On the Sidelines: Early Highlights of 2013

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Each of the six winter sports varsity teams was introduced to the student body all-school spirit rally.

  • Wrestling and Head Coach, Luis Renteria
  • Water Polo (Girls) and Head Coach, Chris Segesman
  • Soccer (Girls) and Head Coach, Matty West
  • Soccer (Boys) and Head Coach, Sean Ganey
  • Basketball (Girls) and Head Coach, Kevin Kiernan
  • Basketball (Boys) and Head Coach, Gary McKnight

Girls Golf Cups Championship

At that same spirit rally, the girls’ golf team and head coach, Ollie Martin, were recognized and their championship banner was unveiled for winning the first-ever CIF-SS championship in school history…The girls’ put together a perfect 8-0 Trinity League record and then went on to capture the CIF-SS Southern Division team championship.

Banner Count

With the newest girls’ golf addition, 85 championship banners now hang from the rafters of the Meruelo Athletic Center, broken down as follows:

  • 64 CIF-SS Championships
  • 1 CIF Southern California Regional Championship
  • 15 CIF-State Championships
  • 5 National Championships

National Signing Day

The following Mater Dei student-athletes from the Class of 2013 recently made commitments to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level:

David Bright / Stanford University
Thomas Duarte / University of California, Los Angeles
John Genova / Portland State University
Mychal Traylor / University of Minnesota, Crookston

Soccer (Boys)
Tommy Padia / University of California, Berkley
Chris St. Germain / Cornell University

Soccer (Girls)
Maddie Bauer / Stanford University
Gigi Geil / Princeton University

Dylan Payne / Duke University

Water Polo (Boys)
Jon Walters / University of Southern California


As the 2012-13 regular season came to a close, the Mater Dei girls’ basketball team, led by head coach, Kevin Kiernan, won the Trinity League championship with an undefeated 8-0 record.  Kiernan is now 46-2 (.958 winning percentage) in league play six seasons as the head coach at Mater Dei and the Monarchs have now won a Trinity League championship every year during his tenure..

We May (or should I say “Will?”) Never See This Again

The Mater Dei boys’ basketball team, under the direction of head coach, Gary McKnight, recently won its 25th consecutive league championship.  That right, the Monarchs have not finished below first place in league play for over a quarter of a century.  Speaking of McKnight, he has a win-loss league record of 273-9 (.968 winning percentage) in 31 years as the head boys’ basketball coach at Mater Dei.  We are talking single-digit losses after 31 seasons…absolutely amazing.

Phillip Bellomo, Director of Athletics


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