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 Oakland Section:
Orlando Watkins – Oakland – Boys Basketball
Watkins led the Wildcats to the Oakland Section Championship, taking down Oakland Tech in the finals.
Leroy Hurt – Oakland Tech – Girls Basketball
Hurt led Oakland Tech to the Oakland Section Championship and into the CIF State Championship game before the COVID-19 cancellation.
Sean Kohles – Skyline – Boys Cross Country
A graduate of Skyline, Kohles coaches Cross Country and Track & Field for the Titans.
Richie Boulet – Oakland Tech – Girls Cross Country
A former All-American at Cal, Boulet has coached at Oakland Tech for the past six years.
Joe Bates – Skyline – Football
Bates led the Titans to a 9-3 record and a berth into the OAL Championship game.
James Salazar – Skyline – Girls Golf
Salazar led the Titans to their third consecutive OAL Championship.
Joel Higgins – Oakland Tech – Boys Soccer
Higgins led the Bulldogs to the Oakland Section Championship as well as the D5 Northern California Regional Championship.
Mark Savvides – Oakland Tech – Girls Soccer
Savvides guided the Bulldogs to an 18-1-4 record to capture the Oakland Section Championship.
Lauren Brown – Madison Park Academy – Girls Tennis
Brown led the Trojans to the 2019-20 OAL Championship.
Erica Hansen – Skyline – Girls Volleyball
Hansen led the Titans to the OAL Championship and an appearance in the CIF D5 State playoffs.
Dennis Spencer – Skyline – Boys Wrestling
Spencer helped the Titans capture the OAL Championship.