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 for football through the 2017 season, for boys and girls hoops through 2017-18 and through 2016-17 school year for the other sports. Go inside for all the details.

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FOOTBALL COACHING LEADERS

One of the highlights of the 2017 season was the addition of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame head coach Kevin Rooney to club of those who have won 300 games.

Rooney ended the season with 301 career wins, which was one above the total of Tehachapi’s Steve Denman, who won his 300th game in his final regular season game of 2016 and retired after his team lost in a first-round section playoff game.

With Rooney added to the list, there are now nine in state history with 300 or more career wins.

The 2017 season also ended with the retirement of Mission Viejo’s Bob Johnson, who finished with 342 wins, the third highest on the state list.

Congrats also to the those coaches who joined the all-time state list by winning their 200th games: Jon Mack of Oxnard, Terry Stark from Inderkum of Sacramento, Kelly King of Milpitas, Kevin Pearson from Cathedral of Los Angeles and Dave Humphers from River Valley of Yuba City.

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BOYS BASKETBALL COACHING LEADERS

It was another great season for Santa Ana Mater Dei’s Gary McKnight, whose team went 23-6 during the 2017-18 season and once again was one of the best teams in the state, winning the CIF Southern Section Open Division title before getting upset in the CIF Southern California Open Division regional playoffs to Fairfax of Los Angeles.

McKnight won his 1,100th game during the season. No other coach in the state is still above 1,000.

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., Bob Hurley from St. Anthony of Jersey City, N.J., and Robert Hughes of Fort Worth, Texas, who was voted in for the 2017 induction class. McKnight was listed as a semifinalist in this year’s selection process.

One of the most significant movers on the all-time list during the season was Don Lippi from St. Joseph Notre Dame of Alameda. Lippi became the all-time leader for Northern California during the season and is now up to No. 4 in the state. He topped the previous NorCal record of 843 set in 2003 by Oakland Bishop O’Dowd’s Mike Phelps.

The two top milestone wins, other than McKnight winning his 1,100th, were both accomplished on the same night of Jan. 19. That was when Mike LeDuc from Damien of La Verne earned his 900th triumph and also when La Canada’s Tom Hofman gained his 700th.

Two coaches who are closing in on their 600th wins early in the 2018-19 seasons are Craig Ashmore from Newark-Memorial of Newark and Dave Kleckner of Etiwanda.

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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

There are now four members of the state’s 700 club as Melissa Hearlihy from Harvard-Westlake of North Hollywood joined it during the 2017-18 season. Hearlihy’s total actually wasn’t known before the start of the season, but it got figured out by her and the school and it came out, as expected, to be a very high number.

During the 2016-17 season, both Kevin Kiernan from Mater Dei of Santa Ana and Brian Harrigan from St. Francis of Mountain View (previously at Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco) won their 700th games.

Kiernan probably will go on to pass Joe Vaughan of Ventura Buena as the state’s winningest all-time girls basketball coach sometime during the 2018-19 season. Vaughan retired in 2007 with 761 wins in a career that began in 1976. Kiernan will start 2018-19 with a reported 747 wins.

More milestones were posted during the season by Doc Scheppler from Pinewood of Los Altos Hills (600th win) and by Tom Gonsalves of Stockton St. Mary’s (500th wins) and Carl Buggs of Long Beach Poly (500th win).

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BASEBALL COACHING LEADERS

Two of the state’s top five all-time leaders for career wins announced their retirements following of the 2017 season.

At Rancho Bernardo of San Diego, Sam Blalock stepped down after his team went 29-5 and was nationally ranked for much of the season. He surpassed former Cordova of Rancho Cordova head coach Guy Anderson for the No. 2 spot on the all-time state list during the season and ends at 946, which is 103 behind the all-time leader, the late John Stevenson of El Segundo.

At Yucaipa, Jeff Stout became just the fifth coach in state history to reach 800 wins during the season and retired with a final total of 809. The Thunderbirds finished 18-11.

Chatsworth’s Tom Muesborn also retired after the season. Muesborn was in his second stint as the Chancellors coach since 1991 and finishes with 677 wins. His 2004 team at Chatsworth that went 35-0 is regarded as one of the two greatest in state history along with Fresno of 1958.

Joining the list with 700 wins during the season was James Patrick of Clovis. His squad went on to win the CIF Central Section Division I championship.

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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 at the end of the 2016 and passed away at the age of 76 on June 3, 2017. He was suffering from ALS and the outpouring of love and support in the Bay Area was tremendous. It’s hard to see if any other coaches on the all-time state list will ever challenge his win total of 1,009, but obviously a win total was just a tiny footnote to all of the players he mentored in four decades of coaching in San Mateo County.

Two who joined our 600 club during the 2017 season were Mike Noel of Clovis and Mary Jo Truesdale of Sacramento Sheldon. Both later went on to guide their teams to CIF section titles — Noel for Central Section Division I and Truesdale for Sac-Joaquin Division. It also was the third straight section title for Truesdale, who already celebrated her 600th win based on the additional wins she had as a coach early in her career in Michigan.

Two longtime rival coaches at Norco and Corona Santiago, Rick Robinson and John Perez, both won their 500th games. Perez is now at Carnegie Schools of Riverside, but for many years the two led programs that collided twice per year in the Big VIII League of the CIF Southern Section.

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Note: All coaching records have been updated through the 2016-17 school year.

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

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    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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