62 players: New Rosemead head coach Marc Paramo concerned with low player turnout …

New Rosemead head coach Marc Paramo reports that his program has just 62 players across all grade levels out for spring football.

The Panthers had 72 when offseason preparations started, but like all programs that number has dipped.

Prior to starting spring ball in earnest on Monday, Rosemead was working every Wednesday for the past nine weeks, Paramo said. But the early start hasn’t produced a boost in numbers like coaches had hoped.

“I really am concerned,” Paramo said. “I really want the numbers to go up.

“That was one of our biggest goals. It was one of the reasons we started so early, to create some excitement. And it has with those kids are who just dialed in. We really need to tap into more of our Asian population here. We have two very good Asians on our team.

“A lot of times their parents won’t allow them to play.”

Aram’s take: Former coach Matt Koffler expressed concern to me about the program’s declining numbers last season. Considering this is a Rosemead program that has been among the area’s most consistent winners, the drop in player turnout has to be concerning for everyone. Like surrounding areas, Rosemead has experienced a significant demographic change. But it still has the Rosemead Rebels youth football program as a feeder. It will be very telling to see just how many players Rosmead’s frosh team fields in August. This is something to keep an eye on going forward.

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  • Boo Hoo

    Only 62….BOO HOOoo

    Rio Hondo has 25 and they win CIF

  • not that bad

    yea 62 isnt bad at all..some schools would love to have 62 show up

  • enough

    You need to remember that’s for 3 grades only. The incoming Freshmen class will probably account for an additional 50+ kids come June.

  • Jefe

    They can survive with 62.

    Move on.

  • Addition

    So you have

    40 on Varsity

    22 on JV(or scrap JV) does Rosemead really need a jv team? Especially after going down a div?

    30-40 incoming freshman

    Things look normal to me…

    Did he expect to have 100 on all levels like a upper division school…?

    Geesh Koffler was a master. I am sure those folks in Rosemead realize what they had now it’s gone.

  • Disagree with you guys. 62 is a low number to have on May 16. I remember Koffler last year saying he was concerned to have something like 40 players on the varsity roster.

    This is ROSEMEAD we’re talking about. Most schools have over 100 right now and obviously that number drops as we move toward August.

    Having 62 puts Rosemead on the very low end as Valley schools go. It’s a concern, no doubt about it.

  • Don Markham

    Don Markham would cut half of them and still put up 50+ points a night

  • Wtf

    Aram, of course you disagree you never been a head coach. 62 kids is more than enough teams win state championship with less. Get over it rosemead . Let’s be honest you donot like the talent level on the field so your making excuses for your future short comings. You are talking like a loser so you will be a loser.

  • w

    Most other high schools have a youth program as a feeder also, but the way the Rebels organization is set up Rosemead does not get all of those kids. The kids that don’t go to private schools attend five or six different public schools. Most of the Rebels go to San Gabriel, Rosemead gets the next amount, Mark Keppel gets a few, Gabrielino Gets one or two, Shurr even gets some of those kids.
    Coach suck it up! and do with what you got. 60 kids, my son’s school has 35-40 at a passing league game yesterday against Montebello including Line Guys.

  • stop hatin

    he would just like some more kids.. whats the big deal with that?

  • Wtf

    Hey Hater, The big deal is that, one of the key indications that a Head Coach is not going to do bad Job is when he thinks he needs more players. He just needs to Coach. He is talking like a coach who is going to lose.

  • saladays

    Oh no not enough kids!! Someone better tell the Head Coach!!
    Oh wait he is the head coach if you need more kids hit your campus and stop crying you are in charge whatever happens is on YOU Coach! Take charge!!

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