End of an Era, Coach Egan Steps down

Coach Bill Egan Steps down after 15 seasons

By Arnie Palu
January 13, 2016

After 15 seasons as the Head Coach of Bishop Union High Schools football program, Bill Egan is stepping down.  Egan will continue on as a teacher at BUHS.  Coach Egan’s run at BUHS includes an overall record of 114-64 leading the Broncos to the CIF playoffs each of his 15 seasons including capturing a CIF Southern Section championship in 2010.

Coach Egan’s teams won High Desert League championships 6 times.  The Broncos winning  the HDL crown in 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2012.

Coach Egan begin at Bishop Union High School in 2001 leading the Broncos to a 6-4 record and third place league finish.  The Broncos showed steady improvement in the early 2000’s capturing the High Desert League title in 2003 and finishing with a 11-2 record.  The 2003 Broncos lost to LA Baptist in the CIF semifinals 21-14, with a last second Bronco drive coming up just short.  Under Coach Egan the Broncos consistently made deep playoff runs.

Under Coach Egan’s leadership the Broncos claimed the 2010 CIF southern section northeastern division championship.  The Broncos finished 2010 with a 13-1 record.  Coach Egan was named the CIF SS Northeastern Division Coach of the year.  Bishop’s path to the championship included sound playoff victories over Mojave (41-0), at Chadwick (49-20), and Pasadena Poly (44-14).  The 2010 championship game played at Bishop Union’s John Schawb field featured two public school, Bishop Union and former Desert Inyo League rival Boron.  Bishop withstood a late bobcat charge winning the title game 30-22.  Coach Egan and the talented 2010 Broncos delivered BUHS their second CIF football title, the first coming in 1957.

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2010 Champions. Left to right, Curran Simpson, #71 Schain Thomson (obstructed) #30 Kiko Gonzales, #3 Cody Rigney, #24 Ravneet Singh, #70 Steve Orihuela. Photo by Gary Young
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Coach Egan and the 2010 Broncos prepare to take the field prior to the Championship Game with Boron. Photo by Gary Young
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Coach Egan and staff prepare to say goodbye to the 2015/2016 Bronco Seniors after 1st round CIF Central Section playoff loss at Mendota. Photo by James Tyler

Coach Egan is always quick to thank his wife Maggie for her support.  Mrs. Coach, as referred to by Bronco players, has served side by side with Coach Egan.   Maggie has provided countless hours to the Bronco football program serving in every possible way.  From organizing and running fundraisers to baking the famous “Bronco Brownies” and everything in-between.  Maggie was a pillar of the Bronco sideline the past 15 seasons delivering water at time outs and providing tender care to injured Broncos.  A highlight of what I expect was a roller-coaster of emotions-type day at the Egan home, the Medical Staff at Bishop’s Northern Inyo Hospital presented a $10,000 check to Maggie Tuesday.  The generous donation is headed to City of Hope for Cancer Research.  Ups and downs no doubt…but also a huge impact, no doubt.

Coach Egan and Mrs. Coach leave large shoes to fill at the Bishop Union High School football program.

Cover Photo by Gary Young

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