Lemus Lands at Glendale

By Tim Peterson

(Glendale)- Former Chaminade defensive coordinator Manny Lemus has been named the new head football coach at Glendale he confirmed Thursday.

Lemus takes over for Jacob Ochoa who resigned after last season. The Nitros went 1-8 last season with their only victory coming on the last game of the season against rival Hoover.

Lemus was also the DC at Burbank before going to Chaminade. This is his first head coach position.

12 Comments to "Lemus Lands at Glendale"

  1. A step forward's Gravatar A step forward
    August 14, 2023 - 9:32 am | Permalink

    Everyone praised Ochoa for coming to glendale , now that a DC from Chaminade enters for a challenge there’s so many people that want to see him fail however we all know Ochoa failed tremendously, horrible match ups , bad coaching , he was a DC who wanted to be an OC with no prior knowledge of an offense , let’s hope Lemus doesn’t fall into that same situation as glendale desperately needs some improvements , winnning against ur cross town rival who seems to always get more wins than you is not a good thing , your cross town rival plays against bums and you win them that is all your season is worth , it’s been like this for the past 7 years nothing has changed and something has to change immediately

  2. Worst of Luck's Gravatar Worst of Luck
    July 8, 2023 - 7:11 pm | Permalink

    I’ll be honest: it seems self-evident that a new stadium is guaranteed to attract new talent and new fans. But, since I AM being honest, I have to admit that the new stadiums at Pioneer and Cal have not done this. With new stadiums in place for several years now, those teams have actually gotten worse!
    What is the most critical factor in the success of a high school football program? The coach. There are two huge ingredients of good coaching: selling your program to prospective players and then, once they’re onboard, coaching them properly.
    The reason football is bad at Pioneer, Santa Fe and Cal is that the respective coaches are bad on both of the above counts. The coaching at ER is good on only one of the counts, which has resulted in a stagnation of results. No amount of construction or fancy colors will change this, so it’s proper to stop dreaming otherwise.

  3. Footballfan's Gravatar Footballfan
    July 8, 2023 - 4:08 pm | Permalink

    I was just going to say that! Isn’t Chaminade field blue?

  4. Purple Fan's Gravatar Purple Fan
    July 8, 2023 - 2:43 pm | Permalink

    Manuel Lemus Great Person and a Great Coach. Former player for The Cathedral Phantoms.

  5. Luis (from Canada)'s Gravatar Luis (from Canada)
    July 8, 2023 - 4:26 am | Permalink

    Congratulations to Manuel Lemus.
    He will sure bring his experience to the club and turn things around with his dedication and passion for the sport.
    He has a good background and with his experience he will show it.
    …. Go nitros!!! Go! Many.go! Glendale!

  6. Coach's Gravatar Coach
    July 8, 2023 - 2:47 am | Permalink

    Your form of satire is not very funny, it’s truly ignorant. If your point is to try to clown a program such as El Rancho it shows just how little you know about anything. In an era where coaches no longer coach and do everything in their power to cater to 15 year old kids by sliding into dms, making promise after promise, telling parents what they want to hear, you have a program like El Rancho that does none of that. The ER staff simply coaches up any kid who shows up to practice and consistently wins.

    In 6.5 seasons as the Head Coach at El Rancho High school Adrian Medrano has had the following records.

    2016 5-7 3rd Place, CIF Quarterfinals lost to CIF Champion Cerritos Valley Christian
    2017 3-7
    2018 9-4 2nd Place, CIF Semi Finals lost to CIF Champion Eisenhower
    2019 9-3 2nd Place, CIF Quartefinals
    2020 (covid) 2-3
    2021 9-2 2nd Place, CIF 1st round
    2022 6-5 2nd Place, CIF 1st round

    During this stint 15 of his players have been named All-CIF, including a 5’3 QB who threw for 3000+ yards in 2019.

    If ER has been able to accomplish this playing on a weed infested field from the 60’s with mainly kids from the neighborhood then we should be eager to see what they can accomplish playing in state of the art facilities with some kids who are a bit more talented.

    For some programs a new field might give them a few wins, for others it might just give them that final push.

  7. FBFan's Gravatar FBFan
    July 7, 2023 - 10:14 pm | Permalink


    I think Best of Luck is referring the the blue field at Chaminade HS since Coach Lemus is from Chaminade. Slow your role a bit and don’t let this thread get hi-jacked liked so many others do.

  8. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    July 7, 2023 - 9:47 pm | Permalink

    Both glendale and hoover are disqualified from playoffs before season starts per CiF and league decisions. They can go 10-0 and it will not matter. This has been the case for 3 seasons. Probably only 2 teams in the country with this situation.

  9. ER Watcher's Gravatar ER Watcher
    July 7, 2023 - 7:59 pm | Permalink

    Best of luck sounds like a jealous LS fan with no home field and ugly colors.

  10. Best of Luck's Gravatar Best of Luck
    July 7, 2023 - 6:56 pm | Permalink

    Coaching at Glendale is a tall challenge. Perhaps if Lemus can join the most forward-thinking leaders and get a blue field installed at his new place, the team will skyrocket.

  11. Detached Observer's Gravatar Detached Observer
    July 7, 2023 - 6:47 pm | Permalink

    It is really hard to get your first head coaching job !!!!
    Still , I’m a little surprised by this one
    DC at Chaminade far surpasses HC at Glendale on prestige scale
    Maybe some hope for D14 playoff success since they are out of Pacific League , but they were atrocious last year with little time to remedy!

  12. Sid's Gravatar Sid
    July 7, 2023 - 2:53 pm | Permalink

    The best move that could ever happen best coach ever goes above and beyond for the kiddos and truly is the definition of the perfect coach

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