SOME OF THE BEST ATHLETIC DIRECTORS IN SO. CAL.: 40 Impactful athletic directors in the business
By Jacob H. Pollon
Silver Waves Media Editor
Taft (Woodland Hills): Mark Drucker: Good for coaches, straight-shooter. Drucker does a great job working with his coaches and helping them get what they need.
Birmingham (Lake Balboa): Rick Prizant: The veteran SF Valley stalwart has helped the Patriots to success across the board. Prizant is engaged and present. Backs up his coaches, too.
Cleveland (Reseda): Greg Venger: Wants to win, good for coaches . Venger is a former baseball coach, so he knows how to handle coaches well.
El Camino Real (Woodland Hills): Richard Yi: Solid, knows what's going on, tries hard. Displays a solid balance between needs of coaches and administrators.
Chatsworth: Jonathan Sheriff: Helpful, consistent, loyal. Steps up to the occasion when needed.
Oak Park: Tim Chevalier: Great guy, helpful, kids and team first. Smart and talented. Fair and balanced.
Simi Valley: Christian Aurand: asst. AD to Joelle Cardona: A coach's friend for sure, will try and make things happen. Aurand is an extension of the administration.
Moorpark: Rob Dearborn: The "Mayor" of Moorpark is ethical, trustworthy, helpful and consistent throughout.
Calabasas: Jon Palarz: Athletics friendly, also coaches boys basketball team. Has vast experience from his time at Campbell Hall and at another school in Washington state.
Oaks Christian (Westlake Village): Jan Hethcock: Organized and has his finger on the pulse. Walks a good line between coaches, teams and administration.
Hetchcock also benefits from one of the best asst. AD's out there in Pete Ackermann. Ackermann often does all the things nobody else will do. Ackermann takes on special projects to make things better for everybody.
Westlake: Brad Katz: Administrator in charge of athletics is a great guy that wants his teams to win and be great while following the rules Kats is a former boys basketball coach at Poly (Sun Valley).
Thousand Oaks: Gary Walin: Super helpful, in it for the right reasons. Walin is the former softball coach at the school. Very organized and on point.
Alemany (Mission Hills): Dave Urbach: Media-friendly, this guy just gets it. Urbach has things set up the right way.
Chaminade (West Hills): Todd Borowski: Media-friendly, helpful, to know him is to love him. Borowski is dedicated and proud of his teams, coaches and players.
St. Francis (La Canada): Matt Luderer: Keeps it real, gets it, knows the deal. Luderer always there to his coaches and teams try to win.
Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks): Alec Moss: Have heard nothing but good things on the Sherman Oaks campus.
Crespi (Encino): Brian Bilek: On the all-time super good-guy list. Bilek takes care of the media very well. Tables, power, water, food. Bilek makes it happen.
Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood): Terry Barnum and Matt LaCour: Solid, consistent, eager, enthusiastic, engaged; need I say more. One of the top schools in the country. Barnum runs a tight ship holding all involved accountable and in-line. LaCour does things a high-level. Detail oriented. Little things matter.
Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth): Rock Pillsbury and David Sobel: Let's others excel and spread their wings; thinks things out for best possible result
Sobel is one of the best day-to-day guys in the country for sure. These two guys spare nothing when taking care of the kids.
Brentwood (Los Angeles): Amanda Kelson: Professional and thorough. Very attentive and on the ball.
Viewpoint (Calabasas): Patrick Moyal: Knows his strength is allowing solid coaches and support staff to bloom. Moyal has great people around him and adheres to safety first for teams, players and coaches. Sensible foundation.
Campbell Hall (North Hollywood): Juan Velasquez: Laid back and easy going but don't be mistaken. JV is on top of everything. Puts his teams and coaches in great position to excel.
Windward (Los Angeles): Tyrone Powell: You can tell he is in it for the kids. Always present and engaged. Powell works hard and shows up.
Valley Torah (Valley Village): Lior Schwartzberg: Nothing gets past this guy. Super organized. Also coaches the boys basketball team. Able to balance athletics with needs of rigorous school demands.
Buckley (Sherman Oaks): Kerry Kulisek: Does a bit of everything from coaching to driving to summer events. Hard worker. Kulisek is present and engaged and very fair.
West Ranch (Valencia): Doty Garcia: A coach's best friend. Will try to fix anything. Garcia is alway around to help.
Heritage Christian (North Hills): Jay Tippet: Simply put, this guy is the MAN!!!!! Who doesn't love Jay "Easy-Does-It" Tippet. Jay is a coach's best friend.
Kennedy (Granada Hills): Kevin Kanemura: Longtime L.A. City veteran will have you rolling with his sense of humor and dry wit.
Santa Clarita Christian (Canyon Country): James Mosley: Just took over head reigns. Solid guy and coaches the boys basketball team
Vaughn Charter (Pacoima): David Cory: Another motivated guy trying to get things done. Cory helped start the Northeast Valley boys basketball tournament several years ago.
Westchester (Los Angeles): Brian Henderson: Longtime veteran knows everything; he's seen everything. Henderson wants his teams to be successful and backs up his coaches.
YULA (Los Angeles): Damian Rodriguez: All about trying to take it up a notch. Regularly schedules tough competition to challenge his teams.
Shalhevet (Los Angeles): Ryan Coleman: Organized, helpful, consistent; also coaches the boys basketball team. Coleman is a great guy and great employee.
Antelope Valley (Lancaster): Ed Campbell: Always looking out for what's best for the kids. Campbell helps across the board.
St. Genevieve (Panorama City): Marlon Archey: Might not be a better human being in the valley. Archey coaches the girls soccer team and helps put his other coaches in great positions to be successful.
Ribet Academy (Los Angeles): Reggie Howard: Solid guy, on top of it. Also coaches the boys basketball team. Howard has a great asst. in Pookey Wigington (former Seton Hall men's basketball standout).
Serra (Gardena): Richard Jenkins: Attentive and helpful. Really on top of the ball at Serra.
Oakwood (North Hollywood): Steve Smith: Already helped turn Windward into a powerhouse. Trying to do same with Oakwood. A real mover-and-shaker.
Tree Academy (Los Angeles): Gene Kim: Making things happen. Give Kim a few years to get it rolling. Tree Academy has some good young talent on the boys basketball team.
Holy Martyrs (Encino): Archie Vartanian: Knows how to navigate the athletic landscape. Very helpful and organized. Helps put his teams and coaches in good spots.