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 2017-18 school year, including football, boys and girls hoops, baseball and softball. 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

It would be hard for any coach in any sport to end a career the way that Mission Viejo Capistrano Valley’s Bob Zamora did at the end of the 2018 season.

Zamora’s club came into the CIF Southern Section Division I playoffs as a second-place team from the South Coast League and wasn’t in the State Top 20. After four games, though, the Cougars won it all with a 2-1 victory over Foothill of Tustin in the title game.

Zamora concluded his career with more than 740 wins, made it 7-for-7 in CIFSS finals over his long career, and was the Cal-Hi Sports State Coach of the Year. He also moved from 10th to eighth on the all-time state wins list.

Moving up the most on the all-time state list was San Jose Valley Christian’s John Diatte. He won his 600th game early in the season and it turned out to be a magical season for the Warriors. They won the CIF Central Coast Section Open Division title (their second straight), finished 29-3-1 and were State Team of the Year. Diatte jumped seven positions on the all-time list based on where he was when the season began.

In addition to Diatte, two others to earn their 600th win during the season were Rick Weber of Chatsworth Sierra Canyon and Jack Thomson from Sierra of Manteca. Neither will be at those schools in 2019 since Weber resigned and will be at Viewpoint of Calabasas while Thomson is retiring.

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SOFTBALL COACHING LEADERS

It wasn’t the magical ending that it could have been, but San Diego Cathedral Catholic’s Margaret Mauro did have a 2018 season that moved her to No. 3 on the all-time state list. Led by UCLA-bound Gatorade National Player of the Year Megan Faraimo, Mauro’s girls were 26-3 and were No. 1 in the state and in the top five of every national ranking entering the CIF San Diego Section Open Division final. Her team lost in that game 4-0 to San Marcos, but still ended No. 5 in the final FloSoftball FAB 50 national rankings.

Another one of those on the all-time state list with 700 or more wins that had an interesting season was Tony Dobra of San Pedro. He’s actually been retired for several seasons, but in April there was a sudden departure of the San Pedro head coach and Dobra decided to step in. The Pirates were only a No. 8 seed for the CIF L.A. City Section Open Division, but upset top seed Carson in the first game and then Poly of Sun Valley in the semifinals before losing to Chatsworth 4-1 in the final. Dobra went 7-4 in the games he coached and those totals were added to his all-time record.

One of our favorites on the all-time list that we’ve seen many times (especially contributing editor Harold Abend) who retired after the 2018 season is Union City James Logan’s Teri Johnson. Her last team ended 19-5 with a CIF North Coast Section D1 playoff loss to Heritage of Brentwood. Johnson won her 600th game several seasons ago and was the 2011 State Coach of the Year.

This year’s only addition to the 600-win club, by the way, was Rob Weil of Los Alamitos. His 2018 squad didn’t repeat as CIFSS D1 champions, but ended 25-3 and early in the season was in the top five of most national rankings.

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Note: All coaching records have been updated through the 2017-18 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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    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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    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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