I had an interesting conversation with Citos Marinez, the soon-to-be-approved football coach at Jurupa Hills on Thursday.
Truthfully, there’s a good chance he wouldn’t have gotten the job without a previous coach-parent relationship with Jurupa Hills athletic director Kristen Braun.
And I don’t have a problem with that at all.
Braun’s son, Blake, played for Marinez when Marinez was an assistant coach at Redlands East Valley from 2004-12. Braun’s brother Kurt Bruich is also the head coach at REV.
Kristen Braun of course already knew him but could get truthful answers about him from her brother and her son, as well as her son’s friends.
In this era of coaches and administration not seeing eye-to-eye, it makes sense for an A.D. and coach to know each other previously. Obviously the A.D.-coach relationship is different than that of parent-coach, but you still have an idea of what he’s like working with kids and whether he knows football.
That weighed in his favor likely much more than the 7-23 record he compiled in three seasons as head coach at Covina Gladstone.
Both Marinez and Braun feel more comfortable I think about his hiring because of their history. She knows what she’s getting in a coach, and although he hasn’t worked for Braun, he knows her. It makes sense.
2016 INLAND EMPIRE ALL-STAR FOOTBALL CLASSIC
These are the preliminary rosters for the game, which will be Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. at Ramona High in Riverside. The players listed have committed, but college visits, injuries and other issues may create the need for late additions
San Bernardino County Roster
Head Coach: Nick Rogers, Cajon.
Assistant Coaches: Javon Daniels, Cajon; Gerald Gomez, Cajon; Kendrick Harris, Cajon; Brad Johnson, Cajon; Jeff Imbriani, San Bernardino; Eric Valencia, Cajon; Rich Imbriani, Cajon; Jerome Webber, Cajon; John Beck, Arrowhead Christian; Kenny Grant, Arrowhead Christian; Will Pomfret, Redlands.
Quarterbacks: Joey Burrola, Redlands; Marcus Johnson, Indian Springs.
Running Backs: Alex Mattison, San Bernardino; Devon Dixon, Grand Terrace; Joey Harmon, Redlands East Valley; Spencer Coleman, Carter; Sultaan Sullivan, Serrano.
Wide Receivers: CJ Harris, Redlands East Valley; Tyrone Gasaway, Cajon; Ramean Duckett, San Gorgonio; Brandon Morris, Redlands; Matt Thompson, Arrowhead Christian Academy.
Offensive linemen: Brandyn Alvarez, Grand Terrace; Gerardo Flores, Cajon; James Hanson, Kaiser; Niko Hernandez, Aquinas.
Defensive line: Erick Garcia, Cajon; Mikael Bunse, Cajon; Shemiah Unutoa, San Gorgonio; Ray Arreola, Yucaipa; Shynol McClain, Redlands East Valley.
Linebackers: Cameron Moore, Cajon; Zach Torres, Grand Terrace; Matteo Biscotti, Redlands East Valley; Matt Lee, Yucaipa; Niklas Gustav, Aquinas.
Defensive backs: Elijah Lilly, Cajon; Dorian Fredrick, Redlands; Marcus Strong, Carter; Marquise Green, Carter.
Punter/Kicker: Jaron Imbriani, Cajon.
Riverside County Roster
Head Coach: Jeff Steinberg, Rancho Verde, Offensive Coordinator.
Assistant Coaches: Defensive coordinator, Outside linebackers, Jeff Huerta, Rancho Verde; Running backs, H Banks, Rancho Verde; Inside linebackers, J. Reeder, Rancho Verde; Wide receivers, B. Robinson, Rancho Verde, L. Anderson, Rancho Verde, M. Cao, Rancho Verde; C. Defensive line, Jefferson, Rancho Verde, C. Hammond, Rancho Verde; Offensive line, Rene Cronkite, Santiago; P. Morris, Rancho Verde; Cornerbacks, A. Poor, Rancho Verde, Derrick Johnson, Notre Dame; Safeties, J. Pfeiffer, Rancho Verde, L. Pickens, Rancho Verde.
Quarterbacks: Anthony Catalano, Centennial; Brett Virgil, Heritage.
Running Backs: JJ Taylor, Centennial; Jamal Scott, Rancho Verde; Freddie Holly, Norte Vista; Devin Floyd, Citrus Hil.
Wide Receivers: Dixon Stith, Riverside Poly; Alive Hifo, Heritage; Sean Bowden, Roosevelt; Cameron Jackson, Centennial; Tyler Krepsz, King; Lloyd Hightower, Chaparral.
Offensive linemen: Isikeli Akan, Rancho Verde; Nolan Bisogno, Santiago; Paula Hafoka, Centennial; Manuel Almandariz, Rancho Verde; Quireo Woolley, Murrieta Valley; Ty Whitworth, Linfield; Brian Ward, Norco; Alexia Manriquez, Vista del Lago.
Kicker: Fidel Romo, Banning.
Defensive line: Kevin Atkins, Vista Murrieta; Carleton Washington, Rancho Verde; Max Pichardo, Paloma Valley; Kevin Padilla, San Jacinto.
Inside linebackers: Zach Brumbaugh, Centennial; Kevin Meitzenheimer, Moreno Valley; James Reeder, Rancho Verde; Zack Markworth, Citrus Hill; Kalil Mazen, Murrieta Valley
Outside linebackers: Desmond Williams, Centennial; Lee Anderson, Rancho Verde; Austin Cuicchi, Temescal Canyon; Jaden Gardner, Notre Dame.
Defensive backs: Jason Pickens, Rancho Verde; Skyler Thomas, Citrus Hill; Chacho Ulloa, Centennial; Wesley Smith, Notre Dame; Lorenzo Burns, Linfield; Jordan D’errico, Norco.
Here are the Mountain Valley League all-league teams
Indian Springs is seeking a new head football coach after the school and head coach David DeWoody parted ways.
DeWoody, the only coach in the three-year varsity history of the school, compiled a 5-25 record including a 3-7 record in 2015. Among those losses was a one-point loss to Jurupa Hills. Had Indian Springs won, the Coyotes would’ve finished in a three-way tie for second.
Indian Springs Athletic Director John Chamberain said it was a “mutual decision.” The decision was just finalized on Thursday and it has not yet been posted on job sites.
Chamberlain said he does have two potential candidates on campus who were not on DeWoody’s staff, but who have football coaching experience.
Chamberlain wants to get a coach hired quickly, but not as quickly as other athletic directors who want to have a candidate selected in the next couple of weeks. He said he’d like to get a coach named, by the beginning of February “so he can get going on the off-season workouts.”
DeWoody was retired from teaching and was off-campus. Chamberlain hopes the next coach will be on-campus, but does not know what teaching positions might be available, should the next coach come from another school.
“It changes everything with a team to have a coach on campus,” Chamberlain said.
Chamberlain said he would like to have a coach with previous head coaching experience.
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OK, we’re here at CIF-SS championship game week, and prediction time.
I had a good week last week, going 8-2 in picking CIF-SS semifinal games. I was wrong in picking Rancho Cucamonga (a game that went 6 OTs) and I also had Rancho Verde beating Citrus Hill, which was incorrect. My season record is 295-89 with 6 margins exactly right and one score exactly right.
Here are picks this week:
Serrano 42, Oak Hills 34
Heritage 28, Citrus Hill 21
West Valley Division
Mission Viejo 41, Vista Murrieta 37
Charter Oak 42, San Marino 35
Riverside Notre Dame 28, Linfield Christian 26
Sports were the last thing on everyone’s mind when 14 people were killed in a mass shooting at Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino midday Wednesday.
But sports were nonetheless impacted.
All San Bernardino City Unified School District schools were on lockdown after the shooting, as the shooters were on the loose.
SBCUSD then chose to cancel all after-school activities including sports. The biggest high school athletic event in the city Wednesday was the Dolores Dudek Tournament, a girls basketball tournament co-hosted by Arroyo Valley and Sab Gorgonio.
Arroyo Valley athletic director Matt Howell and his counterpart at San Gorgonio, Matt Maeda scrambled to call teams to make sure they weren’t coming to San Bernardino
There were only four games scheduled between the two sites Wednesday. With Wednesday’s postponement, each site will host four games beginning at 3 p.m., with six schools playing twice Thursday. No team will play in back-to-back games Thursday, however.is
Essentially, all after-school activities, both on- and off-campus were cancelled. However, because of the time they had to leave, Arroyo Valley’s girls soccer team was already on its way to Victor Valley. The SBCUSD said any busses that left would not be required to turn around. Arroyo Valley’s boys basketball tournament we set to go to Riverside for a tournament, but when the bus arrived at the school, it was sent away without any student athletes. pe
With both shooting suspects now dead, athletic directors expected athletic events to return to normal on Thursday.