Aaron Flores’ tenure at Rancho Cucamonga High School was a short one. He resigned after two years heading the varsity volleyball team to take a lead assistant and recruiting coordinator at Division I UC Irvine.
Flores, 29, directed the Cougars to a 24-7 showing, highlighted by a perfect record in the tough Baseline League. The Cougars advanced to he CIF quarterfinal before falling to South Torrance, He was the Inland Valley Coach of the Year.
The move wasn’t necessarily a surprise. Flores said he was up front with the administration when he was hired about his desire to return to the college level but was surprised a position opened up this soon.
Flores did serve as an assistant at UC Irvine the two years before he took the Rancho job. A string of coaching changes led to a vacancy there with Jamie Morrison, who had been in that position, taking a job with the Olympic team.
The UC Irvine program is headed by three-time Olympian Paula Weishoff.
Flores will stay on as an administrator with the Club West program but is giving up his coaching duties there.
A decision on his successor hasn’t yet been made but former Redlands East Valley Coach Eli Cuenca is meeting with school officials today.
The cupboard won’t be empty for who ever does take over. The Cougars still have the reigning Player of the Year in Kyle Miller, who will be a junior.