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Eberhart resigns as Glendale coach

Football: After three seasons, Glendale High graduate steps down from post at alma mater.

November 14, 2011|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com
  • Glendale's Alan Eberhart, center, watches his team play against Hoover at Glendale High School on Thursday, November 10, 2011. (Cheryl A. Guerrero/Staff Photographer
Glendale's Alan Eberhart, center, watches his…

Glendale High’s latest triumph on the football field — a 55-49 victory over archrival Hoover in the annual “Battle for the Victory Bell” on Thursday — will stand as the last victory for the Nitros with Coach Alan Eberhart at the helm.

Eberhart officially resigned Monday after three years as the Glendale coach.

“I failed,” Eberhart said. “I don’t want to blame anybody. I came here, I thought I could change it, but I failed to create an atmosphere where kids wanted to play football. We did not get it done here.”

After a long run at Crescenta Valley in which Eberhart, a Glendale High graduate, coached for the better part of 14 seasons, compiling an 89-58-1 record and five Pacific League titles, he returned to his alma mater to take over the Nitros, but was never able to bring about the same success that he did at CV.

Glendale went 2-8 overall and 1-6 in league this past season, bringing Ebehart’s overall record to 4-26 during his three years with the Nitros, with three of those wins coming against Hoover.

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“I totally support Coach Eberhart’s decision,” Glendale Principal Deb Rinder said. “I think the last three years have been challenging, frustrating at times and rewarding.

“The man has put in a lifetime of coaching at all levels … I totally support his decision to step down and I’m thankful for the three years that we had him.”

Rumblings about Eberhart’s resignation had existed for some time, but it wasn’t until Monday that he officially resigned.

“I loved being a head coach, but I’m tired, it just wore me out,” Eberhart said. “I just don’t know what to say anymore.”

Much of Eberhart’s frustrations came with the lack of players the program attracted as the team this season had just more than 30 players most of the year and began with 25 before calling up junior varsity players.

“The kids we have here worked their butts off, but we just don’t have enough of them,” Eberhart said.

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