(East Los Angeles, CA) [From The Editor’s Desk]: The Los Angeles Rams have announced Head Coach, Matthew Castaneda, Diamond Bar High School “Brahmas” (CIF/SS-Division 9 – Walnut Valley Unified School District), as their 2022 High School Coach of the Year. The event took place at half-time on Sunday’s 12/25 Christmas Day game vs. the Denver Broncos at SoFi Stadium.
[Special Note From The Editor]: Prior to the official half-time announcement, we were able to briefly interview all three finalists during their Pre-Game introduction to the fans in attendance.
Runners-Up in the voting were Head Coaches, Narciso Diaz, Franklin High School “Panthers”, (CIF/L.A. City Section- LACS/LAUSD) – Champions of the Northern League and the Section’s Open Division 2022 qualifier, and Robert Metzger, Head Coach at Oak Hills High School “Bulldogs” – (CIF/SS Division 2), Hesperia Unified School District), located in the Mojave High Desert community of Oak Hills, CA.
Read more below in the Rams’ announcement regarding this great recognition of Coach Castaneda, who earned the Top Award in this year’s balloting.
(Los Angeles/Southern California) Earlier this month, more than 17,000 fans participated in online voting to nominate the Rams three High School Coach of the Year finalists. The team hosted the three finalists at Rams-Broncos Christmas Day matchup, presented by Nickelodeon, at SoFi Stadium, and even slimed them!
During an on-field recognition, the Rams announced Matthew Castaneda, head football coach at Diamond Bar High School, as their High School Coach of the Year. Castaneda was awarded a $3,500 equipment grant from the Rams in support of their school’s football program and a free 7-day cruise to any Princess Cruise destination.
The Rams provided the two runner ups, Narciso Diaz (head football coach, Benjamin Franklin Senior High School) and Robert Metzger (head football coach, Oak Hills High School), with $1,000 equipment grants.
Below is more information about the High School Coach of the Year winner:
Matthew Castaneda is the head football coach at Diamond Bar High School (DBHS). This was his first season coaching DBHS’s varsity football team. Castaneda has coached high school football for 13 seasons and has served as a head coach for five seasons. This season, DBHS finished with a 12-2 record, qualifying for CIF Southern Section Football Playoffs and advancing to the Division 9 Championship game.
More than 200,000 fans participated in online voting to select the Rams High Schol Coach of the Year winner. This season, the Rams recognized 10 local high school football coaches as part of their High School Coach of the Week program. Each honoree received a $1,000 equipment grant, courtesy of the Rams.
Since returning home to Los Angeles in 2016, the Rams have recognized 78 High School Coach of the Week honorees and the team has awarded a total of $107,500 to benefit their high school football programs.