Why achieve this many highschool soccer coaches go away? – San Gabriel Valley Tribune

When a high school football season ends, most teams and coaches begin off-season strength training programs and schedule numerous 7-on-7 tournaments. However, fall football became spring football due to the coronavirus pandemic, and now the calendars are in chaos to some extent.

But there’s an even bigger problem with brewing, and that has to do with all of the coaching vacancies just months before the fall season starts in August, and also with the loss of long-time coaches who decide to leave their careers.

One of the first dominoes to fall was Gladstone’s soccer coach Ted Clarke, who resigned during the spring season, citing health concerns as the reason for his resignation. Shortly afterwards, Azusa High’s football coach and sports director Darren Spence announced that he would be leaving school at the end of the season.

San Marino’s coach Justin Mesa is leaving to take up a position in the football department at Washington State University, and Temple City’s Riley Saxon informed school officials that he is also stepping down.

And there is more.

Santa Fe manager Dave Pierson ruled he would not be returning to the manager in the fall, and Sierra Vista manager Sergio Villasenor recently stepped down from his retirement. Both follow Pioneer and La Canada, who also have vacancies as head coaches. La Canada decided to part ways with Jacon Sarceda and opened three soccer coaches in the Rio Hondo League.

In just over a month, eight soccer programs in the area were looking for coaches to run their programs.

And don’t forget Saint Francis, who is expected to name his next football coach next week.

The question is why are we seeing so many coaching openings at a rate that we haven’t seen in the past few years. And why do so many choose to remain teachers but give up their coaching jobs?

“The simple answer is that many coaches have chosen to get on with their lives,” said Jim Singiser, Arroyo High School sports director, who stepped down as a football coach in 2019 but will continue to be the program’s defensive coordinator. “COVID had a lot to do with it. Many of the boys spent time with their wives and children, enjoying their time, and making lifestyle choices. “

The demands placed on high school football coaches are greater today than ever before. In the past seasons, the coaches were able to take a break and revitalize themselves for the coming season.

Singiser has another thought on why coaches are leaving too.

“For many of these issues, one can point to the end of the association rule,” Singiser said of the old CIF rule that teams stopped doing organized drills in the off-season until the end of the spring sports season, which was eliminated in 2008, “for the number of the hours a coach spends these days, it costs you a lot as a coach. “

Many young trainers also see no financial incentives to start coaching. With scholarships averaging between $ 3,500 and $ 4,000 for a season of no full-time employment, it is becoming increasingly difficult to convince a coach to oversee a program.

“Honestly, I don’t know how anyone can walk-on a program these days,” said former Nogales football coach Richard Salazar, who is now a fullerton High School coach. “I seriously don’t know that I would take the job without a related (HR) position. These schools need to understand that if you want to have a successful program, it is a (long-term) investment.

“I can tell you that everyone is exhausted,” said Salazar. “When I speak to these resigned coaches, they all tell me that it is very important to spend time with their families. It is a changing of the guard in our profession. “


Schools in the El Monte Union school district are getting a much-needed upgrade thanks to a loan move recently passed by voters. All high schools in the school district are getting new soccer fields as well as baseball and softball field renovations.

Rosemead High School was designated the first school and work is underway. Most school teams will use Arroyo High School as their home stadium for the 2021-22 season. Arroyo and Mountain View will begin in 2022, with El Monte and South El Monte slated for 2023.


Two of the most fun guards to see this season are in the Valle Vista League.

Covina’s Maya Rush, who will play college basketball on-site at Cal State Long Beach, averages 30 points and 10 rebounds for the Lady Colts who lead the Valle Vista.

As for Charter Oak’s 6-foot-4-inch Andrew Bongo, the senior averages 23 points and eight rebounds, and the Chargers are battling for a championship title.

“His numbers would be higher, but we’ve had a couple of outages where he just passed the ball,” said Al Cuevas, Charter Oak coach. “He is very selfless. That’s one of the main reasons I prayed for a season. I knew he was going to have a monster year. “


It was a big day on Tuesday as La Canada’s girls’ athletics team won their first championship in the Rio Hondo League in over 30 years with a dramatic 65-61 win over South Pasadena.

It all came down to the finals, the 400-meter relay, when the La Canada relay team, which included Arielle McKenzie, Artis Phillips, and sisters Katelyn and Ellaney Matarese, won the race in four minutes and 11.37 seconds.

“Lots of girls told me they really had problems with home schooling and lockdown,” La Canada coach Chris Matarese wrote in an email on What They Looked For The Most And What Keeped Them Going When they had a hard time being alone. “

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