Wilson football coach Greg Gano has new perspective following daughter Courtney’s ordeal

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By Aram Tolegian
There was a time when Greg Gano cared about where his next CIF championship ring was going to come from.
When you win four, it can be addicting. Those days have quickly gone, though. Gano, whether by choice or error, has been rapidly adding chapters to his career in recent years. And that’s not always a good sign for a coach.
The latest and perhaps final chapter for Gano is at Wilson High School. Yes, the same Wilson that’s just down the road from where Gano cemented his name with some of the industry’s best coaches at Los Altos.
Gano’s arrival at the Hacienda Heights campus is a culmination of events that has led the Valley legend to become reflective and less hell bent on wins and losses at a time when most coaches his age would trying to salt their legacy.
wilsonfoot“The only thing I can say is that I’m the same guy I was in 2002,” Gano said before practice on Monday afternoon. “But it’s not about me anymore. I want our kids to feel that I care about them. That is the main focus that I had coming into this year, is that the kids know I care about them and what they’re doing on and off the football field.”
Gano’s career has hit several speed bumps since he resigned his position at Los Altos following the 2007 season. After taking a year off, he was hired at Damien in a move that many thought would make the Spartans an area power and maybe more.
It didn’t happen. Following a 20-22 record in four seasons, Gano resigned and promised he wouldn’t be out of coaching long. He wasn’t. Gano was soon the head coach at Tustin. But that was over soon after it got started and Gano was out at Tustin after an 0-4 start in 2013.

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  • The stands

    I hope the Wilson football program gets the administrative support that has been lacking in recent years. Good luck. If there’s success to be had, it’s been a long time coming. We’ll see if Gano still has a knack for recruiting. Wilson is an academically sound and free public high school that is located in a middle to upper middle class area. Just need a few athletes who want to play football. This is a pretty tall order given that cross town rival, Los Altos, is on another football upswing.

  • TheeProdigalSon

    Coach Fair lookin goooood in the background of that second picture

  • Conq’76

    Good luck Coach Gano! Hope you can do for Wilson what Coah Merrill did!