Etiwanda football coach resigns following first season at the school

Etiwanda coach Tommy Leach resigned Nov. 12 after one season as head football coach, according to Etiwanda athletic director David Masucci. The Eagles went 4-6 and finished fourth in the Baseline League in their lone season under Leach, who took over after Steve Bryce resigned following a seven-year tenure.

The former Temecula Chaparral and Diamond Ranch coach was making a 110-mile commute round trip from his teaching job at Chaparral, where he was the head coach from 2006-2010.

“I think he thought it was going to be easier than it was to make the drive back and forth,” Masucci said. “And he’s the type of coach that, if he’s not able to give everything, he won’t do it. He said he felt like he was always behind, always chasing.”

Leach was the head coach at Diamond Ranch in 2004 and 2005 before taking over at Chaparral, where he won a CIF-SS Inland Division championship in 2009. Etiwanda will soon begin to accept applications for the position both inside and outside the Chaffey Joint Union School District.