The head coaches for the Salesian Pride girls and boys basketball teams are being honored for stellar seasons.
Coach Steve Pezzola was nominated as the Division 4 State Coach of the Year by CalHiSports.com. The website said Pezzola took a young team to unexpected wins, including the 70-66 victory at Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) in the Northern Regional Open Division quarterfinals.
Led by USC-bound Minyon Moore, who was named the San Francisco Chronicle’s East Bay Player of the Year, the Pride finished 27-6 this year and won the NCS Division 4 title.
“This was a great group of young ladies that were dedicated to the team,” Pezzola told CalHiSports.com. “The chemistry built as the year went on and one thing that was significant was all 12 girls contributed.”
Bill Mellis, head coach of the Pride’s boys basketball team, was similarly praised for leading a young team to a 28-5 record that included an overtime loss to powerful De La Salle in the Open Division Northern regional first-round game.
The newspaper stated: “In his 18th season as Salesian’s coach, Mellis led an extremely young Pride team to a 21-game winning streak, TCAL-Rock Division and NCS Division 4 titles, and the eighth seed in the Open Division Northern regional bracket.”
“With only two seniors on a 13-man roster, the Pride (28-5) won 21 straight before taking No. 1 De La Salle-Concord to the mat, losing 51-45 in overtime. Mellis got the Pride to play unselfishly and defensively.”