Los Altos’ football opening has the most prestige, but Nogales might be the best opportunity

By Fred J. Robledo
In terms of history and prestige, the Los Altos high school football program offers it all. The school has won 12 CIF-SS titles, including seven under legendary coach Dwayne DeSpain, and four under Greg Gano, now at Damien. Gano resigned and turned the program over to Felipe Aguilar in 2008, who resigned after two years and a 4-16 overall record as the Conquerors missed the playoffs for the third season in a row. (To continue, click thread)


While the Conquerors’ search for a successor continues, Nogales High appears to be attracting plenty of head coaching candidates after the school elected not to bring back coach Vito Saracino. With Nogales leaving the San Antonio League for the Valle Vista League and the Mid-Valley Division next fall, Nobles athletic director Bruce Alley said he has received more than 30 resumes, which include a few high-profile former area head coaches, although he declined to give names.
Nogales was 2-9 last season, with wins over Garey and Ontario.
“We’re screening the resumes this week, and would love to have a head coach named next week or over the next two weeks,” Alley said. “I was pleasantly surprised by all the interest. I think moving into the Valle Vista gives us a good chance to be successful. It certainly is going to take a lot of work, but I think the next coach coming in has a great opportunity in a great situation to be successful.”
Nogales vice principal Doi Johnson is in charge of the search. Johnson, who played and starred in football at Nogales, also coached at Los Angeles city schools Jordan and Jefferson.
Alley said the list of coaching resumes does include coaches from the city section.
“The upside to all of this is that we have a lot of choices,” Alley said. “A lot of quality choices.”

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  • Observer

    I seriously doubt a high profile head coach is applying. Who they got… John Monger. By high profile do they mean Ganesha, Gary, Chino/Don Lugo, and Pomona??? :) (well that’s not high profile)Oh yeah and neither are teams from the Mission Valley and Montview.

  • SGV FOOTBALL

    Observer,

    just take the information in, because all you just did was hate on the administration and school because they were bumped down to the mid valley division. You don’t know the former St John Bosco coach might be applying because he was let go last week or the week before… He could be considered high profile since he did coach in the Trinity Leage and the Pac 5.

  • Intheknow

    I heard that Erick Escamilla from South El Monte is in the running at Nogales….

  • Danny W

    Hopefully a new high profiled coach can come in and bring Nogales back to respectability. They just do not draw the players off their student body. Very tough to coach a roster with 25 players on the Varsity team. With that lottery system in place most of the kids are at Walnut. From what I understand that lottery to attend Walnut even tho you live on the Nogales side has been taken off the table and more kids that are zoned for Nogales will start to go to Nogales. As of right now I would pluck a Bishop Amat assistant coach, they got plenty of candidates there, also a So Hills assistant coach could fill the need for Nogales quickly. That teams program needs a overhual and a better play calling system on bot sides of the ball. Players are needed there. A good solid coach can bring them out.

  • Born and Raised SGV

    Nogales… news flash..

    I hope you do not think Valle Vista (SD,BP,Covina,Wilson and NV) is a walk in park. Your high profile (doubt it) coach and your turf field doesnt scare anyone. You are still Nogales.

    Go Colts.

  • Hit & Hustle

    Hit & Hustle Football Camp 2010

    Camp Director: Steve Hagerty Head Football Coach Bishop Amat HS

    The Bishop Amat football coaching staff, along with several varsity players at Bishop Amat High School will be instructing at the camp.

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    9:00 Stretch, Warm-up, Agilities
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    10:20 Break
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    11:20 Break
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    12:00 Lunch (provided)
    12:30 Stretch, Warm-Up, Agilities
    12:45 Offensive Techniques/Drills
    1:35 Break
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  • Hit & Hustle

    Hit & Hustle Football Camp 2010

    Camp Director: Steve Hagerty Head Football Coach Bishop Amat HS

    The Bishop Amat football coaching staff, along with several varsity players at Bishop Amat High School will be instructing at the camp.

    $75 Registration fee includes
    Camp T-shirt
    Certificate of Participation
    Group Photo
    Lunch

    Have a group of 5 or more from your organization?
    Take advantage of our group discounted registration
    fee of only $65* per camper!

    9:00 Stretch, Warm-up, Agilities
    9:30 Tackling/Takeaway Circuits
    10:20 Break
    10:30 Defensive Techniques/Drills
    11:20 Break
    1 1:30 Competition
    12:00 Lunch (provided)
    12:30 Stretch, Warm-Up, Agilities
    12:45 Offensive Techniques/Drills
    1:35 Break
    1:45 Group Scrimmages
    2:45 Awards
    3:00 Dismissal

    What to Bring…
    // T-shirt & Shorts
    // Cleats & Athletic Shoes
    // Water Bottle (Optional)
    // Drinks will be on sale ($1)

    Please complete registration form, enclose $75 check, detach and mail to:
    Hit & Hustle Football Camp
    c/o Steve Hagerty
    2820 Rhodelia Ave | Claremont, Ca 91711
    Make checks payable to: Hit & Hustle Football Camp

  • Hit & Hustle

    Hit & Hustle Football Camp 2010

    Camp Director: Steve Hagerty Head Football Coach Bishop Amat HS

    The Bishop Amat football coaching staff, along with several varsity players at Bishop Amat High School will be instructing at the camp.

    $75 Registration fee includes
    Camp T-shirt
    Certificate of Participation
    Group Photo
    Lunch

    Have a group of 5 or more from your organization?
    Take advantage of our group discounted registration
    fee of only $65* per camper!

    9:00 Stretch, Warm-up, Agilities
    9:30 Tackling/Takeaway Circuits
    10:20 Break
    10:30 Defensive Techniques/Drills
    11:20 Break
    1 1:30 Competition
    12:00 Lunch (provided)
    12:30 Stretch, Warm-Up, Agilities
    12:45 Offensive Techniques/Drills
    1:35 Break
    1:45 Group Scrimmages
    2:45 Awards
    3:00 Dismissal

    What to Bring…
    // T-shirt & Shorts
    // Cleats & Athletic Shoes
    // Water Bottle (Optional)
    // Drinks will be on sale ($1)

    Please complete registration form, enclose $75 check, detach and mail to:
    Hit & Hustle Football Camp
    c/o Steve Hagerty
    2820 Rhodelia Ave | Claremont, Ca 91711
    Make checks payable to: Hit & Hustle Football Camp

  • Outrageous

    Mike Victor’s Hustle and Flow.

    Pay me $1000 and I might get you a D1 scholarship….or not. But I know all the rappers real names.

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  • LA Status

    The word out of LA is the exact opposite, the AD Garcia is in charge of the search for a new head coach. He has made multi calls in an attempt to get a head coach. LA has received multi applications, but feels the talent level isnt where they would like or expect it to be. One reason for this low turnout is this position is classified as a off campus position. Felipe stepped down from the head coaching job but is going to continue to teach at LA, leaving no open teaching position for the new head coach. These were the same conditions that Hoyd over at Wilson was hired under. Hoyd ended up taking an off campus job with the school district. We all know how that worked out.

  • going down

    Danny W – Head Coach at Nogales (and maybe even now Los Altos) is a step DOWN for most assistant coaches at Bishop Amat. You forget 4 or 5 of them were already head coaches and some left head coaching positions to come over as assistants.

  • Conq ’76

    Hi Fred,

    “The school has won 12 CIF-SS titles, including seven under legendary coach Dwayne DeSpain, and four under Greg Gano,…”

    Alright, I’m confused, who was the coach for the twelfth title?

  • Paul

    The thing I dont understand about Nogales is how a school of 2500 can only manage to get like 28 on varsity football.

  • SGV For 30 Years

    So what some of you are saying is that there are high profile people that are looking at the Nogales and LA jobs? What are you smoking? First of all if there isn’t a teaching position that eliminates alot of these people. Second if they are truly high profile they are going to go to the IE where the young families are moving to, and where the talent is. Third why would you go to Nogales if you are high profile? They are moving down to a much less competitive league (San Dimas one season does not a dynasty make). Fourth LA, in the DeSpain and Gano years who was the AD? DeSpain and then Gano….Football Guys. So maybe the answer is to get a football guy to hire your football coach.

    SGV430 Ouuuut!!

  • Danny W

    Going Down,

    A step down for Amat coaches, sure it is, but coaches pride themselfs with bringing a program back with winning. It is not so far fetched that a good name coach in the SGV would take that Nogales job just based on getting it turned around. Most coaches love to just do that coach. Step up or step down lots of big name coaches have stepped down and brought programs back. The Nogales job is not a job beneath the rest of the schools, it is one if done right can come back to alot better then what they have been. Good for a coaches resume when he resurrects a program and moves on. Good stepping stone.

  • Going Up

    Danny boy,

    Breaking news. A coach has a better chance getting his next job being a position coach at the varsity level at Bishop Amat, or any other similar school, than he would being a head coach at Nogales.

  • Coaches

    Here are some names of assistant coaches that should be considered. A pretty long list but there are some pretty good coaches around here. I don’t like the fact that too many head coaches just bail on their teams (Kiffin, Carrol), but no reason why an assistant should want to move on up:

    Dom Faraar (CO)
    Johnny Brown (Pomona)
    Ray Medina (Bonita)
    Michael Urrutia (Los Altos)
    Daylon McCutchin (BA)
    Roger Lehigh (CO)
    Ted Clark (FCC)
    Mario Gomez (DR)
    Holman (SD)
    Anyone from South Hills

  • Hugo Ortega

    Jerry Persons to Nogales

    Mike Difiori to Los Altos

  • LA

    Let’s all be realistic here, LA is a shell of the past. Any quality coach has to realize it is going to be nearly impossible to meet the expectation of the LA supporters.

  • LA

    Let’s all be realistic here, LA is a shell of the past. Any quality coach has to realize it is going to be nearly impossible to meet the expectation of the LA supporters.

  • TopOfValley

    Heard Nogales is ready to make a big splash and possibly getting a high energy, exciting young coach who has a reputation for rebuilding programs. What you hear about this Fred?

  • LA Status

    Just talked to a coach that applied for the LA job, come to find out more conditions have been put on the head coach position. This coach was told it is a none-teaching position which we all were aware of. The new condition is that Felipe will be his OC. Do I need to say any more, the coach declined the position. These guys over at LA have no clue what it is going to take to build a program. I can’t see LA getting any quality coaches under these current conditions. This coach also confirmed that the majority of the quality coaches are going for the Nogales or other open positions. To his knowledge none of the top coaches are applying for the LA job. That validated the comments by other coaches that the AD Garcia is making calls, the major problem is that he has a very short list to make calls from and all are not interested.

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