There were several of California’s Hall of Fame head football coaches who had banner seasons and ended up making big moves up the charts on the Cal-Hi Sports state record list for most varsity wins.
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First, there are now six coaches in state history with 300 reported wins or more after Mission Viejo’s Bob Johnson and Covina Charter Oak’s Lou Farrar reached that total during the 2014 season. It was in fact Johnson’s first win of the season after a rare 0-2 start and his Diablo squad didn’t lose again, culminating a 12-game win streak with a victory in the CIF Southern Section West Valley Division final.
Another Orange County head coach, Mike Marrujo from Valencia of Placentia, could get to 300 wins during the 2015 season. Marrujo’s squad went 10-2 in 2014, which enabled him to move up to seventh on the all-time state list.
Others who came up significantly after all totals were updated following the 2014 season:
Mark Loureiro (Escalon) – He’s now the winningest coach in CIF Sac-Joaquin Section history and is up to No. 19 overall in the state after the Cougars went 8-4.
Mike Janda (Bellarmine, San Jose) – With the Bells reaching the CCS Open Division final and getting 10 wins, we have Janda at 258 for his career. One of the coaches he passed on the all-time list was Harry Welch, who was the coach at Santa Margarita in 2011 when the Eagles edged the Bells in the 2011 CIF Division I state bowl game.
Randy Blankenship (Aptos) – We know how disappointed he was that the Mariners didn’t get chosen for the CIF Division III NorCal bowl game, but it was a great season for them. They went 12-1 and won their second straight CCS Division III title. Blankenship also moved past seven coaches on the all-time list and went to 250 reported wins for his career.
Mike Walsh (San Pedro) – He was sitting at 209 wins to start the season and zoomed past 15 coaches on the all-time list when the Pirates went 11-2 and reached the CIF L.A. City Section Division I semifinals.