FOUR & MORE: Best Inland Area Coaches
PREP FOOTBALL COACHES 2012
1. Pete Duffy, Moreno Valley Rancho Verde — What this coach has endured should make him ineligible for this list. He’s too good. But there he is at No. 1. The Mustangs, guided by Duffy, overcame the death of a player just before the 2010 season and won a CIF title the very next year. It’s remarkable.
2. Coley Candaele, Vista Murrieta — Finally got a CIF football title trophy to go with the small handful he’s accumulated as the Broncos’ track and field coach, and he did it in his style, going toe-to-toe with Corona Centennial. Candaele will say it’s to the players’ credit, but he’s the only Inland Area coach with an active three-game title game appearance streak.
3. Matt Logan, Corona Centennial — Almost snagged another CIF title, but instead suffered his first title-game defeat. It should only serve to motivate the very Belichick-ian Logan, a master of offense tactics and groomer of four- and five-star recruits.
4. Tony Barile, Eastvale Roosevelt — Jumped at the opportunity to coach in the Big VIII and the Inland Division, proving he’s driven as well as smart and successful. Barile, who’s won at every stop, coached the 2011 Fontana Summit SkyHawks, the CIF-SS Eastern Division champions. Not that any of that matters now.
AND MORE: Rantz Teeters, CSDR — Amazing. You have to see it to believe it. The Cubs won a bunch of games last year ans it has bigger programs sniffing around at their talented young coach.