All five California high school sports that we primarily cover on this web site – football, boys hoops, girls hoops, baseball and softball – now have all of its coaching records updated through the 2015-16 school year. We started doing these updates earlier last week and got word that one of the winningest coaches in girls basketball had suddenly passed away.
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It was with a heavy heart that this year’s updated state coaching records – lists that can only be found on CalHiSports.com – were completed in the last week.
On Monday of last week, longtime Del Oro of Loomis girls basketball coach Mike Takayama died from a heart attack, stunning the Sacramento area high school community. Takayama was just 56 years old.
Takayama had been the Golden Eagles’ head coach for 29 years and in that time had won 627 games, including two CIF Sac-Joaquin Section titles and 18 league titles. He won his 600th game during the 2014-15 season and added 11 more wins last season. He also coached Del Oro’s softball team for seven seasons and in 1994 the Golden Eagles were No. 1 in the final Cal-Hi Sports Division II state rankings.
“It’s a blow to his family, the Del Oro community and to tall of the coaches for what he stood for, how he carried himself, how his kids play with a great deal of sportsmanship and class,” St. Francis of Sacramento head coach Vic Pitton told the Sacramento Bee. “He’ll be missed. Just very sad.”
The football portion of the coaching records was actually updated in January. Among those moving up the charts include two new members of the 300-win club – Mission Viejo’s Bob Johnson and Placentia Valencia’s Mike Marrujo. Tehachapi’s Steve Denman should join that list during the upcoming season.
BOYS BASKETBALL UPDATES
Still Active & Adding Wins: Gary McKnight (Mater Dei, Santa Ana); Mike LeDuc (Damien, La Verne); Ed Azzam (Westchester, Los Angeles); Don Lippi (St. Joseph Notre Dame, Alameda); Mike Bartee (J.W. North, Riverside); John Singer (Helix, La Mesa); Tom Bonfigli (Cardinal Newman, Santa Rosa); Tom Hofman (La Canada); Doug Mitchell (Bishop Montgomery, Torrance).
Retirements/Moves: Tom Orlich (Clovis West, Fresno) to Stanford assistant coach; Harvey Kitani (Fairfax, Los Angeles) to Rolling Hills Prep (San Pedro); Sam Sullivan (Fremont, Los Angeles) retired; Jonas Honick (Branson, Ross) coming back from retirement.
GIRLS BASKETBALL UPDATES
Still Active & Adding Wins: Kevin Kiernan (Mater Dei, Santa Ana); Brian Harrigan (St. Francis, Mountain View); Jay Trousdale (Poway); Sue Phillips (Archbishop Mitty, San Jose); Jeff Sink (Brea Olinda, Brea); Doc Scheppler (Pinewood, Los Altos Hills); Marvin Williams (Perris); Ellis Barfield (Lynwood); Steve White (Oak Ridge, El Dorado Hills); Lorene Morgan (Millikan, Long Beach); Doug White (Corcoran); Tom Gonsalves (St. Mary’s, Stockton); Carl Buggs (Long Beach Poly).
Retirements/Moves: Mike Takayama (Del Oro, Loomis) passed away June 20; Doug Thompson (Norco) retired.
Still Active & Adding Wins: Sam Blalock (Rancho Bernardo, San Diego); Spud O’Neil (Lakewood); Jeff Stout (Yucaipa); Michael Graves (Monterey); Bob Zamora (Capistrano Valley, Mission Viejo); James Patrick (Clovis); Manny Hermosillo (Montgomery, San Diego); Tom Muesborn (Chatsworth); Darol Salazar (Palm Desert); Jack Thomson (Sierra, Manteca); Gary Galloway (St. Vincent de Paul, Petaluma); John Diatte (Valley Christian, Sand Jose); Dave Barrett (Oceanside); Jeff Ingles (Winters).
Retirements/Moves: Mike Curran (Esperanza, Anaheim) retired; Gary Rungo (Arlington, Riverside) retired;
Still Active & Adding Wins: Margaret Neill (Paraclete, Lancaster); Margaret Mauro (Cathedral Catholic, San Diego); Art Banks (Roseville); Mike D’Amato (Independence, Bakersfield); Teri Johnson (James Logan, Union City); Mike Noel (Clovis); Judy Shaubach (Madera); Mary Jo Truesdale (Sheldon, Sacramento); Rick Robinson (Norco); John Perez (Santiago, Corona).
Retirements/Moves: Jim Liggett (Carlmont, Belmont) retired.
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