Could Bonita be next stop after Steve Bogan resigns as football coach at Maranatha?

Maranatha high school football coach Steve Bogan has resigned after four years and a 27-17-1 overall record at the school.

In Bogan’s first year in 2014, he led Maranatha to the Olympic League title and an 11-1 overall record, losing in the second round of the playoffs, and taking the Minutemen to the second round again the following season.

This past year, however, Maranatha was 6-5 and lost in the first round of the Division 9 playoffs to Aquinas, 44-3.

“Coach Bogan is a man of character, faith and commitment to his student athletes and it has been a pleasure to work alongside him,” Maranatha athletic director Sammy Skinner wrote in a statement.

Bogan said he enjoyed his time at Maranatha, however the commute from his Walnut home was tiresome.

“This is not an I’m leaving because I was unhappy, Maranatha is a great place with great people and great scholars and I loved it there,” Bogan said. “If I lived in or near Pasadena this would be different, but after four years, the drive and the commute started wearing on me and it led to this decision. But believe me, I had a great time and loved every minute I was there.”

Bogan was a longtime football coach and teacher at South Hills for more than 20 years prior to joining Maranatha.

He resigned as football coach at South Hills in 2011 and while there led the Huskies to 13 league titles, four CIF Southern Section championships and a 32-12 playoff record.

Bogan remained a teacher at South Hills after resigning in 2011 and coached the freshman football team for two years before taking the job at Maranatha.

Retired from teaching full-time, Bogan is believed to be a candidate at Bonita, where he has reportedly met with school officials. Bonita recently parted ways with football coach Ibis Aguilar, and there appears to be mutual interest on both sides.

Bogan said he would rather not comment at this time, though he did say he would be interested in coaching again if the situation is right.

Bonita vice principal and former football coach Eric Podley said he wouldn’t comment on who has applied or who he has had conversations with about the position, only that candidates will be interviewed next week.

“It wouldn’t be appropriate for me to comment on that,” Podley said of talking about candidates. “We’re trying to do interview’s next Friday and by the first week of February we would like to get this done and make an announcement.”

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