Rosemead’s Jay Gauthier Calls it Quits
By Joe Torosian
June 21, 2013 • 476 views
Long time Rosemead girls basketball coach Jay Gauthier has stepped down after 12 seasons.
“I’m thankful to God for the tremendous opportunity of being the varsity coach for 12 years at Rosemead High School,” said Gauthier. “I know in my heart that He blessed that time tremendously and I will always cherish that feeling of being a winner and the many relationships formed which will last a lifetime. All the credit and honor goes to God and to my wonderful Lady Panther family.”
The numbers speak for themselves;
Mission Valley League record: 108-12
League Titles: 10
Undefeated League Titles: 8
Snapping Arroyo’s 33-game winning streak in 2001.
Won 44 straight MVL games 2001-2006
Currently have won 46 consecutive MVL games 2009-present
The top five scorers in Rosemead history all played for Gauthier
1.) Melody Gauthier: 1,528 points
2.) Evelyn Ramirez: 1,500 points
3.) Leanne Pettinato: 1,499 points
4.) Jessica Ly: 1,356 points
5.) Cindy Poon: 1,258 points
Never Lost to El Monte.
“What I loved even more than winning was the relationships I was able to build with my players. I truly love all of them to this day and I talk to and see many of them often.”
Gauthier said the battles with Arroyo never got old. There was a stretch during the first few years of the century where the best ticket, for the best local rivalry, was the Lady Panthers versus the Lady Knights. Six of Gauthier’s 12 league losses came against Arroyo.
“It was a thrill to coach with both my wife Valerie and then my son Jay Jr, and a great privilege to coach my daughter Melody,” said Gauthier. “I’m so proud of Melody, but even more so than about basketball, but the person she has grown up to become. She played the game the right way. Despite many cheap shots taken at her, during her entire four years she always played clean and I can never remember her ever playing dirty even once.”
Gauthier, who serves double duty as the Senior Pastor at El Monte Baptist, wouldn’t rule out coaching in some capacity in the future. He knew his time was coming to a close at Rosemead.
“This was a hard decision that I fought for months, but God finally clearly told me. He is the One who gave me that position and now He says it’s time.”