By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
San Dimas High School baseball coach Mike Regan knew he had been nominated for a National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) award.
But he was floored earlier this week after receiving a letter from the NFHS which said he was selected 2009 West Sectional Coach of the Year for baseball after leading the Saints to the CIF-Southern Section Division IV title with a 4-2 victory over Torrance in June. It was the school’s first section title since 1985. (To continue reading click thread)
The West section includes Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah.
“Your contributions to high school athletics are truly deserving of our recognition and thanks,” NFHS Executive Director Robert Kanaby wrote in the letter. “Congratulations on being selected to represent all of those deserving coaches in your section.”
Regan, who just finished his ninth season as head baseball coach, was caught off-guard.
“It’s really cool, I didn’t expect it at all,” Regan said. “I was nominated and you think how great it is just to be nominated, but I never thought I had a chance of winning anything because there are so many good coaches who have done so much.”
Regan thanked his players and coaches for what he considers a team award.
“To get something like this is a reflection of the kids that you have, and the coaches around you,” Regan said. “You always like to think you’re a pretty good coach, but you all play a role in earning something like this. You never do it alone, so I’m truly grateful for the players, coaches and people at the school who have meant so much to me.”