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. The football list has now been updated through the 2014 season. Boys and girls hoops also have now been updated through the 2014-15 season. The baseball and softball lists are updated following the 2013-14 school year. Go inside for all the details.

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FOOTBALL COACHING LEADERS

At the start of the 2014 season, there were four 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 two, however, with Mission Viejo’s Bob Johnson and Lou Farrar from Charter Oak of Covina joining the club. Johnson claimed his reported 300th win when the Diablos topped La Habra 49-20. It came after what he believes was the first 0-2 start he’d ever had and his team did not lose again with a 12-game win streak capped with a triumph over Vista Murrieta in the CIF Southern Section West Valley Division championship. Farrar later became the sixth reported coach in state history to make the list when Charter Oak topped Walnut 28-0 on Oct. 24.

It takes 200 wins to gain entry into the state record book and two who did it during 2014 were Terry Logue from Bear River of Lake of the Pines and Jim Hartigan from JSerra of San Juan Capistrano. Logue also has wins from years at Paradise High of the CIF Northern Section. Hartigan also has wins from earlier stints at Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) and Clovis West (Fresno).

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BOYS BASKETBALL COACHING LEADERS

For California boys basketball coaches with a lot of success over a lot of years, getting the 700th win was one of the top storylines of the 2014-15 season.

Early on, Harvey Kitani from Fairfax of Los Angeles won his 700th in what ended up being one of the best seasons that Kitani and the Lions have ever had. They eventually won the L.A. City Section Open Division title and finished 32-3. At one point, after a big win over Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth, Fairfax had a 23-0 record and was ranked among the top five teams in the nation.

At the end of the season, two more coaches won their 700th games – Sam Sullivan of L.A. Fremont and Tom Bonfigli from Cardinal Newman of Santa Rosa.

Of course, early on in the season, Santa Ana Mater Dei’s Gary McKnight won his 1,000th game. 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 Coach McKnight getting his 1,000th win, 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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Note: This file is now up-to-date through the 2014-15 season.

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.

It may take a few more years, but indications are that Santa Ana Mater Dei’s Kevin Kiernan will eventually break that record.

With a 31-3 record for this season and including his previous years at Troy of Fullerton, Kiernan has now moved up to No. 3 on the all-time state list and is just seven wins shy of now-retired No. 2 place-holder Doug Johnson of Petaluma.

Brian Harrigan, the former Sacred Heart Cathedral head coach now at St. Francis of Mountain View, has moved up to No. 4 but during the 2014-15 season also was surpassed by Kiernan. Considering the competition that Harrigan’s teams face each year in the West Catholic Athletic League, he won’t be able to catch up.

Another highlight of the season was Loomis Del Oro’s Mike Takayama winning his 600th game. Early on in the next season, look for both Jay Trousdale of Poway and Sue Phillips from Archbishop Mitty of San Jose to win their 600th games.

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Note: This file is now up-to-date through the 2014-15 season.

BASEBALL COACHING LEADERS

It was an unfortunate ending to the legendary career of California’s second-winningest coach ever when Guy Anderson was fired by the administration at Cordova of Rancho Cordova in May of 2015. Citing a desire to take the program in a different direction, Anderson did not resign when asked during a meeting after the team finished 6-21 overall and 1-14 in league.

In early April of 2014, Anderson, 82, became the second coach in state history to reach 900 wins or more. He had been the Lancers’ varsity baseball coach for 45 years.

California should get its third baseball coach with 900 wins or more next season since Sam Blalock from Rancho Bernardo of San Diego is only seven wins away after his 2015 squad went 26-7 and won the CIF San Diego Section Open Division title. He would need to coach at least another season after next, however, to move up to No. 2 on the all-time state list.

Two coaches who concluded commendable careers after the 2015 season were John Donohue from San Francisco Lowell and Bill Hutton from Archbishop Mitty of San Jose. Donohue’s Cardinals won the CIF San Francisco Section title and then the TransBay Series over the CIF Oakland Section champion for a 25-8 final record. He also put his final win total at a reported 734 and No. 7 on the all-time state list. Hutton moved past six coaches on the all-time list with a 20-11 campaign in his last season with the Monarchs. He is staying at the school to teach and will help behind the scenes as Brian Yocke switches over to run the baseball program after directing Mitty’s nationally ranked softball team for several years.

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SOFTBALL COACHING LEADERS

Jim Liggett, No. 1 on the all-time state list, had another strong season in 2015 at Carlmont of Belmont. Although the Scots did not defend their CIF Central Coast Section Division I title, they ended 22-6 and pushed Liggett to 986 career wins. He began his fourth decade of coaching and should only need one more to reach 1,000 career wins. No other coach in California softball history has won even 800.

Two who joined the 600 club during the 2015 season were Mike D’Amato from Garces of Bakersfield and Teri Johnson from James Logan of Union City. D’Amato has resigned at Garces after a 12-18-1 season. Johnson’s girls went 23-3-1 and although they didn’t win a league title did once again reach the CIF North Coast Section Division I championship.

The 500 club welcomed no new members in 2015, but two coaches very familiar with each other — Rick Robinson of Norco and John Perez of Corona Santiago — could both get to those milestones in 2016.

The 700 club also has two that could get that high in 2016 — Margaret Neill of Lancaster Paraclete and Margaret Mauro from Cathedral Catholic of San Diego.

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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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5 Comments

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

    Looks good, guys!

  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

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