Re: Top girl's coaches/programs

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Posted by Observer on July 10, 2017 at 10:17:21:

In Reply to: Re: Top girl's coaches/programs posted by Troy on July 10, 2017 at 08:13:57:

: : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : 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

: : : : : : : : : : : LOL!! Don't listen to these idiots. All these idiots on this site do is promote the same tired programs. Oh go to this school or go to that school. Goto my kid's school because my kid sits the bench all game but we are the best. All these idiots want to do is promote the schools that already get the kids because of either hearsay or because the coaches are affiliated with club/travel ball teams. You name a top team and I will guarantee there is a feeder or a club/travel ball connection to keep their benches full of talented kids. So these idiots on here will tell you to follow coaches that really don't have to coach. They get ready-made players that are already destined to be great. It is like saying Steve Kerr is a great coach. He might be but any coach would look great with the talent that the Golden State Warriors has. The same goes for some of these schools that have been mentioned. I challenge these idiots on here, on what makes these "big name" coaches so good that you would recommend someone to go watch them? I guarantee most of the idiots on here couldn't tell me one thing or another about why these coaches are so good. However, there will be some on here that will put me in my place and but that's what I want to happen. I am so tired of the idiots on here name dropping schools and coaches but have no clue about basketball or what really makes someone truly a good coach.

: : : : : : : : : : :: Impact players make coaches look good...but it's a combination. We all know the names. Chaminade as one example. You've got Odom and Higgins on the same can they not win? If I were you I would look for high schools that have impact players on them that could mentor your daughter. Some of the private high schools have excellent middle school programs (Windward being one obvious choice). We all know which schools/programs are consistently good, year after year.

: : : : : : : : : : Mater Dei
: : : : : : : : : : Windward
: : : : : : : : : : Troy
: : : : : : : : : : Alemany
: : : : : : : : : : Harvard Westlake

: : : : : : : : : : LONG BEACH POLY
: : : : : : : : : : Granada Hills
: : : : : : : : : : El Camino
: : : : : : : : : : Fairfax
: : : : : : : : : : Palisades

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: : : : : : : : : Thank you for this starter list, Impact Player. This is what I was looking for. I am confident I will be able to pick out the good coaches from the pretenders/recruiters. I will start by paying a bit more attention to these programs. If others have additional suggestions, I'd welcome hearing about them.

: : : : : : : : : I'd also welcome hearing from other parents and coaches about travel ball. At what age should a player consider participating on a travel team? Is this something they are recruited onto or something I should be seeking out? If the latter, how can I best go about educating myself about this process? Is there a website that features information about it in the broader perspective?

: : : : : : : : : I'm very grateful for this feedback. And in anticipation of the naysayers, I'm also grateful for the warnings of false information. I do expect I will be able to discern false information as such in time, but I need to start somewhere. I'm a rookie parent, just trying to improve.

: : : : : : : : Also please note the schools mentioned may win games also
: : : : : : : : look for programs that send kids to college.

: : : : : : : Thanks for the tip, Observer. What are some of the these programs that are known for sending kids to college?

: : : : : : Pretty much all the privates mentioned send kids to college, many on athletic rides and the rest due to academics. in OC Troy HS is a magnet with high academic standards; Brea is also known for strong academics as well.

: : : : : Any of the schools can help send your kid to college, especially with good academics. But a good club team and coach is what will really make a difference in sending a kid to college.

: : : : Yup a good coach get kids into college or in the case of West Coast Premier and Etiwanda. The kids get into college can't cut it and then they either transfer back to a junior college or transfer to an Division 2 or lower school. Or in the case of Long Beach Poly have a talented kid that can't spell her own name and rather sit her down and teach her there is more to life than basketball Coach Buggs and LB Poly kept playing this talented kid because they knew they would be horrible without her but hey its okay for a McDonald's All American to goto a junior college.

: : : :: It's ridiculous to keep mentioning Clark on here. Leave the girl alone. Besides you failed to mention the two LBP kids headed to an excellent D1 school, LMU. How many high schools this year in So Cal send two or more seniors to college with D1 scholarships? I'll wait

: : Troy sent two D1 this year (Cal and Long Beach State) and two last year (two to Pepperdine), and 3 before that (Stanford, Oregon State and Denver)

: Troy will always have a great program. I would disregard the last 4 schools, city section basketball doesn't compare to southern section.

School that historically have produced D1 players on a regular basis.

LA county southern Section schools over the years that I have seen send players to college over the years on a regular basis despite wins.

Harvard Westlake
Sierra Canyon
Bishop Montgomery
Bishop Amat

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