A disturbing trend in coaching positions continues in the Southeast/Long Beach area this fall as one-fourth of the area's high school head coaching jobs have changed hands.
The 11 first-year coaches are among 38 Southern Section and three City Section coaches in the area. Since The Times began keeping records four years ago there have been 44 coaching changes here.
Some schools have been especially hard hit. St. Anthony has had five head coaches in the last four seasons. California has had three in as many years.
On the positive side, the 1987 coaching changes represent the first dip in the changes in three years and suggest that the trend may have peaked. In 1985, 12 new coaches were appointed. Last year there were 13 changes.