Coach of the Year: Chris Patrick
School: Clovis North
Player, coach, winner: His fast track to a Central Section Division I championship — winning it in his fifth season as the Broncos' coach and their first in D-I — came as no shock, given his pedigree. He's the son of James Patrick (Memorial/Clovis), the third-winningest coach in section history. And he's the brother of Kevin Patrick (Reedley/Madera/Clovis West), who's following a similar winning track as Dad. Chris Patrick, as a shortstop under his father at Clovis from 1997-2000, stroked a then-section career-record 169 hits for teams that went 111-19 with two mythical national titles, two section crowns and three league championships. He then played three seasons of minor league ball in the St. Louis Cardinals' organization, hitting .300 or better each season, before returning to the Clovis Unified District, assisting Pops briefly then launching Clovis North's program with freshmen in 2008. The Broncos played their first varsity season with sophomores in 2009, went 22-10 and it's been a stampede since, going 111-48 in all. That means collectively, as a high school varsity player and coach, Chris Patrick has gone 222-67 (.768).
Like father, like son: "Coaching's been in my bloodline, and a lot of what we do I got from my Dad, who preaches strong pitching and defense. We know offense will come and go. The turning point was when we were 3-3 in league, spent some time the next day reflecting what it takes to win a championship and then reeling off eight wins in a row. To finally see the team put all the pieces together, to be the last man standing in the end, that's really special." — Chris Patrick