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Boys' basketball: It's the Twilight Zone at Ayala

March 25, 2010 |  1:20 pm

Chino Hills Ayala has become the example of what's wrong in high school boys' basketball. The last two competent basketball coaches, Tom Gregory and Kenny Donovan, have been fired in the past two years.

They still get to teach at Ayala, and yet, the poor players are going have their third coach in three years next fall.

Donovan, well-liked as a social studies teacher, guided the team to a 17-12 record this season in his rookie year as coach after being a JV coach. Then the principal just told him she wanted to go in a different direction. Are you serious? Does anyone know how tough it is to find a good teacher and competent coach these days?

Ayala is building quite a group of ex-coaches on its campus. Gregory remains a teacher at the school and is the coach at Riverside Patriot. Donovan won't be losing his teaching job, either.

Apparently some parents didn't like Donovan. Is there any program with 100% parent approval? And I thought the parents in Ventura County were tough.

Good luck to Ayala in its pursuit of finding a coach to work at a school where the requirement is to make sure EVERY parent adores you. And what happened to caring about the kids?

-- Eric Sondheimer

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