Former Pomona High School football coach John Brown’s statement that the Pomona administration contacted other coaches about replacing him as early as the middle of his first and only season as the head coach was not substantiated by those he said were contacted.
Brown said Colony head football coach Anthony Rice was offered his job after the season and Diamond Ranch coach Roddy Layton was contacted about his job in the middle of the season. When reached Friday, both Rice and Layton said they weren’t contacted about or offered the head football coaching job by Pomona High School.
Both Layton and Rice, who graduated from Pomona Unified School District’s Ganesha High and Garey High, respectively, acknowledged knowing many in and around Pomona’s football program. Layton was an assistant coach on the 1996 Pomona staff with Brown.
“I never got a phone call from anybody at Pomona and I’ve never been offered a job at Pomona,” Layton said. “I’m sure if my name pops up – I’m a product of Pomona Unified, I coached there for a year and I’d like to think I’ve had some success recently – it’s because my name pops up in a lot of places.”