But Wilcox of Santa Clara proved this year that a public school program can rival the best of the WCAL. The Chargers took it one step further. They won the CCS Div. I title with victories over WCAL powers Mitty of San Jose and Serra of San Mateo in the semis and finals and finished with a 34-3 record.
For doing that, and for building one of the top programs in Northern California over the past eight seasons, Wilcox head coach David Currie has been named the 2002 State Coach of the Year by Cal-Hi Sports (calhisports.com).
This is not the first honor of the year for Currie. He was recently presented with a CCS Spring Sports Honor Award by other coaches in the section and was chosen CCS Coach of the Year by the San Jose Mercury-News.
"Dave has those qualities of character that we all want and respect not only in a coach but also as a human being," said Wilcox principal Clifford Harris in a April press release. "Dave is truly a professional, working and communicating effectively with athletes, parents and colleagues."
Currie's 2002 team was No. 4 in the final Cal-Hi Sports state rankings and could be in the top 10 of the final Student Sports FAB 50 national rankings.
Since 1994, Currie has led Wilcox to eight straight league titles and from 1994 to 1998 also doubled as an assistant football coach at the school. Currie also is active in numerous coaching organizations, including the American Baseball Coaches Association since 1993.
Also chosen for top statewide baseball coaching honors:
Medium Schools: Vince Dell'Aquila
A former minor leaguer in the Texas Rangers' and Los Angeles Dodgers' farm systems, Dell'Aquila guided the Matadors to their second CIF North Coast Section East Bay 2A title in the last four years. Miramonte captured its championship with a 2-1 win over Northgate of Walnut Creek. Dell'Aquila's club also had a 23-4 record and was No. 7 in the final Div. III state rankings. He also has served as an assistant football coach at the school and finished his fifth season as head baseball coach.
Small Schools: Brady Shamp
(St. Bernard, Eureka)
One year after leading the Crusaders to a mythical Div. V state championship, Shamp had his team on a roll at the end of the season once again. This year's squad had six losses so another No. 1 ranking wasn't possible but St. Bernard won another CIF North Coast Section Class A title even though most of the schools it plays have Div. IV enrollments. Shamp completed his third season as head coach.
Coaches of the Year
(all selections by Cal-Hi Sports)
2002 -- David Currie (Wilcox, Santa Clara) 34-3
2001 -- Tom Muesborn (Chatsworth) 31-2
2000 -- Harry Jenkins (West, Torrance) 29-2
1999 -- Joe Walters (Calvary Chapel, Santa Ana) 27-1-1
1998 -- James Patrick (Clovis) 33-2
1997 -- Dave Brunell (St. Joseph, Santa Maria) 29-0
1996 -- Dennis Pugh (Mission Bay, San Diego) 29-5
1995 -- Dave Demarest (La Quinta, Westminster) 28-3-1
1994 -- Ron LaRuffa (Fountain Valley) 27-3-1
1993 -- Mike Maio (El Camino, Woodland Hills) 24-2
1992 -- Dan Peters (Millikan, Long Beach) 22-5-1
1991 -- Jeff Meredith (Grossmont, La Mesa) 28-1
1990 -- Mickey McNamee (San Marino) 23-2-1
1989 -- Sam Blalock (Mt. Carmel, San Diego) 25-2
1988 -- Chris Sims (Campolindo, Moraga) 24-5
1987 -- Don Ardissone (Bellarmine, San Jose) 26-7
1986 -- Mike Curran (Esperanza, Anaheim) 25-3-1
1985 -- Dave Perkins (Hanford) 23-5
1984 -- Darryl Stroh (Granada Hills) 16-2-1
1983 -- Larry Quirico (El Cerrito) 27-1
1982 -- Jim Garrett (Tulare) 21-5
1981 -- Guy Anderson (Cordova, Rancho Cordova) 28-8
1980 -- Mike Noakes (Bullard, Fresno) 29-2
List continues back to 1933 in Cal-Hi Sports Record Book & Almanac.