Four-time champion and former South Hills football coach Steve Bogan will take over at Maranatha

STORY: Steve Bogan, who won four CIF championships during a highly successful 20-year run at South Hills, has been named the new head coach at Maranatha.
Bogan resigned from South Hills in early 2012. He won four CIF championships, 13 league championships and was 31-10 in the playoffs. He recently returned to coaching at South Hills, but at the freshman level.

IN THE HUDDLE: Absolute coup by Maranatha. Bogan’s track record is just about unparalleled around these parts and he should be the long-term fit that Maranatha’s been needing to take things to the next level and beyond — Aram Tolegian.

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Maranatha press release: Maranatha High School is pleased to welcome Steve Bogan as their new Head FootballCoach. With over 30 years of coaching experience, Coach Bogan brings to Maranatha significant experience in building a quality football program and developing student-athletes. He served as the head coach of South Hills High School for 20 years. During that tenure he led his teams to 10 League Championships, reaching the CIF Quarterfinals 11 years in a row, and made 8 Semi-Final appearances. His teams have reached the CIF Finals 5 times, winning 4 CIF Championships in three different divisions.

Regarded by many as one of the best coaches in Southern California, Coach Bogan was named the San Gabriel Valley Tribune Coach of the Decade (2000-2009), during which time the Tribune and CIF-SS also named him Divisional Coach of the Year twice. He has coached in numerous All-Star games and has been a presenter at a number of coaching clinics throughout the years. Coach Bogan’s teams at South Hills had a 32 – 12 playoff record (73%) covering three league and four divisional moves over a 20-year period.

When asked about joining the Maranatha community Coach Bogan said, “Maranatha is a destination job for me. When I believe that The Lord is opening a door, and the time is right, I enter where I’m called. I feel that the environment on campus, the commitment to excellence, and Maranatha’s focus on Christ aligns with how and where I want to end my career.”
Maranatha’s Athletic Director Brian DeHaan shared, “Steve and I have known each other for a number of years and there was a peace about this process. To bring Coach Bogan into Maranatha during the same year we hired Coach Tucker truly testifies to the excellence we pursue, and those that want to be a part of it. Maranatha is a special place and it’s been a blessing to bring the finest coaches in Southern California to join in our mission of impacting lives for Christ.”
The sentiment was echoed by Headmaster, Dr. David Gyertson, “I am so pleased to welcome Coach Bogan to our Maranatha family to build on the foundations laid by Jude Oliva this past year. In addition to Steve’s exceptional coaching skills, he has a passion for helping players develop into men of impeccable character anchored to Maranatha’s core mission to revere Jesus Christ in all aspects of their learning, living, playing, and serving”.
“It is with great excitement that we welcome Coach Bogan to the Maranatha family,” commented Principal, Dr. Michelle Purghart. “What impressed me most about Steve was not his CIF Championships nor his winning record, but his absolute love for students and the Lord. He spoke with such excitement when we discussed the lives he has been able to transform as a football coach. We are thrilled that he will be able to share his love for the Lord with the Maranatha family, and we look forward to how Coach Bogan will impact lives both on and off the field.”
The Maranatha Minutemen are looking forward to an exciting 2014-2015 athletic season.

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  • reality

    Mixing Jesus and his peaceful manner with the most violent American team sport just seems so hypocritical. I just don’t see Jesus as calling anyone to coach football and teach boys to physically clobber the other side. Why not just say I’m here to coach football and leave it at that.

    • FredJ

      What a ridiculous comment. First, Steve is Christian and Maranatha is a Christian school. Makes perfect sense to me. Why are people so offended by God quotes.

      • Ray_Morehart

        That just sounds like a spoiled, butt-hurt South Hills fan

        • Colombo

          You’re out of your mind, all the South Hills fans from the Judi North era are gone gone gone! I have a very good hunch on who might be hiding behind a blanket username and taking shots at Bogan. Care to guess who? Brand of tape and a common seafood, hint hint.

          • Tan K Solot

            Duct Shrimp?

          • Colombo

            The former softball coach who got canned

          • Ray_Morehart

            Keep guessing. I’m in the SGV and am connected to SGV baseball

      • reality

        Why is my opinion ridiculous. He made it a Jesus issue. Reread his statement. Jesus opens the door, he calls I enter,core mission to revere Jesus, its a blessing. He made it a priority not me and yeah now that you mention it Touchdown Jesus as Notre Dame is hypocritical as well as ridiculous.Who is Jesus rooting for not BYU I guess. So exactly how am I a Hypocrite?

        • FredJ

          Again, what’s the big deal, so the headmaster, Bogan and the athletic director mentioned religion … That’s par for the course at Christian schools. At Amat and Damien football games they usually say a prepare before the national anthem, is that hypocritical of a violent sport too?

          • AMAT 73

            Fred J,
            That pregame prayer you mention is asking the Lord for well played and injury free game in a Christian manner , and yes Jesus does root for ND just as God is a Lancer , when you get to heaven just look for the house with the big blue flag with the Golden A on it , that’s his . HA HA HA HA HA , you all need to lighten up , if Bogan feels the Lord opened up this door for him , that’s his feelings and it’s between the Man upstairs and him , but I’m sure when he gets there he will be asked , why did you dodge my team for so long ?????? LOL.

          • Steve Ramirez

            St. Francis? :)

    • Steve Ramirez

      It is a pretty ridiculous comment. First all, there was no recreational sports in Jesus’ time, just barbaric sport using slaves fighting to their deaths. It’s hard to say how he will feel about today’s football. But listening to Cardinal Dolan, of New York, he would likely approve providing its taught in a respectable manner and the coaches taught within the rules of the game. By that I mean no stretching of the rules and no yelling at your opponent and the game officials. But also remember that we’re all humans, and fall into human frailty, which is why Jesus died for us, to free us when we sin. As for the Catholic schools, if we fall down, we can go to confession and are forgiven. There is nothing wrong with good, clean competition, which is what sport preaches and teaches. Vince Lombardi was has hard on his players as any coach around, but he also supported them, and he was a good Christian, attending Mass each day of his life. Steve Bogan is like most Christians, who believe in the “I am third” philosophy of putting God first, so why not coach in a environment that believes in God first and the success on the sports’ field or court second? And why not express that? As a Christian and specifically, a practicing Catholic, myself, I say more power to him, and good luck to him.

      • The Living Legend

        In one statement you say it is hard to say how Jesus would view football, and than in the next line you say he would probably be okay with it. So you are the authority for how Jesus would view the sport? You can’t have it both ways

        • Steve Ramirez

          You are miss-understanding what I said. There’s no way to know for sure until I leave this world, but I can ask him when I do. No, I’m not an authority, but I believe Cardinal Dolan, who has a vote for the one human being who represents Jesus on earth – The Pope – is a pretty good authority. He says competive sports is a healthy thing, providing you play within the rules and don’t make it the center of your life, which should be God. God gives us all gifts, some the gift of athleticism, or to coach it or write about it, so why not honor God by using our gift?

          • AMAT 73

            Steve,
            That’s quite a stretch on the one human being who represents Jesus on earth – The Pope . I thought we as Christians should all ( and I mean all Christians , not just Catholics ) represent Christ in our approach to life and to our fellow man , I am sure you’ve heard the phrase ” being Christ like ” . The Pope reps the Catholic Church and it’s teachings and philosophies to the followers of the Church . Many faiths believe that Christ is their Savior . but you would have a heck of a time selling them on that point , even though we all believe in the same Christ .

          • Steve Ramirez

            That is true…but remember Jesus passed “The Keys to Heaven” on to Peter, who was the first Pope, and it’s been passed on every since.The Pope is the Catholic Vicar of Christ, and considered my most to be one of the religious leaders of the world. And yes, we as Christians pass on the word of Jesus by how we live our lives. I feel Jesus would find all sport acceptable providing its played within the rules and each player, coach and fan give the opposition total respect.

      • The Living Legend

        Personally I think it is funny how many people bring God into sports. Like God has a horse in the race and really cares who wins an athletic competition.

        • Steve Ramirez

          Yes, God does it care who wins, but he does give some the gift to be good athletes. Why not honor that gift by performing?

  • Ray_Morehart

    Is it just me or does it seem like all of the South Hills coaches that have been there forever are leaving/not coaching since Judi North has left…