The California Coaches’ Association (CCA) annually recognizes 18 Northern California coaches for their success – one per prep sport – and two of this year’s honorees are from local high schools.
Mountain View High’s M. Anthony Chen has been named CCA Northern California Boys’ Volleyball Coach of the Year and St. Francis High’s Mike Oakland has been selected CCA Northern California Baseball Coach of the Year. Both will be honored at a banquet next month in Sacramento.
Chen – who goes by MAC – led the Spartans to the Central Coast Section Division I final last year and an undefeated league record. Mountain View is making a run at another perfect league season this year (see story above).
“It definitely was humbling to receive the award,” said MAC, who coaches the girls volleyball team in the fall. “There are so many worthy recipients – many even in our own league – so to be singled out because of the job my players have done over the past few seasons is definitely a humbling and rewarding experience.”
Oakland – who guided the Lancers to the CCS Division I title in 2013 – had a similar reaction to the news.
“(I’m) very surprised and very humbled,” he said.
Oakland’s current St. Francis team is nationally ranked and last week won its 20th game of the season.
This marks the 57th year the CCA has honored coaches for their work. The organization has a voting membership on the Federated Council for the California Interscholastic Federation, which governs the state’s high school sports. The CCA helps support high schools and districts by providing information, coaching education, liability insurance and recognition for coaches in California.
MAC and Oakland will be recognized at the CCA Coach of the Year Banquet, scheduled 7 p.m. June 14 at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Sacramento. The CCA State Coach of the Year in each of the 18 high school sports will be announced that evening.
Tickets to the banquet are $55.