The next thing North Salinas would like to latch onto is a new football coach.
By John MurphyÂ
It’s not just the Bay Area where prominent coaching positions are vacant. Down in that other bay region – the Monterey Bay – there are at least four football jobs and one basketball post that are as empty as yesterday’s coffee cup.
Earlier this month Steven Zenk resigned from the North Salinas football job. When I first met him – well theÂ onlyÂ time I met him – he was coming up on the short end of a 59-34 first-round playoff game with powerhouse host Los Gatos. Now Zenk is leaving the Vikings after nine seasons capped by an impressive 7-4 effort in 2013.
Said Zenk by e-mail: “I felt like we had left the program in great shape for the future and I could step down now with a clear conscience. It’s been hard since my son was born 6 years ago to keep up the hours and the time necessary to be successful … it’s a 24-7 job between everything that you have to do: fundraising, academics, football, etc. I wanted to step down four years ago but I didn’t want to leave the cupboard bare for the next guy.”
Well, he hasn’t. The Viking junior varsity went 10-0 last season and the freshmen 7-2-1.
Other open football jobs down in the 831 are North Monterey County which has been vacant since the end of last season and Alisal. The latter popped open Wednesday when Cory Costanza resigned, according to published reports in the Salinas and Monterey newspapers.
Nobody at Alisal was available for comment, but Costanza told the Salinas Californian he is resigning for “personal reasons.”
Alisal went 2-8 overall and 0-6 in the rugged Monterey Bay League-Gabilan in Costanza’s only season as the helm. Getting releagued into the Gabilan before last season didn’t help Costanza’s cause.
Farther north, in Santa Cruz County, the Soquel football job is still open after longtime Knights coach Ron Myers returned to Watsonville High. Myers began his long stint in the county with the Wildcatz in 1984 before moving on. I was the Watsonville sports editor then and we called them the Wildcats (with an “s”). Of course back then the 831 area code was the 408, but I digress.
The coaching carousel has also spun wildly, as we know, in San Jose and on the peninsula. Some jobs have been filled, but there were still openings at Andrew Hill, Gunderson, Independence and Carlmont. I hope I’m not missing anybody.
Finally, San Benito High athletic director Tod Thatcher informed Prep2Prep Thursday he’s seeking a replacement for David Kaplansky, who took the men’s basketball job at Gavilan College, according to the Hollister Freelance. San Benito went 21-5 last season, so that’s a good job.
Said Thatcher: “We are looking for a motivated, experienced head coach to lead a very successful boys varsity program. Our team reached the semi-finals of this year’s CCS playoffs and is completely supported by our school administration and community.”
Don’t know the Double-Wing from a hot wing, but can teach the pick ‘n’ roll? Hollister beckons you.
Next man up:Â Wondering who all those new football coaches are? Let’s review …
Archbishop Mitty: Dave Brown; Capuchino: Ben White; Evergreen Valley: Ernie Mendoza; Lynbrook: Alan Vinciguerra; Overfelt: Carlo Maningo; Mt. Pleasant: Victor Avelar; Westmont: Mark Kaanapu; Palo Alto: Jake Halas; Terra Nova: Tim Adams; Watsonville: Ron Myers; South San Francisco: Jay Oca; Woodside: Justin Andrews; Silver Creek: Eric Luescher; The King’s Academy: Mike Johnson.
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Adams and Myers are the only newbies I remember from back in the day, so 2014 should be interesting.
Good sports:Â Oakland Tech’s Aaliyah Douglas and Drake’s Mitchell Young are the 2013-14 CIF-State Spirit of Sport winners. They receive an award, $2,000 and a trip to the CIF-Federated banquet in Southern California in early May. Nice event.
Sonoma dreamin’:Â Pinewood senior basketball star Leeana Bade committed to Sonoma State, according to a recent social media posting by Bade. She averaged 9.9 points and 6.5 rebounds in helping her team to the state D-5 title.
Briefly:Â Mitty sophomore volleyball standout Lauren Speckman has committed to Marquette, tweeted@monarchvball … Gilroy running back Brandon Boyd signed with Pacific University in Oregon, according to the Gilroy Dispatch … Bellarmine outfielder Tyler Bindi will be a preferred walk-on at St. Mary’s, Prep2Prep ace student reporter Jack Duffy said.
John Murphy is the Web Content Editor of Prep2Prep, He may be reached at email@example.com.Â