La Serna football coach Margarito Beltran fired amid allegations involving special needs student

Margarito Beltran has been fired. (Whittier Daily News/Staff Photo by Keith Durflinger)

Margarito Beltran has been fired.
(Whittier Daily News/Staff Photo by Keith Durflinger)


By Stephen Ramirez
WHITTIER >> La Serna High School fired head football coach Margarito Beltran on Thursday and placed the special education teacher on paid administrative leave following allegations involving physical restraint of a special needs student outside a classroom, district officials said.
Whittier police are investigating the incident, which occurred Aug. 21 at the campus located at 15301 Youngwood Dr. in Whittier.
Police spokesman Officer John Scoggins declined to name the suspect because of the ongoing investigation. He said the case is now with the District Attorney’s Office and detectives will meet with the prosecutor next week.
No charges have been filed.
Beltran, who was preparing his team for Friday’s season opener against Eastlake High in Chula Vista, didn’t return several calls for comment.
“Following allegations of an incident involving physical restraint of a special needs student, a La Serna High School teacher, who is also a member of the school’s athletics staff, was placed on paid administrative leave last week pending the outcome of an investigation,” Rich Russell, assistant superintendent of personnel for the Whittier Union High School District, said in a press release. “However, after violating the terms of his paid leave, the employee has been removed from his coaching position and remains on paid administrative leave from his teaching position.”
The release didn’t say what Beltran did to violate the conditions of his leave.

— Staff writer Ruby Gonzales contributed to this report

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Pioneer opens new stadium in style; routs Artesia, 28-0

Pioneer High's Brennan Tagaloa (#3), right straight-arms Artesia High's Sean Davenport before being tackled at Pioneer's Whittier, Calif. campus stadium August 27, 2015. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb/Whittier Daily News)

Pioneer High’s Brennan Tagaloa (#3), right straight-arms Artesia High’s Sean Davenport before being tackled at Pioneer’s Whittier, Calif. campus stadium August 27, 2015. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb/Whittier Daily News)

By Stephen Ramirez
PIONEER 28, ARTESIA 0

WHITTIER >> Pioneer High School christened its new football stadium in grand fashion Thursday night.Phillip Hernandez threw for 287 yards and accounted for two touchdowns and Anthony Ramos rushed for two scores as the Titans opened the season with a 28-0 victory over Artesia in a nonleague game. Pioneer was just 1-9 last season.Angel Bodnar also had 118 yards receiving and one touchdown for Pioneer.The Pioneers had just three first downs and were limited to 24 yards. Pioneer also forced three turnovers.Rian Hughing had 46 yards receiving for Artesia, which was 4-6 last season.

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La Serna expecting big year from LB Daniel Campos

La Serna football player Daniel Campos during practice at the Whittier campus on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda/ Whittier Daily News)

La Serna football player Daniel Campos during practice at the Whittier campus on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda/ Whittier Daily News)

By Stephen Ramirez
WHITTIER >> La Serna High School’s run to a fifth consecutive CIF-Southern Section semifinal last season was due in large part to its run game and defense.Senior Daniel Campos played a major role in the latter, and he will be key this season for the Lancers, who are expected to keep their postseason string going.“We’re looking for him to step in right where he left off,” La Serna coach Margarito Beltran said of Campos. “He does a good job of putting kids in the right spot. He’s basically like another coach on the field. We have high expectations of him.”

Campos is just a monster on defense. He was All-CIF Southeast Division his sophomore season and despite missing most of the regular season still managed 117 tackles in six games. He had 17 in a 24-21 win over Dominguez in the first round before getting 19 in 41-36 loss to Crescenta Valley in the semifinals.“I love defense,” Campos said. “I always try to make the reads and get there at the right time. I just follow the hips and backs of the guard. We learn that every day. Our coaches get that in our head every day.”

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