So many great former head coaches aren’t coaching this season, but if you could choose one to run your program, who would it be?

I’ll give you a short list of candidates and where they coached last, Mark Pasquarella (Glendora), Steve Bogan (South Hills), Mike Mooney (San Marino), Steve Garrison (Monrovia), Darryl Thomas (Covina), Matt Koffler (Rosemead), Ealar Gallagher (La Salle), Mike DiFiori (Bishop Amat), Elijah Asante (St. Paul), Mark Verti (Bishop Amat), Keith Jones (San Gabriel), Ken Howard (Muir), and Erick Escamilla (South El Monte).

More questions: Another good topic for discussion is which one will be back on the head coaching sidelines first, and where do you think they’ll wind up, or where’s the best fit? We ask because there’s too much talent on the list above for them to walk away forever…..

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  • RedryderBlue

    Mark Paredes, Bishop Amat……..

  • huskies

    Parades currently roams the sideline as the head coach at JW North

  • Here’s one you missed

    JERRY URIAS! He is currently coaching at Bassett but he deserves his own program. Jerry isn’t the most personable guy in the world but he will win you a lot of games and he specializes in getting the most out of minimal talent. The score at halftime was Gladstone 24 Bassett 22 and they only have one good player and two or three average players at Bassett.

  • Mean Green Pastures…

    Pulling out the Ol Garrison photo….you crack me up Frederick! Hey what’s the J stand for?

  • http://www.pasadenasportshalloffame.org PASHOFPAL

    Interesting topic.

    Hard to say. We all want a good coach.

    Arguably, the city Pasadena has a coaching crisis; but on the other hand, where do good/great coaches come from i.e. Do they walk in great or develop as their programs grow – We certainly don’t want them leaving then. But then the issue becomes how do we keep them. Hence, your subject for the day.

    At this point, I’ll take any coach who knows how to ask for(or seek)help. Even if it means being mentored by those great ones on the sidelines – today or tomorrow.

    Laurence Todd
    President
    http://www.pasadenasportshalloffame.org

  • Colt74

    Coach Thomas…Upland freshmen/JV

    Get the kids a good head start.

  • Wow

    Ass ante great? You are kidding? Great school, parents that care,recruited/attracted talent….FIRED! If he was so great, why only one win and being FIRED…?

  • Good Old One And Done

    So many great former head coaches……
    And Good Old One And Done Pasqy is mentioned in that group Baaaaa Haaaa Haaaaa Baaaaaa Haaaaa Haaaa Baaaaa Haaaaaa Haaaaaa Haaaaa Baaaaa Haaaaaaa Haaaaaa
    Seriously??????????

  • Fred Robledo

    Asante has a pretty good track record, any other coaches on this list beat Mater Dei twice? Plus he’s been to two L.A. City championship games. Stop with the hate, it’s ridiculous. Wow is the St. Paul administration for letting him go after six games.

  • 12th man

    Any reports on Crespi playmaker JB Blackwell(WR)..will he suit up on Friday? would like to know before I send in my scorecard?

  • Keepin It Real

    @Fred…

    Asante is over-rated as a coach. Let’s be honest here, the guy was blatantly recruiting kids which is a direct violation of CIF rules although there’s a ton of coaches in the area who also lack integrity and actively recruit. Every player at St. Paul that transferred out once Asante got fired was there for athletic reasons. I saw an interview with Kurt Scoby that I believe you guys did a while back where Scoby says he’s at St. Paul because of what they offered him academically. He constantly stated that he was at St. Paul mostly for academic reasons (he was obviously coached up before the interview). So how did the firing of Asante affect the schools academics and what they could continue to offer Kurt Scoby? The interview you guys did with Asante the other day is a joke as well. Asante had to have known about the traditions at St. Paul that he spoke of upon being hired. You’re telling me that allowing kids to spat or wearing a certain jersey number affects the product on the field? Those traditions are in place to stress the importance of being a unit and not an individual on the field. Those traditions were put in place to keep the egos in check and not draw attention to yourself on the field. However, in city ball the coaches let the players play as individuals. There is no offensive/defensive scheme in LA City. The coach with the better horses wins. Asante was completely in over his head when he came to St. Paul. No coach from LA City has the coaching ability to go toe to toe with PAC-5 teams for a 10 game season. His claim to fame is that he beat Mater Dei twice. Big deal, his team at had to get amped up for ONE big game during the year when they played Mater Dei. In both those years, Mater Dei also had 5 loss seasons. So it wasn’t like they were crushing a PAC-5 powerhouse that year. Edison beat Mater Dei both of those years as well. Why don’t anyone talk about Dave White the way you guys pump up Asante? Edison is now in the top 15 of the state. And the fact that Lakewood desperately needed Asante’s help is ridiculous. One of his buddies was trying to help him save face from being fired. Lakewood was in the Pac-5 playoffs last year and was 5-2 before Asante went over there. We may as well say that they were 6-2 before Asante because he went over on Wednesday/Thursday and had to wait for fingerprint clearances that take anywhere from a day to a few weeks to get back. What influence could the guy have had on that team in one day? Give Asante a 4-6 Pac-5 team and see what the guy does with it before he put him on a pedestal.

  • SGV Athlete

    While they are not in the head coaching role, Ealar Gallagher, Mike DiFiori, & Mark Verti are all assistant coaches at AMAT.

  • Pac5 Coach Available…….

    Hands down I would take Jim Kunua from Orange Lutheran over anyone on this list. He’s a proven winner at the highest level, and turned O’Lu into a household name as far as HS football programs go. Damien should try to lure him over in case Gano gets fired at the end of the season. Although I doubt he’ll go to a Catholic High School because he’s a devout Lutheran. I think Garrison will be the first on this list to take a job.

  • Matt Koffler for me

    This guy is in the mold of Roddy Layton…a young, energetic football guy who will engage the kids’ passions wherever he goes. Unlike some of the other ‘higher-class’ names, Matt has great rapport with the average kids, which makes them want to become above-average kids.

  • Pasadena guy

    It is highly likely, from what I’m hearing, that the coaches at PHS and Muir will not be there next year. What I’d like to know is, which coach on this list, or other coaches in general, could turn those schools around and keep the hotbed of talent from at home?

  • Pasadena guy

    *from leaving home.

  • Better Question

    Which of these coaches could turn BLAIR around? The basic problem with these schools is that the facilities have not been upgraded in eons, so who can blame the kids for bolting?

  • Alhambra moor

    Keith jones or Derwin Henderson to Alhambra

  • Wow

    Keeping it Real… Thanks for the back up. Fred I ain’t hating. I was being honest.

    Blair refused to hire a coach that would build a program, simply because he was not from the area and was different. They wanted someone that passed the eye test…that didn’t work out so well 86-0, that can’t be put on the kids or the coach. It’s an administration thing. The facilities maybe poor but the kids can win if they get a builder, and set a foundation.

  • Coach Slayer

    Very difficult for an HC that has been away from the game for even a year to get back in coaching condition. The time and effort it takes to be a good high school coach is daunting and then to find a staff to help? I think of locals like Ansich of St.Paul trying to comeback and not measuring up to his past. Gano at Damien even that guy that Wilson hired last year, the old ex Div. 1 head coach could,nt hack but one failed season. You need to get back in coaching shape with energy and vigor and its hard to get that back when you have been out of the game even for a year. If any of these dudes want to come back hire them for there dignity and knowledge but not for wins. For wins go with the young guns that are out to prove something or coaches still in the game.

  • GET A LIFE!

    Wow and Keepin It Real,
    I have never seen two bigger HATERS. Asante is no longer coaching at St. Paul. He showed a lot of class speaking to Fred and Aram last night so let’s give him credit. He have his own coaching style that has worked well for him in the past but obviously his style wasn’t a good fit at St. Paul. Instead of you two guys continue to stalk and criticize the man, let’s see you GET A LIFE and move on.

  • Keepin It Real

    @Wow…

    In no way am I hating on the guy either. I do think he should have at least been given the courtesy to complete the season. At the same time, Asante made himself an easy target with all the talking he was doing. I still laugh at his famous “I don’t recruit, I attract” quote. LOL – Are you f’ing serious dude? Like there’s a line of kids just begging for you to coach them. Harry Welch at Santa Margarita don’t even have a following like that and he has a much bigger track record than Asante. He won the state championship last year. He is also a REAL Pac-5 coach. 2 City Championships amounts to the Pop-Warner equivalent of PAC-5 football.

  • Keepin It Real

    @GET A LIFE!…

    You have to win more than 1 game in a season to have haters. I don’t know Asante personally, but he actually sounded like a nice guy in the interview. The problem I had was this sounded like another coach with ZERO accountability. He was LOADED with talent at St. Paul and couldn’t beat a quality opponent. That was why he got FIRED. The whole “tradition collided with progress” was a load of crap. He had no other scapegoat. Players not being able to wear single digit numbers or wear pink spat on their shoes had nothing to do with their record. I would have had more respect for the guy if he would have said “I got hired to take St. Paul to the next level and I failed in doing that.” There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that at all. The fact that he ran over to Lakewood to save what little face value he thought he had was proof that this guy has a tremendous ego. That was more of a big-middle finger to St. Paul and shows what kind of character he has.

  • Wow

    @get a life
    Thanks for your input, please don’t worry about my life. Once I complete my service and protecting your freedom to miss understand my point. I plan to help others. Thank you again E.A.

  • Sgv1

    I would choose Coach Tamayo. He is the head coach at the Jv level at Damien a high School. Coach always gets the kids fired up before every game. Love his intensity and passion for coaching. Great job Coach.

  • GET A LIFE!

    @Keepin It Real,
    Not only did you contradict yourself but you actually came off as a bigger HATER than before. “I don’t know Asante personally…That was more of a big-middle finger to St. Paul and shows what kind of character he has?” If you don’t know him than how do you know that’s what he was doing? If you’re not hating as you claim than why not just assume he was out of a job and a friend came calling so he took the opportunity to stay in coaching for the rest of the season? If he really wanted to stick his “big-middle finger” at St. Paul wouldn’t he have done it last night? In regards to your other ridiculous comment gear toward HATING on him, “He was LOADED with talent at St. Paul and couldn’t beat a quality opponent.” Besides Kurt Scoby, please name one other player on St. Paul’s team that have the potential to play football after hight school. Where are the loaded talent that you speak of? You are clearly someone who lives in a glass house that likes to throw stones.

    @Wow,
    Since I didn’t understand your reply, I don’t have a comment. I recommend spending more time brushing up on your language art skills and less time on these blogs.

  • Keepin It Real

    @GET A LIFE…

    HATER? Do I really need to know the guy on a personal level to know he’s full of crap? And let’s get one thing clear – HE WAS NOT OUT OF A JOB. How does someone still teach at St. Paul and then go and coach somewhere else within a day from being removed as the football coach? What does this show towards your former team (St. Paul)? If your heart was really into coaching and building a quality program a normal coach would probably be so devastated about being fired that he’d take a few weeks off to gather himself after putting his heart and soul into St. Paul. How do you flip teams within a day unless your commitment to your own ego is bigger than the commitment to your team. Perhaps Kurt Scoby and Elijah Asante are related.

  • 626 guy

    @Pasadena guy … Steve Bogan is them man who can turn the languishing Pasadena schools around, namely PHS. Blair wouldn’t be a good fit and I think Muir is in good shape (that is, if Coach Hardy stays or somehow Coach Howard comes back in spite of what happened. Bogan would be great fit at either Pasadena or Muir.
    Get him, and the best staff Dena may see in recent years will come with, who not only is a great teacher of the game but father figure role model & will leave positive impact daily on these athletes to become better persons off the field for society’s well being.

  • Anthony

    I was told by a teacher at Lakewood HS that the fomer coach from St Paul is being groomed. to be next years Head coach.The administration not happy with the current coach

  • New York

    DiFiori is a great fit for Damien. Among other things, Damien’s colors as well as mascot (Spartans) are in line with DiFiori’s ties to De La Salle high school. Second choice could be Gallagher after looking at what he was building at La Salle.

    Of course, unless Damien is able to attract some game breakers, they will not be more competitive than the old Division 6.

  • SGV 1 Wrong

    Tomayo, tomato, tomatoe, I have seen the Damien JV team in action on morethan one occasion. Try again.

  • Pasadena guy

    626 guy,

    Yeah, his track record is great and I agree, I think he’d be a very good choice for either PHS or Muir. But something tells me he’s waiting for that Maranatha job to open up again, (that may be happening sooner than later) which would combine his religious and football leanings.

    All either of those schools is missing is a good, proven coach that could stabilize the programs, win in a not-too-difficult league and division, keep the tremendous talent at home, and win a few championships. Because with a good coach and all of the city’s talent, there’s no way that they can’t pull off a successful run in the Southeast.

  • Lance R

    He may not have been ready in 2006 or 2007 but Coach Mark Verti should be offered a Head Coaching job soon. He has learned and has matured now to take over a program. As H/C OF Amat he was very young this is 2012 soon to 2013 and it has been 5 years of grooming for Mark. I always thought he could coach he just needed more experience. Well now that he has it and you see the offense Bishop Amat is running the Points they are scoring tells you Mark learned a lot while assisting at Upland H.S. A school like Walnut, Bassett, Damien, Workman, Nogales, could use a good football mind like Coach Verti. Never St. Paul though. As a Amat Alumni coach Verti never coaches the Slime. Head Coaches and Mark Verti knows this now are at their best when they can build a solid Coaching Staff around them. As far Coach Difiori well lets just say he has the experience and is a defensive minded coach but This Years Amat team is not looking too good in that department.

  • http://WWW.PASADENASPORTSHALLOFFAME.ORG PASHOFPAL

    Hardy is, again, a good fit for Muir. Muir needs to allow him the opportunity to develop the program – he’s on the right track. Replacing him now would be a step in the wrong direction.

    Blair/Marshall – Football has got to be a priority for both schools – not just an activity treated like a P.E. class. Both schools have talented students athletes; they need coaches who want to win and develop a program – not someone who just wants a coaching position.

    PHS (my alma mater) – is suffering not so much from a lack of coaching – but from a lack of fight from their student athletes. That may or may not say something about the coaching.

    Last thing, I recall a time when to play on “Varsity” as an underclassmen i.e. 9th-11th grader, you had to be exceptional – not just good, not just a roster filler, not “He’ll make due,” but , again, you had to be great! Many of these programs today, especially in the Southern Section, have rosters filled with sophomore and juniors…seniors are the minorities. Part of the problem is we have talent that hasn’t matured mentally (and in some cases not good enough yet) on what should be the crme of the crop i.e. Varsity Football. Is that an excuse for the coaching crisis? Maybe – I don’t know.

    Great subject, Fred.

    Laurence Todd
    President
    http://www.pasadenasportshalloffame.org

  • Pasadena guy

    Pahofpal,

    First off, im the rare guy that loves both schools. and i think you are too. Keep up the good work.

    No way in the world are the problems at PHS just on the kids. No way in the world. Horton is a nice guy who enjoys working with kids, but he is a position coach or strength and conditioning coach at best.

    And if you think Hardy is a good fit for Muir, then you haven’t spoken with ANY of his asst. coaches. And a coach who doesn’t get off from work until 5, shouldn’t be a head coach of a football program.

    Fred,

    This may be a tough task, and one you wouldn’t want to do anyway, but is there anyway a list can be compiled that lists all of the coaching stipends of the different school district in the area? Maybe not now during football season, but as a topic to explore during the boring off-season. I’d really like to know.

  • BRAVETOWN

    Fred, I believe you left off a pretty apparent good
    Coach in Higgins, he leaves BP and now they are
    Going to be 0-10.

    Any idea where he is at coaching?

    We need him back

  • GET A LIFE!

    @Keepin It Real,
    Is Asante a football coach who got fired or a sixteen year old teenage girl who just broke up with her first boy friend? “…a normal coach would probably be so devastated about being fired that he’d take a few weeks off to gather himself after putting his heart and soul into St. Paul.” Are you freaking kidding me? Unless you’re Joe Paterno who was let go by Penn State after coaching there for sixty years and have raised over a billion dollar for the school, what man or football coach will crouch into a fiddle position and cry himself to sleep for a few weeks? Asante did the right thing by picking himself up off the mat as quickly as he can. There are many coaches who teaches at one school and coach at another. Richard Avina is a math teacher at St. Paul and a DC at La Mirada, he’s doing okay. Jerry Chou is a teacher at Eagle Rock High School and the last few years was the DC at Montebello, he’s doing okay. Besides looking for every miniscule excuse to HATE on Asante, you obviously do not have a clue about the coaching landscape.

  • Cong ’76

    GET A LIFE!

    I am generally not one to point out grammatical errors or misspelling’s, but “fiddle position” gets the better of me! LOL! It’s fetal position, hope your not offended, but it gave me a chuckle!
    :)

  • Cong ’76

    I would try and lure Dwayne Despain out of retirement……

  • http://WWW.PASADENASPORTSHALLOFFAME.ORG PASHOFPAL

    “Pasadena Guy”

    You’re right – it’s never the kids fault – which is why I said it may or may not be a reflection of the coaching. Talent that is not “coached” i.e. instructed, inspired and motivated will always result in lack luster performance. Hence, Pasadena’s 1-6 record. I’m hopeful nonetheless.

    You’re also right about Hardy – for any coach for that matter as far as I am concerned in the PUSD – If you can’t coach, committ fulltime or make the sacrafice (Yes, I know we all have to make a living) but if you can’t, step aside and let someone who can will. That’s a slippery slope that I really try to avoid but, stipends paid to the coaches may be telling…..we should be able to obtain the data since they are public employees. Interesting.

    Keep the Pasadena spirit, my friend.

    And for the record, Lavell “Tip” Sanders – while working on the coaching staff at Arcadia, should still be on this list. He knows how to tap into the inner athlete…whether one really exist or not.

    Laurence Todd
    President
    http://www.pasadenasportshalloffame.org“Pasadena Guy”

    You’re right – it’s never the kids fault – which is why I said it may or may not be a reflection of the coaching. Talent that is not “coached” i.e. instructed, inspired and motivated will always result in lack luster performance. Hence, Pasadena’s 1-6 record. I’m hopeful nonetheless.

    You’re also right about Hardy – for any coach for that matter as far as I am concerned in the PUSD – If you can’t coach, committ fulltime or make the sacrafice (Yes, I know we all have to make a living) but if you can’t, step aside and let someone who can will. That’s a slippery slope that I really try to avoid but, stipends paid to the coaches may be telling…..we should be able to obtain the data since they are public employees. Interesting.

    Keep the Pasadena spirit, my friend.

    And for the record, Lavell “Tip” Sanders – while working on the coaching staff at Arcadia, should still be on this list. He knows how to tap into the inner athlete…whether one really exist or not. His history at Marshall and Blair speak for themselves. Muir or PHS should be his for the picking. That’s a hint to somebody.

    Laurence Todd
    President
    http://www.pasadenasportshalloffame.org

  • Coach Tamayo Supporter

    Sgv1:
    I agree 100% with you,Coach Tamayo is an excellent coach with a great offensive mind,this year his team has been in every game and offense is scoring 30 points a game on average, his biggest flaw is his d coordinator who can’t stop an offense worth a lick. Damien jv should be b 5-1 plus coach Tamayo has beat Bishop Amat 2 times since calling the offense
    And he always calls a great game

    A future head coach for sure!!keep it up Coach

  • Pasadena guy

    Pashofpal,

    What’s interesting is that the administration from last year who hired Hardy knew he got off of work late. I’ve seen those boys on the field at 8:00 at night before.

    And fyi, Coach Tip was fired at Arcadia a couple of months ago and is now the JV head coach at Muir.

    Hopefully the Dogs and Stangs can return to their form from the old days!

  • GET A LIFE!

    @Cong ’76,
    Thanks for the correction. LOL, I agree that was a funny mistake.

  • Keepin It Real

    @GET A LIFE…

    I have no clue about the coaching landscape? That actually made me chuckle. The situation with Richard Avina and Jerry Chou is completely different than Asante. If he is being groomed for the head coaching position at Lakewood, then that is also a different scenerio. But to come in as an OC in week 8 of the high school season after missing all of the spring workouts, passing league and not knowing the players or their capabilities is just a big smoke screen. At best Asante is doing the cutups on HUDL right now. I’m not sure why the Lakewood administration would be looking to make a coaching change anytime soon because the program has been solid for the past few years. But I actually think Asante would fit in ok there. I also think he would be a good fit for the MUIR program. I just don’t see him going to a PAC-5 powerhouse anytime soon.

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/tribpreps/2012/10/so-many-great-f.html Lousafur

    @ Cong 76

    I would pay good money to see a conversation w/ DeSpain and these needy/pushy/whiny parents of these days.

  • SharkAttack

    BRAVETOWN….Good to hear from you. Well Heggins was a good coach but rubbed some people over there the wrong way.

    The problem is they can’t hire a teacher. Williams is a poor fit for BP. They have actually gotten worse this year. This could be the worst BP team in the last 10 years.

    What should/can BP do knowing the current mind-set of their administration? If they really cared about football, they would have tried to work with Heggins but that did not happen.