John Martin, who coached from 2002 to 2005 at Rowland, has been named Diamond Bar’s head varsity football coach. Martin left Rowland after the 2005 season because he needed to work on his degree and could no longer coach/teach without it. He was an assistant for the Raiders this past season, coaching linebacker and tight ends. He replaces Nick Cuccia, who was fired soon after this past season.
QUICK ARAM THOUGHT: I like the hire. I think that Coach Martin did a good job at Rowland and he will probably get these kids to play hard for him. I still don’t think DB is anywhere close to Damien or Chino Hills. And then there’s always Chino and Glendora. The problem for DB is that they’re probably No. 5 or 6 in the league in terms of talent and then when you factor in the savvy coaching i.e. Roche, Pasqy and Morrison, I’m just not sure DB can expect much. Things just aren’t ever going to be the same with DRanch, Ayala and CH in the Brahmas’ backyard. I could be wrong … some people say there are football players on campus who don’t come out for the sport. Hoopster Elijah York comes to mind for me. He’s got at D-1 receiver’s body. I think Martin will do a good job, I just hope the Brahma fans don’t expect the world of him. He is stepping into a much better situation than the past few years.