Coaching search updates ….

LA MIRADA — This one is kinda interesting. In an article published by this organization back on Jan. 10, the school said it was conducting interviews that week and would likely name a coach the following week (last week). Came and went. Now, word is the school is back to the application phase. How did this happen? Turns out the district wanted to involved and asked the school to re-fly the position. It closes today (Jan. 25). No interviews have been conducted yet. They’re expected to happen next week. No word on how many applicants.
RANDOM THOUGHT: I hope the next coach realizes he is inheriting a program that’s likely headed from D-3 to D-2, maybe D-1.

LOS ALTOS — As I tweeted (@aramtolegian) earlier Jan. 25, the school is set to finish first-round interviews this week and will have another round next week. Word I got from a Los Altos insider is there’s not as much as interest in the job as one might think because there is no teaching position (right now) with the gig.

EL MONTE, TEMPLE CITY, WEST COVINA — I got nothing. This is where you come in.

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BREAKING: Three-time CIF championship coach Mike Maggiore resigns from West Covina

maggioreLongtime West Covina High School football coach Mike Maggiore announced his resignation Wednesday after 21 seasons at the school.

Maggiore guided West Covina to six league championships and three CIF championships during his time and always had the Bulldogs among the top teams in the area. But family duty calls and so he told the team of his decision on Tuesday.

“I feel like I’ve been on a treadmill and I just want to get off the treadmill and take a breath,” Maggiore said. “I’d like to say there’s something cool I’m going to be doing, like hunting. But I don’t have any plans. I just want to spend a little time with my son.”

Maggiore becomes the latest head coach to depart one of the area’s more successful programs this offseason. Earlier, La Mirada’s Mike Moschetti and Los Altos’ Dale Ziola stepped down after leading their teams to CIF championship games.

Maggiore grew up locally and was a standout football and swimmer at Edgewood High before graduating in 1985 and playing football at Oregon St. Soon after returning home following college, he was an assistant coach at West Covina before taking over the head job.

The Bulldogs won CIF championships in 2004, 2010 and 2011. The 2011 team won it’s CIF championship game over La Serna by a record score of 84-21. But those championship moments aren’t what Maggiore would call the highlights of his career.

“My favorite accomplishments are the relationships I built off the field,” he said. “When former players come back and visit and they’re doing great things. On the field, I’m proud of the fact we were competitive every year.”

Maggiore said he will return to coaching at some point and will be available to help to whoever is named his successor. Maggiore plans to remain a teacher at the school. Whether his return some day is as a head coach or as an assistant remains to be seen. But his junior-high aged son will attend West Covina when he reaches high school age.

“In 21 years of doing it, there’s been a lot of changes,” Maggiore said. “It’s a year-round thing now. I always thought if I didn’t have the energy, it’s time to get out. I know I’m going to miss it, but I think it’s a good time.”

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Way too early SGV(N) Top 25 for 2017 …

Yes, I know, it’s January. But I couldn’t resist. We’re humans. We need a guideline.

1. Bishop Amat — Leading passer, rusher and Big Aaron all return.
2. Damien — Surprised? Don’t be. QB Warren Bryan is back.
3. La Habra — QB Fogel is a nice piece to build around.
4. Charter Oak — A QB needs to fall out of a tree.
5. La Mirada — More questions than answers at this point.
6. La Serna — Hit hard by graduation. But it’s the system, stupid.
7. St. Francis — Could be changing offensive identity a bit.
8. Arcadia — Some of the best skill talent around.
9. Glendora — QB Wooldridge plus some key linemen are back.
10. South Hills — You gotta keep an eye on Bechtel.
11. Northview — QB Comstock needs a supporting cast.
12. Arroyo — QB and RB are both back … scary still.
13. La Salle — Could be some reinforcements on the way.
14. St. Paul — Program is going the right direction.
15. West Covina — Always solid, but lots to replace.
16. San Marino — QB along with some key skill players are back.
17. Monrovia — Can ‘Cats still simply reload?
18. San Dimas — Saints just do what they do.
19. Covina — Could be quite the sleeper with Burns at QB.
20. Bonita — Talented soph class took their lumps in ’16.
21. Diamond Ranch — Expecting The Martinez Effect to take effect.
22. South El Monte — RB Tovar is back. That’s all you need to know.
23. Montebello — QB Tapia is back but there’s lots to replace.
24. Los Altos — Storied senior class has to be replaced.
25. Duarte — QB Hemsley is back for Montview champs.

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Santa Fe football player Chandler Ray killed Thursday while riding his bike



Santa Fe High School football player Chandler Ray died Thursday evening after being struck by a car while riding his bike at the intersection of Studebaker Road and Firestone Blvd. in Norwalk. He was 17.

Ray, a junior defensive lineman who alternated between the Chiefs varsity and junior varsity teams, was riding home from a friends house when he was hit by a car. It’s unclear whether clear Ray passed away at the scene or at a local hospital.

“It was just an accident, it was just one of those accidents,” Santa Fe varsity football coach Dave Pierson said. “I think we’re still kind of all in shock and somewhat disbelief. I know a lot of our players are. They can’t believe this happened and it’s very unfortunate.”

There was vigil held for Ray on Thursday evening, which Pierson and Ray’s teammates and Santa Fe students attended. Ray is the second local football player to pass away under fluke circumstances recently.

In late November, Whittier Christian defensive lineman Ethan Hawks died from injuries suffered from being struck by an object that flew into his mother’s car while the two were driving on a local freeway.

“When it strikes one of your teammates, one of your players, it strikes right to the core,” Pierson said.

Pierson said that Ray was a popular student due to his outgoing nature. He often went out of his way to visit teachers at the school every morning and give them a hug, regardless of whether he was in their class.

“He was a kid that you liked to have around,” Pierson said. “He was a great-spirited kid, very outspoken, he had his own opinion, but always listening to other people’s opinions. He was a strong football player and a strong athlete.

I was looking forward to seeing him as a senior, but obviously we’re not going to have that. It’s back to the things that really matter. Not athletics, but kids growing up.”

Pierson said that the Whittier Police Department is planning to make a donation toward Ray’s funeral arrangements. There is also a GoFundMe page for those seeking to offer help for Ray’s family.

“By no means does this family have loads of money running around,” Pierson said. “It’s just another family where an unforeseen tragedy has taken everybody aback.”

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