“That’s a good spot for him to begin his head coaching career, we’ll miss him,” said Glendora high football coach Mark Pasquarella said. “He’s young, he has a bright mind, and the kids are going to love playing for him. He’s got the kind of mind that works with new trend stuff, like the spread. He see’s the big picture and knows football is not the end all, he will do well.”
La Puente high school named Glendora high assistant Brandon Rohrer to take over its football program after Ray Hernandez resigned and took over at South El Monte High School. Rohrer, who already was a math teacher at La Puente, has been an assistant at Glendora for six years, and most recently has been the wide receivers coach. He also played at Glendora and attended Cal State Fullerton. It’s his first head coaching job, but after working for Mark Pasquarella, this sounds like a great hire.
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Brandon Rohrer was at the right place at the right time.
Rohrer, a Glendora High school wide receivers coach the past six years under Tartans coach Mark Pasquarella, has been named La Puente High School’s head football coach following the resignation of Ray Hernandez, who is now at South El Monte.
Rohrer, who began teaching at La Puente last fall, also played at Glendora and graduated at Cal State Fullerton, bringing a wealth of experience for a first-year head coach.
“That’s a good spot for him to begin his head coaching career, we’ll miss him,” Pasquarella said. “He’s young, he has a bright mind, and the kids are going to love playing for him.
“He’s got the kind of mind that works with new trend stuff, like the spread. He see’s the big picture and knows football is not the end all, he will do well.”
Rohrer, also an assistant basketball coach under Glendora’s Mike LeDuc, said he’s ready to get off to a fresh start, and knows things didn’t end well for the program with Hernandez leaving over philosophical differences with the school’s administration.
“The great thing about being at the school already is I got to see what type of kids we have, and there is still a lot of pride in La Puente, they care about their football,” Rohrer said. “I’ve met the kids and they’re excited about a new beginning. They’re already asking me about the offense.”
Rohrer, who called plays occasionally in Glendora’s spread offense, will also serve as the Warriors offensive coordinator and bring the spread offense to the Montview League.
“Coaching under (Pasquarella) and (LeDuc) has really prepared me to take over a program.” Rohrer said. “Coach P is so good at X’s and O’s, and executing the details. I feel very fortunate to have coached with him and will miss Glendora. But I’m looking forward to going on my own and building something at La Puente.”
La Puente fell to 1-9 last year after winning the Montview league title in 2008.
“The biggest challenge is getting guys to buy into your system,” Rohrer said. “I feel good about the type of offense and defense we want to run, but the players have to buy in and compete.”
Warriors athletic director Jose Espinoza was glad he didn’t have to look far to find the right fit.
“He an up-and-coming coach and it’s in his blood,” Espinoza said. “We’re excited to have him, we think he’s got a bright mind and is excited about the challenge. Anytime you work under someone like Pasquarella, you’re going to learn a few things, so we think this is a great place for him to start.”