Steve Pezzola, head coach of the powerhouse Salesian College Preparatory girls basketball team, has been named the NorCal Preps Division IV Girls Basketball Coach of the Year.
Pezzola led the team to a 28-4 record this past season, winning the North Coast Section Division IV title and earning a trip to the State Open division tournament.
What might be most impressive about this year was how Salesian responded to losing star guard Mariya Moore to graduation after the previous season. During Moore’s senior year, the Pride won both the NCS IV title and played in the championship game of the State Open division tourney.
While Moore continues to shine at the University of Louisville, the Pride have maintained their winning ways and proved they’ve got plenty of other weapons.
Pezzola deserves a lot of credit for that, school officials say. In six seasons with Salesian, the coach has has taken the Pride to three state championship games.
“Each year the bar gets raised, and Steve’s teams continually rise to the challenge through hard work and dedication,” said Tim Chambers, Salesian’s principal and president.
Pezzola’s response to receiving the Coach of the Year honor was to note that as coach, he’s got more to learn.
“I think that, like players, coaches need to get better every year,” Pezzola said in a statement. “When seasons end, I try to examine what I can do better during games, what I can do better at practice.”