Chino chooses football coach familiar with the program

Chino High School didn’t have to look far for its new head football coach. Matt McCain, who will retain his athletic director position at Chino, will be the fourth head coach of the Cowboys in the last six years, pending board approval that can come no earlier than Feb. 18.

The Chino graduate will replace the departed Greg Setlich, who went 2-18 in his two seasons at the helm following a two-year stint by Manny Saiz that netted seven wins.

“We’ve been through some challenging times recently, but there’s a rich history,” McCain said. “I think we can get it back on track. I think a lot of our kids at Chino. Chino High School is a great place to work and coach. Expectations are high.”

McCain has been a large part of that rich history, playing for and coaching under John Monger during the legendary coach’s 19-year tenure at the school.

McCain was an assistant coach from 1995 until Monger resigned in 2005, the Cowboys’ last playoff appearance. Chino’s postseason prospects may be higher in 2010, when it jumps from the Sierra League to the Mt. Baldy League.

“I think going into the new league will help the program tremendously,” Monger said. “Matt is a people person and a positive person. I think he’s going to do a great job.”

McCain left Chino for one season, accepting the head coaching job at Anaheim Canyon High School in 1999. After making the playoffs in his lone season at Canyon, three teacher strikes at the school persuaded McCain to return to Chino in 2000.

When Monger retired in 2005, McCain was named Chino’s head coach before accepting the athletic director position weeks later.

“It wasn’t impossible to do both,” McCain said, “but I was a new AD, and I didn’t feel comfortable doing both jobs.”

With his sons now 9 and 7 years old, McCain said his family is in a better position for him to tackle both athletic director and head football coaching duties.

After graduating Chino in 1990 following a career as a linebacker and quarterback, McCain played at Fullerton Junior College for two seasons before earning a scholarship to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He joined Monger’s coaching staff at Chino in 1995 as the linebackers coach.

After returning from Canyon in 2000, McCain served as the offensive coordinator for the next five seasons until Monger resigned. McCain helped hire Saiz, who remains a physical-education teacher at Chino and will join McCain’s football coaching staff next season.

  • Cowboy Fan

    Every 2 years Chino gets a new staff. Hopefully McCain will utilize his relationship with Monger to get him back to help with the team. The sophomores and freshman players at Chino have talent and should compete in the new league the next 2 years. Now we need a new weight room and locker room.

  • Anonymous

    JOKE

  • Amnot A Champion Since 1995

    LA PUENTE – Bishop Amat High School football coach Steve Hagerty said it’s not a crisis, but he is concerned that the Lancers are eight months away from starting the 2010 season and they still have four nonleague games to fill on their schedule.

    “We have been trying to fill games for a while,” Hagerty said.

    CIF-Southern Section officials are re-aligning the football divisions in April. The Serra League is could be dropped to the Western Division (Division 3).

    “I don’t know if we can win at that (Pac-5) level, or when we can get to the top again, but we want to keep trying. And just because we don’t win, it doesn’t mean we don’t belong there because every year is an exciting adventure to see where we end up.”

    Today, they announced that they will be playing the powerhouse that is Garfield High School of East L.A.!!!

    Sound Confident to you?????????????

  • Cowboy Fan

    Amnot a Champion since 1995 WTF, this article is about Chino! You must be lost!

  • I.E.Fan

    Thank You coach Setlich for filling in while McCain got his family in a better position to handle both jobs.

  • Anonymous

    It is always interesting when schools let a coach go… give no reason… and AD takes over.When did winning come first and making sure high schools students are prepared to survive in the real world was last… Its hard to watch coaches with character being replaced and the win a at all cost attitude has slowly taken over… this is a real social issue. Most coaches are forced to win with players that are not as good as others,some coaches still follow the rules… Fowler should write a story on the good guys… the ones who teach life through hs football. Wouldn’t that be a noble idea. Good luck to all the good guys out there.

  • Cowboy fan

    Coach Setlich was aksed to take over a program that was at its lowest. All involved with the program knew that this senior class was without the talent to compete in the sierra league. Coach Setlich is a good organizer but he did not have enough help with the x” and o’s. The staff is as important or more so. Without the coaching at all levels and the assitants at the varsity level, it is hard to be successful.

  • CHINO VALLEY FOOTBALL FAN

    I WILL GIVE YOU THAT SETLICH WAS A GOOD ORGANIZER, GETTING THINGS PREPARED FOR THE SEASON, FUNDRAISING, MERCHINDISING BUT HE LACKED TWO GOOD QUALITIES A HEAD COACH SHOULD HAVE. THE ABILITY TO GET THE KIDS TO BUY INTO HIS SYSTEM AND TWO THE ABILITY TO NOT TAKE THINGS PERSONALLY. IF A KID DECIDES TO QUIT DONT THROW HIM TO THE DOGS. FIND OUT WHY HE QUIT MAYBE YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. THAT IS WHY MOST COACHES GET INTO TO COACHING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. WINNING IS IMPORTANT BUT COACHES ARE BUILDING BOYS INTO MEN. HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL IS 4 SHORT YEARS AND LETS FACE IT MOST PLAYERS WILL NOT MOVE ON TO COLLEGE. AS FOR THE BOYS AT CHINO THEY ARE BETTER THAN 2-18. MAYBE WITH A BETTER SYSTEM THEY COULD HAVE BEEN 500. THAT WOULD BE BETTER THAN SETLICH’S OVERALL COACHING RECORD.

  • BETTER SYSTEM – all Caps Whew!

    You have completely missed the point. I know coach very well and have coached with him in the past though not at Chino. He has more character in his pinky than Matt McCain will ever have. He doesn’t like quitters. Big Deal. Most people don’t. If that is his worst quality than most winners can live with that. Some people can’t stomach quitting so much that they don’t even want to begin entertaining discussions about it or imploring kids to come back out. Thewy want them gone – period. You sound like a disgruntled parent. Typical of today. More wrapped up in feelings and understanding than obligations and commitment. Lou Holtz had a great quote for people like you. ” 30 years ago we used to talk about obligations and responsibilities. Today all we talk about is rights and privilieges.” Worrying about how he treated quitters smacksd me right in the face of that quote. Next point – If the overall record of your team is more important than having someone with character associated with them than good luck to you.
    Oh and tell McCain to quit trashing the teams in the Mt. Baldy. It will not be the cake walk he thinks it is. However, we all know that is the real reason he became the head coach, because he thinks he will have an easy time.

  • CHINO VALLEY FOOTBALL FAN

    This is in reply to BETTER SYSTEMS repsonse. First off I am not a bitter parent matter of fact I dont even have a child in the Chino Valley School District. As far as your comment about him hating quitters and most winners dont like quitters. I will agree with you on that most winners dont,but Setlich was not a winner he had a overall losing record as a Head Coach. As for character if you think someone that uses you for what he needs and when you cant do anything for him anymore he can careless about you than I guess Setlich is your guy. The fact is the boys over at Chino were not a 2-18 program and yes commitment is important,but isn’t a Head Coaches job to encourage kids to come out and not give up on them? If what your doing doesnt work than tweek it and find something that does. And average 25 points against and 7 points for means something isn’t working so tweek it. Maybe that was the problem Setlich didn’t know how to change things mid season. Which is something all good coaches can do. I know, I never have had a problem in my 20+ years coaching football tweeking things to get wins. As for the Mt. Baldy league I am sure McCain does feel good about his chances to compete seeing as only one team in that league has been a CIF mainstay. So good luck to the Cowboys hope the change is for the positive. As for Setlich hopefully he catches on somewhere he can be an assitant and just get back to coaching and not have all the heat on him cause obviously he could not be successful when the chips are down. Good luck to McCain and the Cowboys and Setlich where ever he may land.

  • Cowboy Fan

    Wow, there is alot of negative stuff in here. Lets face it, people love a winner and despise a loser. And coaching is not easy. McCain has a tough road ahead of him. He has no where to go but up after an 0-10 season. And don’t put all of the responsibility for players quiting on the coach. I know for a fact that there were some kids that bailed on the team and did not care. They were there for themselves and not the team. And by the way, since when is it appropriate to beg kids to come back. Doesn’t that put to much power in the hands of 16 and 17 year old kids. I know that coach Setlich wanted the program to succeed. He cares about the kids he really does. Many parents think they know better. They are the same parents that transfer their kid from school to school demanding playing time, or send their child to the new popular school. Coach knew that he had some tough decisions to make about the seniors and the future of the program. Coach was trying to build a PROGRAM that has been struggling for an identity since the 2006 season. Coach Setlich made a difference at Don Lugo. Lugo never made the playoffs until he came there. As far as Chino Valley Football, if you are such a good coach then why don’t you come over to Chino and help us improve the program and help us teach these kids to be men!! That is the challenge! But you are probably at Chino Hills or Ayala or Colony! Or maybe at the brand new Roosevelt High. Am I right?

  • Anonymous

    Chino High at the current time has NO Talent. Evident when they play the Baseline League. Easy,Easy win. Kids quit when they realize they are wasting thier time. No one likes to lose. Niether Coach Setlich nor Coach Monger could win with that group of kids. Period.

  • anonymous

    There are alot of scenarios involved when a team loses alot of games such as chino this past season. Talent pool, admin,district, and coaching. Within these areas, there are many responsibilities. With all the new high schools opening, new boundaries are set and talent is affected. Some schools get alot of support from admin and some do not. Some districts believe athletics and academics go hand in hand and some do not. Some districts have better facilities than others. Some coaches are great motivators, some are great orgnaizers, some are good at it all and some aren’t very good. Most coaches work hard and try thier best. With the economy going the way that it is, Head coaches are going to lose on campus help and programs will suffer. The bottom line is when a team wins, everyone is happy. It is when a team is losing that you see true colors. It is how people react during adversity that you really see true character. when teams lose, kids quit. When teams win kids hang around. Setlich didn’t quit he got let go. Those kids learned to quit from their parents. That is not Setlich. He proved himself at Lugo. I doubt there was anyone who hated losing more than him. He deserved the chance to redeem.

  • blue pride

    Wow….Some of your comments about coach setlich only proves that you do not know him at all. I wish everyone the best of luck next year.Lugo and El Rancho allowed him to do his thing and the programs prospered.

  • Chino High Student-Chino Boi

    Wow…it is easy to say we don’t have any talent when all the chino cowboys talent leave to other schools like the sellouts they are. It is easy to just go with the best school at the time. It is harder to try at tough time at your own school. Where did all the respect go for your own city and school? Coach Setlich is great coach this city loves and adores him. That is why chino will always be the school with the most pride, not cowards that run away to the hills.

  • http://www.insidesocal.com steve

    I too have known Monger, Setlich, and McCain, and all are quality coaches. Each has a different style, but both McCain and Setlich learned a lot from John M. Chino has talent, it just needs to be brought out. McCain can do that, Chino will be successful in the future.