Volleyball Coach Robert Bringas, who just concluded his 10th varsity season, and Coach Victor Diaz, who has been involved with the Gaels’ varsity basketball and softball and junior varsity volleyball programs over the past seven years, have each coached their last games at Holy Family.
In addition to leaving behind an on-court legacy that includes landmark playoff appearances, Gaels Athletic Director Evan McGrath said both men will be missed as valued members of the Holy Family community.
“They’ve both been really good role models,” McGrath said. “Victor Diaz’s daughter was a student at our school, so obviously he really bought into all of our values and everything we do here.
“Robert Bringas has had such an extensive career teaching and coaching on the Catholic grade-school level, so many of his [past] students went on to Holy Family. That’s one thing that we’ll miss — it’s always hard to get people from the outside to be teachers and coaches who are part of our value system.”
Over the last two years, Bringas coached the Gaels to a 29-18 record, including second-place finishes in the Horizon League and runs to the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division IV-A playoffs in each.
The first of those playoff appearances included the first playoff win in the history of the volleyball program.
“It was absouluetly a hard decision [to stop coaching at Holy Family],” said Bringas, who co-coached the team with Patricia Tomayo for four years prior to assuming sole head coaching duties in 2001. “We’ve worked so hard to develop a program and now we have a program that’s competitive and people are not just overlooking us.
“My junior class is going to be really stellar next year and that’s what kind of kills me [about leaving]. This group has a shot at doing very, very well for the next three or four years and it’s gonna be a shame that I can’t be a big part of it.”