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Digol Jbeily
Digol J'Beily, Football
Football is nothing more than a contest to help connect with boys and teach them:
1. A clear definition of what it means to be a man of substance and character,
2. To give them a code of conduct for manhood
3. To help them figure out what their own unique transcendent cause should or could be in this world.
It isn’t about winning or losing a game. It is about the lack of effort and attitude, two things we’re constantly trying to teach the boys. When you find yourself in a position of strength, a position of power or authority, you can go one way or the other. You can be a man built for others, which is all about effort and empathy, or you can just walk around acting like you’re better than everyone else, which is basically arrogance and indifference about the world around you. Instilling the boys with the concept of empathy is so important. Feeling what the other person feels, not feeling for someone, but with someone. If you put yourself in another man’s shoes, that’s the greatest gift to have for a lifetime. At that point, we have decided what kind of team players and young men we are going to be. Life is only 10% what happens to us, and 90% how we react to it. In the end, it is not the mistakes you make that really matter; it’s what you do with what you have learned from those mistakes, and how you respond to the mistakes of other. Whenever there is injustice, we ought to show up, stand up and speak up. Whenever we can do this, we will start changing the world around us…and we all need to do that. No child should ever have to meet the needs of a parent; it should strictly be parents meeting the needs of the children.
Sherry Edgar
Sherry Edgar, Volleyball
Coach Edgar has been coaching at Center High School for the past twenty four years and she has
coached Tennis and Volleyball at all levels. Her primary goal is to teach athletes to be well rounded
individuals. She promotes strong work ethics, good sportsmanship, teamwork and self-discipline. Coach
Edgar encourages her players to be the very best they can be, both athletically and academically. It is
also important to her to prepare athletes to compete competitively at the high school and collegiate level.
Sandra Weaver
Sandra Weaver, Girls Golf Coach
Coach Weaver has been in the coaching profession for 22 years, 18 with Varsity Volleyball and is entering her 4th year as the Varsity Girls Golf Coach. She enjoys the special bond and camaraderie she gets with coaching girls team sports. She wants to promote girls sports not just for competition but also for life long enjoyment. Besides just the rules and skill, Golf will also teach the students a lot of life lessons such as Patience, Discipline, Integrity, Humility and Accountability. Her philosophy is that no matter what level of golfer, “having fun” should be the #1 priority while learning and playing.
Frank Krebs, Cross Country
He gradiated from CSU, Sacramento, 1972. He has coaced track and cross country for 40 years. Coach Krebs has been at Center since 1999. He has had two State Meet Qualifiers from Center High: Jacob Huston; 2012 & Trevor Williams; 2010
Winter Sports
Ray Gagnon
Ray Gagnon, Varsity Boys Basketball
I have coached high school basketball the past 31 years. I have coached all three levels of girls and boys high school basketball. My first three years I coached basketball at Air Academy HS in Colorado. I came to Sacramento in 1988 and coached JV football, freshmen boys basketball, and JV baseball my first two years at Center HS. In 1990 I was named the varsity girls basketball head coach for Center HS. During my 17 year tenure the varsity girls’ basketball program won 6 league championships, qualified for the section playoffs 16 times, and the state playoffs twice. They were Sac-Joaquin Section Champions in 2000-01 and runner-up in 1993-94. In 2007, I accepted the opportunity to become the varsity boys’ basketball head coach. In the past 9 years, the varsity boys won two league championships, qualified for the playoffs 5 times and the state playoffs three times. The boys’ basketball program reached the state semi-finals in 2009-10 and 2011-12. Under my tutelage the past 26 years the varsity girls and boys basketball programs have won 455 games and lost 278 games. My coaching philosophy has always been two fold. I want to develop the athlete to be the best basketball player they can become but more importantly I want to develop the athlete to be the best person they can become and a productive member of our society. “Hard work makes dreams come true” has been my motto throughout my coaching career.
Jeff Wise, Varsity Girls Basketball
1983-1985 Mills Jr. High (Cordova Frosh) Girls
1985-1987 Cordova High School Assistant Varsity-Girls
1986-1987 Sacramento Country Day Head Varsity-Boys
1987-1990 Center High School Head Varsity-Girls
1993-2007 Mira Loma High School Head Varsity-Girls
2007-Pres Center High School Head Varsity-Girls
4 time Optimist all star coach
3 League Championships
10+ College players:
Cal, Sac State, UC Davis, Chapman, Simpson, Whittier, American River, Sac City,
Cosumnes and Santa Barbara City; 1 Professional player (Dez Abeyta)
Ben Klatt, Wrestling
I have been involved as an athlete and a coach in the great sport of wrestling for 32 years, 21 of which has been as head coach at Center. I competed two years in high school, three in college, and wrestled well into my forties in freestyle. I received the Most Improved award on my high school team, and I still consider improvement both as a person and as an athlete to be the most important aspect of sport. I've coached state placers and kids who didn't win until the last match of the season--and I'm just as excited for each type of kid when they succeed. I try to remember that we choose to be an athlete because it's fun, but I also know that winning is really fun--and "win" is not a bad word. It's when we see "lose" as a bad word that problems occur. Losing when performing at one's best potential is more valuable than winning while underperforming. I want my athletes to be tough and resilient, and my ultimate goal is to have athletes return years later to tell me that their experience as a wrestler made them a successful person in all aspects of their lives.
Jared Rains, Varsity Girls Soccer
Trevor Harris, Varsity Boys Soccer
Spring Sports
Anita Lewis
Anita Lewis, Co-Tennis Coach
Coach Lewis has been a volleyball coach off and on since 1992 and has consistently coached JV and Freshman Volleyball. This year will be her third year as a Center High tennis coach. She believes in teaching not only the game, but ensuring the athletes learn life lessons and understand the value of sports and school. As a mother and grandmother of athletes she understands the requirement to be a well-rounded student, community person and athlete; and helps the athletes understand how it should fit into their lives. Although she makes her athletes work hard she also emphasizes that the game should be fun and works toward both during games and practices.
Derek Evans, Varsity Softball
I have been involved in athletics for over 30 years as both an athlete and a coach. As a coach I have had the privilege of coaching both girls and boys athletics. I have been coaching girls fast pitch softball for over 13 years. My love for teaching the game has taken me from 8u recreational through competitive softball and to the High School Varsity level. My coaching philosophy is simple, on the field you work hard, play with confidence, play as a team and respect each other. As a coach, on the field I always play to win. I am also coaching these young ladies to win and succeed beyond softball, coaching them to represent Center High School, play and practice for their team and then give everything you got out on the field for yourself. My goals for this year as is every year is to get these young ladies to and play at the highest succeed and hopefully that brings Center Softball a winning season.
Jennifer Steffen, Swim
Coach Jenny Steffens was born and raised in the greater Sacramento area. She swam for the Foothill Flyers, Arden Hills Otters, and Sunrise Sharks recreational teams in her youth. Going alongside her desire to become a teacher, she started coaching swim for the Sunrise Sharks. She coached for 11 seasons with them, one season with the Antelope High Titans, and will be embarking on her fifth season as Head Coach with the Center High Cougars. Coach Jenny graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara with a BA in Sociology and History, and graduated from National University with a Master in Cross-Cultural Education. She is an elementary school teacher in the Natomas area, and is currently starting her first year of coaching water polo for the Rio Linda Knights. Her philosophy on coaching is that to gain success, one must enjoy what they’re doing and the ones they are around. Being positive, optimistic, and excited about swimming will transfer over into an athlete’s performance, and being a good teammate or coach helps to inspire and motivate others. In previous seasons, Center Swim has taken second in boys at the Pioneer Valley League Championships, as well as two Spirit Awards at the Rio Linda Relays. She is beyond excited for the upcoming swim season, and is eager to continue developing the aquatics program at Center High School.
Alex Perez
Alex Perez, Boys Golf
I have been coaching athletics at Center High school since the 2001-2002 school year. My first position was J.V. Assistant Soccer Team Coach during the 2001 season. After resigning from soccer in 2013, I became the Boys Golf Head Coach during the 2014 spring season. I have been golfing since I was 15 years of age and have competed in numerous tournaments. This school year (2016-2017) as head coach I will be helping our team to build fundamentally strong athletes that will not only compete in this field, but do well in the classroom as well.
John Gallagher
John Gallagher, Varsity Track and Field
I have been coaching for 40 years. Before that I ran track and played football in College. I have been at Center High School for the last 30 years. During which I have been a Girls Basketball Coach, Head Varsity Football Coach and have been the Head Track and Field Coach for the past 29 years. I am also the Athletic Director. It has been my honor to be able to coach and be associated with what I believe to be one of the best high school coaching staffs in Northern California. My only rule for all my teams has been that if it’s not good for you, your parents or the school don’t do it! My coaching philosophy has two parts. The first being, practice to your full potential to leave nothing to chance. The second is when you’re ahead never let up and when you’re behind never give up!
Jeff Wise, Varsity Baseball
I have been coaching baseball for over 30 years. As a junior and senior in college at US International in San Diego. I was an instructor with the San Diego School of baseball with Bob Cluck, Bob Klaus and Tom House among others. After 2 years at USIU, I was hired as an assistant at UC San Diego. At the start of the 1981-1982 school years, Jeff was named Head Coach at USIU. At age 23, I was the youngest coach in the NCAA Division I in the nation. In the winter of 1992 I was an assistant under Ed Olson with the New York Mets instructional team.
In 1982 I moved to Northern California where I started his High School coaching career.
  • 1983-84 Mills Jr. High ( Freshman)
  • 1985 Sacramento Country Day
  • 1986 to Present - Center High School where he coached softball and currently coaches Varsity
Cheer and Dance
Christina Mitchum
Christina Mitchum - Cheer Coach
Hello. My name is Christina Mitchum. This will be my second year coaching cheer and my second year at Center High School. I have about 14 years of cheer background in juniors, competitive, high school and college as well as a summer as an NCA camp instructor. My goals for the teams are to learn as much as possible throughout the year. Since cheer is both a Dall and spring sport, I hope to form a competitive team as well and join the other high school cheer teams in doing the STUNT games and possibly some regular competitions. I believe that the Center high school cheerleaders have the ability and the skill, we as a group just need to perfect it.