The CIF and NFHS have announced 148 nominees from the 10 Sections for the California State Coach of the Year award for the 2019-20 school year

CIF announces 2019-2020 NFHS California Coach of the Year nominees

November 3, 2020

The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) has announced the Section nominees for the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) California State Coach of the Year award for the 2019-20 school year. These coaches were selected based on the positive work they have done with the student-athletes in their respective sports programs.

“The CIF would like to thank and honor these well-deserving coaches for all they do for the student-athletes of California as their efforts go far beyond the court, field, mat, track, or pool deck,” said CIF Executive Director Ron Nocetti.

As these coaches move forward in the NFHS Coach of the Year awards process, updates will be shared accordingly. Please see below for a complete list of NFHS Coach of the Year Nominees as selected by each respective CIF Section Office.

The six CIF Sections in Northern California accounted for 91 nominations, 18 from the Central Coast and North Coast, two from the Northern, 11 from Oakland City, 22 the Sac-Joaquin, and 20 from San Francisco City.

The four Southern California Sections had a total of 57 nominations, 21 from the Central, 13 from Los Angeles City, 10 from San Diego, and 13 from the Southern.

Among the nominees are coaches that have won CIF state championships both this past school year and in years previous, including Tim Murphy from Clayton Valley.

The NCS nominee for football took his team all the way to the 2019 CIF state 2-AA Bowl Game championship. Along the way, and as quiet as it has been kept, Murphy totaled his career record, something he had shied away from doing because he feels the assistant coaches and players deserve a lot of credit, and lo and behold he found out he had reached the magical 200 career victory plateau.

Murphy now enters the upcoming season with a 204-65-1 record. He becomes only the 15th coach in NCS history to achieve the 200-win milestone.

2019-20 NFHS California Coach of the Year Nominations

Northern Region

Central Coast Section Selections


Joseph Allegri/Harbor/Baseball

Dan Powers/Pacific Grove/Boys Basketball

LyRyan Russell/Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep/Girls Basketball

Phil Pompei/St. Francis/Boys Cross Country

Albert Caruana/Crystal Springs Upland/Girls Cross Country

Jeff Scheller/San Mateo/Football

Ie-Chen Cheng/The Harker School/Girls Golf

Ken Anderson/El Camino/Boys Soccer

Jose Navarrette/Woodside/Girls Soccer

Tom Cardinale/Notre Dame (Salinas)/Softball

Craig Norman/Salinas /Boys Swim & Dive

AJ Vergara/Westmoor/Girls Swim & Dive

Dave Owdom/Aragon/Boys Tennis

John Musser/Fremont/Girls Tennis

Mike Rubin/St. Francis/Girls Volleyball

Ken Pollastrini/San Lorenzo/Boys Wrestling

Jim Fannin/Stevenson School/Boys Water Polo

Fernando Flanagan/Pioneer/Girls Wrestling

North Coast Section Selections


Ken Arnerich/Alameda/Baseball

Mike Saia/Marin Catholic/Boys Basketball

Chris Gomez/Fremont Christian/Girls Basketball

Chris Williams/Dublin/Boys Cross Country

Ruth Seabrook/Northgate/Girls Cross Country

Tim Murphy/Clayton Valley Charter/Football

Terry Eidson/De La Salle/Boys Golf

Jon Schwan/Montgomery/Boys Soccer

Shane Kennedy/Tamalpais/Girls Soccer

Mike Cobb/Bishop O’Dowd/Softball

Denise Murray/Jesse Bethel/Spirit

William Gaebler/Berkeley/Girls Swim & Dive

Mike McCollum/Miramonte/Boys Tennis

Mariella De La Cruz/Jesse Bethel/Girls Tennis

Mike Buckley/Convent & Stuart Hall/Boys Track & Field

Jake Spain/Marin Catholic/Girls Volleyball

Johann Gerlach/Sir Francis Drake/Boys Wrestling

Sabrina Ross/Castro Valley/Girls Wrestling

Sac-Joaquin Section Selections


Charly Garza/Hughson/Baseball

Denard Wilson/Grant/Boys Basketball

Jeff Ota/McClatchy /Girls Basketball

Kevin Selby/Nevada Union/Boys Cross Country

Amber Lassetter/Cosumnes Oaks/Girls Cross Country

Chris Musseman/Ripon/Football

Tim Healy/Granite Bay/Boys Golf

Matt Doyle/Enochs /Girls Golf

Giovanni Villalobos/Natomas/Boys Soccer

Jordan Martinez/El Camino/Girls Soccer

Mary Jo Truesdale/Sheldon/Softball

Michele Fay/Sierra/Spirit

Lotty Hellested/Nevada Union/Boys Swim & Dive

Owen Yancher/Davis/Girls Swim & Dive

Dale Eckenburg/Rocklin/Boys Tennis

Ed Melfort/Sierra /Girls Tennis

Peanut/Tena Harms/El Dorado/Boys Track & Field

Dave Unterholzner/Bella Vista/Girls Track & Field

Martin Soyama/El Camino/Girls Volleyball

Rob Beckhart/Central Valley/Boys Wrestling

Lance Mansuetti/Nevada Union/Boys Volleyball

Jeremy Arsich/Natomas/Girls Wrestling

Northern Section Selections


Tom St. Jacques/Lassen/Football

Carol Martin/Willows/Girls Volleyball

Oakland Section Selections


Orlando Watkins/Oakland/Boys Basketball

Leroy Hurt/Oakland Tech/Girls Basketball

Sean Kohles/Skyline/Boys Cross Country

Richie Boulet/Oakland Tech/Girls Cross Country

Joe Bates/Skyline/Football

James Salazar/Skyline/Girls Golf

Joel Higgins/Oakland Tech/Boys Soccer

Mark Savvides/Oakland Tech/Girls Soccer

Lauren Brown/Madison Park Academy/Girls Tennis

Erica Hansen/Skyline/Girls Volleyball

Dennis Spencer/Skyline/Boys Wrestling

San Francisco Section Selections


Brian Jesson/Washington/Baseball

Carl Jacobs/Lincoln/Boys Basketball

Brian Jackson/Burton/Girls Basketball

Olga Camacho/Burton/Boys Cross Country

Danny Camacho/Washington/Girls Cross Country

Phil Ferrigno/Lincoln/Football

Chris Biorn/Galileo/Boys Golf

Lori McLoughlin/Washington/Girls Golf

Antonio Medina/Leadership/Boys Soccer

Amber Wilson /Lowell/Girls Soccer

Sascha Taylor-Ray/Lowell/Softball

Sue Kenney/Lincoln/Spirit

Gwen Dornan/Balboa/Boys Swim & Dive

Chelsea Huang/Galileo/Girls Swim & Dive

Brian Lee/Lowell/Boys Tennis

Gabriel Morse/Wallenberg/Girls Tennis

Kevin Doherty/Lincoln/Boys Track & Field

Andy Leong/Lowell/Girls Track & Field

Kelly Sung/Lowell/Girls Volleyball

Daniel Pena/San Francisco International/Boys Wrestling

Southern Region

Southern Section Selections


Francisco Munoz/Eastside/Boys Basketball

Matt Dale/Paloma Valley/Girls Basketball

Colin Pratt/Agoura/Boys Cross Country

Kristen Goossens/Orange Lutheran/Girls Cross Country

Hudson Gossard/Crescenta Valley/Football

Ray Rivera/Palos Verdes/Girls Golf

Luis Sanchez/Foothill Tech/Boys Soccer

Abraham Pina/Santa Clara/Girls Soccer

Kelly McClusky/Brea Olinda/Spirit

Jack Trinh/Segerstrom/Girls Tennis

Aleka Estrada/Cornerstone Christian (Wildomar) Girls Volleyball

Mark Alex/Corona del Mar/Boys Wrestling

Jimmie Bowers/Corona/Girls Wrestling

Central Section Selections


Michael Garza/Highland/Baseball

Ryan Glanville/Arroyo Grande/Boys Basketball

Amy Bush/Sierra Pacific/Girls Basketball

Paul Contreras/Foothill/Girls Cross Country

Ivan Huff/Paso Robles/Boys Cross Country

Jeromy Blackwell/Strathmore/Football

Bill Jensen/Kingsburg/Boys Golf

Ken Shipley/Clovis West/Girls Golf

Tim Carey/Hoover/Girls Lacrosse

Michael Jordan/Farmersville/Boys Soccer

Darin Lasky/Exeter/Girls Soccer

Mike Noel/Clovis/Softball

Britney Audino/Tulare Union/Spirit

Dave Hodge/Tulare Western/Boys Swim & Dive

Karyn Klatt/Sunnyside/Girls Swim & Dive

Ken Peet/San Luis Obispo/Boys Tennis

Jeremy Warkentin/Sanger/Girls Tennis

Ryan Renz/Liberty (Bakersfield)/Boys Track & Field

Brian Weaver/Buchanan/Girls Track & Field

Maria Collatz/Stockdale/Girls Volleyball

Sam Lopez/Selma/Boys Wrestling

San Diego Section Selections


Hugo Estrada/Calexico/Boys Basketball

Sade Wiley-Gatewood/Serra/Girls Basketball

Tialoc Venacio/Crawford/Boys Cross County

Robert Muscheck/Sage Creek/Girls Cross County

Tyler Roach /La Jolla/Football

Richard Deem/Rancho Bernardo/Girls Golf

Joaquin Huertero/Helix/Boys Soccer

Wayne Brewton/Otay Ranch/Girls Soccer

Erik Hur/Olympian/Girls Tennis

Cheley Strahm/Holtville/Girls Volleyball

Los Angeles City Section Selections


Ed Azzam/Westchester/Boys Basketball

Adam Levine/Palisades Charter/Girls Basketball

Bruce Thomson/San Pedro/Boys Cross Country

Roman Gomez/Belmont/Girls Cross Country

Jim Rose/Birmingham Charter/Football

Dan Ma/Granada Hills Charter/Girls Golf

Ian Kogan/El Camino Real Charter/Boys Soccer

Chaka Forman/Venice/Girls Soccer

Chris Samsell/San Fernando/Girls Tennis

Tim Bergeron/Eagle Rock/Girls Volleyball

Trent Jackson/Sylmar/Boys Wrestling

Adam Blakis/Palisades Charter Boys/Water Polo

Nicholas Garibay/Banning/Girls Wrestling

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