By Tim Peterson
(El Monte) – Victor Romero has resigned as the head football coach at El Monte after one season he confirmed Friday.
“El Monte was a great experience. I loved coaching there. It’s just not something I can do full time,” Romero said. “I want to do things in ministry and spend more time with family. I want to visit my father in Arizona whenever I can. But I’m leaving with a good taste in my mouth. Coaching at El Monte was a great opportunity. I feel blessed.”
Romero took over for Jesse Ceniceros who stepped down after the 2019 season in which he led the Lions to a CIF and a State championship.
After the entire 2020 season was postponed due to COVID-19, El Monte, along with the entire Mission Valley League, didn’t play in the Spring season in 2021 and Romero didn’t step in as head coach until July. Despite having just a few weeks to get ready Romero guided El Monte to a 3-2 record in the MVL (4-6 overall), and a trip to the CIF Division 14 playoffs where the Lions lost to Pomona 40-16 in the first round.
“I’m still on campus and will be coaching the kids until June or until the new coach comes in,” Romero said. “I’ll do whatever I can to help out.”