Baldwin Park football coach Chris Williams resigns over philosophical differences with administration

Baldwin Park football coach Chris Williams, who guided the Braves football team to a 7-4 record after going 0-10 in his first season, resigned over the weekend citing philosophical differences with the school’s administration. Williams, a walk-on coach who subbed in the district, felt he wasn’t getting the support he needed from the school. “I thought we improved a lot and were doing good things, but I wasn’t getting the support I needed and felt the school didn’t appreciate the progress we made, that’s the frustrating part for me. My athletic director (Carlos Aparicio) was great, but the administration and I just didn’t see eye-to-eye.”
Williams said he will return to school to work on his teaching credential.
“That’s what I’ve got to do,” Williams said. “The best thing for me and my family is for me to get my credential and work toward the future.”
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  • JamesJ

    RIGHT ON COACH!!! Good for you! Unfortunately this is all too common in today’s day and age. School administrators, whose focus is justifiably on academics, forget that athletics are sometimes the only thing keeping kids in school. IMHO, Athletics should be treated like any other acedemic subject. Coaches should be supported, defended and PAID, in similar manner to classroom teachers! Most coaches put in WAY more hours with these kids than any of their classroom teachers. They teach them just as much, if not more, about life, and they build structures to involve parents and families in the academic environment. It’s disgusting that some administrators don’t understand this concept. More coaches need guts like C Will!

    • Not So Fast My Friend

      Even more, some administrators either don’t understand or refuse to acknowledge the positive effects of having a competitive athletic program on attendance, student/program involvement, campus pride, and lastly, enrollment. Generally, when students feel good about their school, they’re better students. That comes, in part, from competitive athletic programs.

      And every high school coach should be paid, not by a stipend, but actually paid. Hence the lure of coaching at a private school becomes greater.

      Great post!!

    • FredJ

      This isn’t the first time I’ve heard coaches complaining about BPark — the baseball coach left in the spring after an incredible season and Marc Hart, former trib boys basketball coach of the year, left and went to South Hills. Why are so many good Baldwin Park coaches, including James Heggins, who left the head coaching football job, yet stayed at the school and is now an assistant at Mt. SAC.

      Something tells me coaches aren’t getting the support they need.

      • Not So Fast My Friend

        Doesn’t sound like it Fred. Damn shame. Although its not in your area but that’s in the general ball park on how Santiago got Coach Steinberg from AB Miller.

  • hectichuck

    theres alot more to williams resigning that meets the eye. money was missing from boosters im not saying williams was involved but its under investigation

    • Not So Fast My Friend

      Hope not.

    • FredJ

      We asked the district about it after it was speculated on the blogs last week and the district said there was nothing to this…

      • hectichuck

        ok fred i believe you but that was what a district employee told me at the covina basketball tourament last week

      • Here’s JOHNNY, or Little Johnn

        My guess would be look at the booster president…

        • Com’on

          What football booster? I thought they didn’t have one.

      • Com’on

        I won’t trust what the school district states. This is the same district that took $1.5 million in student meal money not once but twice. If the district has taken money from kids, what makes you think that it’s employees aren’t doing the same. If you want the truth, ask BPHS staff. But fact is….there is an investigation.

    • FredJ

      His resigning had absolutely nothing to do with your alleged investigation … you must be Wilson parents

      • Parent

        his resigning has everything to do with the investigation… the high school looks bad if he’s fired… What we need to do is bring up Coach Gathier from his current freshman head coaching position..

  • exbpcoach

    what does the bp admins expect all the kids that grow up in the city either go play at other schools near by or they just don’t play at all. saw it from experience while coaching there its hard to find football players in bp. they are not the power house they used to be and it will be hard to get them there. they need to stop dwelling on the past. c-will we will get our chance somewhere else like you said.

    • FredJ

      Being competitive and fighting for league and CIF titles in the Valle Vista and Mid-Valley is not asking much. Nobody expects them to be the power in the past, but they don’t have to be competing in a much easier league and division than the great Braves teams of the past. Arroyo made the semis, is that too much to ask for Baldwin Park?

      • hectichuck

        wilson interviews this week for football coach

  • RC

    Legally the school district has to take that position, until the DA’s office decides to file charges or not. Normally you would give the coach the benefit of the doubt, but don’t forget what happened over at Wilson. Williams was the OC at Wilson before this position, and was not only fired but banned from any coaching position in HLPUSD.

    Please use just a little common sense. Over a week the comment was posted on this blog that Williams is getting fired and has stolen money from the boosters. Now a week later he just so happen to decide to quit. A coach that took a program from 0-10 to 7-3, and he quits.

    I’m not buying it for a second, he got caught with his hand in the cookie jar and they fired him.

    • FredJ

      Not any truth to this at all … You’re obviously someone with an ax to grind

      • HH

        Fred, you are amazing. How do you know that this isn’t the truth. Because your source doesn’t lie. You are a local reporter, and have to realize that you are given the politically correct answer not always the truth.

        Some of these comments showed up on this blog last week, now a week later Williams resigns, come on Fred open your eyes.

        I can speak on behalf of what took place at Wilson. The above comments are right on, he was fired and banned from the district.

        • Wilson Is A Joke!!!

          you Wilson parents are a joke just like your team. If Zavala and Williams or any other coach on that staff was fired and “banned” from a school district they would not have a job the following season. I too have a source at the HLPUSD and my source is much higher than yours and they laugh at your idiotic statements. You and your school is a joke!!!

        • FredJ

          Your obviously someone anonymous who enjoys throwing mud on someone. Our paper spoke with the district, called to inquire about a police investigation and I spoke with the athletic department. All three said there is nothing involving Williams. So, thanks for spreading rumors, let me deal with the truth. And for the record, I won’t write speculation when it comes to legal issues like this, I’ll report on it if and only if, there is an investigation made aware to us. As of now, there is nothing.

  • exbpplayernfan

    Baldwin park should have fired him a long time ago. How are you gonna be the head coach and show up to practice late EVERYDAY except on gameday. The guy ran a terrible system, no weight lifting, no real conditioning, no fundamentals. Dont get started on the administration. They hired this guy. Cant wait and see what clown they hire next. Smh

    • FredJ

      To be honest, you get what you pay for. If the school doesn’t want a full time football coach on campus, then don’t expect your coach to work full-time hours on the ridiculously low stipend they get. You try working for what amounts to $3 or $4 an hour

  • zombies are eating my brains

    @disqus_XhwhLzJdbb:disqus you are absolutely delusional if you believe the answer to solve this problem is to bring up the freshman coach Gathier to take over a VARSITY program….

    what the administration needs to do is try and convince Bryan Sterling to become the next head coach or become more accommodating with former coach James Heggins. those are the 2 best options since both are current teachers at the school.
    option 2 for the school is for the administration to try their absolute best to open up a teaching position on campus. you cant expect a semi-decent coach or successful winning program with an off site coach.

    • Parent

      To try and convince a Bryan Sterling to become the next head coach.. really.. we want someone who accually cares about B.P Football. One that doesn’t show up late. and a coach that doesn’t coach on the field ..half the time he’s on his cell phone.. Gathier is perfect coach. He know these kids better than any coach coming from the outside.

  • Guest

    @ Parent you are absolutely delusional if you believe the answer to solve this problem is to bring up the freshman coach Gathier to take over a VARSITY program….

    what the administration needs to do is try and convince Bryan Sterling to become the next head coach or become more accommodating with former coach James Heggins. those are the 2 best options since both are current teachers at the school.

    option 2 for the school is for the administration to try their absolute best to open up a teaching position on campus. you cant expect a semi-decent coach or successful winning program with an off site coach.

  • exbpplayernfan

    Gaither would be a good candidate for head coach but only if he isn’t the offensive coordinator or defensive coordinator. Brian sterling is a great line coach not a head coach. The vice principle mr. Silvas was a coach when I went there, he even tried to be head coach but got beat by james heggins. He would be my choice for head coach.

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