Gano withdraws candidacy as Etiwanda coaching search continues

Etiwanda High School’s search for a head football coach continues after former Damien coach Greg Gano withdrew his name from candidacy on Friday.

Gano, Damien’s head coach the last four seasons after stints at Covina Northview and Hacienda Heights Los Altos, has instead applied and interviewed for the head coaching job at Tustin. Gano was never offered the position at Etiwanda, according to Etiwanda athletic director David Masucci. The former Damien coach cited the lack of a teaching position at Etiwanda as his reason for withdrawing.

“Everything else was great because (Etiwanda) is even right by my house,” Gano said. “But without a teaching position, I just couldn’t afford it. So I interviewed for the Tustin position last week and I’m waiting to find out.”

As of mid December, Etiwanda had narrowed the search to three finalists, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, of which Gano was one along with Etiwanda assistant Jason Smith and former San Dimas coach Roland DeAnda.

It is unknown whether the list of candidates still includes Smith or DeAnda.

“We’re still in the process of just trying to assemble candidates,” Masucci said. “We don’t have everybody lined up yet and the school is still trying to figure that out.”