ELAC will not renew football coach’s contract

making plans—Steve Mojorro, former football head coach, designs a play in his first season in a 28-27 win against Santa Barbara City College. CN/ Tadzio Garcia
Making Plans—Steve Mojorro, former football head coach, designs a play in his first season in a 28-27 win against Santa Barbara City College. CN/ Tadzio Garcia

By Bryce Ronquillo

The football program at East Los Angeles College will have a new coach at the helm for the 2015-2016 season.

“Our head football coach, Steve Mojarro, was informed by me (Athletic Director, Allen Cone) and the Dean of Admissions that his contract would not be renewed on Thursday, November 20,” Cone said.

Coach Mojarro has been a part of the football program for six years, three as an assistant coach and three as a head coach.

Under Mojarro, the Huskies football program has had a record 9-21, three wins and seven losses in each of the three consecutive seasons. Cone  said he made the decision to give the football program a new start and install a winning attitude.

“We wish to hire a new person to take over the ELAC football program and change the entire culture of ELAC football,” Cone said.

Cone said that he has had success in recent years with building up the athletic programs. Hiring a new staff has proven successful with the men’s basketball and volleyball programs at this school. Both which have improved in their record within the past two years with new coaching staffs.

As for the football team, it still has much to improve and to prepare for next season. The recent success for the other sports programs has set the bar high for the team.

“This is a tremendous athletic department that improves every year. The newer head coaches have really done a great job… having all the kids buy-in to their respective programs and transferring student-athletes to the next level. This is what we will be expecting our new football staff to bring to the table.”

Freshman cornerback Ryan Cisneros said that an aspect of their game that was missing this season was discipline.

“If a coach could bring that to the table our talent should be able to do the rest,” Cisneros said.

Cisneros will be returning to the team next season to play his final year at the college level.

With high school football in its last stages of playoffs, it is critical that the football team’s coaching staff begins recruiting.

Cone said he hopes to have a new football head coach before the start of winter break.

He also said that there is no love lost for Mojarro and his staff and that being the head football coach “didn’t quite work out as well as hoped.”

The past six seasons Mojarro gave many kids (and staff) an opportunity to be a part of a community and an up and coming football program.

“Coach Mojarro will land on his feet and coach again, really soon. Our administration wishes him the best.”

Cone said that he has had success in recent years with building up the athletic programs. Hiring a new staff has proven successful with the men’s basketball and volleyball programs at this school, both which have improved their record within the past two years.

As for the football team, it still has much to improve and prepare for next season. The recent success for other sports programs has set the bar high for the team.

“This is a tremendous athletic department that improves every year. The newer head coaches have really done a great job… having all the kids buy-in to their respective programs and transferring student-athletes to the next level. This is what we will be expecting our new football staff to bring to the table,”  Cone said.

Freshman cornerback Ryan Cisneros said that an aspect of their game that was missing this season was discipline.

“If a coach could bring that to the table our talent should be able to do the rest,” Cisneros said.

Cisneros will be returning to the team next season to play his final year at the college level.

With high school football in its last stages of playoffs, it is critical that the football team’s coaching staff begins recruiting.

Cone said he hopes to have a new football head coach before the start of winter break.

He also said that there is no love lost for Mojarro and his staff. Being the head football coach “didn’t quite work out as well as hoped.”

The past six seasons Mojarro gave many children and staff an opportunity to be a part of a community and an up and coming football program.

“Coach Mojarro will land on his feet and coach again, really soon. Our administration wishes him the best,” Cone said.

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