WOLVES UNDEFEATED IN LEAGUE PLAY
So far the Wolves of Van Nuys have managed to stay perfect in league play, dominating almost every game they have competed in. Sylmar is definitely Van Nuys' biggest challenge, but the Wolves still managed to beat Sylmar in 4 sets. Injuries have plagued the season thus far with James Choi dealing with an ankle injury, John Reyes dealing with a knee injury and Miguel Ramirez dealing with a shoulder issue. The one stablizing force for the Wolves is Amilcar Lara, who has handled himself well throughout the season. Lara and Reyes have both made all practices, and are clearly the best players on the team. Even with mounting injuries, the Wolves are currently first in league, and will clinch the title with 2 more victories. Yesterday, a much improved Panorama team came to Van Nuys, but the Wolves handled them in 3 sets.
Eddie Hamada Award
The challenges of Coaching continue to mount for me everyday as I continue to lead this program. Our Boys Volleyball team had the privilege of going to Hawaii from March 20-26. We were awarded the "Eddie Hamada" award, and finished 7th place. However winning awards such as the "Eddie Hamada" award reminds me of why I do this job everyday. My personal mission as a volleyball coach is to make these out of control, lack of discipline teenagers, become real men and women who influence the world in a positive way. I can care less about winning City and League Titles, because at the end of the day, all these guys will graduate, and will have to show character in order for them to be successful in life. The Eddie Hamada Award symbolizes "unity, discipline and humility", three characteristics that I aspire to be everyday. Winning this award proves that LAUSD students are more than capable of accomplishing great things amongst a negative culture that continually berates them. This is my biggest accomplishment thus far. 10 years of many accomplishments, but none compare to the one we won in Hawaii.