Rodriguez, Rialto part ways

The Rialto Unified School District decided earlier this week not to renew the contract of Rialto High football coach Eric Rodriguez according to RUSD’s Public Information Officer Syeda Jafri.

“Mr. Rodriguez was on a seasonal year-to-year contract and the prinicipal decided to take the football program in another direction,” Jafri said. “Mr. Rodriguez is a valued employee and we appreciate the effort he has put out, but the decision was made to go in another direction.”

Rodriguez coached the Knights for three years, accumulating a 3-27 record. Ironically, his last game – a 23-7 victory over Fontana High School this past Friday – was his first Citrus Belt League win. Attempts to reach Rodriguez for comment have been unsuccessful to this point.

As for the new coach, RUSD is accepting applications until next Wednesday according to Jafri. The applications will be evaluated after the Thanksgiving holiday.