By Kyle Kan & Jung Su Park
SPHS athletics have begun filling the nine-coach void left at the end of last year by welcoming three new head coaches this summer. SPHS reported in a press release that Marivick Mamiit, José Soto, and Michael Gonzales have been hired for girls’ varsity tennis, varsity cross country, and boys’ varsity baseball, respectively.
Mamiit is not much of a new face to the program as she has coached the boys’ varsity tennis team since last spring. She now looks to train the girls as well with her experiences as an SPHS alum. Mamiit won a CIF championship title with the Tigers and went on to play in college and international competitions.
Soto is another contributor to SPHS athletics who has made his mark through not only participating in the sport as a former Tiger, but also in coaching. He has taken on the role of an assistant coach for the past several years. Soto now assumes the responsibility as the head coach for cross country and is ready to guide the squad to a successful Fall season.
Coach Gonzales has high hopes to improve the SPHS baseball program, as his long term vision includes ideas for community outreach and feeder programs. Gonzales specializes in pitching and has eight years of coaching experience at local high schools including Temple City High School and Monrovia High School.
SPHS hopes to strengthen its athletic program by joining with the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA). The program aims to train the incoming coaches in many areas with an emphasis on developing students not only as athletes, but also as people. SPHS is set to partner up with the PCA starting this coming fall.