice and why he didn’t take it? Cold feet? Hindsight is 20/20, and I’m sure he (1st choice) would jump at the opportunity again, but highly doubt that Warren would re-offer it to him…as they say, “You snooze, you lose.”

    Also, to the other Anonymous, Pearson is still deciding? Who is your inside source? Because, from what I gather, Pearson has decided and Board has approved it, hence this report from Mid Valley Sport. There was plenty of time for Pearson to pull what the 1st choice pulled (if indeed someone else was offered 1st and then turned it down for whatever reason) and back out since the Board just approved the Pearson choice but just a couple of days ago…

    And what’s to decide? More money (as a teacher), a student body of close to 4K, so I would say 3 times as many players than at Cathedral, and let’s be real, there will be transfers (in & out) since CIF-SS has basically given up on monitoring the transfer situation, and with the experience he had at Cathedral, my guess will be that there will be more in than out.

    I’m sure that he’s not too worried about leaving behind all of his colleagues and friends…he’ll just send them an email, social media post, or go old school and call them!

  23. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    February 21, 2019 - 8:32 am | Permalink

    If that is tru

    who do these HC’s think they are trying to help other coaches & friends to get jobs

    Just take the job & care only for yoself


  24. Best Wishes's Gravatar Best Wishes
    February 20, 2019 - 10:22 pm | Permalink

    Coach Pearson has proven himself as a coach of worth, so I’m sure the Bears will thrive under his leadership. As an afterthought, I also enjoy the mints which are sold under the same name.

  25. Coyaty Ugly's Gravatar Coyaty Ugly
    February 20, 2019 - 8:52 pm | Permalink

    @Anonymous, Not sure why he tried to bush league them in the first place. What do you need? I need my assistant head guy to have a job perfect its all yours. Board approves oh I forgot I need more jobs for my coaches. Clown. Told him that would back fire. He thought they would cave in.

  26. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    February 20, 2019 - 8:22 pm | Permalink

    If that is true, I have inside information that the man they offered the job 1st to would, take it this time! 100%

  27. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    February 20, 2019 - 8:19 pm | Permalink

    How long before the first transfer goes to warren

  28. Annonymous's Gravatar Annonymous
    February 20, 2019 - 4:15 pm | Permalink

    Coach Pearson still is deciding on taking the job. He is having a hard time on leaving Cathedral and all his close relationships.

  29. ?'s Gravatar ?
    February 20, 2019 - 4:12 pm | Permalink

    A lot of coaches moving down to lower levels.

  30. My Two Cents's Gravatar My Two Cents
    February 20, 2019 - 3:04 pm | Permalink

    That’s a great hire!

  31. Anony LOL's Gravatar Anony LOL
    February 20, 2019 - 2:28 pm | Permalink


    Why wouldn’t he? If he has a teaching credential, I’m sure Warren would love for him to be an on campus presence, rather than a walk on. By the way, I believe DUSD has a very competitive salary and would take, and anyone please correct me if I am wrong, all of his years of teacher service (not tenure though, that comes on the 1st day of the 3rd year in the district). Good luck to them!

  32. Interesting...'s Gravatar Interesting...
    February 20, 2019 - 1:20 pm | Permalink

    Two years after stepping aside from Cathedral football for over 2 decades, he returns to Warren. Now wondering if he will move his teaching job to the Downey Unified School District

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