BREAKING NEWS: Monrovia fires Raphael Camacho

Monrovia athletic director Randy Bell confirmed the school has fired girls basketball coach Raphael Camacho. “There was some small issues but mainly it was some personality issues,” Bell said when reached by telephone. “(It was) just not a good match. The guy can coach but after a couple years it was evident it wasn’t working. Secondly, there was some program management issues on his part; just the development of the program.” Camacho was informed of the school’s decision the week leading up to spring break. “He was surprised but certainly handled himself really well. He understood where we were coming from and was very respectful, and I anticipated that from him. But, yes, it surprised him.” Camacho led the Wildcats to the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section playoffs in his first season and most recently led Monrovia to a Rio Hondo League championship and a semifinal run in the playoffs before losing to eventual CIF-SS and CIF State champion Foothill. Monrovia loses four talented seniors in Jasmine Gordon, Maryum Jenkins, Vanessa Hernandez and Ashley Quionez. The Wildcats return talented freshman Gina Henderson who dropped 38 points against Foothill.