The CIF State Office recently announced the Section nominees for the NFHS California Coach of the Year award for the 2019-20 school year.
“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 is taking a closer look at the nominees from each of the state’s 10 Sections. Here are the nominees from the LA City Section:
Ed Azzam – Westchester – Boys Basketball
Azzam was SBLive’s 2019-20 LA City Section boys basketball Coach of the Year. He won his 900th career game last season and his 15th LA City Section title as Westchester beat Fairfax 68-43 in the championship game.
Adam Levine – Palisades Charter – Girls Basketball
Levine led Palisades to an LA City Section Open Division title and Division II CIF-State Southern Regional championship in 2020.
Bruce Thomson – San Pedro – Boys Cross Country
With Thomson leading the charge, San Pedro won a Division I LA City Section title in 2019. He’s been coaching cross-country since 1999 at the school, winning nine total championships (six on the boys’ side).
Roman Gomez – Belmont – Girls Cross Country
Gomez has been a teacher for 30 years. He ran at Belmont as a high-schooler in the 1980’s and returned to coach at the school in 2012.
Jim Rose – Birmingham Charter – Football
Birmingham won the LA City Section Open Division championship 27-20 in 2019 under Rose.
Dan Ma – Granada Hills Charter – Girls Golf
Ma led Granada Hills to the 2019 LA City Section Girls Golf title a year ago.
Ian Kogan – El Camino Real Charter – Boys Soccer
ECR won the Division 1 LA City Section championship last season with Kogan leading the Conquistadors.
Chaka Forman – Venice – Girls Soccer
Venice won the Division 4 LA City Section championship in 2020.
Chris Samsell – San Fernando – Girls Tennis
San Fernando won the Division II LA City Section girls tennis title last year.
Tim Bergeron – Eagle Rock – Girls Volleyball
Bergeron led Eagle Rock to their first ever upper-Division title in school history a year ago.
Trent Jackson – Sylmar – Boys Wrestling
Sylmar won the Boys Duals 2020 LA City Section title under Jackson.
Adam Blakis – Palisades Charter – Boys Water Polo
Blakis has won eight Division 1 LA City Section titles in a row with the Dolphins.
Nicholas Garibay – Banning – Girls Wrestling
Garibay also coaches football at Banning. He attended the school as a student.