St. Paul hires former Ancich assistant Rick Zepeda as new head coach …

St. Paul announced Thursday evening that is has hired Rick Zepeda as its new varsity football head coach.

Zepeda replaces interim head coach Casey Morales, who took over late in the season after Elijah Asante was fired on Oct. 10.

According to a press release put out by the school, Zepeda spent last season at St. John Bosco, although it was unclear in what capacity. Zepda is a 1988 graduate of St. Paul and was on legendary Swordsmen head coach Marijon Ancich’s staff from 1995-2004. He spent one season as an assistant at Long Beach Jordan in 2004 and two seasons at East Los Angeles College from 2005-07 before being the head coach at El Rancho from ’08-’11.

St. Paul made a splash last offseason when it replaced Ancich, who retired, with Asante. The Swordsmen got several big-name transfers, but the season never got off the ground. St. Paul finished 1-9.

Aram’s take: St. Paul fans get what they want — a St. Paul guy. How Zepeda rounds out his staff will be very key and a little birdie has told me there’s a possibility that recently resigned San Gabriel coach Jude Oliva will be Zepeda’s offensive coordinator. Now that would really go a long away toward forming a dynamic staff. No matter what the coaching staff is, they will need some horses to work with and I’m not too sure what type of talent remains in Santa Fe Springs.

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  • Who’s House?

    NO SURPRISE!!! This is clearly a St. Paul guy!!! Many may say this is a ”GREAT HIRE” but they tend to forget that he was mediocre at best at El Rancho. Hiring a coach based on knowing the program instead of the best qualified is clearly not the best route.

    How does adding coach Oliva make them a dynamic duo? No disrespect to coach Oliva but he too flopped at San Gabriel this past season. My thoughts are that they should have reached out to Greg Gano or someome familiar in rebuilding programs. Instead St. Paul gets a tradition rich coach.. Best of luck

    • UCLAman

      Greg Gano? No way St. Paul would be stupid enough to hire him. He did a terrible job at Damian. Hell be lucky to get another job after his performance over there.

      • Who’s House?

        Well Zepeda got a job after better job after EL RANCHO.

  • Canteflas

    I wish the best for St Paul ,however parents have to ask the question(Tuition and fees are well ver 800 a month if you play football) and they are asking many questions as it stands ….is it worth it to send your kid to ST Paul,when LM,La Serna,Downey,La Habra are doing well and with new stadiums in the works and better Teachers……I think St Paul is in Trouble .

  • pirate 7

    I feel coach Zepeda knows what it takes to attract football families and resurrect the program. It’s going to take transfers to win and at this point SP can’t compete at any level below D5. But they also need to hire a new energized principal to reach out to area families to attend St.Paul. Losing too many students to outside area Catholic High Schools. eg: Servite, Bosco, Loyola, Amat, Rosary, Salesian etc… Attendance under the principal’s leadership has been declining for the past 3 years.

    Obstacles … not enough extra-curricular activities, rigorous academic courses, no air-conditioned classrooms. Most of the teachers are good, but a few are stuck in the Stone Age. Finally, I can see Oliva as the OC and Avina as the DC., but keep them calling plays from the booth. Good Luck to All.

    • UCLAman

      Principle at St. Paul is a joke. She has been since the day she stepped on that campus. She will hopefully be gone within a year. Until then St. Paul has no chance in improving in football.

  • Billy

    St Paul will not allow transfers in especially blacks ,you will not compete in the Mission league reqruiting in Tortilla Flats for undersize Latinos with Macho upbringing look at LM BOYS DIVERSITY !!


      Wow you can be politically correct with the Latinos but you can’t do the same for the African Americans… Did you happen to see all the transfers they got this year? I am pretty sure it was a melting pot of different cultures.