The Peterson Principle

Tim Peterson
February 26, 2014 • 308 views

Even though various names have been surfacing regarding the open Monrovia coaching position over the last few weeks, search applications were still being accepted through last Friday. Some candidates who originally had planned on interviewing decided not to for one reason or another and others that were extended offers to interview, such as Arroyo’s Jim Singiser, declined.
Now all of the applications are in and interviews will begin in earnest this week. Former HC Ryan Maddox, who stepped down in January, is part of the selection process along with AD Randy Bell. Expect the hire to be a well-known name. There are a couple well known area coaches, past and present, among the applicants.
A name that isn’t well known, at least in these parts, is new California coach Kyle Trudell. Trudell, the former OC at Sonora, was hired Wednesday by the Condors and had plenty of football people raising their eyebrows.
Cal took some criticism for tabbing Trudell because he wasn’t their “first choice.” Maybe not but how many times is the first choice hired? Pete Carroll was of course not USC’s first choice and on a lesser scale neither was Maddox. Maddox did quite well thank you wining three consecutive CIF championships. Among the candidates that were in hunt for the Cal job were Los Altos HC Dale Ziola and former San Dimas assistant Brian Mustain. Mustain was actually offered the job but turned it down. So yes, it’s true Trudell wasn’t the first choice but I’m waiting to see how it plays out.
La Canada got its man this week – Ramsey Lambert. Lambert has had over ten years of coaching experience, most recently, at Oak Hills High in Hesperia. Again not known in this area, but again these days coaches aren’t growing on trees. The previous coach at LC, James Sims, lasted just two years. It always helps if the job comes with a teaching position but that’s not always the case.
Ran into Arroyo OC Chris MacMillan this week and although he hates to see the end of the Nathan Coto era, he is looking forward to this year’s starting quarterback Chaz Miller. Miller has backed up Coto for the last two years and is ready to step in behind center. Miller got his feet wet last year appearing in six games and is familiar with the process.
“He’s familiar with what we do and knows all the plays. He should be ready to go,” MacMillan said.
Coto had pretty big shoes to fill in Steven Rivera and Miller will face the same challenge in replacing Coto. For those who may have forgotten, here are Coto’s final numbers for 2013; 229-360- 3327 yards, 36 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. Yeah…36 touchdowns.
Head coaching hirings are still pending at Baldwin Park and San Gabriel. The Matadors, who struggled through its worst year last season in more than a decade is reaching out to several prominent area coaches.

Tim can be reached at tim@midvalleysports.com or on Twitter @tspeterson 40.

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