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CHATTER; COACHING COUPS FOR NEW OAKS.

Byline: Vincent Bonsignore Staff Writer

Oaks Christian High of Westlake, scheduled to open in the fall of this year, has drawn quite a bit of attention recently by hiring a pair of well- known coaches for two of its sports teams.

First, the school settled on Bill Redell as its football coach, then made a big splash by tabbing former Soviet Union Olympic swim coach Veleriy Simonov to coach its swimmers.

Obviously, Oaks Christian is taking its sports seriously. In fact, former U.S. national men's soccer coach Steve Sampson is thought to be a candidate to coach the soccer team. Sampson, an Agoura resident, coached the U.S. in the 1998 World Cup in France.

If Oaks Christian hopes to build a sports empire, it's certainly headed in the right direction.

Getting Simonov was a coup. He oversaw the training of numerous Olympic medalists and national champions from 1981 through 1992, having coached the Soviet Union national teams at the Olympics in Seoul in 1988 and Barcelona in 1992.

Simonov is impressed with Oaks Christian's facilities, which include a 50-meter-long by 25-yard-wide pool with electronic touch pads to register accurate times, and 1- and 3-meter high-dive boards.

``It is absolutely a great facility and absolutely great people in the school staff,'' Simonov said. ``They hire high-level professional people. I get great support.''

Now that the football and swim teams have their coaches, let us throw some possibilities out there to fill some remaining openings.

--BASEBALL: There's no truth to the rumor that Joe Torre is considering leaving the Yankees for Oaks Christian, even though it might offer more job security then George Steinbrenner.

Assuming Torre isn't interested, maybe Oak Christian should turn its attention to current Chaminade coach Scott Drootin. After all, here's a guy that turned two programs into regional powers in the last decade, taking Calabasas and Chaminade to heights never before reached at those respective schools.

Drootin is a builder, he's personable and talented. The challenge of constructing a new power at a new school is one he'd probably welcome.

--BOYS' BASKETBALL: Pat Riley always hinted he hoped to return to Southern California one day, but he's too happy being miserable in Miami with the NBA's Heat, so Riles is not currently under consideration.

However, former Simi Valley coach Dean Bradshaw would be a great choice. Bradshaw isn't the only skilled candidate, just the best. His teams at Simi Valley played hard and with intelligence. The Pioneers' exits from the playoffs the past few years came against better teams, not because of a lack of coaching. This guy knows how to win. . . .

The Las Virgenes School district has opened an investigation into an alleged physical altercation between a Calabasas junior varsity basketball coach and one of his players, according to assistant superintendent Deborah Coleman.

The incident happened Wednesday, when junior varsity coach Jerry Jones and sophomore Sharef Shirlai got into an argument, which reportedly got physical. As part of school procedure, L.A. County sheriff's deputies were called to the scene.

``Anytime there is a serious allegation like this we drop everything to deal with (it) and that's exactly what we are doing,'' Coleman said.

The investigation could last a week, according to Coleman. . . .

Ron Allice worked his way up the coaching ranks from the high school and junior college levels to NCAA Division I during a 36-year coaching career.

Next year, the sixth-year USC track and field coach will make the jump to the international level as an assistant coach for the U.S. men's team in the 2001 IAAF World Outdoor Championships in Athletics in Edmonton, Alberta.

The former Long Beach City College coach was chosen by the USA Track & Field International Competition committee in December at the organization's annual convention held in L.A.

Cleveland High graduate Scott Davis, director of the Mt. San Antonio College Relays and one of the country's foremost track statisticians, was named as assistant manager to the seven-man staff.
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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Jan 14, 2000
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