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 reached 1,000 wins in 2015.

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 2019 football season plus 2018-19 school year for boys and girls hoops, baseball and softball. Go inside for all the details.

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There are questions that still need to be figured out about when it happened, but there is no doubt that during the 2019 season that California added its 11th coach in state history to reach 300 wins or more for a career. That would be Hart of Newhall quarterback-producing legend Mike Herrington. He has been leading that program since 1989 and shortly after the season he announced he would be retiring as a coach to coincide with his retirement as a teacher.

Officially, according to our state records that do not count forfeit wins or losses, the 10th coach on that list also was added early this season when Santa Ana Mater Dei’s Bruce Rollinson reached the 300-mark. The school and the CIF and some media outlets already credited Rollinson with 300 wins from his last win of the 2018 season counting forfeits.

Herrington wasn’t the only coach with 300 career wins to say he’ll be retiring after the 2019 season. The other one is Kevin Rooney from Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks. He’s been the head coach at that school for 40 years.

With Herrington and Rooney both retiring and with the death of longtime head coach Lou Farrar (Charter Oak, Covina) in November, Rollinson will be the only active head coach with 300 wins or more to start the 2020 season. Farrar was still the official head coach at Charter Oak at the start of the 2019 season despite his illness. He didn’t get to coach in any games.

The next coach in line to perhaps reach 300 wins is Randy Blankenship, currently at Aptos and previously at Madera, Capistrano Valley of Mission Viejo, Fallbrook, Clovis West of Fresno and Nevada Union of Grass Valley. Any wins that Blankenship has from outside of California aren’t counted on a California list.

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Not one, not two but three different coaches in the state earned their 700th milestone win during the 2018-19 season.

John Singer from Helix of La Mesa, who was on the same team at Helix in 1970 when the Highlanders were unbeaten and were led by the legendary Bill Walton, was one of the three. He was joined by former State Coach of the Year Doug Mitchell from Bishop Montgomery of Torrance and Jonas Honick from Branson of Ross, who was voted State Coach of the Year for the 2018-19 season.

Despite having a team with mostly sophomores, Santa Ana Mater Dei’s Gary McKnight added to his numbers with a team that went 29-5 and made it to the CIF Southern California Open Division final. McKnight won his 1,100th game during the 2017-18 season and is still the only coach in state history to reach 1,000 wins.

With McKnight continuing to build his resume, we think he should one day 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. There are already several high school coaches who are in it and McKnight’s accomplishments are comparable or superior.

We had to do some extra digging, but have confirmed that Los Angeles Westchester’s Ed Azzam only needs one more win at the start of the 2019-20 season to reach 900 for his career. Azzam, who has been leading the Comets’ program since 1980, probably would have gotten to 900 in the 2018-19 season if not for a couple of games that were canceled and not made up due to a teachers’ strike.

For a coach looking to join the 800-win club, that also should happen early in the 2019-20 season since Tom Bonfigli from Cardinal Newman of Santa Rosa only needs five more wins to get there.

Two coaches who won their 600th games during the 2018-19 season and have now been added to the Cal-Hi Sports state record list were Dave Kleckner of Etiwanda and Craig Ashmore from Newark-Memorial of Newark.

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Mater Dei girls basketball coach Kevin Kiernan is surrounded by family and players after recording 762nd victory to break state record. Photo: Erik Boal.


It was quite a scene when Santa Ana Mater Dei’s Kevin Kiernan was recognized at the school in early January of 2019 for becoming the winningest girls basketball coach in California history.

Officially, Kiernan got the historic win in an opening round game of the So-Cal Holiday Classic, which put his career win total at 762 and surpassed the long-held state record of 761 set in 2007 by Joe Vaughan from Buena of Ventura.

In the team’s next home game, among those helping with the festivities were all-time boys state record holder Gary McKnight along with video congratulations, including one from Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth head coach Alicia Komaki, who is one of Kiernan’s former players at Troy of Fullerton nd guided Sierra Canyon to the 2019 CIF Open Division state title.

There weren’t nearly as many milestone wins during the 2018-19 season as there were from the previous season, but there was a 500th win for Marcelo Enriquez from Redondo of Redondo Beach.

We also have several coaches who are on the verge of major milestone wins. Sue Phillips from San Jose Archbishop Mitty, who coached in the McDonald’s All-American Game this season, needs just eight more during the 2019-20 season to reach 700. Terri Bamford from La Jolla Country Day also should win her 600th game.

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At least three California high school baseball coaches joined those already on the all-time reported state list of those with 500 career wins during the 2019 season.

A big welcome goes out to Justin Machado from La Costa Canyon of Carlsbad, Dan Maye from Royal of Simi Valley and Kevin Smith of Covina. They also have all now been inserted into the Cal-Hi Sports online record book.

We say at least because there was another coach — Poway’s Bob Parry — who was captured on San Diego TV and on social media platforms being given a banner for his 500th win after a game with Vista. The local San Diego Union-Tribune, however, still had Parry with 499 and indicated after the season that it “was sticking to that number.” We haven’t yet added Parry to the 500-win club, but would if more information about the different totals is reported.

Another San Diego area coach who also will be on the verge of a milestone win next season — and there’s no disputed total for him — is Montgomery High’s Manny Hermosillo. He only needs one more win to reach 700 and would be just the 13th in state history to join that club.

We also are saying goodbye to retiring Clovis High head coach James Patrick. He went out with a bang as his Cougars won the CIF Central Section Division I title. Patrick wrapped up his career with 757 wins, which was just enough to put him in the top six on the all-time state list (although there’s a coach right behind him who should move to sixth if he doesn’t retire).

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One could say after updating the state softball coaching records through the 2019 season that it was year of Margarets.

In Palmdale, Paraclete High’s Margaret Neill added 18 more wins to her all-time total (a forfeit win was not counted). That put her at just 15 wins away from becoming just the second coach in state history to reach 800 all-time wins.

In San Diego, Cathedral Catholic’s Margaret Mauro announced after the season that she would be retiring, thus ending an outstanding 41-year career as a head coach for the Dons since that school opened in 2005 and then going back further when University of San Diego High was still open. Mauro wrapped up her career with 777 all-time wins, which is No. 3 on the all-time state list.

Finally, in Cloverdale, up in the Redwood Empire of the CIF North Coast Section, Cloverdale High’s Margaret Fitzgerald put her name up onto the all-time state list when she won the 500th game of her career. She began coaching softball for the Eagles in 1990.

Perhaps the biggest milestone win was achieved by Roseville’s Art Banks. He reached No. 700 midway through the season and is only the eighth in state history to do that. All of Banks’ wins have been at Roseville during two different stints (he’s in his second one there now) and from 1998 to 2013 at Woodcreek of Roseville.

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Note: All coaching records have been updated through the 2018-19 school year.

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

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

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

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