The nature of Kevin Price’s ascension to head football coach at Los Osos High School, the position to which he was named on Tuesday, doesn’t exactly inspire change. He has been a member of the coaching staff since the school’s inception in 2002 and the defensive coordinator for the last eight seasons under Tom Martinez, the only head coach the school had ever known.
But Price made clear the bus doesn’t just have a new driver, it’s going in a different direction.
“When we started the program, there were a lot of different rules in place,” he said. “My perspective is different, not necessarily better, but different on things like how much time we will put in now. We’ve had success here in the past but have we had as much success as we wanted? No.”
Kevin Price, the Los Osos defensive coordinator for the last eight years, has been hired as the school’s next head football coach, according to former head coach and current athletic director Tom Martinez. Price, a teacher at Los Osos, has coached for the Grizzlies in some capacity the last 12 years and spent the previous six years coaching at Rancho Cucamonga.
Martinez, the head coach at Los Osos since the school’s inception in 2002, stepped down from his head coaching position in January due to the demands of both jobs, according to Los Osos principal Susan Petrocelli.
Webb went beyond simply bucking the trend that one percent of high school students earn athletic scholarships. The private school in Claremont with an enrollment of less than 400 had five athletes sign, but three of them with Pac-12 schools.
Shortstop Aaron DiGimarino, who hit .493 with 41 RBIs last season, signed with USC. Webb is sending another athlete to USC, which also signed soccer player Ashlynn Ramos. Another girls soccer player from Webb, Carly Olszewski, signed with a Stanford team currently ranked No. 3 in the country.
Jack Austin, Chino Hills, WR – Cal
Delvin Batiste, Upland, DB – Northern Arizona (FCS)
Victor Bolden, Los Osos, WR – Oregon State
Jerrion Burton, Eisenhower, LB – New Mexico State
Kenny Clark, Carter, DL – UCLA
Tahaan Goodman, Rancho Cucamonga, S – UCLA
Samajie Grant, Colony, RB – Arizona
The two-time defending champions in a Baseline League that produces the best football in the Inland Valley will graduate four to the college ranks on Feb. 6, National Signing Day. Upland High School’s class of 2013 also includes four soccer players and one baseball player, forming one of the largest groups of any one school in the area to receive athletic scholarships this year.
Nate Romine, QB – Air Force
James Johnson Jr., DB – Arizona State
Joe Mathis, DE – Washington
Delvin Batiste, DB – Undecided
An eventful week at Miller High School ended with conclusion of its three-month search for a new head football coach. The replacement for Marcus Soward will be a 26-year-old first-time head coach from Clovis High School. Justin Nast, a Washington D.C. native, was impressive in his interview, as detailed in this story, but also did some interviewing of his own by getting in tough with former Miller coach Jeff Steinberg.
After interviewing football coaches for weeks, Miller athletic director John Romagnoli conducted an interview of a different nature Tuesday when he visited Eisenhower basketball coach Steve Johnson in the hospital. It was “a surreal day,” as described by Romagnoli, who is also the Miller basketball coach and has competed with Johnson for years in the Citrus Belt League.
The Miller girls basketball program was also highlighted this week, in a feature story on senior Rachel McCoy, who hadn’t played organized sports before high school. She is now a Division-I scholarship basketball player and a state champion in track despite only having competed for two seasons.
Damien High School’s search for a head football coach is over after it hired Mark Paredes, who spent the last three seasons as the head coach at Riverside North. Paredes replaces Greg Gano, who resigned in December after four seasons at Damien, where he posted a 20-22 overall record with two playoff appearances.
The last three years have been Paredes’ second stint at North after he coached there from 1994-2001, during which he won two CIF championships. Last season was a bit disappointing for North, which was expected to be a dangerous playoff team its first season in the Central Division. But the Huskies finished 6-5 after a first-round loss to eventual CIF champion, Kaiser. After a 2-8 season in 2010, Paredes led North to a 10-2 record in a 2011 season that also ended with a loss to an eventual CIF champ as Vista Murrieta dispatched the Huskies in the quarterfinals of the much tougher Inland Division.
The move back to the Catholic School system fulfills Paredes’ desire to return home to his coaching roots in the Catholic High School environment, according to a press release from Damien. Paredes will also serve as a history teacher.
Tahaan Goodman ended the suspense earlier than expected when the Rancho Cucamonga safety verbally committed to UCLA Wednesday. Goodman, who had more than 40 scholarship offers, was still considering nine schools as of last week and trying to squeeze in as many visits as possible before Feb. 6, National Signing Day.
He didn’t take a scheduled official visit to LSU last weekend when his travel materials weren’t delivered on time, opting instead to visit UCLA. Had he made the visit to LSU, Goodman imagines things could have gone differently.
“I think I wouldn’t have committed yet,” Goodman said. “I think I would have more to think about.”