2019 Mid Valley Coach of the Year: Jesse Ceniceros – El Monte

El Monte’s Jesse Ceniceros is the 2019 Mid Valley Coach of the Year.

Man, this was a tough decision. Jesse Ceniceros led El Monte to an undefeated record, a Division 12 CIF title and ultimately a State title which was won on the California-Oregon border. Yeah, real tough.

The Lions were perfect from the get go. They rolled through their non-league schedule scoring 141 points in their first two games. Then they ripped through the Mission Valley League with their only test being a 26-21 win over Arroyo on October 11.

Many people thought El Monte’s downfall would come in the post season. Never happened. Jurupa Hills was a battle but the Lions emerged with a 22-15 victory in what turned out to be a for the CIF championship when Adelanto was disqualified due to a brawl in its game with Orange Vista.

There were still some non-believers so to solidify their place in history, the Lions went out and beat Serra (San Diego) in the Bowl playoffs and then traveled 750 miles up to Crescent City to take care of Del Norte 32-7 for the State championship.

Ceniceros did it by perfecting a double-wing offense that was devastating for opponents but that was only a part of it. He did it in so many other ways as well. He did it by instilling pride, fight, and grit into a group of young men that were hungry for a championship. And Cencieros fed them the recipe for success. By the time the playoffs started the El Monte Lions were a team that believed they could not lose. And in 2019 they couldn’t.

Jesse Ceniceros is our Mid Valley Sports Coach of the Year.

19 Comments to "2019 Mid Valley Coach of the Year: Jesse Ceniceros – El Monte"

  1. Lion tide's Gravatar Lion tide
    January 10, 2020 - 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Transfers transfers transfers and not to mention he lives in paramount and the head coach takes him to school. No respect there at all. He is my coach of the year in recruiting that’s about it. Reyes, Montoya and Gallegos all transferred in. Who knows how many more. I also heard two coaches on the staff got fired any truth to that. My son told me there was some issues with players during g the playoffs

  2. facts's Gravatar facts
    January 7, 2020 - 3:06 pm | Permalink

    @lancerdad why would you even say anything Lancers haven’t done squat in year. no matter what division your in. it still needs to get done. being a lancer don’t mean DELETED nowadays

  3. just saying's Gravatar just saying
    January 7, 2020 - 3:02 pm | Permalink

    why wont all these haters just stop with the WHAT IF’s or WOULD OF’s. No matter what division, no matter what city, or no matter what players teams still got to come out and perform. Yea some teams had better talent then El Monte but El Monte just did everything perfect this year. its tiring to here people talk about oh our team this our team that dude give it a rest. Your teams just didn’t have it this year. El monte is losing a lot of talent from their defense so I’m sure El Monte wont duplicate this years success. So WHAT they did it this year let them enjoy it. ONLY sore losers complain.

  4. Lancerdad's Gravatar Lancerdad
    January 5, 2020 - 1:30 am | Permalink

    When 14/16 teams are D37 anyone can do it.

  5. NWO's Gravatar NWO
    January 3, 2020 - 11:28 am | Permalink

    Congratulations to EMHS, but if there are multiple so called “state champions”, shouldn’t they be called the regional champions?

  6. TRUTH's Gravatar TRUTH
    January 1, 2020 - 7:33 pm | Permalink

    16-0 almost 6,000 rushing yards! Yeah your right. LOL. What have the Dons done since the 70’s? Asking for a friend.

  7. Pico's Gravatar Pico
    January 1, 2020 - 12:03 pm | Permalink

    You must be joking, easiest offense to stop.

  8. Tapouts's Gravatar Tapouts
    December 30, 2019 - 10:59 pm | Permalink

    16-0! Would’ve ran all over your Dons. You guys would’ve been asking for a running clock! TRUTH….

  9. Lion's Gravatar Lion
    December 30, 2019 - 10:27 pm | Permalink

    I’m sure they would of done well in other higher divisions too and won it. It’s okay but if EM only played with 9 guys wouldn’t have happen.

  10. Truth's Gravatar Truth
    December 30, 2019 - 4:49 pm | Permalink

    Without the POY and also the team playing in D12 El Monte would be, well……El Monte.

  11. EM's Gravatar EM
    December 29, 2019 - 3:30 pm | Permalink

    That’s not what it is, it’s trying to throw jabs but yet 98% of our program are EM born and raised and one of our stars (Booth) didn’t play HS football till he got to EM. Nuno, Velasquez, Gonzalez, Ramirez, Ramirez, Herrera, Cueva, Michel, Fernandez all apart of that 1-9 freshmen team when this staff got here. All a huge part and all leaguers from this team.

  12. Mike V's Gravatar Mike V
    December 29, 2019 - 1:38 pm | Permalink

    You got that right!! Coach does more w less and gets every ounce of talent from his players. A 5’4 QB throwing for over 3000 yards and a D lineman weighing 170lbs causing havoc…both earning All Area Status.

  13. PR's Gravatar PR
    December 28, 2019 - 6:18 pm | Permalink

    I forgot El Monte invented football and played in such a tough Division without any players.

  14. LionAlum's Gravatar LionAlum
    December 26, 2019 - 10:16 pm | Permalink

    Didn’t get enough out of them. Won’t happen.

  15. RngSzn's Gravatar RngSzn
    December 26, 2019 - 9:41 pm | Permalink

    16-0 State Champs! When your guy does that, we’ll then consider it. If don’t even mention it!

  16. ERFan's Gravatar ERFan
    December 26, 2019 - 3:26 pm | Permalink

    I totally agree Jesse hands down. If you guys ever give a coach of the year that got the most out of his squad with limited talent and home grown boys I nominate our guy at ER. Again a well deserved congrats to Cineceros and his team.

  17. Knightwatch's Gravatar Knightwatch
    December 25, 2019 - 5:30 pm | Permalink

    You got this one right… let’s see how you do with the rest of your awards

  18. Lions's Gravatar Lions
    December 25, 2019 - 4:52 pm | Permalink

    Well deserved Coach C thank you for teaching our kids how to be young men and teaching them how to have the confidence to believe in themselves that they can do anything they set their minds to doing El Monte Administration thank you for hiring a real football coach not just someone to fill a position……

  19. Thank You's Gravatar Thank You
    December 25, 2019 - 4:03 pm | Permalink

    What a tremendous contrast this story is to the sad drama being played-out in Washington. I am grateful that people such as coach Cineceros, his players, and the administration that hired him are still out there, making us proud to be Americans.

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