Add another school to the list of those that will have a new coach come the fall and this is one is surprising because it comes from a school that had a successful 2015.
Diamond Ranch has parted ways with Jimmy Welker who had been in that position for only a year.
Athletic Director Lisa Cheney confirmed the departure and Welker also said he would not be returning but both were tight-lipped as to other details.
“We didn’t expect to be looking this soon either,” Cheney said.
There has been considerable turnover this year but the majority of the vacancies have been filled.
The Panthers went 7-4 last year, going 7-3 in the regular season and losing a first-round Central Division playoff game to eventual CIF champion San Marino 35-21.
Diamond Ranch finished second in the Hacienda League behind Charter Oak at 3-2 and registered a win over Los Altos the last game of the regular season to secure the playoff berth.
Welker’s successor will the school’s fourth coach in as many years. Roddy Layton was the head coach for eight years, the last coming in 2013.
He was succeeded by one of his assistants Mario Gomez but Gomez was let go after a 6-4 season in 2014.
Welker came to the Inland Valley after serving as defensive line coach at Redondo for two years. He started his coaching career at University Lab High School in Baton Rouge (La.), as the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2008.
He also has previously served as outside linebacker coach and junior varsity defensive coordinator at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame High School as well as wide receiver coach for the United States Coast Guard Academy.
Welker was a four-sport athlete at Notre Dame, excelling in football, basketball, baseball and track and went on to play quarterback at Louisiana State..