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Iacenda, DiLuigi want GV job

Prominent local figures in the football community throw their names in the hat for vacant coaching

Posted: December 22, 2008 9:59 p.m.
Updated: December 23, 2008 4:54 a.m.

One of the greatest prep football players in Santa Clarita Valley history is interested in the Golden Valley head coaching job.

So is a former coach of one of the greatest prep football teams in Santa Clarita Valley history.

Ted Iacenda, the former Hart record-setting running back, and John DiLuigi, the defensive coordinator for the 2006 Canyon Cowboys, have expressed interest in the job vacated by Steve Pinkston, who resigned Dec. 11.

Iacenda has contacted Golden Valley about the job and DiLuigi has sent in a resume to Golden Valley's administration. DiLuigi said he has also applied for the head coaching job at West Ranch that was vacated when Mike Kane resigned on Wednesday.

Iacenda, a two-time CIF-Southern Section Division II Player of the Year who led the Indians to the Division II crown in 1995, has been coaching at Alemany for the past three years, two of which as the defensive coordinator.

"I'm extremely interested," Iacenda said of his thoughts on the Golden Valley job. "I think the program at Golden Valley could be a strong one."

Iacenda, who used to be the valley's all-time touchdown leader, said he is awaiting letters of recommendation before applying.

The 31-year-old played for the University of Southern California and University of New Mexico football programs, then went on to coach at Trinity Valley Community College, College of the Canyons and
Alemany in assistant roles.

Alemany head coach and former Hart and College of the Canyons assistant Dean Herrington has blessed Iacenda's desire to become a head coach, Iacenda said.

Iacenda has been a longtime family friend of DiLuigi, whose son J.J. broke the all-time touchdown record in 2006.

DiLuigi coached youth football before also becoming a defensive coordinator at Alemany and Canyon High.

He also said he helped lead the Canyon Country Athletic Association in 2003.

DiLuigi was relieved of his duty as Canyon defensive coordinator during the 2007 season.

"I wasn't done coaching," DiLuigi said. "My coaching career ended as a surprise to me. It wasn't something I wanted to have happen.

"I've been coaching different levels of football for 30 years," DiLuigi added. "I'm really looking to be a high school head football coach."

Golden Valley is 7-33 in four varsity seasons and 0-15 in three years in the Foothill League.

Pinkston was 5-25 as the school's second-ever head coach.

A hire will not happen until at least January due to the holiday break.


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