Football: Muir looking for a new head coach, job posted on; No official word on Ken Howard’s status.

Muir High School is looking for a new head football coach according to a recent job posting on, but the status of Ken Howard — whether he was fired or resigned — is unknown.

Click here to view the posting.

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.

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  • StangNation01

    Yeah ummm Muir has been successful in the past 2-3 yrs & Muir has had a growth in Division 1 talents & academically they have had a higher percent of 3.0 athletes over the last 2 yrs. Only 1 player was inelligible on this yrs semifinalist team & the team is full of Juniors!!!! Coach Howard made academics a major focus at Muir & instituted mandatory study hall for his players. I salute what Coach Howard has done & ment to the kids of Pasadena.

  • views

    This will be a tough position to take because coach Howard was respected by his players coaching staff and community and anyone whoever came into contact with him he was all for the kids and now he got the raw end of a deal which he was merely co operating with meanwhile there’s no sign of Charles Park resigning or going elsewhere smh funny how the system works…but this is suppose to benefit the kids right? lets be honest Howard meant a lot to these kids and i know that most of those kids don’t trust administration and they damn sure wont trust a coach with no ties to muir hopefully the right coach is picked for these kids otherwise i think muir will be declining thanks again admin for “helping” the children and the school. They should look into bringing back Sam Picture for coaching and for A.D. purposes even you wrote how much the kids respected and loved playing for coach Picture (currently at Hoover)

  • Wow!!

    Is there another Brownfield out there?

    I usually prefer that all PUSD have coaches that lived or attended school in Pasadena, but our choices for experienced coaches under that scenario are limited.

    However, and I say this with a little bit of bias, “Tip” Sanders should be the No.1 contender for the position, followed by the infamous, Crutchfield; followed by Dave Griffith – son of former PHS Head Football Coach “Griff”. D. Holmes and A. Peterson (LaSalle) as assistant/offensive/defensive coordinators are positive additions.

    Just my three cents.

    Laurence Todd