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Clovis West basketball coach retires

Clovis West coach Tom Orlich during a 2010-11 season boys basketball game against Clovis East.
Clovis West coach Tom Orlich during a 2010-11 season boys basketball game against Clovis East.

Winning basketball coach Tom Orlich announced Friday his retirement from teaching and coaching at Clovis West High School. In his 14-year history as teacher and director of boys basketball, Orlich led teams to a 311-99 record including eight league, three Valley and one Southern California championships.

His retirement will allow Orlich to join Jerod Hasse’s Stanford University men’s basketball coaching staff. Haase, who played for Orlich at South Lake Tahoe high school from ’88 to ’92, was named Stanford’s men’s coach in March. Orlich will report to Stanford for the start of their summer basketball camps in June.

This past year the Reno Gazette-Journal named Orlich as the top high school basketball coach in the history of Northern Nevada. In 25 seasons at South Lake Tahoe, coach Orlich guided his teams to 521 wins. In his 39 years as a high school head coach, Orlich has a combined 832-283 record, making him one of the top five winningest boys basketball coaches in the history of California.

During his tenure at Clovis West High, Orlich also saw his four daughters graduate from the school.

A statewide search for the school’s next head basketball coach will begin immediately, with plans to have a new coach in place before the start of the 2016-17 school year.

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