Shane Hile has been named football coach at Claremont. He replaces Jose “Coco” Jarin who was fired after directing the program the last two years.
It will be the first head coaching job for Hile, a 1989 graduate of Garey High School.
He is no stranger to the school, having been employed there as a special education teacher since 2010.
“I have been at this school nine years, seven as a teacher,” he said. “This is my school and my community so when the job opened up I was excited about the opportunity.”
Hile, 45, was also on the football staff at Claremont from 2009 to 2013 under Jarin’s predecessor Mike Collins who had headed the program for more then two decades. The last year of that term was spent as defensive coordinator.
More recently he spent two years at Upland where he coached the defensive line, Last year Upland played Claremont so Hile saw the Wolfpack first hand. It was also an odd dynamic.
“It was definitely a bit strange having kids I really cared about on both sidelines,” he said.
Hile singles out time he spent learning from other veteran coaches as good preparation, Besides Collins and Tim Salter at Upland he was at Damien from 2002 to 2008 where he worked with John and Tom Carroll, as well as Scott Morrison, now at Corona Santiago.
The first task will be to assemble a coaching staff and Hile said he is open to all options, including coaches who wee on Jain’s staff.
As far as offensive and defensive philosophies, Hile said he isn’t set on one. He will assess his personnel before deciding what schemes to run.
“The most important thing we’re going to do is stick with the philosophy of this school. We want good students and good character people in this program both as players and coaches.”
Hile will look to improve on a 3-7 finish of last year that included a 1-4 in Palomares League play.
He will also have to do that without the team’s top player as junior linebacker Solomon Tuliaupupu transferred to Mater Dei last month.