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 may reach 1,000 wins next 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 2013 season. Boys and girls hoops plus baseball and softball are updated as well 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 are four coaches in state history who have won 300 or more games, led by recently retired Bob Ladouceur from De La Salle of Concord with 399.

It may only take a few weeks, however, before Bob Johnson of Mission Viejo and Lou Farrar from Charter Oak of Covina join the club. Johnson is listed with 299 wins after last season while Farrar is listed with 296. There is still some work to do, however, on Johnson’s total due to previous unreported totals from his first stint at Los Amigos of Fountain Valley. He actually may already have more than 300 wins.

It takes 200 wins to gain entry into the state record book and the next one may be Terry Logue from Bear River of Lake of the Pines. He has won 198 since his career began in 1981 at Paradise.

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BOYS BASKETBALL COACHING LEADERS

Congratulations to Tom Hofman of La Canada and Greg Hilliard from Harvard-Westlake of North Hollywood for going past 600 wins during the 2013-14 season and becoming the newest entries into the state record book. Hofman has been guiding the Spartans on the court since 1986. Hilliard’s era at Harvard-Westlake is equally long, but he had 10 years under his belt already at a school in Oregon. Those wins, however, are not included in the California totals.

California’s all-time leader, Gary McKnight from Mater Dei of Santa Ana, should surpass 1,000 career wins during the 2014-15 season. No other coach in the state is above 900.

Should Gary get to that total, he then 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. You bet Coach McKnight is entering that kind of company if the Monarchs continue to win CIF state titles as they have in the past few seasons.

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Note: This file is now up-to-date through the 2013-14 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

In the CIF Central Coast Section Open Division third-place game played on March 6, Pinewood of Los Altos Hills defeated Scotts Valley 43-41 to give head coach Doc Scheppler his 500th reported win. He started coaching the Panthers in 1996 and also is well-known as a shooting coach, particularly with his work with NBA sensation Jeremy Lin.

Scheppler joins a sterling list of other coaches from the CCS who have won 500 games or more, led by Pam Wimberly of Menlo-Atherton. Others are Brian Harrigan from St. Francis of Mountain View (formerly at Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco), Sue Phillips from Archbishop Mitty of San Jose and Ken Kline of King City.

Coaches who have announced they’re stepping down after the 2014 season are Doug Johnson of Petaluma and Margaret Gartner from Carondelet of Concord. Congratulations to both on having outstanding careers.

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Note: This file is now up-to-date through the 2013-14 season.

BASEBALL COACHING LEADERS

California gained its second coach with 900 or wins or more in early April 2014 with Guy Anderson from Cordova of Rancho Cordova moving up and over that total.

Anderson, 81, who has been coaching and teaching at Cordova since the school opened in 1963 and was the school’s athletic director for many years as well, completed his 44th season as the Lancers’ varsity baseball coach.

Two other major milestones reached during the season were by Lakewood’s Walter “Spud” O’Neil and San Francisco Lowell’s John Donohue O’Neil won his 800th game when Lakewood claimed a CIF Southern Section wild card playoff victory, but his season ended with a loss in the next game. Donohue won his 700th game on April 5 with a victory over a team from Utah at a tournament in Las Vegas.

John Stevenson, the legendary baseball coach at El Segundo and who is still the state record holder for most varsity wins with 1,059, coached the Eagles for 49 seasons. Knowing him, he’d probably still be going strong if he had not died in 2009.

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SOFTBALL COACHING LEADERS

Jim Liggett, No. 1 on the all-time state list, not only coached Carlmont of Belmont to another strong season in 2014, but the Scots won the CIF Central Coast Section Division I title and snapped the run of eight straight titles won by San Benito of Hollister. It will be interesting to see if Liggett continues to coach the Carlmont girls long enough to get to 1,000 wins. He ended 2014 with 964.

Speaking of retirement, San Pedro’s Tony Dobra has said that the 2014 season was his last. Dobra ended a 34-year run that began in 1981 at Mary Star of San Pedro. In addition to winning 728 games, No. 3 in state history, Dobra also guided teams at Mary Star and San Pedro to 23 league championships.

Those who joined the 500 club during the 2014 season were Mary Jo Truesdale from Sheldon of Sacramento and Mike Noel of Clovis. Truesdale actually has more than 600 wins including years from when she was a coach in Michigan (which don’t count in the Cal-Hi Sports record book but are noted).

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Note: This file has been updated through the 2014 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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