In addition to overall State Coach of the Year Judy Shaubach, we have additional state coaching honors for the 2016 season going to Bobby Flores of Grand Terrace and Tony Williams from Mariposa County of Mariposa.
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MEDIUM SCHOOLS STATE COACH OF THE YEAR
Bobby Flores (Grand Terrace)
In just four seasons, Flores has turned a program that did not exist into one of the best in the state and possibly the nation.
Grand Terrace finished as high as No. 2 in one national ranking this season after going 28-1 with a CIF Southern Section Division III championship. It was the second year in a row that Flores’ team reaced the section finals and this time the Titans would not be denied their first championship in program history when they defeated Redondo of Redondo Union 5-2.
On the season, Flores’ team dominated its opponents, allowing just 21 runs all season while averaging over 9.5 runs per game. Since going 20-7 in the first season, the Titans have increased their win total every year and have now gone 95-19 over four years.
Before taking over at the new school, Flores had a 14-year coaching tenure at his alma mater Bloomington. He’s also already producing college scholarships. Graduating senior Melanie Olmos is headed to Oklahoma. His daughter, Eliyah Flores, also is committed to the Sooners but she still has one more year left to play for her father.
Last 10 State Medium Schools Coaches of the Year: 2016 – Bobby Flores (Grand Terrace); 2015 – Brian Goulart (Manteca East Union); 2014 – Jim Maier (Santa Fe Springs St. Paul); 2013 – Linda Merrida (Woodland Pioneer); 2012 – Randy Willis (Novato San Marin); 2011 – Jerry Dumatrait (Bakersfield Ridgeview); 2010 – Michael Roberts (San Diego University City); 2009 – Howard Miller (Torrance North); 2008 – Duane Zauner (Lake of the Pines Bear River); 2007 – John Rebstock (Brentwood Heritage).
SMALL SCHOOLS STATE COACH OF THE YEAR
Tony Williams (Mariposa County, Mariposa)
Since taking over in 2011, primarly to coach his daughters, Williams has led the Grizzlies to four CIF Sac-Joaquin Section championships in five seasons, including the last three.
This year’s team completed a three-peat with a 9-1 win over Millennium of Tracy in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI playoffs. Millenium had a record of 26-1 entering that game, but couldn’t stay close. Mariposa finished 24-2-1 and was No. 2 in the final Division V state rankings. Williams’ team also was No. 2 in the 2015 final D5 state rankings.
Named by the Southern League as its Coach of the Year, Williams has a record of 105-28-1 over five seasons with the Grizzlies and is 49-6-1 over the last two years.
The title team from two years ago was led by Williams’ daughter, Shea. Another daughter, Riyn, was one of the top players in 2012. Williams’ son, Jake, was the leading player on this year’s baseball team at Mariposa, which also won the D6 section championship.
Last 10 State Small Schools Coaches of the Year: 2016 – Tony Williams (Mariposa County, Mariposa); 2015 – Margaret Neill (Lancaster Paraclete); 2014 – Russell Emberson (Taft); 2013 – Melissa Bugarin-Espinoza (San Pedro Port of Los Angeles); 2012 – Jim Pingree (Monterey Santa Catalina); 2011 – Mike Pontius (Lodi Elliot Christian); 2010 – Raoul Singh (Sutter); 2009 – Alan Borges (Eureka St. Bernard’s); 2008 – Art Lilly (Riverside Christian); 2007 – Casey Cooper (Newman Orestimba); 2006 – Alex Blanco (Montebello Cantwell Sacred Heart).
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