The top high school coaches from the 2009-10 season were selected by the sportswriters of the Glendale News-Press.
1 Jan Sakonju, Crescenta Valley boys' water polo and boys' swimming: After winning two league titles and a CIF crown in 2008-09, Sakonju entered the past season as the reigning News-Press Coach of the Year and retained that distinction with another outstanding year for both of his teams.
The Falcons boys' water polo team was undefeated in its Pacific League title defense, which came down to a come-from-behind overtime win over Glendale in the league tournament.
Under Sakonju's guidance, the Falcons kept their heads and their crown despite an aggressive, physical challenge from the hungry Nitros.
The team (20-9) went on to return to the CIF Southern Section Division VI semifinals, where it was defeated by the same Rio Mesa squad it played in the previous year's title match.
"That was definitely a challenge," Sakonju said. "We had a team that was deservedly in the top four and had a potential to be the champion, but you do get that pressure and that expectation and plus every team that you face is going to bring their A-game whether that be in the division or in league.