CIF Names 13 Top Model Coaches

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. – The CIF State office today (March 21) announced the 2018-19 Eastbay Model Coach Award winners. Now in its 18th year, the CIF Model Coach Award program is designed to recognize coaches who have served as positive role models in their schools and communities, and who have exhibited the traits apparent in the 16 principles of Pursuing Victory with Honor.

The 13 winners, nominated through their local CIF Section office, will receive an award and be honored at their sport’s State Championship or at an event of the recipient’s choosing.

A model coach demonstrates and teaches the six core ethical values: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship (the “Six Pillars of Character”). The CIF believes that the highest potential of sports is achieved when teachers/coaches consciously Teach, Enforce, Advocate and Model (T.E.A.M.) these values and are committed to the ideal of Pursuing Victory with Honor.

Logue added 11 more wins to his coaching record for Bear River (Lake of the Pines) in 2018 season. Photo: Mark Tennis.


Heather Fax-Huckaby (Sweetwater, National City)
Fax-Huckaby has coached the girls basketball team at Sweetwater for 14 years.

Michelle Galarza (South East, South Gate)
She serves as a teacher and cheerleading coach at the CIF L.A. City Section school.

Todd Heil (Santa Barbara)
For the past 23 years, Heil has been coaching the Dons in boys basketball.

Lorenzo Hernandez (Garfield, Los Angeles)
Hernandez has been the head football coach for the Bulldogs for nearly 20 years and also serves as a physical education teacher. His team in 2018 reached the CIF L.A. City Section Open Division final.

Terry Logue (Bear River, Lake of the Pines)
He has coached football for over 45 years with the last 29 years at Bear River. We got to visit with one of the winningest coaches in CIF Sac-Joaquin Section history earlier in March at the Max Miller Clinic of Champions in Reno. He makes us all want to be better and has those intangible qualities that make him an absolute legend.

Sam Lopez (Selma)
It is all about instruction, technique and enforcing strategy for Lopez, who has been coaching wrestling for 30 years, with the last 10 years at Selma.

Laura Schmitt (Redwood, Larkspur)
Schmitt has a storied coaching career at Redwood coaching cross country that has spanned many years.

Steve Selland (Southwest, San Diego)
Selland has tirelessly put his heart and soul into the boys’ basketball program at Southwest for more than 30 years. His team just recently reached the CIF Southern California Division V title game.

Ashlee Sherman (Oakland Technical)
Sherman has coached wrestling for 46 years, girls badminton for 15 years and has also served as a physical education teacher at Oakland Tech.

Todd Sloat (Fall River, McArthur)
Sloat has been coaching football at the small CIF Northern Section school for many years as both an assistant and head coach.

Marcy Tarr (Marysville)
She has been coaching at Marysville for many years in volleyball, cross country and track, and has fostered hope, belonging and excellence in students.

Elisa Valenzuela (La Puente)
A former student-athlete at La Puente, Valenzuela returned to her school and community to give back. As volleyball coach, she has proven to be a trustworthy and caring individual whose drive and determination transfer to her players.

Rosemary Whisenton (Oakland Technical)
Whisenton has been a strong, positive force throughout her 40 years as a member of the Oakland Tech staff. She began coaching the cheer squad in 1980 and has also served as the school’s softball coach for 35 years and the girls volleyball coach for 30 years.

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