Ontario High School is the first school to change football coaches this season as Ron Stocking has resigned. Stocking, 30, got a job offer in another sector that was too good to pass up.
The team was told on Saturday. Stocking said the players were understanding and supportive of his decision which made it that much more difficult.
Athletic director Ryan Alvarez, who has coached in the lower levels of the program the last several years, will serve as interim coach the remainder of the season. He says he’ll rely heavily on his offensive and defensive coordinators.
Stocking was not on staff at the school, something pretty much unheard of for a head football coach at any school nowadays. He said he was hoping a teaching position would open up but that never happened. One really can’t blame him if a job came up that made for better financial stability for his family.
The Jaguars were 5-15 in his two previous years and were 1-4 this season, that win coming Friday when they opened Mt. Baldy League play with a win over Garey.
Being new to the prep beat I have had limited dealings with Stocking but he seemed like a good guy who genuinely cared about his players. I wrote a feature on one the Jaguar players earlier this month, senior Christian Beltran. Beltran spoke very highly of Stocking and his entire coaching staff so I can go on that.
Next up for Ontario is a showdown with defending league champion Chino this Friday.