Mooney has officially resigned from San Marino … Titans have started process to find new coach …

I spoke to San Marino High School Principal Loren Kleinrock this morning and he confirmed that former football coach Mike Mooney has resigned and the school is moving forward in the process to find his replacement.

The exact date of Mooney’s resignation is not known, but it came well before Christmas break. He was originally placed on administrative leave during the season. Kleinrock said the position is now officially open and the school has received about 15 applications thus far.

San Marino is putting together an interview committee and hopes to begin interviews Feb. 4. Kleinrock has confirmed there’s been interest in the position from coaches on last year’s staff.

Aram’s take:
Sad. Bums me out on multiple levels. Coach Mooney was/is one of my favorite coaches and I have nothing but respect for him. Hope he lands on his feet. And San Marino holds a special place in my heart, having seen so many games there as a kid and recalling all the success the Titans had under the legendary Bill Maloney.

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  • bystander

    i’m sure there probably will be a lot of interest, seeing that san marino is probably going to be offering a teaching job as well. also considering san marino will have a lot of returning talent. there were six sophomores who started at one time or another during the season on varsity, and a jv team that won their league. looking forward to seeing what’ll become of this team in two years.

    too bad mooney’s leaving though.

  • SM Alum

    Sad to see Mooney officially go. He was a good coach but he made some bad decisions as a coach and VP. Unfortunately the juice was too much for him to handle. For most of us it is.

    As for the new head coach, make sure you have a PhD in political science because your talents in dealing with people who have money and influence should be polished.

    Who on staff is interested after last season? I thought they would be running for the hills or forced into them by now.

    Good luck Titans

  • SM Dad

    There are a two good potential head coaches at San Marino and they are both at the lower levels. I would think that either coach Saxon (JV) or Abramovich (Freshman) would be great varsity head coaches. There are pro’s/con’s to both of them; but, no matter which one of them became coach, I think they’d be best for the kids and the consistency of the program. Niether of them are teachers but I think Saxon is almost done with his school. Both are former college players and are proven winners at SM. If there are people from SM interested, it should be one of them. I’d love to see either of them in that role.

  • New York

    Fly the boosters’ jet out to west Texas and make Danny Loyd an offer he can’t refuse.

  • SM Alum

    Why fly to West Texas when you already have a Texas guy on staff? Dont waste the Jet-A fuel New York, SM might have one of the most intriguing young coaches in the WSGV on staff…and he is on the pay-roll.

  • ghost town

    Why go all the way to Texas when you can spend a “$1.25 please” on regular unleaded driving over to Glendale and pick up John Tuttle who would be a great SM fit. You guys are missing out!

  • New York

    JT is another great one. Can’t go wrong with either JT or Danny!

  • TD

    Not sure JT would want the job.

  • ghost town

    The word on the street is that they asked him to apply and he has. It is an obvious fit if you look at it from multiple points of view: he is already in the area, knows the demographic and is a credentialed teacher who could be on campus. As for not wanting the job… going from Glendale High School to San Marino as an alum is an opportunity that would not be passed up if given the opportunity to succeed there. Kids bennefit, school bennefits and traditions stay in tact from an alums perspective. A no brainer for school admin. as it is a win-win situation.
    Good Luck SM, because as we have seen all to often lately these kind of things have been screwed when it shouldn’t be that hard!

  • Ex SM Dad

    SM have to get it together across the whole program, what has been going on there over the last 6 years? Too many wealthy know it all’s interfering in things they think they are experts in. Happened when my kids were there and is still apparently going on. Coaches coach and parents respect the decisions made staying out of it. Sports are tough and if your kid gets benched or criticized learn from it – it’s called life.

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