Steve Bogan-Maranatha: A perfect fit

Former South Hills coach Steve Bogan returns to coaching this fall, resurfacing at Maranatha. (Keith Durflinger/Pasadena Star News)

Former South Hills coach Steve Bogan returns to coaching this fall, resurfacing at Maranatha.
(Keith Durflinger/Pasadena Star News)

By Aram Tolegian, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Everyone has heard the phrase “God made me do it.”
But rarely do you hear those words uttered so often when it comes to football than when they fly off the lips of new Maranatha High School football coach Steve Bogan.
Want to know how one of the Valley’s best-ever coaches winds up at tiny Maranatha? He prayed on it. Wondering whether a four-time CIF champion coach like Bogan is truly concerned about adding another ring to his pile? It will happen if God wills it.
Those are the themes of Bogan’s sentiments as he starts what very likely will be the final chapter of a career that’s seen him win more CIF titles than most of his colleagues can dream of, more league titles than one man deserves and enough games to ensure area fans will remember his name for a long time.
“For me, it seemed like the lord was saying ‘Go do this,’” Bogan said while winding down after holding one of the first fall practices of what he hopes will be a productive tenure at Maranatha based on winning and spirituality.
“It’s been a really enjoyable experience, so far. No negatives, so far.”

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  • pasadena faithful

    They have some seniors that can get the job done. Their conference is lack luster. If Bogan can whip up some of his old tricks I believe they have a legitimate chance at a playoff run.

    • New York !!

      GO MHS

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  • Curiosity killer

    After reading this i remembered Maranatha has an all-area Qb returning.

    Who do you think the areas best Qb is going into the fall season???

    Will Pyburn (La Salle) is 6’4″ lefty
    Chase Keough (Muir) transfer who has made some noise in the offseason
    Elijah Peters (Gabrielino) was a second team all-area choice last year
    Miles Bryant (St. Francis) the young transfer from monrovia
    Asaph Zamora (Monrovia) has impressed during 7 v 7

    Eli Snyder (Maranatha) was first team all-area last year
    Nico Hillier (Arcadia) saw the field some as a sophomore
    Brian Gadsby (CV) had notable numbers last year

    forgetting anyone???

    these are all the guys i could think of..
    Make an argument for who you think the pre-season all-area first teamer is.

  • Pete

    Looks like zamora will be very productive this year. I saw Monrovia at a 7 v 7 and was impressed by his quick release and their receiver speed and athleticism. WR Bradley will be on the receiving end a lot this yr-good height and decent hands.

    Don’t know much about Pyburn…But I heard they have a couple transfers this year that may make an impact. Can someone confirm?

    Snyder seems to have good vision and sense of receivers. I was also right about a transfer to Maranatha named morales. Saw this kid against flintridge couple years ago he is fast and tough. Should add a threat.