The Peterson Principle

Tim Peterson
February 19, 2014 • 198 views

It didn’t seem like it would be a difficult position to fill. Who wouldn’t want to step into a head coaching job for a team that has won three CIF championships in the last four years and made four title appearances in the last six years?
Yet it’s been six weeks since Ryan Maddox resigned at Monrovia and the Wildcats are still searching. Arroyo’s Jim Singiser is the latest to decline. He was asked to interview for the position but turned it down last week. Singiser praised the Monrovia talent and leadership but ultimately decided to stay at Arroyo.
Monrovia was initially looking inside the program before taking the search outside.
In the wake of Singiser’s declining there are two other well known area coaches that have emerged as candidates.
Maddox indeed set the bar high but there’s somebody out there that is willing to try to clear it. Isn’t there?
Cal had it’s man last week…or so it thought. Former San Dimas assistant Brian Mustain was offered the job but turned it down. On the day the Condors figured they would be naming their new head coach, they were instead left sorting through more resumes.
On other fronts La Canada is expected to name a new head coach this week to replace James Sims. Sims departed after just two years. San Gabriel has received several applications and is beginning interviews this week.
“We’ll definitely have a head coach in place well before spring ball,” a San Gabriel source said.
Diamond Bar is looking for a new head coach as well with Ryan Maine stepping down.
I ran into a former Southeast Division coach this week at a basketball game and after discussing the current openings in the area I told him he might have to come back. My comment was met by two simple words. “No Way!” he said. And so it goes.
Speaking of basketball I wonder how Bonita is going to enjoy the bus ride out to San Gorgonio? Burbank gets to cruise out to Peninsula and Burroughs gets a trip out to Valencia. Don’t think the traffic is going to be very cooperative on a late Friday afternoon.
With the current alignment of Divisions there’s also no incentive for winning league. Gabrielino won the MVL with a 10-0 record. What do they get for a reward? A date with Servite. Servite? Weren’t they in the NCAA Tournament last year? Sure the Eagles get a home game but what are they doing in the same division as Servite?
South Pasadena made the playoffs. Hooray! The Tigers get to go to San Marcos! We whine about this every February but seriously how long will CIF take to get it fixed?
Best local matchup might be in Division 3A Wednesday night – San Dimas at South El Monte.
Please don’t try to tell U.S. snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis that it doesn’t matter if you win or lose- that it’s the competition that counts. After three Olympics I’m sure she’s sick of hearing it.

That’s my principle.

Tim can be reached at tim@midvalleysports.com or on Twitter @tspeterson40

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