Maranatha hires Pete Karavedas as new football coach

Maranatha High School named Whittier Christian defensive coordinator Pete Karavedas as its next head varsity football coach on Tuesday afternoon.

Karavedas spent the past four seasons at Whittier Christian, the last three as defensive coordinator, where he was part of a very successful run, that culminated with the Heralds finish last season 12-2 and reach the championship game of the Mid-Valley Division.

He replaces Joel Murphy, who resigned in January after compiling a 47-16 record in five seasons at the school.

“What I’m looking to do is take everything I’ve learned at Whittier Christian and bring it to Maranatha,” Karavedas said. “My goal has always been to become a head coach and when this opportunity came up, my eyes got wide because I knew it would be a good place to begin my career.”

Karavedas, 26, inherits a program on the rise thanks to the return of quarterback Andrew Elffers, who was dazzling as a sophomore and figures to become one of the top quarterback recruits on the West Coast over the next two seasons.

Elfers threw for 3,328 yards and 37 touchdowns as Maranatha finished 8-4 and reached the second round of the Mid-Valley Division playoffs.

“As a new head coach, it’s nice to be able to walk into a situation where you have the No. 1 sophomore quarterback in Southern California,” Karavedas said. “I got to coach against him last season, so I know. He passed for 330 yards against us. We’re going to build our offense around him for the next two years.”

Karavedas was a finalist for the Temple City job last season before pulling out toward the end of the process to remain at Whittier Christian.

Maranatha had contact earlier this month with South Hills coach Steve Bogan about the position before Bogan opted to remain at South Hills.

Aram’s take: Like it! Coach K was definitely ready for a head job and it looks like he’s stepping into a great situation for himself and the school, given his experience at a Christian school.

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  • Aaron

    Don’t get me wrong, Bogan’s resume looks great. However, I didn’t like the idea of him going to Maranatha. Reason being it would go away from where they had been.

    Joel Murphy was a young guy so it made a lot of sense to get a young Head Coach to replace a successful young head coach. I thought Karavedas would be a great hire when the job first became open because he was extremely successful as a coordinator at a small Christian School like Maranatha is.

  • Aaron,

    Yes, great choice. BUT, the pressure’s on now. Coach K walks into a great situation with top QB around and other returners from a team that went 8-4. Gotta do better than that next season. He inherits one of the Mid-Valley favorites. Could be a big splash for Coach K.

  • Aaron

    You’re quite correct that expectations are high…repeating the same success from last season is a must.

  • SF Knights Fan

    After all those resumes they hired a KID! LOL!!!There were no expectations when Murphy took the job AND Maranatha was in a lower league.
    Combine this with LaSalle hiring a loser for an A.D. who now wants to be the O.C. and force out the H.C. and you get a new recruiting heaven in Pasadena for St. Francis.
    Thanks everyone! You’re right, Winning isn’t everything.

  • Amat Honk

    Hey isn’t Baseball season IN VIEW!!!! How about some Baseball threads? Has anyone seen our new fence? Should add some new twists to the Amat games,huh? I like it! No more base clearing home runs that roll for a mile and a half. It’s almost time to PLAY BALL!!!!

  • Aaron

    Hey bub,

    This is a football only blog.

  • time will tell…..

    I guess this hire hasnt generated the type of interest it would have had Bogan decided to take the position

  • hahahaha

    so who has the inside scoop on who glendora is looking at to be coach?

  • SF Knights Fan

    If the Maranatha QB transfers now he will sit out a year, but he can start almost ANYWHERE. His stock won’t drop as long as he still gets those private lessons.
    Unless of course he magically moves residence.
    A kid like that can help a real program win STATE!

  • Not a chance….

    Andrew is not going anywhere, his family has deep roots at Maranatha and why would he when Murphy is still going to be on staff as the QB coach. FYI, Maranatha yesterday posted on the CIF web site for an Offensive Coord.

  • NV

    Steve Garrison Will be the O-line Coach At Northview.

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