It’s been quite a week for the Ontario High School football team. Coach Ron Stocking stepped down on Saturday a day after his team won its Mt. Baldy opener against Garey.
Athletic director Ryan Alvarez stepped in to try and pick up where Stocking, who got a more financially stable job not in the education field, had left off.
Alvarez admitted Monday was a little hectic but things started settling down on Tuesday. He said his players were adapting as well as can be expected.
“They are doing better than what most adults in the same situation,” he said. “I have been very proud of the way they have carried on. It says a lot about the type of kids they are.”
Alvarez said he won’t change anything when it comes to strategy or game plan and he’ll rely heavily on offensive coordinator Bo Hust and defensive coordinator James Hutch who had worked with Stocking.
“They’re both great young coaches. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it,” he said.
Unfortunately the change comes right before what may be the toughest game of the season – against defending Mt. Baldy champion Chino.
And the Jaguars will be without quarterback Edgar Murillo who is still nursing a knee injury. Sophomore Cameron Poe will fill in.
No doubt the team’s tenacity is being tested.
The summer of change at Eisenhower High School has continued, with the naming of a new athletic director, football coach and baseball coach.
Gilbert Pulido, who has been at the school coaching baseball for the last eight years, takes over as athletic director. He takes over for Steve Johnson, who was asked not to return as A.D. Johnson was shot in a park in San Bernardino in January and had already stepped down as boys basketball coach.
Pulido has been the head baseball coach at the last five years, going 3-22 last year in the rugged Citrus Belt League.
Decorated coach Steve Johnson will not return as Eisenhower High School’s athletic director or boys basketball coach this coming school year, according to Rialto Unified School District director of communications Syeda Jafri.
The two-time Daily Bulletin Coach of the Year returned to his athletic director position briefly after recovering from gunshot wounds suffered Jan. 21 at an inner-city park in San Bernardino.
The 47-year-old Johnson was not asked to return as athletic director by newly appointed Eisenhower principal Scott Sparks. Johnson chose not to return as boys basketball coach for a program he turned into one of the area’s best over the last 19 years.
“Both the new Rialto and Eisenhower principals opened the athletic directors’ positions up going toward a different direction,” Jafri said. “Mr. Johnson chose not to return to coach basketball for next school year. The district has not opened the position yet.”