West Covina boys basketball coach Kurt Messick resigns, girls coach Manny Lopez takes over

West Covina High School boys basketball coach Kurt Messick resigned to spend more time with his family, Bulldogs athletic director Brian Murphy said. After replacing Gary Prestasaster, Messick went 29-51 in his three years at the helm, struggling to a 2-23 record this past season. West Covina girls coach Manny Lopez will take over the boys program after a 16-11 season with the Lady Bulldogs.

Lopez has a solid background in basketball, having been an assistant under Prestasaster, Baldwin Park’s Marc Hart and San Dimas’ Gary Jackson before taking over the Bulldogs girls program.
“I’m excited for him, I’ve known (Lopez) since high school,” Murphy said. “He’s a genuine nice guy who works hard as is a student of the game, he’ll do fine.”
Lopez’s girls varsity assistant Stefanie Foster has been promoted to the Bulldogs varsity head coach.
Foster played for Bonita and the University of La Verne.
“She was Manny’s assistant for three years,” Murphy said. “She knows her stuff.”

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  • resign?

    its about time…i saw the boys play this year in league and lost 6 plus games under 2-6 points.
    They had the tallent but the coaching was horrible!
    Good luck nxt year in your new league…Your gonna need it.
    Go BONITA!

  • SGV For 30 Years

    It’s a shame that Coach Messick has decided to resign. He came in at a bad time for WC boys basketball. Their talent pool is way down from what it was just 4 years ago. I have watched him from the time he was a JV Coach at D-Bar through his days at Workman. He is a very good coach who came in at a bad time. So Resign, I think you are way off base with that one. The San Antonio League was a tough league for basketball. They’ve always had alot of parity in that league. The Hacienda League will be much the same. Bonita and DRanch will be tough teams to compete with. I hope Coach Messick catches on as an assistant at one of the other local schools.

    SGV430 Ouuut!!!!

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