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Coach hires are in holding pattern

West Ranch, Golden Valley still yet to announce new football coaches

Posted: February 26, 2009 1:13 a.m.
Updated: February 26, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Two months after Steve Pinkston resigned as head football coach at Golden Valley and Mike Kane did the same at West Ranch, both schools are unable to make a hire because of California’s budget deficit.

The William S. Hart Union High School District is currently looking at cuts that could total nearly $35 million over the next two years. This prevents the schools from announcing a hire, though it appears both may have their guy.

“The status is we’re still on hold pending board action,” said West Ranch athletic director Dody Garcia.

Golden Valley athletic director Chris Printz said his school was thorough in its search, having opened the job to applicants twice. Yet the school is still not able to make any announcement.

“We’re trying to make sure we follow all the processes we have to follow,” Printz said. “We have to make sure the hire we make is well received by everyone in the community, the players, the administration, the district, the school.”

Garcia said there were 27 applicants for the West Ranch job.

Kane resigned on Dec. 17 after five years as West Ranch’s head football coach.

He built the program from the ground up as its first head coach.

Pinkston resigned Dec. 11 after three seasons as Grizzlies head coach.

Garcia and Printz set no time table for an announcement.

Spring practice doesn’t begin until May.


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