Muir High School is looking for a new head football coach according to a recent job posting on EdJoin.org, but the status of Ken Howard — whether he was fired or resigned — is unknown.
Howard was placed on administrative leave after a physical altercation with a student on Sept. 28 and later was charged with misdemeanor battery. The Pasadena Unified School District at the time was conducting an investigation but has not released its findings.
Adam Wolfson, a district spokesperson, said he couldn’t divulge specifics regarding Howard.
“He’s no longer the head football coach at Muir,” Wolfson said. “I can’t discuss more than that because it’s an active personnell issue and subject to possible litigation. But with this posting he’s no longer the head football coach (at Muir).”
Dave Mitchell took over the team on an interim basis, leading the team to the semifinals of the CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division playoffs. Howard was in his seventh season at the helm and compiled a 48-24 record. He had spent 17 years as a security guard at the school but was recently there on a voluntary basis.
According to the posting, the job ad expires at 4 p.m. on Friday. Muir athletic director Robert Galvan said the school planned on posting the same ad on the CIF-Southern Section’s website by day’s end.
The school is searching for a walk-on coach who has “successfully coached football at the high school or collegiate level within the last four years” with “college coaching/playing experience and head varsity football coaching experience” as desirable traits.
Muir’s young and proven talent could draw considerable interest with the return of key pieces in junior quarterback Joshua Muema-Washington, freshman running back Darick Holmes Jr. and junior linebacker Denzel Talifero.