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 San Diego Section:
Hugo Estrada – Calexico – Boys Basketball
Estrada coached the Bulldogs to the D4 San Diego Section Championship in 2019-20, their first in the 118-year history of the school.
Sade Wiley-Gatewood – Serra – Girls Basketball
Wiley-Gatewood helped the Connquistadors to a victory over San Diego Section power Mission Hills in the D1 Championship, a year after losing to the Grizzlies by 62 points during the regular season.
Tialoc Venancio – Crawford – Boys Cross Country
Venancio led the Colts to the San Diego Section D4 title in 2019.
Robert Muscheck – Sage Creek – Girls Cross Country
Muscheck helped the Bobcats to their third consecutive D4 Cross Country championship.
Tyler Roach – La Jolla – Football
Roach led the Vikings to a win over previously undefeated Scripps Ranch to capture the D3 championship, their first section title since 1993.
Richard Deem – Rancho Bernardo – Girls Golf
Deem coached the Broncos to the D1 championship, their third consecutive section title.
Joaquin Huertero – Helix – Boys Soccer
Huertero helped the Highlanders to the D2 section championship and a berth in the SoCal Regional playoffs. It was the Highlander’s first championship since 1983.
Wayne Brewton – Otay Ranch – Girls Soccer
Brewton coached the Mustangs to a 3-2 victory over La Jolla Country Day in the D3 section championship, the first title in school history.
Erik Hur – Olympian – Girls Tennis
Hur led the Eagles to the D3 section championship in his first year, taking down Otay Ranch in the finals via tiebreaker.
Cheley Strahm – Holtville – Girls Volleyball
Strahm led the Vikings to the D4 section championship, the school’s first since 1994, by taking down High Tech High Chula Vista in five sets in the championship.