Beltran Moves on From Bell Gardens

Margarito Beltran has stpped down as the head coach at Bell Gardens.

By Tim Peterson
(Bell Gardens) – Margarito Beltran has stepped down as the head coach at Bell Gardens after four years.

“It’s no big scoop, no big story. There’s always an expiration date and I had set mine at four years,” Beltran said. “I’m not burned out or anything like that. It’s just that I had set the time after my son had graduated and that time has come. It’s just time to move on. The administration at Bell Gardens has always been supportive and it’s been enjoyable coaching these kids.”

Beltran, who previously was the head coach at La Serna, took over for Geoff Ackerman before the 2016 season. The Lancers went 2-8 in Beltran’s first year but bounced back to go 5-6 overall in 2017 and 3-2 in the Almont League which was good for third place. Bell Gardens lost in the first round of the playoffs to Santa Ana.

Beltran’s best year was 2018 when BG finished 4-1 and second in the Almont and 7-5 overall. The Lancers advanced to the second round of the CIF Division 12 playoffs with a win over Pacific before falling to Linfield Christian.

This past season Bell Gardens missed the playoffs going 3-2 in league and 4-6 overall. However the Lancers did push league champion Alhambra into the fourth quarter before coming up short 23-14.

In his four years Beltran had an overall record of 18-25, 1-2 in the post season.

Beltran isn’t actively looking for another head coaching job but would join a staff if the situation is right. “I wouldn’t mind being a position coach if it was a right fit,” Beltran said.

38 Comments to "Beltran Moves on From Bell Gardens"

  1. BG Gurkha's Gravatar BG Gurkha
    December 31, 2019 - 9:31 am | Permalink

    Why don’t we have our coach why has nothing been announced our program has gone to complete EMBARRASSMENT! We use to be a respected program now people see us as a big joke. So far 2 new HC have been hired since Dave Ramos both with CIF titles Ackerman with Schurr and Beltran with La Serna, sadly enough neither really got it done. Bell Gardens is a special place it’s different our kids need someone they want to play for our community needs a successful football program. Mr Herrera my son played for a coach that is currently coaching at Bishop Amat he’s a BG alumni and his departure from our community really impacted our football program weather you want to believe it or not I think it would be really good if you look into doing whatever you need to do to bring him back to our community it’s worth a shot that’s the very least you can do is try.

  2. Lancer's Gravatar Lancer
    November 23, 2019 - 6:47 pm | Permalink

    Wow didnt see them at all fake news

  3. BGAlumnus's Gravatar BGAlumnus
    November 23, 2019 - 10:00 am | Permalink

    Wow! Big deal!

    They were doing what they always do. Telling BG kids to go play at Amat. They recruit the top players and leave all the average players alone.

    Those losers can stay at Amat.

  4. Lancer for Life's Gravatar Lancer for Life
    November 22, 2019 - 2:04 pm | Permalink

    Two prominent Bell Gardens alumnus were on campus today both are coaches at Amat.

  5. ER's Gravatar ER
    November 20, 2019 - 3:38 pm | Permalink

    No one from ER is tooting their horn, we got a ways to go, just saying we’ve been told our run is over and we have nothing in the cupboard for years and we seem to keep it going nicely which is what a good program does. There are only a few programs who have been to 2 quarterfinals and a semi final in the last 4 years in the Whittier area, ER is one of them.

  6. EZ ER's Gravatar EZ ER
    November 20, 2019 - 7:11 am | Permalink

    Easy ER you aint all that. Remember you are D11. Move up then you can talk. For now be humble, no need to toot your horn.

  7. Extra Extra's Gravatar Extra Extra
    November 19, 2019 - 10:08 pm | Permalink

    I heard Matt Koffler, Jude Oliva, Anthony White and Jim Singiser have all put their names in for a interview.

  8. Puke's Gravatar Puke
    November 19, 2019 - 10:02 pm | Permalink

    Lol our coach laughable.

  9. Almontalum's Gravatar Almontalum
    November 19, 2019 - 7:33 pm | Permalink

    Ramos back to BG… SO he can run it even deeper into the ground. Hahaha. Admin is giving up on football if they do that. If he does hope he brings that defensive staff too. They deserve each other.

  10. ER's Gravatar ER
    November 19, 2019 - 7:33 pm | Permalink

    Lol y’all been saying that since 2016 ended and ER now has 2 quarterfinals and a semi final in 4 years. Not once has ER been above .500 at the Frosh level in 4 years yet they seem to just be chugging along because this staff squeezes every ounce out of these boys from the time they are freshmen until the time they leave the ranch. ER JV just went 9-1 DRL champs with primarily sophomores, ER also had a freshman who is going to be a an absolute monster start on Varsity at LB. ER is just going to reload the way solid programs do it.

  11. ?'s Gravatar ?
    November 19, 2019 - 3:08 pm | Permalink

    @Beltran: Don’t go to ER. The Don’s have nothing left in the cupboard. There little run is over.

  12. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 19, 2019 - 12:38 pm | Permalink

    Rumor has it Ramos is coming back as head coach

  13. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 19, 2019 - 7:56 am | Permalink

    Oh wow you must be one of the two? A bit sensitive are we? Some things never change get back/ suck up coach. You still do George’s
    Yard? ?

  14. Lancer's Gravatar Lancer
    November 18, 2019 - 10:39 pm | Permalink

    You mean the BG kids who came back to play at BG all but one stayed.

  15. You know's Gravatar You know
    November 18, 2019 - 10:37 pm | Permalink

    To bad Ack isnt there guess your not up to date who the new AD is

  16. BGAlumnus's Gravatar BGAlumnus
    November 18, 2019 - 7:23 pm | Permalink

    @BG Gurkha

    Mr. Herrera/Mr. Ackerman owe it to him?
    You mean the BG guy who has recruited BG kids to leave BGHS to go play for Bishop Amat?

    How does BGHS owe it the city? To bring back someone who has taken kids from the city?

    Do the right think Mr. Ackerman!

    Too funny!

  17. Almontalum's Gravatar Almontalum
    November 18, 2019 - 7:22 pm | Permalink

    Ackerman isn’t even at BG any more. Lol

  18. Fernando Rosales's Gravatar Fernando Rosales
    November 18, 2019 - 4:32 pm | Permalink

    Wishing my alma mater
    Nothing but the Best in All sports
    I Attended BGHS
    From 81-85
    Love the Lancers

  19. BG Gurkha's Gravatar BG Gurkha
    November 18, 2019 - 2:36 pm | Permalink

    Bishop Amat has our coach. Mr Hererra, Mr Ackerman make the call you owe it to our city.

  20. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 18, 2019 - 1:20 pm | Permalink

    Whatever you say, Bozo. Beltran always talked about taking over at El Rancho and running up the score against LS… so you were saying? DELETED

  21. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 18, 2019 - 12:32 pm | Permalink

    I know more than you think and no not all of his former staff …I can think of at least 2 that he didn’t trust . Are you one of them or a spouse?? Get over it and move on .

  22. TheRanch18's Gravatar TheRanch18
    November 18, 2019 - 9:46 am | Permalink

    Beltran to Cal? really? …. i guess.
    Beltran to ER? mmm… that would be awsome! but how would that work?
    Beltran to Arroyo , highly possible … i can see that. West Covina? …

  23. November 18, 2019 - 12:50 am | Permalink

    Good!! It was only a while before BG realized he was not the right fit!

  24. no's Gravatar no
    November 18, 2019 - 12:34 am | Permalink

    Officially they are co-champs.

  25. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 17, 2019 - 9:53 pm | Permalink

    Lol shows how much you don’t know about Beltran. He thought all his former coaches were against him when everything was going down. You don’t have a clue who the man really is.

  26. PoundIt's Gravatar PoundIt
    November 17, 2019 - 9:06 pm | Permalink

    Bell Gardens is a perfect place to run the Double Wing! Would destroy that league with those tough kids. Just saying

  27. Wow's Gravatar Wow
    November 17, 2019 - 8:06 pm | Permalink

    That staff is pretty seasoned already, that’s a monster staff if he comes.

  28. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 17, 2019 - 6:49 pm | Permalink


    What a MORON!! Beltran is not that guy…it wasn’t the football program that pulled all that BS it was the ADMIN & DISTRICT IDIOTS!!

  29. TOMA's Gravatar TOMA
    November 17, 2019 - 6:41 pm | Permalink

    If it’s a big deal to you may be you should coach there…half the kids buy in the rest just dont care not even enough to maintain a 2.0 GPA 9 kids not eligible including starting QB.
    ..WTF the trb at BG is much bigger than football

  30. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 17, 2019 - 6:16 pm | Permalink

    2018 League Champs
    From T. Peterson. Well, not exactly. BG and Montebello both finished 4-1 in the Almont but Montebello beat BG 38-31. So technically the Oilers were league champs.

  31. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 17, 2019 - 5:39 pm | Permalink

    @ SGV

    Salazar is not head coach material let alone be coaching period. There was legit reason he was let go last season.

  32. Almont Spectator's Gravatar Almont Spectator
    November 17, 2019 - 2:50 pm | Permalink

    @ SGV hahaha… He was the Defensive Coordinator in 2018. That experiment has been tried already

  33. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    November 17, 2019 - 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Beltran will most likely try to find his way back into the WUHSD through CAL to get revenge on La Serna… that or ER if Medrano will have him.

  34. Lancer4Life's Gravatar Lancer4Life
    November 17, 2019 - 1:24 pm | Permalink

    Dave Newell, Dave Ramos, Geoff Ackerman and Margarito Beltran are all really great coaches.
    However, BGHS has never won a CIF title.

    It’s no wonder all these supposed hardcore BG alumni adults take their kids to play football at other schools like Warren, Downey and Bishop Amat. Or maybe thats why they have never won a title. All the good local athletes play elsewhere.

    My son will play for his home school BGHS! Lancer Football, Gurkhas Football!

    Thank you Mr. Beltran for your four years of service.

    Who will be next to take on the challenge of leading the Lancers to their first CIF title? Jude Oliva?

  35. SGV's Gravatar SGV
    November 17, 2019 - 12:59 pm | Permalink

    BG needs to hire Vic Salazar. He’s on campus already. He has a great football mind and nobody will outwork him. Those players will buy in and run through a wall for him. He was the heartbeat at Schurr for 20+ years. It’s time for him to run his own program. He’s earned it.

  36. Streetwise's Gravatar Streetwise
    November 17, 2019 - 12:37 pm | Permalink

    him and his buddy the Michelin man are headed to Cal…..

  37. Correction's Gravatar Correction
    November 17, 2019 - 9:22 am | Permalink

    There is no way this is not a “big story.” Viewed only from the perspective of how BG courted him and satisfied his requirements, the failure to win bigger is a “big scoop.” Obviously, the kids didn’t buy-in, so the question that hangs over this situation is “why not?”

  38. area's Gravatar area
    November 17, 2019 - 12:20 am | Permalink

    Just curious what position does Beltran coach? I know one staff where he would fit right in.

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