Bogan Steps Down as Maranatha Coach

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Photo courtesy David Thomas Steve Bogan resigned as Maranatha High School head football coach last week. He guided the Minutemen to a 27-17-1 record in four seasons.
Photo courtesy David Thomas
Steve Bogan resigned as Maranatha High School head football coach last week. He guided the Minutemen to a 27-17-1 record in four seasons.

Steve Bogan resigned as Maranatha High School head football coach after four seasons, the school announced last Friday.
The longtime coach guided the Minutemen to a 27-17-1 record in four years and will continue to teach through the semester.
“These past four years have been huge,” Bogan said. “They’ve been great. This is a great place with a great mission. I have taught two classes and will continue to teach. It’s just that a 33-mile drive started to wear on me. I started to think that I had to get closer to home. It’s just a long drive.
“Maranatha is a huge love deep in my heart. If you live in the Pasadena area with a child, then you need to consider this school. I have nothing negative to say about Maranatha. It’s been a great four years, and Athletic Directors Sammy Skinner and Eddie Arnett are good friends and mentors.”
The commute and commitment to the program took a toll on Bogan, who lives in Walnut.
“Football requires many hours of dedication, and it’s extensive,” he said. “You have to be there during times regular teachers aren’t. I prayed about it, and I thought it was time. It’s time for a new chapter.”
Bogan coached at South Hills High School of West Covina for 20 years and guided the Huskies to 13 league championships and four CIF Southern Section titles before stepping down in 2011. He returned to South Hills in 2012 to guide the freshman program before accepting the varsity football coaching position at Maranatha High School in 2014.
Bogan made an immediate impact and guided the Minutemen to a perfect regular season and finished the year with an overall record of 11-1 and was eliminated in the second round of the playoffs.
The program never reached those heights over the next three years because of injuries and small rosters, but Bogan managed to field a competitive team that qualified for the CIF-SS playoffs in 2015 and 2017.
“Coach Bogan is a man of character, faith and commitment to his student-athletes and it has been a pleasure to work alongside him,” Maranatha Athletic Director Sammy Skinner said in a statement. “We are excited about the opportunities that are present for the next football coach at Maranatha High School and will begin our search immediately.”
Bogan has also contemplated his future and would like to continue coaching. Multiple news outlets have him as one of the frontrunners for the head coaching position at La Verne Bonita, but Bogan said he’s evaluating multiple opportunities.
“There are some openings that are closer by for me,” Bogan said. “I may even have an opportunity to coach with my brother. It would be fun to get back with him.”
Bogan’s brother, Jeff, is part of the coaching staff at Don Lugo High School in Chino. The Conquistadores were CIF-SS Division 7 finalists last month under the guidance of head coach Greg Gano, who is still the head coach of the Don Lugo football program.
“Jeff is a fundamentals guru and a football junkie,” said Bogan. “It would be great because of the obvious family component.”

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