After retiring at Dos Pueblos, Phil Sherman takes a job coaching boys’ basketball at Laguna Blanca | Sports

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A veteran basketball coach at a local high school changes schools after finishing top and making a life-changing decision.

Phil Sherman, who retired from the Santa Barbara Unified School District after 27 years coaching basketball and teaching at Dos Pueblos High, will be the new boys’ basketball coach at Laguna Blanca School. .

Laguna Blanca athletic director Matt Steinhaus told Noozhawk of the hiring on Monday.

“I’m really excited to have Phil lead our men’s basketball program,” he said. “As well as being a great candidate and truly understanding Laguna Blanca, his long-standing success as a coach and educator will have an immediate positive impact.

“It’s great to have such a presence in the sports community of Santa Barbara which is now part of Laguna.”

Last season, Sherman guided the Dos Pueblos women’s basketball team to a 20-4 record and their first-ever Channel League title. The Chargers shared it with San Marcos.

Sherman had two coaching stints at Dos Pueblos. He coached the boys’ program for 16 years before accepting the women’s basketball coaching position at Oxnard College.

He coached there for five years – while still teaching DP – and returned to Sovine Gym in 2012. He coached Girls’ University until retiring at the end of the 2021-22 school year.

One of the best players he coached at DP was Shantay Legans (Class of 2003), who went on to play college men’s basketball at Cal and Fresno State before embarking on a successful college coaching career. He is currently a men’s basketball coach at the University of Portland.

Sherman was hired at DP by the legendary Scott O’Leary, who was then athletic director and baseball coach. The school’s football stadium and baseball field are named after him.

Prior to coming to DP, Sherman coached at Compton College, Compton-Centennial, Leuzinger High, Ribet Academy and Marshall Fundamental. He won a CIF-SS boys title in 1992 at Ribet, a private school. He also worked as an NBA scout.

Sherman said retirement didn’t mean he was slowing down.

“I still feel great,” he said. “I still play basketball every weekend, sometimes twice a week.”

Sherman’s final year at DP was special. His girls’ basketball team won the first Channel League title in school history and his daughter, Portia, a senior, played on the Chargers’ league championship indoor volleyball team. and won a league and a regional beach volleyball pairs championship.

Additionally, she signed a letter of intent with Cal for beach volleyball.

Sherman said he looks forward to coaching high school boys’ basketball again.

“I’m still on the game. I play with young guys,” he said.

He plans to meet members of Laguna Blanca in the coming weeks.

Laguna Blanca last season went 1-6 in a tough Frontier League that included Cate, Villanova Prep and Foothill Tech. Villanova won the 5AA division title and Cate lost in the 4A quarterfinal to eventual champion Western, 48-47.

Dos Pueblos has not announced who will replace Sherman as women’s basketball coach.

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