With the basketball season wrapping up and the hectic beginning of the spring sports season, news out of the California Interscholastic Federation, the governing body for high school sports in the state, may have gotten lost in the shuffle.
At the beginning of the month, the CIF revised its school transfer rules. Previously, student-athletes were forbidden to change schools based solely for athletic purposes. The newly amended rule now allows student-athletes to use sports as a reason for moving schools.
The CIF simply made legal what athletes and families have been doing for years: transferring schools for sports purposes. Previous to the new rule, student-athletes could change schools as long as it wasn’t based on sports. But how easy would it be to fudge the real reason? How easy is it to say you’re transferring because you want to go to the school in your neighborhood? Or you’re moving schools because the academics are not tough/easy enough? What about moving into a new school district?
All these reasons have been used over the years, mostly with a wink and nudge because, let’s face it, everyone knows why the star athlete left one school for another — better athletic prospects.
Duane Morgan, Central Coast Section commissioner, told the Mercury News, “The bottom line is, we were really only catching the kids who were running smack into us.”
In other words, the various sections in the state only caught those student-athletes and their families dumb enough to verbalize the real reason for transferring. The rest used all manner of excuses for why they wanted to transfer. As long as there was no mention of sports being the reason, most moves were approved.
There are still some repercussions with transfers. Student-athletes are not allowed to change schools to follow a coach and kids can’t be recruited.
But does anyone really believe that’s not happening already?
The California Coaches Association released its latest Hall of Fame induction class, as well as coaches of the year for the various sports.
The honors keep rolling in for Menlo-Atherton athletics. Perhaps the Bears’ success on the field can be directly attributed to the athletic department as whole.
Former longtime girls’ basketball coach Pam Wimberly will be inducted into the CCA Hall of Fame during a ceremony June 17. Wimberly, who began her M-A coaching career in 1968, won 663 games before stepping away in 2012, the third-most wins for a girls’ basketball coach in California. During her 41 years at the Bears’ helm, Wimberly won four Central Coast Section titles, which she predated. The first CCS girls’ basketball championship was not contested until 1977. During her 34 years coaching during the CCS era, she qualified her team for the postseason 24 times. She was awarded the CCA Girls’ Basketball Coach of the Year award in 2001.
Wimberly wasn’t the only member of the M-A athletic department to be honored. Steven Kryger and Paul Snow, who are co-athletic directors at the school, were both named Northern California ADs of the Year — Kryger for boys’ sports and Snow for girls’. Adhir Ravipati, the Bears’ football coach who led them to the CCS Open Division I and Northern California championships, as well as a spot in a state championship game, was named the Nor Cal Football Coach of the Year.
M-A, however, was not the only Peninsula school to receive Nor Cal coach of the year honors. Carlmont’s Nathan Liang was named Badminton Coach of the Year, while Menlo School’s Marco Paglialunga was named Girls’ Rookie Head Coach of the Year for the Knights’ girls’ volleyball team.
The CCA is the only all-sports coaching organization in the state. It has selected Hall of Fame inductees and coaches of the year since 1965.
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