State Media Release
State CIF Office, 1320 Harbor Bay Parkway, Suite 140, Alameda, CA 94502
Phone: 510-521-4447 Fax: 510-521-4449
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Emmy Zack, Director of Communications
Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2009 email@example.com
CIF RECOGNIZES THIRTEEN RECIPIENTS OF 2008-09 MODEL COACH AWARD
ALAMEDA — Thirteen (eight men, five women) coaches statewide have been selected as 2008-09 CIF Model Coach Award winners. The CIF Model Coach Award program, now in its eighth year, is designed to recognize coaches who have served as positive role models in their schools and communities, and who have exhibited the traits apparent in the 16 principles of Pursuing Victory with Honor.
Winners, nominated through their local CIF Section office, will receive an award and be honored in conjunction with their sport’s state championship or at an event of the recipient’s choosing.
A model coach demonstrates and teaches the six core ethical values: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship (the “Six Pillars of Character”). The CIF believes that the highest potential of sports is achieved when teachers/coaches consciously Teach, Enforce, Advocate and Model (T.E.A.M.) these values and are committed to the ideal of Pursuing Victory with Honor.
“This is the highest and most prestigious award the CIF bestows upon its coaches,” said CIF Executive Director Marie M. Ishida. “We are honored to be able to recognize coaches throughout our state who are dedicated to impacting the lives of high school student-athletes by not only teaching them the values of Pursuing Victory with Honor and the Six Pillars of Character, but also that there is more to participating in sports than just winning and losing.”
2008-09 CIF Model Coach Award Winners (alphabetical order)
Name School, City (Section) Sport(s)
Lin Morgan Barrett Mendocino (NCS) Girls Basketball
Patty Burnett McNair, Stockton (SJS) Volleyball
Maria Cabrera Canoga Park (LAS) Swimming
John Corona Martin Luther King, Riverside (SS) Track and Field & Basketball
Doug Courtemarche Santa Rosa (NCS) Cross Country
Mark Delgado Overfelt, San Jose (CCS) Wrestling
Lynn Garcia Hilltop, Chula Vista (SDS) Field Hockey
Annette Gennaro Trimble Aragon, San Mateo (CCS) Girls Basketball
Jeff Hutzler La Jolla Country Day, La Jolla (SDS) Football
Hodari McGavock Castlemont, Oakland (OS) Boys Basketball
Courtney Porter Tokay, Lodi (SJS) Water Polo & Swimming
Fred Singer Kennedy, Granada Hills (LAS) Boys Soccer
George Valentin Orland (NS) Tennis
Bios on all recipients follow —
2008-09 CIF Model Coaches
ANNETTE GENNARO TRIMBLE (Aragon HS, San Mateo) Girls Basketball
Annette Gennaro Trimble is an example of a coach living by the spirit and intent of the rules. As the girls’ basketball coach at Aragon for 16 years, Gennaro Trimble has established a tradition of honor and integrity within her program. She also has created a family atmosphere on her teams by hosting weekly potlucks to bring her athletes together. Since taking over the basketball program, her teams have won six league titles and twice played in both the CCS and Northern California Regional playoffs.
JEFF HUTZLER (La Jolla Country Day School, La Jolla) Football
As both the football coach and athletic director at La Jolla Country Day, Jeff Hutzler constantly displays his devotion to his athletic program and his student-athletes. The school’s Booster Club created a student aid fund at Hutzler’s request to ensure that no student is excluded from school activities due to financial reasons. Hutzler’s commitment to community service is also evident in his outreach work with Pop Warner football and NFL Junior Player Development Camps for underprivileged children.
HODARI McGAVOCK (Castlemont HS, Oakland) Boys Basketball
Hodari McGavock is one of the most successful basketball coaches in the history of the Oakland Athletic League, coaching at Oakland Technical High School for 25 years before taking over at Castlemont in 2007. More than 100 of his student-athletes have gone onto play for colleges around the country. What sets McGavock apart from many coaches and educators around the league is his work as a character-builder. He emphasizes fairness, firmness, good citizenship and sportsmanship. In 1980, McGavock founded the “No Books, No Ball” Academic Achievement Program to help student-athletes achieve academic excellence and attend college.
COURTNEY PORTER (Tokay HS, Lodi) Water Polo & Swimming
Courtney Porter has been the backbone of aquatic excellence not only at Tokay, but throughout the Central Valley for three decades. His water polo teams have captured 12 league titles and two Sac-Joaquin Section championships while his swim teams have been just as successful, winning 14 league crowns. Porter also spent six years as the men’s water polo coach at the University of the Pacific.
FRED SINGER (Kennedy HS, Granada Hills) Boys Soccer
As the boys’ soccer coach at Kennedy since 1979, Fred Singer has left a lasting impression on the many young men who have participated in his program. Singer’s responsibility for his players extends beyond the playing field. He collaborates with school administrators and teachers to ensure his players’ well-being and success. In addition to a winning mentality, Singer maintains good sportsmanship and citizenship, and would never sacrifice either to win a match. He takes pride in running a program free of violations.
GEORGE VALENTIN (Orland HS) Tennis
George Valentin is an example of what a coach should be: a positive role model; a sportsmanship model; a person with integrity; and a knowledgeable teacher with the highest regard for building character. Valentin has taught physical education for 26 years and coached tennis at Orland for 11 years. He is credited with restoring pride and a winning tradition to Orland’s program which has won three Section championships and four league titles. Valentin’s enthusiasm for the sport has proved to be contagious, as former players are always eager to return to Orland to support the teams.