Rosemead High School football coach Matt Koffler is likely to resign after the Panthers season finishes in the Mid-Valley Division playoffs, according to sources.
Rosemead plays Temple City this Friday in the first round. Should the Panthers lose, Koffler is expected to tell his team that he’s coached his final game at the school, sources say.
Koffler had no comment when asked about the situation. Sources say the veteran coach would remain a teacher at the school, so it’s not a disciplinary problem.
Koffler was a standout quarterback at Rosemead before graduating in 1992 and playing in college at USC. As a coach, he led Rosemead to the semifinals in 2001 and the finals in 2008.
Aram’s take: I don’t have all the details yet, but what I’m hearing is there’s an issue with Koffler’s schedule and the school isn’t willing to budge. It sounds like yet another administration that doesn’t get it when it comes to football coaches and how much time and effort they put into their programs. Koffler leaving would be an absolute death blow to the Panthers’ program. We saw how well the Hatley era went before Koffler’s return. And we’ve also seen several examples recently of how quickly a football program can disintegrate when it’s not in the right hands. I truly believe that guys like Koffler and Arroyo’s Jim Singiser literally hold their programs together. There are a couple of other cases out there like that, too, like James Heggins and BP or Bill Zernickow at San Dimas.