Pretty good honor for an old guy who's been at this a long time. Not to mention that Morgan and Bryce made the team representing California.
2011 Clinch Gear All-American Team
2011 Clinch Gear Coach of The Year
Coach-Steve Tirapelle, Clovis, CA
TheOpenMat chose long-time Clovis front-man, Steve Tirapelle as our National High School Coach of the year, from a long list of very worthy candidates. In his 15 years at Clovis, Coach Tirapelle has guided Clovis to 9 League Championships, 8 Sectional Championships, and 3 State Team Titles while crowning 14 individual State Champions and 61 State Medalists.
Coach Tirapelle showed his coaching prowess this year by elevating his Cougars over defending State Champions, Bakersfield, who returned almost their entire line-up. Despite entering the season as decided underdogs, the Cougars defeated Bakersfield on four consecutive weekends to win multiple titles, including the pinnacle of accomplishments, the CIF State Title.
Coach Tirapelle’s Season Highlights:
- Undefeated Dual Meet Record
- 1st at the Zinkin Classic
- 4th at The Cheesehead
- 1st at Doc Buchanan
- 1st at Temecula Valley
- T.R.A.C League Tournament Champions
- Yosemite Division Valley Champions
- Central Section Masters Champions
- CIF State Champions, including two State Champions, and a total of nine state medalists.
- A #7 National Team Ranking by TOM in the final poll.