The Matt Koffler Coaching Academy …

The SGV’s version of Coach K is spawning head coaches like it’s going out of style.

They not only build players at Rosemead, they build coaches. Has any other area coach produced this many head coaches in such a short time? And the crazy thing is Koffler’s still a young guy (I have to say that since we’re around the same age). You want amazing? THREE of these coaches have already held TWO head coaching jobs! I hope all these guys are giving Koffler a cut of each paycheck.

The Koffler Tree:

Jim Arellanes, formerly of Northview, now at Los Altos
Anthony White, formerly of Temple City now at Buena Park
Ray Hernandez, formerly of La Puente now at South El Monte
Brian Zavala, Wilson

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  • ??????????????

    You must be bored. What a sycophant!

  • Joe Amat

    Coaching trees are always fun to look at. What becomes interesting is those “second-generation” coaches that coached for guys that coached for the guy.

    While Mark Parades was at Amat (now back at Riv. North) he spawned Tommy Salter (Amat/Culver City), Ealar Gallagher (La Salle), Mark Verti (Amat), Bill Mulvehill (Rancho Cucamonga), Stephon Pace (Twin Pines) Mike DiFiori (Temple City/Amat), and Steve Hagerty (Paraclete/North/Poly/Amat)…not to mention a slew of assistants now in high school and college. Lancers – did I miss any?

  • New York

    You don’t think Dick Salter had anything to do with the spawning of Tommy? Just busting chops. That is quite a list of assistants and reinforces that a great programs is bigger than any coach or player.

  • JCFB

    Arellanes and Zavala didn’t work with Koffler too long. They were there for one season. I don’ tknow if you could really call him those guys mentors. They worked under Willie Reyna at El Rancho a lot longer. Still props to Koffler though.

  • that guy

    I hear all of the assistant coaches are very strong and could step into head coaching positions either now or soon. The O and D line coaches are great, so is the receiver coach. These guys really care and anyone who could snatch them up, should!

  • Voice of the Warriors

    My son played for coach Koffler during his one year stint at La Puente and I’m also the PA announcer for the Warriors so I had the opportunity to observe coach Koffler during both practices and games. Not only is he an excellent coach but he also has alot of passion for what he doe’s. He’s a good teacher who cares about his players and his player love to play for him.

    Here’s another insight that I found to be refreshing, Matts dad is probably his biggest fan and supporter. His dad (who is a great guy himself) was always around during practice, passing leagues and games. I’m sure Mr. Koffler has a great influence on Matt. Yep, the Kofflers are a Class Act!

    The “Voice of the Warriors”

  • biDog

    Maybe nobody likes working with him. A good coach will keep his staff and build a winning consistent program something Rosemead hasn’t done in a long time.

  • Joe Amat

    New York,

    Busting chops or not – you probably couldn’t be more correct! Tommy did not play *one snap* of football in his entire life (unless you count flag football at St Christopher – and not even sure there. Yet he has a brilliant football mind – especially offensively. Started coaching freshman basketball and assistant baseball before he picked up the freshman football gig at Amat and then did all three. I’d think he and Tim (Upland) might rival the Herrington brothers in the Successful Sibling Coaches Category. Any others?

  • MidValley

    Zavala: Suspended while at ER for illegal recruiting. Forfeited games this season as well. White: TC missed the playoffs for the 1st time since football was invented and then bolted for a 3-29 team. Arellanes: Finished 1-9 and missed the playoffs. Hernandez: Finished 3-7 at SEM after going 0-10(?) at LP and getting fired. This isn’t a coaching tree it is a thorn bush.

  • Ivy

    That is funny… A thorn bush. What about the reporting tree? Steve Ramirez, Aram, Robledo????

  • New York

    How about the brain trust of a coaching staff that represented the ESGV in the 1996 Hall of Fame Game? The brothers Salter had each won a CIF Title in 1995 (Amat beat Loyola and Upland beat Rancho in similar fashion to their victory over Los Osos this year), so they were co-head coaches for the East with pappa Salter as a Sr. Advisor…not much room for Covina’s championship staff that year.

  • Thorn bush. That’s cute, but SEVEN different school administrations liked the thorns and gave them jobs. So I’m pretty sure they’re doing something right. And this is me, who none of these guys really like, defending them. But I can at least call it how I see it.

  • Wilson Parent


    Youre an idiot; you have no clue what you are talking about. The forfeited games at Wilson had zero to do with COACH Zavala. The wrong person signed a piece of paper. They had to get the correct signature and re-file. The kid was playing a couple weeks later.

  • Trojan Man


    Fight On

  • COY

    lets remember rosemead lost in crap fashion to san marino in round one last year, and san marino was then quickly whacked by azusa and eliminated.
    rosemead played mistake infested football all year.

    the year before Mead was a better team than paraclete…but were outcoached in the desert and lost in the final.
    proteges hernandez and white have proven nothing – other than what coaches should not do.
    it may not be a thorn bush, but it ain’t no money tree either.


    DC Henry Rodriguez is starting a football academy for youth and HS students at Maranatha this May.


    Check out the website



    I think its hilarious how people always hate on Koff and the Mead…haha.


  • KnightStalker

    Well now, thats a stretch since your bro is on staff at the ‘Mead. Hahaha. The battles between Arroyo and Rosemead are epic. Is it Lakewood v Poly? Or South Hills v La Habra? Nope. It is basically kids from Rosemead (city) slugging it out for every yard with kids from El Monte (city). Teams like Arroyo and Rosemead have made the MVL fun to watch again. You can’t deny that Koffler has done a good job at Rosemead. Anyone that does either has an agenda or is deaf, dumb and blind. As for his former assistant coaches? Hernandez had a really good year at LP and won a title. Arellanes did the same at NV. Zavala had a total rebuild to do in his 1st year at Wilson. And White’s team missed the playoff’s because they lost twice in one night on two different fields against 2 different teams… what were the odds? Time will tell if they will become successful head coaches in their own right. Combined they have a whopping 8 years head coaching experience.

  • Goldenarm


    Thanks for the reminder of the Friday Night doubleheader which sealed doom for the Rams. You won’t find a more ridiculous game day scenario in recent SGV prep history.

    Friday night, lose a grinder of game, 19-14. While bumming out about the loss, and anticipating a Saturday showdown tie breaker – suddenly parents and players are told they will be driving cross town to play another game immediately. Get rushed onto the bus in darkness, drive to another school crosstown where your opponent is finishing out their game. Lose in triple overtime at 11 pm. No playoffs, season over.

    Why, why…were the kids not made aware of this possibility, why were TC supporters not informed? Where was our AD? If the RHL is this disorganized and clueless and can’t work with CIF to figure it out until 10pm game night – that is pretty sad.

    In the end though, you MUST control your own destiny and not put yourself in this position to begin with. Winning games is the only way to keep away from this Gong Show Circus.
    In a year where the refs ran off the field (Arc 28 / TC 28) refusing to stick around for O.T…. and the field light timer clicked off (Blair) with 5 minutes left to play in the 4th quarter – leaving total darkness…I guess it was some funky version of destiny.

  • Podley School of hard knocks

    Erick Podley has a pretty good coaching tree as well!

  • Dawger

    Check out the Perrenial Football Academy website…Director Henry Rodriguez held at Maranatha HS.


  • scoop

    I over heard Koff telling a reporter he’s leaving Rosemead for Artesia.

  • SGV Fan

    Koffler is an idiot and so are the rest of these coaches. Only reason Rosemead competes is because they have the biggest population in that league and have athletes. All of these coaches have only won when they have had superior athletes. None of these coaches have won when they have had to actually coach and build a team. Look at the history. Its all there. Real coaches BUILD programs and do it year in and year out, no matter what. Hernandez is a horrible coach. Next year he will be 0-10 or close to it. Arellanes same thing. He has no chance at Los Altos. White, another guy who will have a losing record next year. Koffler will once again lose in the first round like he’s done so many times before. One year with massive kids and athletes a couple of years ago was as close as he’ll ever get. Zavala might have a chance. But only because he doesn’t do things they way Koffler does them. It takes hard work to build a program. Koffler, Hernandez and White have never been willing to do that and they will never be winners because of it!

  • Oblivious

    Hey SGV FAN,

    Your a jackass, you should really do your homework before you open your mouth! Arroyo High School has the largest student population in the EMUHSD and they also get a pick of some temple city kids who live on the border (ex. the coppings who play for temple city). Rosemead has the second largest student population, in a school that has the most Asians of any school in the district! The second largest population on the the Rosemead campus is Asian.

    Lastly, are you kidding me that Rosemead has superior athletes? The year they made their finals run, Tra Sumler was the only superior athlete! Kids like Gilbert De la Rosa, Cesar Chavez, Joey Diaz, Alex Chang, Luis Diaz, etc. worked their ass off to be good. Furthermore, that coaching staff really pushed those kids to be great, and because of that those kids gave their best effort on the field for Coach Koffler, Coach Paramo, Coach Ovedo (sp.) etc. In fact, im sure if Gil Jimenez was there for that finals run they probably would of been that much better! By the way Rosemead also did that with Rosemead KIDS that live in the district! So get off your high horse and get your f#$%^ckin facts straight! Can’t tell you about Zavala or Hernandez and their coaching abilities, but i do know that they were both well liked as Rosemead along with Arrellanes!

  • Goldenarm

    The success of many programs like the Mead, TC, San Marino and yes Arroyo, require good feeder programs – where fundamentals and GOOD football are taught.
    At the minimum, the frosh level has got to be one where kids learn something besides how to bear crawl and do up downs. Coaching is absolutely critical as well as patience, cuz many kids have zero experience and look slow and useless at first glance. You make a player out of these dudes – you’ve put commitment and actions behind your words. Anybody can talk.
    I agree with Oblivious on mots things. that the Mead was not laden with raw talent…but more with grit and gut, but I see more and more decent Asian players every year. There is potential there…
    Hernandez was horrible at SoElMo last year….very poor discipline and leadership.

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