Despite rumors, Pasadena says Doug Bledsoe still head coach

Rumors made the rounds on Twitter on Wednesday evening that former Minnesota Vikings receiver Matthew Hatchette was going to be named the new varsity football head coach at Pasadena.

Those rumors were prevalent much of the week, actually, following the transfer of Downey QB Jorge Reyna to Pasadena. Reyna, a junior, quarterbacked Downey to the CIF-SS Southeast Division championship in 2012. Many are trying to make a connection between Reyna’s arrival at PHS with a pending arrival of Hatchette.

However … Bulldogs AD Mike Parisi had this to say

“Coach Bledsoe is still the head coach and he isn’t going anywhere. Bledsoe for sure is going to be the head football coach next fall.”

Bledsoe himself was surprised to hear of the rumors and said he has no relationship with Hatchette, so even the notion of the former NFL receiver being an assistant coach at PHS was a surprise.

Hatchette is involved with B2G Sports, which is one of the “elite” 7-on-7 teams that are popping up recently and seem to always lead to a flurry of transfer activity (think Jake Payton to Upland last year). These 7-on-7 teams are going to be a great detriment if they are not curtailed. This could be another example of that.

Aram’s take: Even the Muir people were talking about Hatchette being at PHS today. So this rumor really has some legs. My first reaction when I saw the tweets, which I was included in, was “I didn’t know Coach Bledsoe was even gone.” I get it, Reyna’s transfer to a program that was 1-9 last year is mysterious. But then again, he will be working with one of the top receiver prospects around in Tyrek Adams.

Ryan Maine resigns after three seasons as Diamond Bar head coach …

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.

ryanmaineMaine, 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.”

QB Kevin Dillman leaves La Mirada, reportedly transfers to Guyer HS in Texas … But Servite WR Tony Brown transfers in …

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La Mirada QB Kevin Dillman, who missed the final four games of last season due to a torn achilles tendon, has left the school and transferred to Guyer High in Texas.

Dillman, who is 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, had 17 college offers entering his junior season, according to one recruiting website. Things didn’t go according to plan even before the injury, though. Dillman threw for just 842 yards and five touchdowns to go with 10 interceptions.

Dillman would have been a key part of the Matadores’ returning nucleus next season. The team turned to sophomore Noah Santillan with Dillman out.

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The good news, though, is that Tony Brown, who had 562 yards receiving and four TDs last year at Servite, checked into La Mirada on Monday.

Stay tuned … there could be more La Mirada movings and shakings to come …

SAVE THE DATE: Mar. 14 …

March 14.

That’s the date when area fans, players and coaches of high school football will find out just how much the local landscape will change as it pertains to the playoffs.

On Mar. 14, the CIF-Southern Section will make public the new football playoff division proposals by Southern Section assistant commissioner Glenn Martinez.

And as of now, questions abound about the fate of several local teams and leagues. Some teams could be in for a serious boost in competition by being placed in new divisions. Others could see their chances at championship glory improve greatly with the deletion of powerful leagues from their current divisions.

If it sounds like we’re talking about Monrovia, it’s because we are. The Wildcats won three consecutive Mid-Valley Division championships between 2010-13 and were heavy favorites to win a fourth last season before being upset by Paraclete in the semifinals.

Will that setback be enough to keep Monrovia and the Rio Hondo League in the Mid-Valley Division? Or is Martinez about to move the league into tougher surroundings in order to ratchet up the competition?

As of now, Monrovia is a team without a coach. Ryan Maddox, who led Monrovia on its wildly successful recent run resigned following the season and the school is currently fielding applications to find his replacement.

If Monrovia and the Rio Hondo League are moved out of the Mid-Valley Division, several local teams could see their chances at championship glory improve greatly. Or, last year’s champ San Dimas could be poised for a dominant run at more hardware.

The other big question around the area is where exactly the new-look Hacienda League will be placed. Charter Oak was moved into the league during the last re-leaguing cycle. The Chargers join other area football powers in Diamond Ranch, Los Altos and West Covina.

But will the Hacienda League remain part of the Southeast Division as we know it? That’s the big mystery, but there’s been rumors that the Hacienda League could be moving to another division that would have several new leagues as well.

“Nobody knows,” Charter Oak coach Lou Farrar said when asked if he knew where the Hacienda is headed.. “If I knew something, I would tell you.”

One of those new leagues being bandied about is the newly formed Palomares League, which features local teams in Bonita, Glendora, South Hills, Diamond Bar, Claremont and Chino.

The consensus among area fans is that they’d like to see both the Hacienda and Palomares leagues compete in the same playoff division in order to produce some very enticing postseason matchups between local teams.

“Those are teams we already know and we have relationships with those guys,” said Farrar, who would be in favor of being placed in the same division as the Palomares League. “It would spice up the division. I wouldn’t mind it at all. It’s local people and I would enjoy that.”

It’s hard to envision a scenario in which the Del Rio and Suburban leagues don’t stay in the same division. They both currently play in the Southeast Division, which could get a face lift if the Hacienda League is moved out.

The proposals are the brainchild of Martinez, who also consults with a football advisory committee to gain feedback and ideas. The proposals are based on the standard CIF formula of factoring in enrollment, geography and competitive equity.

Schools can appeal the proposals based only the three factors in the formula. The new divisions will be ratified at the Southern Section council meeting in April.

La Puente football coach Scott Morrison, who is on the board of the Southern California Interscholastic Football Coaches Assocation, or SCIFCA, is on the football advisory committee for the Southern Section. Morrison drafted his own playoff proposals, not representing either organization.

The reactions to Morrison’s proposals were designed to stoke conversation and gather input. They did that, and more. Morrison was quick to point out that his proposals are far from official.

“Our advisory board is strictly that,” Morrison said. “We simply advise. We don’t make any decisions about what things look like. I think the guys at CIF respect our knowledge of football, but at the end of the day we are not a decision making board.

“I’ve gotten a lot of reaction from coaches, principals and athletic directors. I just wanted guys to feel like they had input. What I sent out was simply a proposal.”

Cordell Broadus ends up at Bishop Gorman in Vegas ….

Former Diamond Bar receiver Cordell Broadus, who left the school shortly after the 2013 season in search of a higher profile place to play, is now at Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas, according to a story in the Las Vegas Sun.

The article suggests that Broadus’ family will establish residency in Vegas in order to make everything kosher. That shouldn’t be too hard since Broadus’ father is rapper/entertainer Snoop Dogg.

Broadus was a Tribune All-Area selection in 2013 as a junior and already has several college offers.

Aram’s Take: How will The Snoop Jr. Years be remembered in SGV lore? There’s the whole brawl against D-Ranch. There’s the incredible athletic ability. There’s the Robledo interview with Snoop at a playoff game. There’s the notoriety that D-Bar got … its most since Stephanie McDonald (hottie) was a student back in the early 90s. I guess it’s open to interpretation.

Duarte names Travis Brown its new head coach

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Duarte High School will turn from one former standout local receiver to another to run its football program.

The school announced that former Los Altos standout Travis Brown as its new varsity football head coach. Brown replaces Jason Martin, who resigned recently after two seasons at the helm.

Brown was a finalist for the Wilson job in December before the school hired his former high school coach Greg Gano. Brown then briefly joined the staff at Cantwell Sacred Heart before going after the Duarte job when Martin stepped down.

Brown was a 2003 Tribune All-Area receiver at Los Altos and a key member of the Conquerors’ back-to-back CIF championship temas in ’02 and ’03. He later had a strong college career at New Mexico.

Aram’s Take: Great hire for Duarte. Brown was one of the sharpest up-and-comers in the area and it was only a matter of time before he got his chance. Good of Duarte to be proactive and get him before anyone else did. Martin was on his way to building up the program to Crutchfield-like levels and the Falcons shouldn’t miss a beat with Brown. There’s talent in the area and with Monrovia a bit vulnerable while it searches for a coach, maybe Brown can seize on that.

Lee Fair back with Greg Gano at Wilson …

The boys could be back together by the time it’s all said and done at Wilson. But for now, we do know that longtime defensive coordinator Lee Fair, who partnered with Greg Gano during a successful run at Los Altos and a not-so-successful run at Damien, is back on Gano’s staff at Wilson. The rest of the crew, Coach Howing, Coach Curtis and even the legendary Dave Merrill may also be back in the mix soon. Stay tuned …

Ryan Maddox resigns as Monrovia football coach …

Ryan Maddox, who led Monrovia High School to three consecutive CIF championships between 2010-12, resigned as head coach of the Wildcats football program on Tuesday afternoon.

Maddox was 69-14 in six seasons at Monrovia and got Monrovia to the championship game in the Mid-Valley Division four consecutive seasons.

Maddox’s team won the Rio Hondo League championship in every season he was at the helm.

“It’s something I thought about for a long time and just thought it was the right time,” Maddox said. “It’s time for me to start looking at the next step. I’m going to start applying and looking toward getting into administration.

“I wouldn’t feel comfortable applying for a job in summer and still being the head coach and then putting myself in a situation where I’d have to step away at that time.”

Arguably Monrovia’s finest season under Maddox came in 2012 when the Wildcats won the Mid-Valley Division for the third straight year and reached the CIF State bowl playoffs.

Prior to taking over for Steve Garrison at Monrovia, Maddox was an assistant coach under Mike Maggiore at West Covina. He was on staff when the Bulldogs won a CIF championship in 2004.

Aram’s take: I had heard during the season that Maddox would resign after this season to pursue coaching opportunities at either the college level or even a larger high school program. I dunno if there’s anything to that, but I thought I’d pass it along. Obviously, Maddox has built quite a resume for himself. He was/is clearly one of the best coaches around and hopefully he’ll land somewhere local … if he lands at all.

Former Los Altos/New Mexico standout WR Travis Brown to host WIDE RECEIVER workout this weekend …

Travis Brown, an All-Area receiver at Los Altos in 2003 who played at New Mexico and is now the offensive coordinator at Cantwell, will host workouts for wide receivers on Saturday and Sunday from 8:30-11 a.m. both days.

The sessions will include both on-field and weight room training. Those interested in more details can contact Brown at coachtravisbrown@gmail.com

Greg Gano named head coach at Wilson

Greg Gano has been named head coach at Wilson High School.

Gano rose to fame at nearby Los Altos where he won four CIF championships before he resigned after the 2008 season. He soon left for Damien where he spent four seasons before resigning after the 2012 season.

Gano started the 2013 season as the head coach at Tustin before being fired he resigned after an 0-4 start. The Wilson job came available after Nick Christos resigned following two unproductive seasons.

“You always think the grass is greener and it’s not, and I’m back in the district where I spent most of my coaching career and I’m excited about being here,” Gano said. “It’s going to be a nice, new challenge. I don’t have a magic wand, so it’s going to take time. They know that. I know that. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to figure that out.

“We’re going to try and put a staff together, work hard and be competitive.”

Aram’s take: Smart move by Wilson. Had to be done and be done now. With the Baldwin Park and Cal-High jobs open, the Wildcats had to act fast is they wanted to get a coach of Gano’s caliber. Any delay and maybe he gets one of those jobs, or maybe Los Altos opens up if current head coach Dale Ziola lands at Cal, where the rumor is he’s expressed interest. Wilson really need a shot in the arm and there’s no doubt Gano will provide just that. Gano will begin working on turning things around for the Wildcats after Christmas vacation.