Chino Hills coach Derek Bub resigns … Bechtel up next?

Derek Bub resigned as Chino Hills High School football coach on Wednesday after five seasons, citing a desire to spend more time with his family and seek a position in higher up in administration. Bub is currently the school’s athletic director.

Bub won Sierra League championships in his first three seasons and compiled a record of 43-16-1. He did not rule out a return to coaching, and even hinted at it being a certainty.

“I’m going to spend some time with family and also go down the administration route,” Bub said Wednesday morning. “I thought about it over Christmas break and wanted to see where I was at. It’s one of those thing where I have to put my family first. It just makes sense for me.

“To sit here and say that I’m never going to coach again would be a lie. It’s in my blood. To tell you I’m not going to be shaking on the sidelines next year would be an absolute fabrication. I love this game. I love what it does for kids. But for right now, I think this is the best decision for me. That’s not to say I won’t entertain anything for years to come.”

The Centennial game Bub was referring to came in 2010 with what was arguably his best team at Chino Hills. The Huskies reached the semifinals of the Inland Division playoffs that season and gave a juggernaut Centennial a battle for three quarters before falling 42-23.

“Off the field, I think we produced a great number of kids that make us proud in the community,” Bub said. “That’s probably the biggest thing that will stick with me. On the field, obviously, the Centennial game sticks in my mind and some games against Charter Oak. We had some great games in the past five years.”

Bub said the school will fly the job within the district as soon as possible, and will fly it outside the district if needed.

“I’d like to have somebody in place by the beginning of February,” Bub said. “We’ll get things going and make things as smooth as possible.”

When asked if former Colony head coach and current Huskies offensive coordinator Matt Bechtel was the favorite to take over, Bub said he wasn’t sure and it depended on the applicants.

“I don’t know if I’d say he’s the favorite because I don’t know who else is going to put in,” Bub said. “I like Matt. I like the way he coaches. I enjoyed being able to coach with him for the past year. I think he does a great job. I like everything he has to offer, but who knows who else is going to come out in the district or even outside the district.”

Aram’s take: First, let me say that Bub is/was an absolute class act. Never heard anyone in the coaching community have a bad word to say about him. He was great to work with for Fred and I. It’s not an easy drive going from the Chino Hills area to the Tribune area, but Bub always had his players available and on-time airlines for any photo opps we needed, which included even sending standouts Ifo-Ekpre Olumo and Nate Harris all the way to the Rose Bowl for our Signing Day photo shoot in early 2011. As for the open job, I kinda feel like saying “interested applicants need not apply”, but I won’t. However, the theory has been “out there” since last year that Bechtel would come over, call the offense, then become the head man when Bub made his move to admin. Looks like it’s unfolding, although I’ve heard Bechtel’s name mentioned with both the Etiwanda and Damien openings … maybe that’s why today’s news was expedited? Dunno. Nonetheless, if Bechtel does get the job, the Huskies will be in good hands and I would expect that Bub would play a role on the staff sooner than later. Good for Bechtel or whomever gets it. Talk about one great job.

  • GP AKA Green Machine

    Boy That inland Division is tougher than a UFC tap out. I don’t think any sierra league coach wants to be in that ring.

    • Not So Fast My Friend

      I don’t think that’s the issue. It’s probably part what he said and the other part, his coaching skills have been exposed. I understand from reading that articles he’s had a pretty successful run. But you can only get by on talent for so long before your skills as a coach are called to the forefront. That was probably this season.

      • OuttaYourMindTrib

        Chino Hills had a lock on talent in the city and surrounding communities for the better part of the last decade. The last year or two that’s not been the case. Solid kids that never see the light of day because of transfer politics. You can only do that for so long before it catches up with a program. You know the saying you reap what you sow… CHHS is about to reap the whirlwind.

        • GP AKA Green Machine

          You are very correct..I have said that for years….but because I am a Mtowner, people don’t take it seriously. That also goes for CO regarding their titles in the South East as well. The SGV has only produced two upper division champions in the last 25 years BA in the 90′s and DBar in late 90′s/ 2000. One private one public. All the those local preseason games don’t mean much….Coaches are tapping out….Solution: SGV teams need to be placed in the right divisions….

          • Not So Fast My Friend

            Haha! It’s that thing where you go in with good intentions to develop your local talent base, but you soon realize you’re the only one whose not poaching. Then you realize how the CIF acts and feels like the NCAA.

          • GP AKA Green Machine

            Yeah, but not true….IE is huge and growing, OC and Long beach are huge, and growing… they can go without transfers. The SGV teams have transfers… If you want to see if you belong… Don’t look at the guys in the starting lineup, look at the guy at the end of the bench. They will tell you the story. If you look at the 3rd stringers at Vista, Cent, Poly and Etc…their reserves look the part. Once you get to the 2nd team in the SGV …it looks rather thin.

          • Not So Fast My Friend

            That part is true, but programs like that have a great youth network that cultivates and builds that talent into their program. Kids in Vista’s and Centennial’s youth program get additional coaching in fundamentals and technique by the high school coaches who come out to assist (when they can). The high school coaches coach up the youth coaches and so on and so on. They virtually run stripped down versions of the high schools offense and defensive schemes. By the time that kid reaches that high school, they’ve been immersed into the program terminology, fundamentals, technique, etc. so much so they’re able to contribute. At that point it’s just fine tuning their abilities.

            I haven’t seen, nor have I heard that same commitment in the SGV. I certainly expect to be labeled as wrong on this, but it explains the lack of depth and looking the part as you said.

            Success at any program generates the attention of better athletes. All kids want to be part of a winner. For comparison all you have to do is look at programs that are not. Count the number of kids that participate and the razor thin community support they receive.

            As large as the IE is, with the wealth of talent in the area, no coach should feel the need to poach. But they do and will either by going out looking or sliding a chair out for someone whose interested in transferring in. Point to the commitment by the school, then the program, then work your way downwards and it’ll be crystal clear why.

          • OuttaYourMindTrib

            @ Not So Fast, you hit the nail on the head.

            If Corona were to play in/against SGVJAAF, it would look exactly like Charter Oak the CIF playoffs. Only instead of the 1 or maybe 2 teams per division that the SGVJAAF teams field, they bring 4, and their #3 team can hang (not beat, but hang) with a #1 from the SGV. It’s all about comittment. And when you’re the last Southern California Team to play a decent game against Del La Salle, you’re committed. !00%

          • Not So Fast My Friend

            Definitely!

          • GP AKA Green Machine

            I Think the SGV players get plenty of good coaching. There have been Entire high school staffs coaching JAAF. However, SGV schools have limited big guys showing up for Freshman Football. The Avg SGV lineman is about 5’10 205 to 6’1 250. That is good for the Midvalley or Southeast and Yea there are few big talented lineman in our area, but look at the Inland/Pac 5 Line cores overall. In “Big Boi” football… they tend to be in the 6’2 250 range to 6’4 280 range and very athletic and tend to get offers. The SGV has not put out many lineman lately. This shows up in late in the those playoff games. QB play is has also been an issue for SGV teams. BA keeps a good one every year, but only one team had a QB with Size, Speed, and throwing ability and that was B CoX from PHS. Now if he was on a Charter Oak or BA, that kind of game breaker could have made things more interesting on that level.

          • OuttaYourMindTrib

            That’s what they said about the program when Ladouceur(sp.?) took over. I’m not writing their obit just yet. IF you we’re going to mention a program in the same sentence as De La Salle, it would be CC, not the other pretenders that got the shot.

          • Not So Fast My Friend

            GP, De La Salle is probably the first school I’d point to as being all about the coaching. That’s a top notch crew they have or had in place. Their OLine was coached in technique and fundamentals. If either of those two are sound, then a player will do quite well against a bigger, faster, stronger opponent.

            I wouldn’t be quick to grab that shovel and start digging De La Salle’s grave. Bob Ladouceur has left them the blueprint for that program and his assistant coaches have been well versed in how they do things. His staff didn’t have a lot of turnover, so they should be ok. HOWEVER, the biggest interest is and I don’t know if they’ve picked a head coach yet, is who the next coach will be. Their temperament and his desire to put his own thumbprint on the program will be the biggest question.

          • OuttaYourMindTrib

            Thin… You’re too kind. Nonexistent in many cases. Once you get past the 2nd string in some places it like YIKES!

        • Not So Fast My Friend

          More of this probably depends on who becomes the next head coach there. If it becomes Bechtel, then I doubt they are about to reap the whirlwind. If they pick someone else and Bechtel leaves, then I believe they will. Great high school coaches are far and few in between. He’s probably one of a solid ten. Most are good to average and a dozen more are average to poor. Chino Hills needs to be smart here.

      • GP AKA Green Machine

        Chino Hills is a good Area, and has a large amount students. However, if they want to be good in the inland, they probably switch leagues and move into the Baseline league. That’s the only way they can sharpen their skills. The rest of the Sierra along with Glendora should be used to strengthen the Mt Baldy league. Let’s take a look… Farrar cries bc he can’t do anything on that level. The Chino HIlls Coach Resigns, Damien Coach Resigns…South Hills has a new coach , and Ayala and Claremont or not on that level. This does not look good for the Sierra in when it comes to being competitive on this level. I am not sure what else you can pull from this.

        • OuttaYourMindTrib

          That’s a fair assessment of the Sierra League’s predicament.

          • Not So Fast My Friend

            Outta, I agree with you on that.

    • OuttaYourMindTrib

      Nobody that is sane wants to coach in the Sierra League at the moment. They know they are pretty much guaranteed at best a 2nd round playoff exit.

      • GP AKA Green Machine

        Yeah it is a grand exit… 21 pts or better exit

  • AnOutsideTake

    Bechtel will not be at Damien next season. So I would say he’s the front runner for Chino Hills

  • Not So Fast My Friend

    Aram, I read Jack Austin flipped his commitment to Cal from Boise? And there’s no coverage of that??

  • disqus_4zECTdsXfo

    i heard mccain from chino might be a candidate for the ch head coaching job?

  • OuttaYourMindTrib

    Rumor has it a couple QB’s from Colony are transferring to Chino Hills. Looks like they had NOTHING in the cabinet after all. A garbage-time varsity QB does not a League Champion make.

    Of course the two transfers are not Athletically Motivated and everything is on the up and up right Bub? You reap what you sow Bub, you reap what you sow.