Chino High School has filled a couple of coaching vacancies with Damian Staricka taking over the football program and Diane Murillo named to head the boys basketball program.
Staricka succeeds Jesse Ceniceros who stepped down earlier this month after directing the program for two years. He said at the time he didn’t plan on taking another head job but ended got named head coach at El Monte days later.
Staricka was an assistant under Ceniceros, coaching the secondary and serving as scout team coordinator.
The Cowboys underachieved last season, going just 4-7 despite returning 17 starters.
Staricka is in his second year as a science teacher on campus, He has also worked in the girls basketball program under head coach Jonathan Davis.
His last head football coaching position came in the High Desert at Granite Hills High School in 2013 and 2014.
“There is a lot of potential here so I’m happy for the opportunity,” he said.
Staricka said he would not run the double-wing offense on which Ceniceros was dependent. He has only been working with his team for a week so he hasn’t had enough time to assess his personnel before deicing what type of offense would be best.
He said worth ethic will be a big factor.
“We need to get back to working hard, bring your lunch pail to work and buying in,” he said. “Kids better not show up in August and think they’re going to play. The work has to start now.”
Staricka is a 1989 graduate of Big Bear high School. He played two years at University of San Diego, then transferred to Nicholls State where he played baseball.