SoCal Prep Legends and the Southern California News Group has teamed up with KABC-7 to produce the 2017 SCPL Awards, which will take place on June 11, then air June 24 at 6:30 p.m. on KABC (channel 7).
In the weeks leading up to the show, SoCal Prep Legends will release the nominees for nine of the 11 categories including major awards like Male and Female Athlete of the Year.
Here are the nominees for Coach of the Year:
- Doug Mitchell, Bishop Montgomery Boys Basketball
Bishop Montgomery went 31-2 this season, winning the CIF-Southern Section Open Division championship, the SoCal Regional crown and CIF State Open Division title under the guidance of head coach Doug Mitchell. The Knights defeated No. 1 Sierra Canyon, No. 2 Chino Hills and No. 3 Mater Dei, twice, on its way to these amazing accomplishments. Mitchell’s high demand of players and defensive priorities made Bishop Montgomery one of the country’s best teams despite having no player over 6-foot-6.
- Jason Negro, St. John Bosco Football
The Braves’ 13-2 season was highlighted by a CIF-Southern Section Division 1 championship over Mater Dei 42-28, which was an avenging victory after losing to the Monarchs earlier in the year. Head coach Jason Negro polished and corralled a team riddled with future NCAA DI talent to then capped its season with a CIF State Open Division crown in December by defeating Northern California’s De La Salle 56-33
- Jim Kunau, Rancho Christian Football
Kunau led the Rancho Christian program to CIF-SS (Division 13) and CIF-State (Division 6-AA) titles in just his third season. Kunau joined Harry Welch as the only coaches in state history to lead at least two schools to state championship. The year before Kunau took over, the program had to cancel its season because of injuries and an overambitious schedule. With an enrollment of approximately 250 students, the Eagles knocked off a handful of big-enrollment public schools in the postseason, including a 52-14 win over Santa Ana (2,750 enrollment) in the section finals.
- Dawnesha Buckner, Los Osos Girls Basketball
In just her first year, Buckner didn’t just win more games, but changed the culture of the Los Osos girls basketball program. After going 6-19 overall and winless in league a season ago, Buckner led the Grizzlies to a 27-4 record, including an 8-2 Baseline League record, that anchored an eventual CIF-SS Division 3A title and a Division IV CIF State finals appearance.
- Richard Yoon, Rosary Girls Basketball
Yoon’s mentorship led the Rosary girls basketball team to a historical season. The Royals won the CIF-SS Division 2AA, SoCal Regional and Division III CIF State titles, cruising to the latter championships with relative ease. The Royals won every Regional game and the State title by double-digits to rack up a total of 31 wins for the season.
To see the categories and winners from last year’s 2016 SCPL Awards, click HERE.