James Heggins is back as Baldwin Park High School’s football coach … for now.
Heggins, also the school’s AD, served as varsity football head coach for seven season until resigning in 2012. He was tasked this offseason with finding a replacement for Daniel Algattas, who resigned after one season.
Heggins had his man, but the deal fell through and rather than having a headless program, he decided to return until a new coach can be found.
“I can’t just sit back, I’ve got to do something to get them started,” Heggins said of Baldwin Park’s football players. “I’ve got a plan in to get someone in place later this summer. Timing is everything and the hiring process can take longer than you think.
“The guy we wanted has a credential that doesn’t match the opening. We were in limbo and I just can’t sit back. I have to help my hometown and alma mater get through this season.”
That will mean double duty for Heggins, who also coaches defensive backs at Mt. San Antonio College. He will try to balance both positions.
Heggins graduated from Baldwin Park in 1993 and played at Mt. SAC and later San Diego St. Heggins was 41-35 in his seven seasons and guided the Braves to a share of the Valle Vista League title in 2007.