Stockham tradition endures on Spartan bench

When Ty Stockham pushed his team toward a title last weekend in the San Bernardino Kiwanis Basketball Tournament, he was not just another coach trying to achieve a goal.

When Ty Stockham pushed his team toward a title last weekend in the San Bernardino Kiwanis Basketball Tournament, he was not just another coach trying to achieve a goal.

 

The Stockham name has become synonymous with the 49th annual boys' tournament, dating back to when Ty's father Doug coached.

 

Doug Stockham in 1996 was inducted into the Southern California Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He coached often in the Kiwanis tourney during a career that took him from Riverside Ramona, to Westminster, to Elsinore, to San Bernardino Cajon, to San Bernardino San Gorgonio, to Canyon Springs.

 

Doug, 64, won more than 450 games during his career, capturing 77 percent of the games he coached. His teams won  11 league titles.

 

The Stockham name was never so prominent in the Kiwanis tourney as from 1984 through '86 when Doug coached Ty at San Gorgonio. Ty is one of the few players in history to make the all-Kiwanis tourney team three consecutive years, helping the Spartans to the tourney title in 1985.

 

That triumph 21 years ago was San Gorgonio's last Kiwanis championship until Saturday night, when the Spartans (13-1)  edged Redlands 59-58 in the championship game before 1,100 at  San Gorgonio.

 

In doing so, the Stockhams became the first father-son combination to win Kiwanis tourney titles.

 

"It was like deja vu," Ty said. "I had won it as a player and I tried to share with my players what that felt like. Now I get to feel what it's like to win it as a coach, as well."

 

Doug has assisted his son on the bench in recent seasons, but is taking a less active role this season because his wife Carolyn is ill. Still, Doug watches closely from the bleachers and passes along tips at halftime, such as to keep pressing Redlands in the second half - a ploy that resulted in 28 Terrier turnovers for the game.

 

"I'm really lucky to have someone of his ability to talk to and get advice from," Ty said. "I have nothing but great memories of my time spent in basketball with him, including all the time we spent on the floor together and just as father and son."

 

Doug also is proud of a son who excelled as a player and who has won two league titles in seven years at San Gorgonio and has made the CIF-Southern Section quarterfinals three times.

 

"One of the biggest thrills of my life is to see my son follow in my footsteps and become such a success as a coach and a teacher, teaching AP calculus," Doug said. "He is a really outstanding teacher and I'm very proud of that."

 

San Gorgonio is expected to battle San Bernardino Cajon and San Bernardino Arroyo Valley for the San Andreas League title. League play begins Jan. 10.


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