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

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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