By Fred J. Robledo
Richard Wiard, the winningest high school girls basketball coach in San Gabriel Valley history, isn’t ready to give up what he’s built at Bishop Amat. Wiard, who has won four CIF championships and two state titles the past 12 years, will remain coach at Bishop Amat while he serves as interim athletic director at Charter Oak, a position he strongly considered pursuing before deciding to remain as the Lancers’ girls basketball coach.
Wiard, who took a one-year sabbatical from coaching in 2008 to pursue a second Masters degree at Azusa Pacific, is an economics teacher at Charter Oak, where his wife Kathy Wiard is the principal.
For years, Wiard has taught at Charter Oak and coached girls basketball at Bishop Amat. He’s been a high school basketball coach for nearly three decades.
Over the summer, Charter Oak vice principal and athletic director Glenn Martinez left the school to become the CIF-Southern Section assistant commissioner, leading to speculation that Wiard would become the athletic director or vice principal at Charter Oak.
Since Martinez left, Wiard has served as the interim athletic director at Charter Oak. However, Wiard said he isn’t seeking the job permanently. “This is what happens when your wife is the principal,” Wiard joked. “I’m helping out. I’m not considering it (athletic director) long term, it’s a short-term solution.”
Wiard came to this decision recently. Two months ago, he was strongly considering a move to the administrative side, whether at Charter Oak or somewhere else.
But when it came time to make the decision, his heart was with the Amat girls basketball team. “I didn’t want to give it up,” Wiard said. “I’m not that old yet. I still enjoy it.”
The Inland Insider, Tom Kiss, was at Tuesday’s Sierra League cross country meet with highlights and interviews, check it out.
The Sierra League held its first cross country cluster meet of the season on Tuesday with Ayala leading the girls and Damien taking first for the boys over the five-kilometer course at Bonelli Park in San Dimas. Ayala senior Chandler Colquitt won the girls race by 23 seconds, finishing in 19:03, well ahead of second-place finisher Merin Arft from Claremont (19:26), who held off third-place finisher Alex Borunda (19:27) from South Hills. Ayala and South Hills finished first and second respectively in the girls standings. Ayala finished with three top ten finishers and the Huskies four — giving the schools eight of the top ten finishers between them.
Damien held off second-place Ayala in the boys standings behind a strong effort from Spartans senior Tom Ebiner, who won in 15:54, with teammate Douglas Negrete finishing second in 16:07. With Spartans junior Conor Brandt (16:30) finishing fifth, the Spartans had three runners in the top five.
FYI: Mission Valley and Valle Vista boys and girls cluster meets are at Bonelli Park in San Dimas today. The Montview League cluster meet is at Schabarum Park in Rowland Heights on Thursday.
Rivals High posted a story on Wednesday that could easily happen to a team here, especially with the loosely-written rule on athletically motivated transfers. It reminds me of the Jordan and Jamie Canada situation in 2009, where Mrs. Canada’s explanation for transferring from Duarte to South Hills was on this blog, something CIF used in determining the Canada transfer athletically motivated. Parents often scold their children for not being careful about what they write on Facebook. In Tennessee, two star offensive lineman can now turn the table on their own mother after she inadvertently forced their team to vacate three victories from earlier in the 2011 season.
By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
The stakes of the burgeoning rivalry between the Diamond Bar and Diamond Ranch football teams just got a bit higher. The city of Diamond Bar said in a press release Tuesday it will introduce a Mayor’s Cup to be awarded to the winning team after this year’s game between the neighboring schools. Diamond Bar hosts Diamond Ranch on Oct. 7. “Sports, particularly when they involve youth, have a way of bringing the community together,” Diamond Bar mayor Steve Tye said in the release. “The Mayor’s Cup is a means for celebrating that togetherness.