Wilson High School football coach Brian Zavala has resigned after two seasons at the school.
Hacienda-La Puente Unified Asst. Superintendent in charge of Human Resources Rob Roberts confirmed Zavala’s decision on Tuesday night, saying that the second-year coach resigned his varsity head football coach position effective immediately and his teaching position at the end of the school year.
Roberts confirmed that the school district had hired a private investigator to investigate Zavala and the football program, but declined to say why at this time.
Zavala was 4-16 in his two seasons. Sources say he resigned rather than face action from the school as a result of the investigation.
The team is expected to be told about the situation on Thursday afternoon, followed by a meeting for parents that evening.
Aram’s take: Sad to see the situation come to this. I can tell you that reliable sources tell me that Zavala was in trouble for allegedly illegally recruiting a player from La Serna. The wrong people (if you’re Zavala) knew about this and it was the straw that broke the camel’s back as far as the administration was concerned. The writing was obviously on the wall when retired former A.D. and football coach Dave Merrill was brought back to “oversee” the program. I have to believe that if there wasn’t so much anti-Zavala sentiment that this infraction may have warranted a stern talking to and certainly not an ultimatum. But the mob may have had the administration lathered up to do its due diligence, and by the letter of the law, Zavala was left with two pretty crappy choices. More will come out in the coming days, for sure.