Singiser Resigns at Arroyo

Jim Singiser has steppd down as the head coach at Arroyo after a 17 year run.

By Tim Peterson

(El Monte) – Jim Singiser has resigned as the head coach at Arroyo after a 17 year run. Friday night’s 48-20 playoff loss to Hemet was his last game he confirmed early Saturday morning.

Singiser has spent the last 26 years coaching at Arroyo having spent nine years on D.J. MacKinnon’s staff as an assistant before taking over as head coach for MacKinnon in 2003.

“I just felt it was time. With my wife’s schedule and my schedule there were days that I didn’t even see her. With teaching and football there are days that I wouldn’t get home until 6:30 or 7:00. This will allow me more time to spend with my family,” Singiser said. “But this is 100 percent my decision. Over 17 years as head coach there are so many great memories and maybe some that were not so great. But no regrets at all.”

This past season the Knights finished third in the Mission Valley League and 5-6 overall after the first round loss to Hemet Friday night in the first round of the CIF Division 11 Playoffs.

“These are some of the best kids I’ve ever coached,” Singiser said of this year’s team. “The overall record may not indicate that but with all of the injuries we’ve had and they way we still competed it was a great year. I’m really proud of this group.”

Singiser won 138 total games as head coach with a winning percentage of .700 which is the greatest in school history. He won 10 MVL titles along the way and a CIF Championship in 2016 in a dramatic 35-34 win over Rancho Mirage at B.L. Bergstom Stadium.

“There were a lot of great moments but that was definitely my best memory. The way the whole thing played out…the two point conversion to win the championship…at home…it was just incredible,” Singiser said.

Although the 2016 team was the title winning team it was not the best team Singiser coached during his tenure.

“It was the 2004 team.” Singiser said “That win we had at La Serna in the second round of the playoffs was probably the best overall performance that we ever put together when I was head coach. We lost against South Hills in the semis but that 2004 Arroyo team was the best. Those kids were just so tough.”

The loss to South Hills was the only one for the Knights that year as they finished 12-1. “If our coaching staff would have had that team 3 or 4 years later we may have had another ring.” Singiser said.

Singiser will continue to teach at Arroyo but now the head coaching reins will be passed on to someone else.

The next head football coach at Arroyo will be just the third one in the past 40 years.

16 Comments to "Singiser Resigns at Arroyo"

  1. The knightmare's Gravatar The knightmare
    November 14, 2019 - 11:45 pm | Permalink

    I heard Arroyo is looking to hire the El Monte coach. Great choice Arroyo!!!

  2. Legend's Gravatar Legend
    November 10, 2019 - 6:03 pm | Permalink

    Thanks coach for being such a class act on and off the field. You changed football in the area for the good and you changed a lot of lives. Live a good life coach

  3. RAMS FAN's Gravatar RAMS FAN
    November 10, 2019 - 8:08 am | Permalink

    26 combined years is phenomenal ! As an unbiased observer and reader of this site for many years I will say Coach Singiser always seemed to have his team ready and prepared to play and have respect of his players and fellow coaches. Congratulations on an outstanding coaching career, you’ve more than earned a break.

  4. Thank You's Gravatar Thank You
    November 9, 2019 - 11:23 pm | Permalink

    Jim Singiser is a man who has managed to make the world better than it was, which is the ultimate measure of a human being. I wish him nothing but the best in this new phase of his life. Speaking of quality men, Chuck Leonardis would be a fine replacement for Jim, if that is something he’s open to.

  5. Knightwatch's Gravatar Knightwatch
    November 9, 2019 - 11:17 pm | Permalink

    Nice run Coach
    Record versus league teams
    S EM . 12-5
    EM . 13-4
    ROSE . 13-4
    MT V 17-0
    GABE . 17-0
    MARSH . 5-0

  6. Friday Green's Gravatar Friday Green
    November 9, 2019 - 7:44 pm | Permalink

    He is a SGV Football Hall of Fame coach.

  7. Football Fan's Gravatar Football Fan
    November 9, 2019 - 7:36 pm | Permalink

    That’s funny!

  8. Annonymous's Gravatar Annonymous
    November 9, 2019 - 6:11 pm | Permalink

    Please take Friday Knight with you.

  9. Rich Whittington's Gravatar Rich Whittington
    November 9, 2019 - 4:01 pm | Permalink


    Thank you for everything that you have done for the sport. Most of all, thank you for what you have done for the young men that played during your tenure.

    Best wishes always.

  10. LIONS's Gravatar LIONS
    November 9, 2019 - 3:46 pm | Permalink

    Great job Coach , good luck in your future endeavors

  11. NWO's Gravatar NWO
    November 9, 2019 - 3:34 pm | Permalink

    If you have ever coached for a long stretch of time, it eventually wears you out. Dude has been solid for his players, his school, and the community. Happy trails sir. Rosemead wins MVL in 2020.

  12. LVLions's Gravatar LVLions
    November 9, 2019 - 1:54 pm | Permalink

    This isn’t a post to be bashing any other team or to be crying on. Singiser has been one of the best HC in the area since he took over. A proven winner and champion, that’s all that should be spoken of on here. Great job coach, hope nothing but the best for you and your family.

  13. ?'s Gravatar ?
    November 9, 2019 - 1:33 pm | Permalink

    Waited two years to long to make the move. Should have taken the Bonita job. There will be plenty of opportunities elsewhere if he wants.Good coach.

  14. Areafan's Gravatar Areafan
    November 9, 2019 - 12:55 pm | Permalink

    Lol… you Arroyo people are unbelievable, dude every teams have down years yet Arroyo you always have to take shots at others success. STOP CRYING ALREADY about recruiting you guys get players that belong to other el monte schools every guys sound pathetic already with that same old song

  15. Knight train or die's Gravatar Knight train or die
    November 9, 2019 - 12:21 pm | Permalink

    Great time to go before it gets worse. Arroyo is my team but it’s not the Arroyo of old. Knights will need to recruit like EM to compete.
    From T. Peterson: It had nothing to do with wins and losses.

  16. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 9, 2019 - 12:20 pm | Permalink

    I’ve known Coach for many years, he is a great person on and off the field.

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