BREAKING NEWS: San Gabriel girls basketball coaches fired after a freshman coach allegedly plays in game

San Gabriel High School principal Jim Schofield confirmed Monday that varsity girls basketball coach Manny Flores, junior varsity girls basketball coach Mark Ho and freshman girls basketball coach Jannie Han were fired early last month after Han allegedly suited up and played in a JV game.

Schofield would not discuss the details, citing privacy issues. Han is a 2007 Alhambra High graduate who is attending Cal Poly Pomona.

“One of the things that high schools struggle with is ethics and integrity and making sure the kids follow academic honesty,” Schofield said. “If something like that was to happen in a program it would be sending out the exact opposite message; that we don’t have to work ethically or show integrity in what we do.”

According to multiple sources at San Gabriel High School, Han played during a nonleague JV road game Dec. 9 against El Monte and attempts to cover it up led to the firings.

Han did not respond to repeated e-mail requests seeking explanation, nor was she available for questions at her home in Alhambra.

Flores, who along with Ho coached two and a half seasons at San Gabriel, did not return repeated messages left on his cell phone.

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As recently as Dec. 18, San Gabriel canceled a junior varsity contest against South Pasadena because of a “lack of coaches,” according to South Pasadena athletic director Ralph Punaro.

Schofield said concerns about the girls basketball program were brought to his attention through e-mail messages sent the weekend of Dec. 12. He fired the staff on Dec. 15th and the interim staff — made up of coaches at the school who volunteered — was implemented Dec. 18.

San Gabriel football coach Keith Jones volunteered to head the varsity position on an interim basis following the firing of Flores, but has since been replaced by the recently-hired Jennifer White, a walk-on coach who also is the softball coach at Keppel.

Jones and assistant football coach Jude Oliva will coach the junior varsity. Chris Kwan, the freshman boys basketball coach and varsity boys volleyball coach, has volunteered to coach the freshman girls while the new freshman coach awaits finger print clearance.

Schofield said all will coach on an interim basis.

“We made a change in the program that we feel is going to take it into a more positive direction,” Schofield said. “Any of the athletic programs need to be positive experiences for the kids and we really felt the girls basketball program has gotten to a point where it’s not a positive experience and the program hasn’t been building.”

Schofield said several issues were of concerns to him, particularly the final scores of the two previous games before the El Monte game; the Matadors’ varsity team (0-8) lost to Gabrielino, 63-7, and Burbank, 65-2.

“I was concerned with the number of upperclassmen who left the program and the fact we had so many freshman playing at the varsity level,” Schofield said. “We lost one game to Burbank where we scored two points and another where we scored seven. There were some red flags there.”

miguel.melendez@sgvn.com

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  • http://twitter.com/ChemicalAT Aram

    Nice reporting, Miguel. Hey, do you know if they have an AD at San Gabriel? Did he/she face any disciplinary action?

  • Anonymous

    This is what happens when you give a Ho and Hann.

  • JAB

    Good job Miguel.

  • Angel Bec

    Just when you thought that you had seen it all ….

  • Goldenarm

    were they short bodies and somebody had to walk on in order to have a game at all?

    or did they just toss a ringer in there?

    If everybody backed everybody and lied their asses off – then you have got to give credit to the AD for taking the high road….pretty much the only thing he could do if that is what the investigation bore out. Then again, firing everybody sounds pretty severe as well. Talk about setting the standard. Either way – sounds like a single mistake that lead to a large pile of horseS$#% and probably left the hoop teams in a world of hurt.

  • http://twitter.com/ChemicalAT Aram

    Yeah, this is too good of a story to pass up. No wonder nobody else has it. OK, I gotta know, what did the coach score in the game? Did they win? She better have put up at least 30. Were the parents wondering who the new girl was? What a story. Buncha geniuses over there at SG.

    If she did score 30, they have to pull her up to varsity, right?

  • Jose

    OK does this mean i can dust off my old Alhambra high baseball uniform and get in a couple more at bats? lol

  • BigFatFan

    the truth is always stranger than fiction. how did they think this would go unnoticed? incredible. I hope she dunked

  • La Verdad

    The real story is the football team, they illegally recruit kids out of their district year in & year out. CIF needs to come down on them HARD!!!

  • Matt

    While they are looking at them the CIF should also look at their neighbor, San Marino. They have a nice little pipeline with PUSD kids.

  • B4 Time

    And then CIF should look @ Cathedral, Serra, Schurr,Alhambra, Charter Oak, South Hills,Temple City, Muir, etc…..
    You have gotta be kidding me!

  • Goldenarm

    Matt,

    recruiting violations at San Marino?

    Jaywalking means 2 years hard labor in BMWtown…how could such a thing even be considered possible there? Maybe it coincides with the strengthening of their preleague schedule??

    From personal experience I can say…NEVER drive through SM with an expired registration tag.

    Everybody is looking for an edge…and SM loses one of theirs as Yortsos graduates.

  • SeenThat

    Matt and BT:

    If all those teams are cheating, they aren’t doing a very good job at it.

  • http://slfdsdfl Almont fan

    The San Gabriel girls basketball team has always been pathetic….perhaps these coaches are the reason why. They should be grateful to have those worthless coaches fired…shame on them!

    PS

    Girls at San Gabriel just plain suck at sports…excluding volleyball of course :)

  • King

    What other news is out there Miguel?! Once football came to an end this blog has been struggling the past few days. You probably got something in the works though for sure.

    Never send a Ho to do a Mans job.

  • Anonymous

    This is really sad. Firing all the coaches won’t make SG’s team any better; but rather, it would make it more chaotic with the new head coach.

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