Posted by dad on July 06, 2017 at 23:28:35:
In Reply to: Re: Top girl's coaches/programs posted by HoopFan12 on July 06, 2017 at 22:07:24:
: : : : : Can someone with knowledge please advise me of the top 5 high school girls coaches/programs in the greater LA area? I have been a follower of the boys programs out of my own interest, but now that my young daughter is showing interest in the game, I'd like to start keeping my eye on the girl's side as well. Thank you!
: : : : : Boy, looks like someone is trying to get the trash talking going on here now asking this kind of question. I'm sure you know the list of top 5 will grow to about 100 in a bit.
: : : No, my question was sincere. I'm somewhat new to following the boys programs, but have spotted some solid coaches: Harvey Kitani, Doug Mitchell, Ed Azzam, Gary McKnight. I'm sincerely curious to know who the top coaches are on the girl's side. Just a few programs I can start keeping an eye on as I learn about how things operate in the girl's world. Thank you.
: : How good is your daughter? What are you looking for? Are you looking for an established program like Mater Dei or Sierra Canyon or Harvard Westlake? Those schools are always chock full of the top kids and play in open division consistently. They tend to be a revolving door with kids though and lots of politics. Or maybe you are looking for an up and coming program like Los Osos (big public) or Rosary or aVillage Christian (smaller private) with a young coach, consistently winning at the lower divisions where a solid player can get playing time immediately. Do you need scholarship money? How far are you willing to commute? All of these play a factor.
: My daughter is 9. She's better than her peers at this stage, but I'm not projecting or even encouraging her toward any greatness. She enjoys the game, and if it becomes her own goal to pursue it to a higher level, I want to be prepared by educating myself a bit in the girl's game here in the LA area, specifically the east valley.
: I grew up in a different state and a different era and was quite good back in my day. I'm an older dad and the travel ball element is new to me and I don't really understand it or at what age it's appropriate to participate. Scholarships, private school opportunities, etc. are foreign to me as well. But I'm intent on educating myself and I figured the best place to start is to follow coaches who run good programs. On the boys side, I consider Bishop Montgomery under Doug Mitchell to be a good program, as well as Fairfax when it was under Kitani (not dissing Baik, he's just new). Sierra Canyon boys have had success, but I've not been impressed with their coaching.
: Give me 3-4 solid girl's coaches to follow as a starter. If anyone wants to chime in on how the travel ball stuff works for the girls, I'd welcome that as well. She's in a rec league now. She loves the game. I don't know what comes next if she wants more.
In the OC area Mater Dei is the leader, with Rosary, Orange Lutheran and JSerra having very solid programs (all Trinity League schools); smaller privates like Orangewood Academy and Fairmont Prep had their teams in Open Division last year; as for publics Brea and Troy are the leaders by far- in south OC the public program to watch is Aliso Viejo (very good young coach); Tesoro has been solid over the years also
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