The CIF State Office announced the Section nominees for the NFHS California Coach of the Year award for the 2019-20 school year on Thursday.
“The coaches were selected based on the positive work they have done with the student-athletes in their respective sports programs,” per a CIF press release.
SBLive will take a closer look at the nominees from each of the state’s 10 Sections over the next few days. Here are the nominees from the Central Section:
Michael Garza – Highland – Baseball
Garza led Highland to a 29-2 record and a D-III Section title in 2019. The Scots’ 2020 season was cut short after just nine games.
Ryan Glanville – Arroyo Grande – Boys Basketball
Glanville led Arroyo Grande to the CIF State Division III championship game. Arroyo Grande fell in the semifinals of the Central Section Open Division playoffs.
Amy Bush – Sierra Pacific – Girls Basketball
Bush led Sierra Pacific to the CIF State Division IV championship game in 2020. The Golden Bears fell in the Division 4 Central Section championship game on Feb. 29 against Caruthers.
Paul Contreras – Foothill – Girls Cross Country
With Contreras at the helm, Foothill was the seventh ranked Division 3 Central Section girls cross country team in Week 9 of 2019.
Ivan Huff – Paso Robles – Boys Cross Country
Under the direction of Huff, Paso Robles was a Top 10 boys cross country team in the Section in 2019.
Jeromy Blackwell – Strathmore – Football
Blackwell guided Strathmore to the Division V Central Section semifinals in 2019.
Bill Jensen – Kingsburg – Boys Golf
Jensen coaches both golf programs at Kingsburg. He led the girls golf team to a Central Sequoia League championship.
Ken Shipley – Clovis West – Girls Golf
Clovis West won its seventh straight Valley title in 2019.
Tim Carey – Hoover – Girls Lacrosse
Carey’s group had great team chemistry, but their season was cut short due to COVID-19.
Michael Jordan – Farmersville – Boys Soccer
Farmersville made the Central Section Division 5 title game in 2019.
Darin Lasky – Exeter – Girls Soccer
Lasky led Exeter into the second round of the Division 4 Central Section playoffs in 2019.
Mike Noel – Clovis – Softball
Under Noel, Clovis was 7-1 before the remainder of the softball season was canceled.
Britney Audino – Tulare Union – Spirit
Audino led Tulare Union to the “Super Bowl of Cheerleading” in 2020. Tulare Union won the 2020 UCA National High School Cheerleading Championship.
Dave Hodge – Tulare Western – Boys Swim & Dive
Hodge has coached for 27 years at Tulare Western. He also coaches water polo at the school.
Karyn Klatt – Sunnyside – Girls Swim & Dive
(Klatt is pictured in the featured photo at the top of the story.)
Ken Peet – San Luis Obispo – Boys Tennis
San Luis Obispo hadn’t dropped a set in 2020 before the boys tennis season was cut short.
Jeremy Warkentin – Sanger – Girls Tennis
Warkentin led Sanger to a Central Section DII Championship in 2019.
Ryan Renz – Liberty (Bakersfield) – Boys Track & Field
Renz was named the 2019 Bakersfield.com All-Area Girls Track and Field Coach of the Year. He’s a respected coach who also leads the boys team.
Brian Weaver – Buchanan – Girls Track & Field
Weaver led Buchanan to a girls cross country state title in 2019.
Maria Collatz – Stockdale – Girls Volleyball
Collatz led Stockdale to the Division 2 Central Section championship game in 2019.
Sam Lopez – Selma – Boys Wrestling
Lopez has built a great wrestling program at Selma.