Ryan Maine has resigned as head coach of the Diamond Bar High School football team after three seasons the school said in a release issued Monday.
Maine, who starred at Diamond Bar as quarterback back in his playing days, lasted three seasons and went 15-17 with one playoff appearance. The school said it will be immediately begin its search for a new coach.
“It’s been the toughest two weeks of my life,” Maine said. “But when your wife wants to stat a family, you have to start thinking about that. I told the players it’s not about them. It’s more about thinking long term and an opportunity to put my family in a better position.”
Maine won a CIF championship as Diamond Bar’s quarterback in 1999. He was also on the Brahmas’ 1998 CIF championship team. He graduated in 2001 and attended University of San Diego.
Maine returned as an assistant coach and took over the program with his trademark high-energy style in 2011. The Brahmas had their best season under Maine in 2013 when they went 7-4 and reached the CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division playoffs as an at-large team. Diamond Bar went on the road in the first round and upset defending division champion Downey before falling to eventual champion La Serna in the next round.
During Maine’s time at Diamond Bar, the program got national attention thanks to the arrival of Cordell Broadus, the son of famous rapper/entertainer Snoop Dogg. Broadus, who will be a senior next season, left Diamond Bar soon after the 2013 season and is now at Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas.
“I coach for the kids,” Maine said. “I don’t care about the title ‘head coach’. These (Class of 2015) kids are the best group Diamond Bar has seen in a long time, so I know Diamond Bar will still be successful.
Playoff opportunities have been few and far between at Diamond Bar, which underwent a demographic shift soon after Maine graduated. Not only that, nearby schools like Diamond Ranch and Chino Hills have started to cut into the once plentiful talent pool.
“We truly appreciate all that Coach Maine has done for the program over his history at DBHS,” Principal Catherine Real said in the release. “We fully support him and his wife in all future endeavors and wish him the best of luck.
“We will be conducting a comprehensive search for a new head football coach to ensure that our student athletes will be successful for years to come.”