Rosemead football coach Matt Koffler confirmed that defensive coordinator Anthony White has been fired. Koffler said the team is looking to go in another direction. White becomes the second high profile Mission Valley League assistant coach to be fired this off-season. South El Monte assistant Jerry (Gerry?) Urias was fired prior to Christmas break.
White played running back and defensive back at Rosemead and won the high school Heisman Trophy in 1999. He then played for Urban Meyer at Utah before returning to the SGV to start a career as a coach. He led Rosemead’s freshman team to the Mission Valley League title in 2004, but received some disdain around the league for allegedly running up scores.
White left after that season to be an assistant coach under Wilson’s Robert Oviedo in 2005. He was back at Rosemead this past season after the Panthers lost four assistant coaches during the 2006 off-season. Rosemead’s defense had to replace 10 starters going into the season, but still managed to finish in a three-way tie with Arroyo and South El Monte for the MVL title.
Quick Aram thought: Didn’t I tell you all that this would be a critical off-season in the MVL? I just had a vibe this was coming. The Tribune will have an article about this tomorrow, complete with quotes from White and Koffler.