Former Los Altos and Northview coach Jim Arellanes takes over at Marshall Fundamental …

Former Los Altos and Northview coach Jim Arellanes is the new varsity football head coach at Marshall Fundamental in Pasadena, athletic director Phil Calafat confirmed Tuesday.

Arellanes didn’t coach last season after spending most of the offseason as an assistant to James Heggins at Baldwin Park before leaving the team because of the brilliance of admin at BP, not hiring him into a full-time job.

He has previously had head coaching stints at Los Altos and Northview and assistant coach runs at Rosemead and El Rancho.

“We want to bring stability to the program and become more successful, year to year,” Calafat said. “It would be nice if things turned around completely, but that’s probably not realistic with the nature of high school sports and Marshall itself.

“Our philosophy is that a successful year is not just a won-loss record. It’s ‘Did the players perform to the best of their abilities?’ Did they improve? Wins are very good and a high goal, but it’s not the No. 1 thing.”

Marshall, which plays in the rugged Alpha League, was 1-9 last season under James Zall, who lasted one season. The Alpha League is now part of the Mid-Valley Division and is headlined by Paraclete and Sierra Canyon.

Aram’s take: Well, Arellanes certainly has his work cut out. Tough league in a tough division. Marshall is pretty unique. It’s not a private school, but it has no residential boundaries to guarantee students. It’s grades 6-12 and operates on a lottery system of students who want to go there. Marshall has better test scores than any other Pasadena Unified school. So whatever athletes are part of the batch of students is basically what Arellanes gets to work with.

  • Loud Mouth

    Yeah…that La Salle coach came from such a prestigious program. He sure is recruiting but he and his staff suck as coaches. Just wait…you’ll see.

  • Loud Mouth Soup

    Loud mouth,

    I could not agree more.

    I have watched several passing league games of La Salles in the past month or so and I have been pleased with the talen pool.

    There is no way Maranatha should be able to play with these guys talent wise or anyone in their league.

    But telltale signs indicate this staff is a joke.
    I watched La Salle struggle against Ribet Academy at La Salle a few weeks ago. Ribet had only a few guys compared to La Salles numbers including about 12 coaches doing nothing. I watched little Ribet with 2 coaches do a number on La Salle with only a handful of kids and the La Salle players looked baffled and coaches looked out of place. A coach threw a clipboard and others argued.

    La Salle has some great athletes but no qb. Ribet’s qb looked like an all star compared to La Salle’s 3 in the rotation. It was really odd to see since we(la salle) beat up on Harvard Westlake who has a qb going to vanderbilt but then get beat up by Ribet Academy.

    I am not sure all of these staff memebers belong at La Salle. Talent wise, out of site. Its going to be an interesting year for La Salle, so much invested in this coach and this season, i have pins and needles that i am sitting on.

  • Loud Mouth

    Let me guess..it was the coach with glasses and the one yells all the time?

    Once the new principal comes to La Salle I think their days are numbered. You’re gonna tell me he’s gonna go from harmony and winning with Bob Ladouceur to this three circus….fat chance.

  • http://www.pasadenasportshalloffame.org PASHOFPAL

    I covered some of Marshall’s games last season; they had talent but was lacking in fundamentals; their offense/defense was never consistent. The program has not been the same since Tip Sanders…remember, Marshall were league champs and a got a CIF semifinal appearance under his coaching/guidance. Coaching, especially for a school like Marshall, matters.

    Good luck, Mr. Arellanes and welcome to the City of Champions. No pressure intended (maybe a little).

    Laurence Todd
    President
    http://www.pasadenasportshalloffame.org

  • Loud Mouth

    Jimmy had a good team at Northview, but after 2008 he lost a lot of talent and senior leadership. With a lot of glaring holes, their fall was quick and hard. They had young talent but the divide was too big. He also fell out of grace with a lot of parents too.

    Then he was unable to make a go of it at a more committed group at Los Altos but it sounded like he was surrounded by a bunch of turncoats.

    I hope Arellanes can make a go of it. This program really needs someone is who is patience and not worried about wins and loses for a season or so. The entire culture needs to change because football is not a priority for the school. He’s going to be on an island.

  • Let Me sort it Out

    FOCUS PEOPLE!!!
    Let me help sort you guys out…
    1) This is not a La Salle thread but since we’re here: La Salle’s A.D. is “Football Kryptonite”. Some good people at that school sold out for football and didn’t even do it right. A new Principal needs to clean house before the good people get labeled as bad people by association with this CIRCUS.
    1B) Ribet Academy has a couple of very VERY talented offensive coaches. Harvard Westlake’s Offensive coaches are overated.

    2) Tip Sanders was NOT at Marshall he was at BLAIR. Marshall is and has been terrible for a long time. PUSD gives NO and I mean NO support to Marshall and Blair. It starts with District facilities and gets worse and worse from there. But then again…no one cares so it stays terrible.

    3) From what I heard, coach Arellanes seems like an Okay guy. The big question is whether he’ll be able to keep his optimism and enthusiasm as the school, parents, and especially the district constantly say NO NO NO to his requests for assistance.

  • http://www.pasadenasportshalloffame.org PASHOFPAL

    Let Me sort it Out”

    “Tip Sanders was NOT at Marshall he was at BLAIR. Marshall is and has been terrible for a long time. PUSD gives NO and I mean NO support to Marshall and Blair. It starts with District facilities and gets worse and worse from there. But then again…no one cares so it stays terrible.”

    You’re wrong, he coached at Marshall before Blair. Nevertheless, his impact on the program at Marshall has been unchallenged since his departure.

    On Mr. Sanders – I got word a couple of months ago that he was going to be head coach at Arcadia…I was wrong…sort of, turns out he’s on the the Apache coaching roster after all. It saddens me to say that PHS (maybe MUIR) may never win a game against them again…that is, unless we make Mr. Sanders…say, head coach at PHS. I’m holding out on Muir, but only because of John Hardy – he’s been influenced by both Mr. Sanders and Mr. Brownfield; arguably two of the best high school coaches in San Gabriel Valley in the last twenty years.

    Laurence Todd
    President
    http://www.pasadenasportshalloffame.org

  • Loud Mouth

    Sort it out….

    A new principal (Brady) is coming to La Salle. I know it was announced. He went on a vacation and won’t start until July 2012. He is coming down from Concord De La Salle, so I think he’ll have a better handle on things. Gordon was hired beforehand. I suspect Brady will eventually wipe out a lot of the incompetent and under-qualified.

  • Let Me Sort it Out

    PASHOFPAL,

    I should have known not to second guess you. My bad. You are the guru. I didn’t look at the screen name when I replied. What’s your prediction on the final score of the upcoming Marshall vs. Blair Football game?

  • Change is a comin’

    Loud Mouth – i expect the new principal to make short work of the new basketball coach as well. Not a “DeLaSalle kind of guy”

  • http://www.pasadenasportshalloffame.rg PASHOFPAL

    “Let Me Sort it Out said”

    “I should have known not to second guess you. My bad. You are the guru. I didn’t look at the screen name when I replied. What’s your prediction on the final score of the upcoming Marshall vs. Blair Football game?”

    Not at all, far from it…just a bit crazed/passionate about my (our) city. Ha! I’ll take Blair by 14.

    Laurence Todd
    President
    http://www.pasadenasportshalloffame.org

  • Loud Mouth

    Oh you guys are gonna love Gordon’s lame offense, lol! His defensive staff isn’t any better. I mean, they may have brought in some transfers but I don’t see any real cohesion. That staff is filled with loud mouths, who have control issues. I also quesrion if he can really build the right culture within the program and the school.

    Dependifng on how weak their league is, they might posts some wins and get into the playoffs. Their division is wide open too, but I suspect a better coached team will snuff them out.

  • Brady

    Maybe he can get his nephew (Tom) to run some camps at La Salle, how awesome would that be?

  • saladays

    One of the laziest coaches I have ever seen.

    Maybe he has changed… I doubt it.

    Compare Arellanes and Ziola same kids.

  • T

    saladays,
    Arellanes, helped lay the ground work for Ziola by Coaching up those kids for the year he had them. Now that LA lost most of their keys players to graduation, we will see how good of a coach Z is.

  • HUH???

    T???

    Coaching up??? Who did he coach up? Kids quit didn’t want to play for him. He was never in weight room, all he did was yell. Lmao.

    Ziola changed a lot of the returning players positions around. So what ever “coaching” you think Arellanes did didn’t work out.

    So much more can be said, but truth be told I wish him luck. But don’t diminish last years coaching staff, by saying they came in coached up. That my friend is laughable.

  • Let it go

    I think the topic of this article was that Arellanes is coaching again. Good for him. As for what happened at Los Altos…who cares. I wouldn’t give the coaches much credit. I would say that is the result of the kids will to win. I hope they can do it again and not roll over and die if things get tough.

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