Football Coach Hired--Artesia High School has elevated defensive coordinator Vince La Rosa, 34, to the position of head football coach. A native of Brooklyn, La Rosa has spent 11 of the past 12 seasons as a coach in the Southeast area. He has been at Artesia for six years. Previously, he was a head coach at a high school in New Hampshire for a single season and an assistant at Cerritos High School for five years. La Rosa says he plans to upgrade the off-season program at the school and build a coaching staff that is expected to include most of the school's former staff. In addition, he said he wants to add two coaches in "walk-on" capacities if he cannot fill his order from within the ABC Unified School District.
Football Jobs Filled--St. Paul and Poly high schools have filled their vacant head football coaching positions. Ohio native Richard A. Ready, 34, was hired at St. Paul to replace James Walker. Walker resigned Feb. 6. Ready came out tops among five finalists for the job. He has been at Miami University of Ohio since 1983 in charge of the offensive line, defensive scouting, on-campus recruiting and weight training. Poly High Principal Robert Ellis elevated defensive coordinator Jerry Jaso and offensive line coach Thomas Whiting to a co-head coaching position. Jaso, like Whiting, is 34. He has been at the school since 1981. Jaso is a 1968 graduate of Poly and has been at the school since 1980. The pair replace Jim Barnett, who left to become the head football coach at Trabuco Hills High School in Mission Viejo. Poly was 46-11-4 under Barnett and won five Moore League titles.