All three head football coaching jobs in the Colton Unified School District were posted as being open on Thursday, but its entirely possible only one of the schools will change head coaches.
The one that will change is at Bloomington, where Marcos Fino stepped down after three straight 1-9 seasons.
“He felt that the players weren’t responding to him,” Bloomington athletic director Chris Brickley said of the reason why Fino stepped down.
Brickley said he feels like if the Bruins get the right person in place, it can be turned around next year.
“We want someone who is experienced in turning programs around,” Brickley said. “I think our preseason schedule is favorable. And we return quite a few starters. A turnaround is possible if we get the right guy.”
Brickley also said that a massive stadium renovation at Bloomington should make the job even more attractive to applicants.
The other two head coaching positions in the district, at Colton and Grand Terrace were also posted as being open on a job web site. But both of those coaches, Chris Mailo from Colton and Ryan Smalls from Grand Terrace are planning on returning.
However, because Mailo and Smalls are not on-campus teachers at the school, the positions are opened up each year. Should a teacher on campus meet the qualifications, they would get priority for the job.
Does this seem a little odd? And is there more to this story?
I would say yes, and no.
It is odd, because of the multitude of off-campus coaches each year, they aren’t all opened up every year at least in other districts they aren’t. This could be an exception because either it’s Colton district (and maybe they do things differently), or it’s football, because it’s the highest-profile sport.
It has been suggested that there may be more to this. But if Smalls and Mailo are being pushed out for any reason, I think they would know about it. And by all appearances, they don’t know about it and intend on being back.
Regarding Bloomington girls basketball’s 161-2 loss to Arroyo Valley last week, I got a statement from Katie Orloff, who is the communications manager/spokesperson for the Colton Joint Unified School District, who said,
I know Arroyo Valley coach Michael Anderson fairly well, and have known him for several years now. I will believe him when he says he wasn’t trying to embarrass anybody.
But, he didn’t take care enough to make sure that didn’t happen. He knew how lopsided it would be and he needed to keep an eye on the scoreboard to make sure it didn’t get to a 161-2. You can’t make Bloomington score, but you can keep your own score down.
I realize it’s tough when you have a pressure-style defense and the other team has trouble handling the ball. But surely you can work on your passing, something so you don’t score 161 points, especially 104 in the first half. Does Bloomington need to get better? Sure. But with only one player who had ever played basketball before, there was little chance the game would be competitive.
Ironically, it was about 20 years ago when Don Markham took over the Bloomington football program en route to winning CIF and set all kind of scoring records. I remember the first score I saw that I thought was a typo: 86-8 over Big Bear. It took some time for the running clock rules to change in football. In this day and age, I don’t think you’ll see more 161-2 scores out of Arroyo Valley, or if you do, you won’t see Anderson coaching there any more.
The first of 4 prep baseball County Clashes at San Manuel Stadium is tomorrow, March 22.
Here is the schedule for each of the series of games:
Arroyo Valley vs. Carter, 1 p.m.
Kaiser vs. Fontana, 4 p.m.
Yucaipa vs. Miller, 7 p.m. March 29
Citrus Valley vs. Jurupa Hills, 1 p.m.
Redlands vs. Eisenhower, 4 p.m.
Rialto vs. San Gorgonio, 7 p.m. April 26
Arrowhead Christian vs. Colony, 1 p.m.
Tahquitz vs. San Jacinto, 4 p.m.
Colton vs. Bloomington, 7 p.m. May 10
Hemet vs. Beaumont, 1 p.m.
Redlands East Valley vs. Eisenhower, 4 p.m.
Cajon vs. Yucaipa, 7 p.m.