Maggiore Returns as West Covina Head Coach

Mike Maggiore returns as head coach at West Covina.

By Tim Peterson

(West Covina) – Mike Maggiore has returned as the head coach at West Covina after a three year hiatus he confirmed Thursday.

Maggiore, who, stepped down after the 2016 season after 21 years as the head coach of the Bulldogs, takes over for Corey Tello. Maggiore, an Edgewood high School alum who also played at Oregon State, went 139-104-2 overall during his 21 year run and won 3 CIF titles- the most recent was over La Serna in 2011.

Maggiore had the chance to coach his son on the Freshman team last season and felt the time was right to return as varsity coach.

“The job was open and it worked well when I coached my son on the freshman level. My focus was on the entire team rather than just on him and I think that’s healthy for us both. My wife and son were more than on board,” Maggiore said. “They know I have a passion for it still. My energy is at a much higher level than I’ve had in a long time. We have a new weight room coming in, an outstanding stadium and the district is supportive and a great place to be.”

Maggiore also confirmed that former Bulldog and NFL DB Walter Thurmond and Matt Johnson, a 2004 grad who coached for years at Azusa Pacific, will both be on his staff.

“There’s a lot of work to do but I’m anxious to get started,” Maggiore added.

13 Comments to "Maggiore Returns as West Covina Head Coach"

  1. WesCo's Gravatar WesCo
    February 23, 2020 - 10:03 pm | Permalink

    I can tell you that when Maggiore was coaching, he was not afraid to schedule anyone! West Covina used to schedule teams like Mater Dei, Loyola, and Bishop Amat. We didn’t win any of those games, but it does toughen up a team to compete against the best! Congratulations to El Monte for the championship after being the punchline for so many decades, but let’s see them schedule some of the big boys before we start popping off shall we?

  2. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    December 19, 2019 - 5:49 pm | Permalink

    @El terrible get back to school get a degree in teaching higher education pay your dues as an assistant coach and maybe you can some day become a head Coach then and only then you can set up your own scheduling till then sit back in your mom and dad’s house and wait for dinner to be served by mom ……!

  3. SGV's Gravatar SGV
    December 15, 2019 - 11:03 pm | Permalink

    El Monte getting ready to schedule way up next year. If they are okay with it, on their Christmas wish list is Bonita, Monrovia,La Serna and Crescenta Valley. Lets see how many answers the phone.

  4. EM Lions's Gravatar EM Lions
    December 15, 2019 - 3:46 am | Permalink

    Huge fan of Maggiore a legend coach and respected man… He’ll turn around the program quick.

  5. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    December 15, 2019 - 3:45 am | Permalink

    Sotomayor was bad Glenn won league, Orange Vista and Eagle Rock went to the semis and San Marino was also a playoff team. But this is a post about WC and a great HC coming back to turn a program around.

  6. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    December 14, 2019 - 6:00 pm | Permalink

    SGV is trolling and you guys fell right in, he’s not an EM guy. Smh

  7. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    December 13, 2019 - 11:27 pm | Permalink

    Once Booth graduates no one will fear the Lions. That’s a fact, not hating. Good luck in state EM!

  8. Joey's Gravatar Joey
    December 13, 2019 - 2:54 pm | Permalink

    It will take him a few years to get back to a contender

  9. El Terrible's Gravatar El Terrible
    December 13, 2019 - 11:59 am | Permalink

    El monte take off Sotomayor and Glenn put someone worth playing on your schedule, then we will see if your record is 15 and 0 . Enjoy this year because next year El Monte will be just like Arroyo no where to be found. Lol.

  10. Fun Facts's Gravatar Fun Facts
    December 13, 2019 - 11:34 am | Permalink

    Mike Maggiore is “afraid” to schedule El Monte in the same way the Pope is Protestant. With that cleared-up, Welcome back coach.

  11. NWO's Gravatar NWO
    December 13, 2019 - 10:33 am | Permalink

    Not surprised at all. Former/older coaches will begin to return.

  12. Ok's Gravatar Ok
    December 12, 2019 - 11:26 pm | Permalink

    Oh god, no one that isn’t named Mark Keppel or Gabrielino is afraid of that team.

  13. SGV's Gravatar SGV
    December 12, 2019 - 9:44 pm | Permalink

    I know Mike won’t schedule El Monte. He’s afraid of them.

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