Los Altos has its man … but will he clear?

The long wait for the Los Altos High School football team to get its new head coach appears almost over.

Conquerors athletic director Andrew Formano said Tuesday that the school has its man, but is just waiting for him to get cleared through human resources. The announcement could come any day.

“We’re waiting on his finger prints to clear, which should be any day now, and once that happens, we’ll announce to the kids and parents and be ready to move forward,” Formano said. “We’ve got our guy and we’re just waiting for clearance.”

Formano said the new head coach likely won’t be an on-campus coach, but does have head coach experience. Los Altos had roughly 25 applicants looking to take over for Dale Ziola, who resigned in December after a wildly successful run that saw him take one of the Valley’s most-storied football programs off life support and make it viable again.

Los Altos reached two CIF championship games under Ziola, including last year’s CIF Southern Section Division 6 final. The Conquerors lost to Paraclete, but finished the season at 13-1.

The Conquerors are just about of time in the traditional sense. Spring practice is set to begin in May and summers are now full of workouts and passing competitions. Not having a head coach much longer could put Los Altos behind the ball.

One reason the process may have taken so long is that the school underwent a changing of the guard at principal during the school year, with Cheli McReynolds leaving and former assistant Jeff Hess taking over.

“That slowed the process a little bit, because attention was kind of diverted to other things on campus,” Formano said. “We would have like to have gotten this done earlier, but circumstance were what they were.”

  • reality

    Finger prints are no small matter these days. They knock out plenty of applicants as well as background reports. But these checks take seconds not months in real time.

  • Ms

    Got the email from the principal today we got stuck with Bassets old coach 🙁

    • TruTH

      He is a coach that revived a Basset team that only had 16 players the year before. He took Basset, yes I said Basset to the playoffs two years in a row. I think this is a coach that knows how to build a program and make it successful. With support from administration and parents this could potentially be a great pick up. Let not forget that Ziola was a no name coach with zero head coach experience. He came as an assistant from Montebello, yet took Los Altos to the CIF championship two years in a row. Lets give this guy a change before we start putting down the hire.

      • Ms

        I understand that but Basset is division 13 or below! LA is division 6…its a totally different level of play.

        • TruTH

          Not really. During his years at Bassett, they were in division 10. The same division as Sierra Canyon, San Dimas and Paraclete. Which yes that division 10 Paraclete that went on to beat LA in the CIF championship game and go on to win the state title.

        • TruTH

          Sierra Canyon actually went on to win CIF championship in Division 4 this past season beating teams such as Charter Oak along the way.

        • LA Homer

          LA division 6 on it way to Division 4 because of last season and the new division pairings every year.

  • LA Homer

    Where else has he coached other than Bassett? He wasn’t the coach last year?

  • reality

    Lets check the facts. First off even 8 man football has more than 16 players right? After 4 seasons fired from little old Basset, why? 19-23 against the weakest of the weak. 0-2 playoff record. After best season 2015, coach fired and team downgraded to division 12 for 2016 where they were 1-9. Odd hire from my unknowledgeable perspective. But I’m sure the fam loves him.