As a result of his announced retirement, this will be our final In-Studio interview with our longtime, and good friend, John Aguirre, Commissioner, CIF/Los Angeles City Section (LACS). He has served in this position since July 1, 2013. Prior to becoming Commissioner, he was Assistant Commissioner to Dr. Barbara Fiege, the first Commissioner of the Section. To learn more about John and his Office, please click here.
Here is a brief summary of his coaching, educational, and administrative career.
Commissioner Aguirre is a native son of Boyle Heights who attended Lorena St. Elementary, Griffith Jr. High and Garfield. As a college student, he then attended East L.A. College where he earned his Associate of Arts (AA) degree. He subsequently earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Kinesiolgy and graduated with his teaching credential from Cal State Los Angeles. John furthered his educational pursuits by earning his Masters Degree and Administrative Credential from Cal State Dominguez Hills. He would later become a Public School Administrator as Dean of Students at Roosevelt HS. He taught at Bell Gardens HS, San Gabriel HS, Garfield HS, and Carson HS. He was also the Head Varsity Football Coach at both Garfield and Carson.
Commissioner Aguirre’s tenure as a Coach, Educator, and Administrator totals twenty-seven years. His time spent in the CIF/L.A. City Section’s office totals thirteen years, seven as an Assistant and six as the Commissioner.
Coaching Highlights: Assistant Varsity Football Coach at Garfield HS, in East Los Angeles from 1989-1992. He was selected as the Head Coach in 1993, and remained so through 1996. From Garfield he moved on to become the Head Varsity Football Coach at Carson HS. In 1999, his first year as Coach, he led his team to the L.A. City Section’s Division 1 title. He would return his team to the City Finals in 2003. He concluded his final year at Carson in 2005.
At the end of this school year, he will proudly leave behind his passion, after compiling a memorable forty year career in High School Sports and Administration. We have been extremely fortunate to have known, interacted with, and observed our friend in all phases of his career. John plans on spending his retirement enjoying a leisure life of travel and vacationing with his wife and family. He will definitely make lots of time to be with his two sons and two grandchildren.
In our final interview with John regrading his term as the Commissioner for all sports with the L.A. City Section/L.A. Unified School District, we spend time reviewing his Top 10 list of goals from last year, 2017, and then address his Top Section goals for the current school year. We close out our interview with John’s personal message to his staff, colleagues, coaches, school administrators, longtime friends, and family members.
To: John….From: Rico Cabrera, Sr.: East L.A. Sports Scene thanks you for all of the leadership, guidance, and commitment in allowing us to be a positive vehicle for coverage of our high school sporting events. As you well know, media can bring a powerful sense of pride and spirit to our student-athletes, their families, their teammates, and their classmates. Your recognition of East L.A. Sports Scene as a credentialed media organization was critical in making this a reality. Hope that you will enjoy your new life in retirement and that our paths will cross again in the not too-distant future. We also wish you the Best on behalf of all of our greater East Los Angeles High School communities. Take care, God Bless, and Good Fortunes My Friend.
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