Rosemead’s open! Marc Paramo steps down as head coach after five seasons …

Another of the area’s top football coaching jobs is open. Marc Paramo announced Tuesday that he has resigned as Rosemead High School football coach after seasons.

Paramo took over for former coach Matt Koffler in 2012 and won a Mission Valley League championship in 2014. The Panthers made the playoffs in three of Paramo’s five seasons and were 26-28 during that time. Prior to that, Paramo was a top assistant under Koffler.

“I’m 40 years old and I don’t want to do it by myself anymore,” Paramo said. “I’ve been coaching for 21 years, 17 of it at Rosemead and the last five as head coach. I just want some professional life, too. I started my administrative credential in 2008 and we went on our playoff run that year, so I stopped.

“I’m already seven weeks into my course at APU, so I went back.”

Paramo said he’s considering coaching elsewhere as an assistant this season, but also may take a year off to get recharged.

“Honestly, I wouldn’t mind coaching under someone else and learning,” Paramo said. “I wouldn’t mind being a position coach somewhere and just getting to learn how someone else does it and how they work with parents and staff members. I just don’t want to deal with the head coaching headache.”

Rosemead now joins Los Altos and South Pasadena in looking for a new head coach. Earlier this offseason, West Covina and La Mirada also had coaching vacancies to fill.

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La Mirada has its man …

La Mirada High School promoted assistant coach Joaquin Aguilar to varsity football head coach on Tuesday morning.

The announcement ended a long process in which the school twice flew the position before ultimately settling on Aguilar, who spent the last four years as the team’s secondary and special teams coach under previous head coach Mike Moschetti.

Aguilar inherits a program that’s become something of a shooting star. Two years ago, the Matadores won CIF Southern Section and State bowl championships. Last season, La Mirada reached the the Division 3 Southern Section championship game before falling to Edison.

“I am very excited about this opportunity to lead the Matadores,” Aguilar said in a statement put out by the school. “Most of the staff is returning so the transition should be relatively easy. We will continue to run our version of the West Coast offense and our attacking defense. While we had several key players graduate our returners were either starters or had extensive playing time.

“We will continue to schedule high level teams for our non-league schedule which for the 2017 season includes Orange Lutheran, Upland, Mater Dei and Capistrano Valley.”

Moschetti stunned local fans when he resigned shortly after the season. The former head coach won two CIF championships and had built the program into a Southland power that never often took on big-name opponents in the nonleague.

In addition to marquee games, championship and what’s become total domination of the Suburban League, La Mirada has become a hotbed of college football prospects, often sending out large recruiting classes to the next level.

Aguilar has head coach experience, having been in charge at Pius X and Glenn earlier in his career. He attended Salesian High and will be a walk-on coach.

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Zavala leaves Montebello for Colony …

Assistant coach Brian Zavala, who orchestrated one of the best defenses in recent area history this past season at Montebello, has left the Oilers and will become the next defensive coordinator and strength/conditioning coach at Colony.

Zavala was formerly the head coach at Wilson and later joined head coach Pete Gonzalez’s staff at Montebello where the Oilers experienced a strong showing in recent years. Zavala’s defense allowed just 9.4 points per game last season. Not sure when you’ll ever see a Montebello team do that.

About Los Altos …

A Conqueror insider, so take this how ever hard you want to take it, but the next Los Altos is likely to be someone with St. Paul ties. That could anybody, I know. But that’s what we’re down to on the rumor mill.

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Class of 2018 could produce another big Signing Day for the area

braddockJermaine Braddock looks like the next big thing to come out of CO

At Charter Oak High School, they call it “passing the torch.”

That’s the term used when Chargers top college football recruit hands off his star status on the way out the door to the next big-time prospect. This year, that process will take place between Brian Casteel, who yesterday signed with Arizona and Jermaine Braddock, the gem of next year’s class.

“He’s already heard people talking about some early offers and there are Pac-12 schools that I think are going to offer him,” Charter Oak head coach Lou Farrar said. “He’s the next sort of receiver/defensive back/skill guy up for us and we’ve got a few other guys coming up, too.”

As if you hadn’t enough of all the recruiting hoopla with Signing Day having come and gone on Wednesday, it’s now time to look forward to next season and think about the Class of 2018.

Braddock figures to be one of the biggest targets in the area for college football teams. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound receiver led Charter Oak in receiving in 2016 with 1,142 yards and 12 touchdowns. Farrar also said he expects some recruiting action for tight end Louis Farrar, defensive back Michael Anywanu, offensive lineman Nate Aceves and defensive lineman Mario Mora.

Just up the road at Glendora, the Tartans have a pair of offensive lineman who should garner plenty of interest. Guard Victor Arteaga stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 290 pounds and is coming off an All-Area season. Tackle Michael Chase is 6-4, 260.

“I do think both kids will have offers when it’s all said and done,” Tartans head coach Jerry Lewallen said. “I know APU (Azusa Pacific) loves them both and I’m hoping the Mountain West guys get in here and fall in love, too.”

Lewallen also expects that quarterback Bryce Wooldridge will see plenty of Division 2 interest, if not bigger.

In terms of quarterbacks, Northview’s Steven Comstock looks set to be the area’s most-prized recruit. Coming off a strong junior season in which Comstock showed he’s dangerous with both his arm and legs, the senior-to-be figures to get plenty of attention this spring. He’s already got an offer from Oregon St.

The area’s overall biggest recruit, not just in terms of size but also rankings, is Bishop Amat defensive tackle Aaron Maldonado. The 6-foot-4, 300-pound may have his pick of the litter at this time next year. Maldonado is the Mission League’s Defensive MVP and already has an offer from BYU.

The college football recruiting factory that is La Mirada should also put out another solid group. Former head coach Mike Moschetti reports that offensive lineman Tyler Casados already has an offer from Colorado.

Moschetti also expects plenty of attention to be thrown lineman Sebastian Hernandez’s way, as well as tight end Jared Mead. And beyond next year, La Mirada has a serious Class of 2019 prospect in quarterback Josh Calvin, who is already 6-4, 200. Linebacker Cam’Ron Chapman also figures to get plenty of looks.

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