Gavin Pachot has stepped down as head football coach at Rialto, saying, “I really feel like. the direction I was moving with the football team was not the same as the administration.”
In four seasons as head coach at Rialto, Pachot, a 1989 Fontana grad, was 24-20 with three playoff appearances. Prior to Pachot becoming the head coach, Rialto was 11-69 in the previous eight seasons. He said he plans on coaching next season and in fact was scheduled to be interviewed for the Summit head coaching job on Wednesday.
Unless I’m missing one, here’s the updated list of San Bernardino County head football coaching changes, with old coach, (2013 record in parentheses) and new coach
Arroyo Valley: old coach Tony DiThomas (3-7); new coach Demetrius Stewart
Cajon: old coach Kim Battin (2-8), new coach Nick Rogers
Don Lugo: old coach Lou Randall (3-7), new coach TBA
Ontario: old coach Ron Stocking Jr/ interim coach Ryan Alvarez (1-9); new coach TBA
Rialto: old coach Gavin Pachot (6-5), new coach TBA
Rim of the World: old coach Bob Gradillas (8-4), new coach TBA
Summit: old coach Cesar Villalobos (5-6), new coach TBA
The search is underway at Arroyo Valley for a new boys basketball coach after coach Gerry Wright has taken a job as the head coach at Barstow College.
The hiring was mentioned by San Bernardino Valley College’s athletics twitter account and also confirmed by Arroyo Valley athletic director Matt Howell. Wright was also previously the head coach at SBVC.
According to maxpreps.com, Wright was the head coach at Arroyo Valley the last four years, leading the Hawks to no league titles, but reaching the playoffs in each of the four years. He was only the second coach in school history, succeeding Scott Smith.
Howell said they are in the process of hiring Wright’s replacement.
Jerry Tivey has announced his decision to step down as Cajon High School softball coach after 23 years.
There are many impressive achievements during Tivey’s coaching career, which included 447 wins, 5 CIF-SS semifinal appearances, 2 finals appearances, and one CIF title, in 2006.
But some people don’t realize that Tivey was also a very accomplished boys basketball coach. While he was simultaneously coaching softball, he was also coaching basketball for the first 12 years.
During those 12 years, he assistant Mark Lehman (yes, the current Cajon girls coach then coached boys) for the first seven then was the head boys coach for the next five, going 101-40 and winning three league titles.
He said he hasn’t closed the door on coaching again, even saying, “I would consider getting back into basketball.”
But that doesn’t sound like any time soon. For now, he’s going to spend more time with his sons who are entering sixth and eighth grade, working on a book about creative writing in classrooms and adding another class of the International Baccalaureate he teaches at Cajon.
Carter hired former Rialto and Riverside North boys basketball coach Anthony Jones earlier this month for its open boys basketball position. Jones, a health teacher, was an assistant at Eisenhower in 2001-03 before coaching the Knights from 2004-07 and North from 2008-11.
Jones, who led North to an 19-11 record and a berth in the CIF-SS Division 2A quarterfinals this past season, will take over a Lion program that went 4-20 overall last season with a 3-11 record in the San Andreas League. Carter has never made the playoffs in its seven-year history.
Just got an e-mail from Los Osos principal Chris Hollister saying that assistant coach Jeff Paul was named the interim coach of the Grizzly baseball team, a position that he’ll assume for the remainder of this season.
Paul was chosen after a meeting this morning on campus between Hollister, coaches, players and parents after the removal of Dominick Copas as head coach last week. According to a source, Copas was suspended and removed after a profane voicemail to a player left in the fall surfaced and was reported to administration.
The Yucaipa High School head football coaching position, which opened up in early February when John Hallenbeck was removed, is inching closer to being filled.
Thunderbirds athletic director Mark Anderson indicated that a series of interviews will be held April 23, with a possible recommendation coming from them.
“We have been patient with the process to make sure that we get the best possible candidates,” Anderson said. “We’ll sit down April 23 and see where we are at.”
Yucaipa also is looking for a new girls basketball coach, as Anna Collins stepped down following the season. Collins, a newlywed, was teaching in Grand Terrace and the commute to Yucaipa was too much according to Anderson.
Harold Strauss might not be done as football coach at Colton High School after all.
Strauss, who retired this past season to take on full-time duties as athletic director, is thinking seriously about throwing his hat back in the ring as football coach after issues arose in the hiring of his successor.
“We had 21 applicants, but we just laid off 141 teachers as a school district,” Strauss said. “It’s hard to hire a coach to a teaching position and justify it with that going on. It just might not be the right time to leave this position.”
The Colton Unified School District is redrafting the ad for the position. Depending on the verbiage of the position, Strauss said he’s “70-30″ in favor of reapplying.
“I think I would have to reapply because the job has already been flown, but I don’t know for sure,” Strauss said. “Depending on what the school district releases, I’m interested in coming back. The new school opens in the fall of 2011 and when that happens, teaching jobs will come back and hopefully that will make things easier. But it might be a situation where an extra year or two is necessary.”
One of the more notable basketball coaches in the county is stepping down, as Redlands boys basketball coach Brad Scott announced his retirement Wednesday night at the Terriers’ postseason banquet. Scott took over the Terriers in 2001 and has won at least 20 games a season for the past seven seasons, including a 20-7 mark this past season.
Kevin Trudgeon’s article in the Daily Facts can be accessed here. In working with Scott the last three seasons, I always found him to be extremely accessible and friendly, win or lose. The next coach at Redlands will definitely have some sizable shoes to fit into.
As far as longtime Victor Valley coach Leland Eudy was concerned, it was time for a change. The 56-year-old Eudy, who has been coaching in the High Desert since 1974, retired from coaching after the Jackrabbits’ season-ending loss to Ridgecrest Burroughs Nov. 13.
Eudy had spent 35 years alternating between Victor Valley High School and Victor Valley College, spending 19 seasons as head coach of the Jackrabbits over three stints. Eudy started his most recent stint at VVHS in 2000, also heading the Jackrabbits from 1983-87 and 1990-93.
“It’s time for a younger man with new ideas to come in here,” Eudy said. “I told the players before the season that this would be my last season and wanted to keep it quiet besides that. I just came to the conclusion that this school and program needed a shot in the arm and some new ideas.”
Eudy gave Victor Valley a shot in the arm in his final season. While the Jackrabbits were eliminated from the playoffs in the finale to Burroughs, but accumulated a 7-3 record and won two rivalry games — The Bell Game over Apple Valley and The Axe against Barstow.
Eudy, who will remain at VVHS as a social studies teacher, has no regrets about leaving coaching.
“I’ve been blessed with a great life and have met a ton of people through coaching,” Eudy said. “These past 35 years have given me lots of great memories and lots of lasting relationships. I’m lucky to have experienced as much as I have.”
Former San Bernardino High School defensive assistant coach Jeff Bees was in front of the San Bernardino Unified School District School Board on Tuesday night, trying to figure out why he was fired as a volunteer assistant coach last Wednesday.
Bees, a 1989 Cajon High School graduate, was removed due to allegations of depriving kids of water and because of derogatory remarks — both charges that Bees, 37, denied.