Baldwin Park picks former Walnut standout QB Daniel Al-Gattas …

Baldwin Park High School announced Wednesday that it has named Daniel Al Gattas as its new varsity football head coach.

Al Gattas, an assistant coach at Mt. San Antonio College last season, replaces Chris Williams, who left after two seasons at the school with a 7-14 record.

“Since I was last here, this was always a place I wanted to come back to,” said Al Gattas, who served as an assistant coach at Baldwin Park for one season in 2008. “I knew what the players are like and the mentality they had. I felt like if this job ever came open and I was ready, I felt like it was something I very much wanted.”

Local fans may remember Al Gattas from his playing days as a standout quarterback at Walnut. After graduating in 2003, Al Gattas, 29, never strayed far from the area and has spent most of his coaching career at Mt. SAC where last season he was quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator.

Baldwin Park was one of the area’s surprise teams last fall, going from 0-10 in Williams’ first year to 7-4 and nearly upsetting Arroyo in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Mid-Valley Division playoffs.

“I got a chance to meet with the players Wednesday and I’ve been watching a lot of film and it’s on the upswing,” Al Gattas said of the Braves program. “The kids are working hard everyday and there’s a positive attitude. I think they’re ready to get over the hump and have another great year.”

Baldwin Park had several solid seasons under James Heggins, who was head coach prior to Williams taking over. Heggins and Al Gattas coached together at Mt. SAC. Al Gattas will be an off-campus coach for Baldwin Park as he will keep day job at Mt. SAC.

Baldwin Park has to replace its leading passer and rusher, but the Braves do have a pair of 1,000-yard receivers back in Raymen Barraza and Jaysen Miller.

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  • Mean Joe Green

    Congratulations to Coach Stevens. He has been handed the reins to one of the most winning programs in the valley, in recent years. He will not have a shortage of studs to work with with. This year’s class is loaded with athleticism and recruiting prospects. Looking forward to a great season.

  • Run-n-Gun

    Great hire for the Wildcats. He knows how to run a program and has been handed the keys to a very fast car. Curious about what division they will and also saw that San Dimas is looking to open the season in Maui, does this mean the rivalry is done between these two Mid Valley power houses.

    Al-Gattas has his hands full at BP, but not with the kids. From what I hear the Admin has been a major source of contention at BP. Ever notice the Lanyards the coaches have to wear, that’s district mandate that all school personnel wear them at any school event, including practice. With red tape like that it wont be easy naviagting the other challenges coaches face these days.

    Good luck to both coaches and their programs

  • New York

    Coach Stevens appears to be another great hire. I have to give credit to the Monrovia administration for taking its time and finding the right person. I look forward to enjoying many more years of continued success.