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PREP FOOTBALL: Gregovich jumping from Hamilton to Tahquitz

03/04/2013, 1:25pm PST
By By JEFF SANDERS - jsanders@californian.com

HEMET -- Dennis Gregovich is on the move. He just isn't going

HEMET -- Dennis Gregovich is on the move. He just isn't going very far.

Gregovich confirmed he is leaving his post at Hamilton to become Tahquitz's next head football coach, a move approved by the Hemet Unified School District board Tuesday evening.

"It feels really good to go ahead and step up and take that job," said Gregovich, who will also teach physical education at Tahquitz. "I'm excited to get down there and meet the kids and meet the staff. I'm really excited about the opportunity."

Gregovich will take over a team led by assistant coaches Nick Cristos and Stephon Pace following coach Mike Schroeder's midseason resignation. Hemet police investigated Schroeder for what was called a "work-related" incident, though the Riverside County district attorney's office did not find sufficient evidence to pursue the case.

Gregovich is the third head coach for a program that will enter its fourth full year of varsity competition next fall, and athletic director Mike Sims said he hopes his new hire brings stability to the team. Steve Silberman coached the team its first two years, including one varsity season, and Schroeder led the Titans to the playoffs in 2009.

Last season, Tahquitz went 4-6 and missed the playoffs. Gregovich was one of two in-district candidates considered for the job, Sims said.

"We never anticipated being on our third coach in our fourth year," Sims said. "He has to be (our long-term answer). We have to be on the same page and I think we will be. I'm very optimistic."

At Hamilton, the Bobcats went 7-3 last season and lost to Pasadena Poly in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Northeast Division playoffs two years removed from an 0-10 season in Gregovich's first season as coach. He was 11-19 during his three years at Hamilton, a program he inherited when Schroeder left to become Tahquitz's head coach in 2009.

"He's a good friend of mine and a great coach," said Gregovich, an assistant coach on Schroeder's staff at Hamilton. "I don't know what happened or care to comment, but I do know those kids (at Tahquitz) got coached."

Gregovich's jump to Tahquitz makes Hamilton the fourth Valley school looking for a football coach. Tom Leach has said he's been fired from his post at Chaparral and Trevor Watters and Jason Thornburg stepped down from their posts at Lakeside and West Valley, respectively.

Hamilton -- like Tahquitz -- will likely have to look in-district for Gregovich's replacement.

Bobcats athletic director Craig Miller did not return a phone call left late Wednesday afternoon.

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