REPORTED BY FRED ROBLEDO, SVG TRIBUNE
La Salle’s head football coach Russell Gordon, who joined the school in 2012 while also serving as the school’s Associate Athletic Director during the early part of his tenure, is out after seven years with the program where he amassed an overall record of 36-28.
A memo was circulated to staff at the school from principal Courtney Kassakhian confirming that Gordon is not returning to take a job at the collegiate level. According to sources, Gordon will be an assistant football coach at Antelope Valley College this fall. Neither Gordon nor athletic director Anthony Harris would return messages seeking comment.
Gordon, who arrived at La Salle after eight years at Campbell Hall where he compiled a 52-31 record and led the Vikings to a CIF-SS divisional finals appearance in 2005, had immediate success taking over at La Salle, winning the Del Rey title and finishing 10-1 in his first season and finishing 9-2 in 2013, however both of those teams were knocked out in the first round of the playoffs.
Over the last four years La Salle has posted just one winning record, going 7-5 in 2016 and reaching the second round of the Division 9 playoffs, which was the Lancers’ only playoff victory under Gordon.
Part of the struggle the past four years for La Salle was moving from the Del Rey to the Angelus league in 2014 where it has to compete annually with St. Francis, St. Paul, Cathedral, Harvard-Westlake and Salesian.