Multi-Sport State Coaching Leaders

California's winningest football and boys basketball coaches are Bob Ladouceur of Concord De La Salle and Gary McKnight of Santa Ana Mater Dei. Ladouceur retired after the 2012 football season. McKnight may reach 1,000 wins next season.

California’s winningest football and boys basketball coaches are Bob Ladouceur of Concord De La Salle and Gary McKnight of Santa Ana Mater Dei. Ladouceur retired after the 2012 football season. McKnight won his 1,000th game during 2014-15 season.

For the first time, we present an anchor home for instant access to the Cal-Hi Sports state record lists for coaching wins in football, boys basketball, girls basketball, baseball and softball. All records have now been updated through the 2015-16 season. Go inside for all the details.

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FOOTBALL COACHING LEADERS

At the start of the 2015 season, there were six coaches in state history who had won 300 or more games, led by recently retired Bob Ladouceur from De La Salle of Concord with 399.

That list grew by one with Placentia Valencia’s Mike Marrujo joining the club. Marrujo, who had been coaching since 1977 and for more than 30 years at Valencia, announced his retirement at the end of the season. His team defeated Kennedy of La Palma 42-0 for the milestone win and had an 11-1 season.

John Barnes of Los Alamitos, another coach in the 300-win club, also retired after the 2015 season. He had been a head coach for 37 seasons.

It takes 200 wins to gain entry into the state record book and four who did it during 2015 were Tim Salter of Upland, Roger Canepa of Modesto Central Catholic, Matt Logan from Corona Centennial and Rich Cotruvo of Napa Justin-Siena. Two active coaches who were just added to the book who actually won their 200th game at the end of the 2014 season are Ray Maholcic of Serrano Phelan and Ron Hamamoto currently at Monte Vista of Spring Valley.

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BOYS BASKETBALL COACHING LEADERS

As Santa Ana Mater Dei’s Gary McKnight continued to add up wins during the 2015-16 season and stretch his all-time state-leading record toward 1,100, there have been a lot of changes from some of the other coaches toward the top of the all-time state list.

First, former Glendora coach Mike LeDuc has now moved into second-place but it wasn’t for coaching that he did at Glendora. Instead, LeDuc returned to Damien of La Verne (where his career began in 1980) and helped the Spartans go 25-6 and rank among the top 20 in the state. LeDuc moved past former Oakland Bishop O’Dowd head coach Mike Phelps, who ended his career in 2003 with 843 wins.

Second, Clovis West of Fresno’s Tom Orlich pushed his total to 832 career wins, but after the season announced he was leaving the Golden Eagles to become an assistant coach at Stanford under new Cardinal head coach Jerod Haase. Haase was a former player of Orlich’s at South Tahoe of South Lake Tahoe. Orlich had been at Clovis West for 14 years.

Third, Ed Azzam of Los Angeles Westchester not only won the 800th game of his prep career early in the 2015-16 season but shortly afterward became the winningest head coach in CIF L.A. City Section history. Azzam, who ended the season with a reported 822 wins, surpassed the legendary Willie West of Crenshaw, who ended his career with 803 wins in 2007.

McKnight won his 1,000th game two seasons ago. McKnight also came just one point shy of the Monarchs winning their fifth straight CIF state title. No other coach in the state is above 900.

With McKnight continuing to build his resume, we think he becomes a candidate to get voted into the International Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. Yes, that’s the same one with Bill Russell, Michael Jordan, Dr. J and all the rest. The only high school coaches who are in it so far are Morgan Wootten from DeMatha of Hyattsville, Md., and Bob Hurley from St. Anthony of Jersey City, N.J. Coach McKnight is indeed entering that kind of company if the Monarchs continue to rack up the wins.

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Petaluma's Doug Johnson shows off laminated copy of story about him with coaching record. Photo: Harold Abend.

Petaluma’s Doug Johnson shows off laminated copy of story about him with coaching record. Photo: Harold Abend.

GIRLS BASKETBALL COACHING LEADERS

For many years, Joe Vaughan of Ventura Buena has been the state’s winningest all-time girls basketball coach with his total of 761 wins from 1976 until his retirement in 2007.

Vaughan should finally have some company during the 2016-17 season in the 700-club. Both Kevin Kiernan of Santa Ana Mater Dei and Brian Harrigan from St. Francis of Mountain View should win their 700th games. Kiernan and Harrigan also have now moved up to No. 2 and No. 3 on the all-time state list.

Two years ago at the start of the season, Harrigan, who previously enjoyed huge success at Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco, was actually ahead of Kiernan. The Monarchs then went 31-3 and although last season for them was sub-par they still finished 27-6.

The state’s girls basketball coaching community was rocked to hear the news on June 20 that Del Oro of Loomis head coach Mike Takayama had died of a heart attack. Takayama was just 56 years old and had been the head coach of the Golden Eagles since 1987. He won his 600th game during the 2014-15 season.

Two others who joined the 600-win milestone club during the 2015-16 season were Jay Trousdale of Poway and Sue Phillips of San Jose Archbishop Mitty.

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BASEBALL COACHING LEADERS

California got its third high school baseball coach with 900 wins or more during the 2016 season when Sam Blalock from Rancho Bernardo of San Diego reached that total with a win at the annual Mike Morrow Lions tourney. He’s also now only 11 wins shy of passing former Cordova of Rancho Cordova head coach Guy Anderson for the second spot on the all-time national list. Anderson came back as an assistant coach in 2016 at Capital Christian of Sacramento, but his final head coaching win total is 927.

Milestone wins to look for during the 2017 season would be Jeff Stout of Yucaipa getting to 800, James Patrick of Clovis reaching 700 and Darol Salazar of Palm Desert winning No. 600.

The winningest coach to announce his retirement after the 2016 season was Anaheim Esperanza’s Mike Curran. He’s been leading the Aztecs since 1983 and before that coached for several years at St. Paul (Santa Fe Springs). Curran had 751 wins, three CIF Southern Section titles (in the highest division) and four other teams that reached the final and lost.

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SOFTBALL COACHING LEADERS

Jim Liggett, No. 1 on the all-time state list, ended his long run at Carlmont of Belmont. Although the Scots lost in the CIF Central Coast Section Division I final to San Benito of Hollister, they had another strong season that pushed Liggett’s final career total to 1,009 career wins. He began his fourth decade of coaching in 2015 and said before the season began that 2016 would be his last one. No other coach in California softball history has won even 800 games.

Two who joined the 700 club during the 2016 season were Margaret Neill of Lancaster Paraclete and Margaret Mauro from Cathedral Catholic of San Diego. Neill, who was our State Coach of the Year for 2015, guided an unbeaten team in 2016 that won its second consecutive CIF Southern Section Division VI title. Mauro’s team didn’t win another CIF San Diego Section crown but won 25 times and pushed her career win total to a reported 705.

In the CIFSS Division I semifinals, Norco lost a hard-fought 3-2 game to eventual champion Mater Dei of Santa Ana. That loss also prevented Norco’s Rick Robinson from earning his 500th win. Robinson will have to simply wait until the team’s first win of 2017. Another coach from nearby Corona Santiago — John Perez — also is expected to win his 500th game in 2017.

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Note: This file has been updated through the 2015 season.

Mark Tennis is the co-founder and publisher of CalHiSports.com. He can be reached at markjtennis@gmail.com. Don’t forget to follow Mark on the Cal-Hi Sports Twitter handle: @CalHiSports


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8 Comments

  1. admin
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

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  2. Vicente
    Posted June 20, 2014 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

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  3. Parle
    Posted June 18, 2015 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    If all-time coaches are judged soley on number of wins accumulated, there is an absolute unfair advantage going to the coaches who practice their craft in sections who allow more games to be played than others. The playing field will not truly be level until the state (or federal) organizations agree on standardized rules. Not taking away from the accomplishments of these great men…they deserve all accolades. The system, however, is broken and unfair (speaking primarily about the kids).

    • Mark Tennis
      Posted June 19, 2015 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

      This is a record list. There’s no judgement given or meant to be given in any way. Other coaching categories include most CIF state titles, most CIF section titles and more.

  4. Guy Anderson
    Posted June 24, 2015 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    My 45 years of coaching baseball at Cordova High School have been a sure joy. Your continued sports information on high school baseball continues to be out standing and to be in your record book is in deed an honor. Coach Guy Anderson

  5. edert ramirez
    Posted February 28, 2016 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    is there records for cal. junior college ?

    • Mark Tennis
      Posted March 1, 2016 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

      If there are, sorry don’t know about them.

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