San Marino names Mike Mooney head coach

San Marino named Mike Mooney its head coach on Monday, ending weeks of speculation that the former USC fullback would take over for D.R. Moreland, who resigned in late March.

Mooney, a Temple City grad, was San Marino’s offensive coordinator for the past two seasons. San Marino gave Mooney his first head coach job in 1996. He left after the 1998 season to become head coach at Temple City where his teams won four Rio Hondo League championships between 1999-2006.

Mooney left Temple City after the 2006 season to take the assistant principal position he holds today. Mooney will be both an assistant principal and head coach at San Marino, something he was not allowed to do at Temple City, which led to his departure.

Aram’s take:
Uh … I’m gonna resist saying anything about TC. My hope is that Mooney’s name is enough to keep San Marino’s better talent from playing in another places, like Loyola or La Salle. This is a coup for San Marino football. But as good of a coach as Mooney is, he’ll need players to take things to the next level. Meanwhile, Temple City remains on the prowl for its next head coach (I almost lasted).

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  • New York

    Congratulations to Coach Mooney and San Marino.

    Aram, this will certainly make 2nd place less of a crap shoot. Actually, SM has league championship potential if they can stop the private school transfers as you mentioned.

  • Panther Pride

    Wow just saw this. Any word on his staff?

  • Loren Kleinrock

    Dear Mr. Tolegian,

    Well, I guess you know something I don’t. I am the principal at San Marino High School, and you need to know that there has been no official decision with respect to Mike Mooney becoming the head football coach here. The district is currently considering whether to approve Mr. Mooney in the dual roles of assistant principal and head football coach. We expect a final decision to be made early next week, but it was premature for you to call it a done deal because I have not received word from the district that it is approving Mr. Mooney as the head coach.

    Loren Kleinrock

  • Former TC Fan

    So what’s the deal? This isn’t official? Is he the coach or not?

  • Principal Kleinrock,

    I have it from a source that Mike Mooney will be the next head coach. The source thought it was official, so perhaps I could have worded it a little more loosely. I will wait to write the article for the newspaper until the school confirms or denies Coach Mooney is the next head coach. Hope that helps.

  • Goldenarm

    Principal K

    I only wish TC’s principal and others on campus were able to publicly comment in a manner as professionally as you have. That goes whether Aram is right or wrong.

    When TC dismisseed our previous head coach – it was outlined with tweaked facts and mistruths spoken to the media, near slander. Requests by that coach for a chance to speak to someone about it were treated like requests to an Alcaida interrogation session.

    SM is fortunate to have Mike Mooney, and a Mike Mooney willing to stay onboard. I suggest if you have not done so already, you cash in whatever favors you have with the District folk – and cut the deal. You won’t find a better person for the job.

    Don’t worry – I don’t think Mooney has intentions to sit at your desk. Too much politics is not a good thing for a man his intensity.

  • Get Real

    Mr. Kleinrock you are trying to keep the worst secret in the SGV right now…what’s worse, you are screwing around and possibly missing out on the best coach currently available in the SGV. I mean really, everyone knows this guy has been running your football program for 2 years and is the driving force behind the recent success, so dispense with the political BS and get the deal done because nobody else is knocking on your door ready and willing to take on the job of driving the BMW boys. You are so fortunate to have a man and a coach of Mooney’s caliber right in the palm of your hand. You ought to count your blessings and throw some serious appreciation his way!


    Temple City F’ed up BIG TIME!!!! when they let this man go. (sorry GA)


  • Get Real

    Mr. Kleinrock you are trying to keep the worst secret in the SGV right now…what’s worse, you are screwing around and possibly missing out on the best coach currently available in the SGV. I mean really, everyone knows this guy has been running your football program for 2 years and is the driving force behind the recent success, so dispense with the political BS and get the deal done because nobody else is knocking on your door ready and willing to take on the job of driving the BMW boys. You are so fortunate to have a man and a coach of Mooney’s caliber right in the palm of your hand. You ought to count your blessings and throw some serious appreciation his way!

  • Goldenarm


    no problem man.

    Mooney was guest speaker at the freshman football banquet when my son first started at TC. During his speech on what it takes to become a respected young football player – I almost ran home looking to put on MY jock and take the field. Inspirational, o yeah.
    After the banquet and speech, I felt great about where my kid would be playing for the next 4 years. Unfortunately, soon after came the news Mooney was out.

    Though coaching at SM, MM was in the TC crow’s nest when Paraclete came to town. Had the admin had any huevos – we would have had Backus’ leadership on the sideline and MM could have stayed home and watched Dancing with The Stars. No such luck.

    My hunch was wrong I guess. I thought Mooney had the itch to move into collegiate ball or at least a new challenge somewhere beyond the SGV. Good thing for the SM kids if he hangs there.

    Word is SM assistant John Tuttle is a contender for HC duties at TC.

  • Panther Pride

    sources! Sources!F-ing stupid sources! Hey here’s a thought. Ask Mooney!

  • Double C

    The Mid Valley News posted this story last week but took it down (maybe due to Mr. Kleinrock telling them the same thing??) They had Mooney’s staff filling out much like the staff he had at TC: Loya as OC, Valdez was said to be the DC, and the newest transfer from TC, Mike Cable, would be the DB coach. There was nothing posted if any of the SM coaches from last year would be asked to return.

  • L on the Forehead

    Loya, Valdez, & Cable? Is that the best Mooney could do? I thought a coach like Mooney would bring in some bigger name coaches! SM fans get ready to never get past the 2nd round of the playoffs! The 1 year TC did get past Thanksgiving with these guys, they barely beat a 3-7 Arroyo team, who should have & would have won if the game had gone 5 extra minutes. Then TC catches the biggest break not having to play NV or SD that year both who lost to the finalists in the 2nd rd. Trust, if TC had played either 1 of those teams, they dont go to semis.I think this past years TC team was better than the semi-final team if not for Ruckle getting hurt aganst Blair. C’MON MM! YOU CAN DO BETTER THAN THIS ALLEDGED STAFF!!

  • Rams horns

    What are they waiting for at SM? It’s clearly the direction they’re moving since the principal said that it was down at the District office. He’s obviously their choice. I don’t even know if there are other options.

    The SM administration are idiots if they don’t move forward on this decision. What are the other options? Have they flown it in house? Anybody applied? It seems like a done deal.

    I also agree that the alleged coaches are fine but not great. I think Cable coached freshman last year and the other two didn’t coach at all. Valdez and Loya might be getting excited about coaching again. I’m sure Mooney will call the offense.

    The SM defense has been simple the past few years. I guess I’m not sure that Valdez will know what to do with the kids there.

  • Rams2010

    Re: L on the Forehead

    TC would be very lucky to have the staff that Mooney has put together. If coach Loya was calling the plays last year at TC not only does Max Ruckle rush for 2000 yards but the Rams make the playoffs. In 2008 Loya and his guys overcame a lot of adversity after Backus was suspended. Yes the football gods helped with the playoff scheduling, but that team played their tails off against Paraclete. Ive been around RHL football for 10 plus years and just about every year Loya and Mooney got more out of nothing year in and year out. Its not always pretty but they got the job done. Look for more of the same at SM. I only hope we get someone at TC that understands this.

  • Goldenarm

    L on an empty forehead,

    Your comment is undeserving of reply.

    But chew on this anyway.

    TC was the only team to be ahead on Paraclete, on two first half field goals, 6 -0. Norm Dahlia, coach of the Spirits heavily praised the Rams following the game. His opinion is somewhat more warming than your evaluation.
    2 plays different, a flag on 2 roughing the kickers that were not called, TC could have pulled the upset of the year. No shame in losing to the champ.

    The following week TC stomped Azusa 17-0. The Aztecs had been averaging 30 plus points and 425 yds offense a game. Yes, it was the Montview, but the week before they had solidly defeated Covina. Against the Rams, they never crossed the 50 yd line!! By memory, I think they amassed just over 90 yds in total offense.
    Even AZTEC PRIDE was impresssed, so again, hit MaxPreps or exchange some film////you have only a small clue.

  • Goldenarm


    good job in breaking this first

  • Goldenarm,

    Indeed! It always feels good to beat the San Marino Tribune on something.

  • Noble’s on the way !

    That’s right Aram…aim high !

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